We have been attending DMA for several years, ever since my daughter was little. Everything from the convention to the competition has been a great experience. My daughter has participated in the pageant alsok which is a wonderful experience. It gives her opportunities to audition and interview, which I think is wonderful experience, especially because dance is something she hopes to do professionally someday. The convention which is held in October always offers great classes with wonderful teachers and the competition is smaller, but always a lot of fun for the kids and parents, especially if you are competiting in the pageant. Because of the size and the studios that are in our chapter, we have made many long lasting friendships! We have attended Nationals, which also has provided a lot of wonderful opportunities that my daughter will always remember! Thank you DMA!
We have been doing DMA for quite a while. The conventions are a lot of fun with great instructors, but the competition has not always been well organized! We love the judges that are brought in and appreciate their critiques but it is definitely one of the smaller competitions that we do each year. The Pageant has always been alot of fun for the kids too. My daughter has had the pleasure of experiencing and really enjoyed all aspects and plans to do it again. I especially like that they do not require the pageant winners to attend Nationals anymore as I think it kept several dancers from participating in what I feel is a great experience for them, especially those dancers that want to go on to dance professionally. Another change that has happened for the positive is the change in venue. Just this past year they switched and it was so much nicer.
We\'ve done DMA for years and it has a lot of problems in our area. The
required conventions: 95% of the teachers lie about the students age and
put them in the wrong class. By doing this they are ruining the class for
the older kids who wanted an advance class. The Competition: Those same
kids all of a sudden get 3-4 years younger. I really think if you insist
you are a teen in class, then compete as a teen. Title section: This is
where the locals really mess with things. The president of our chapter
PICKS who is going to win in advance in each age group and doesn\'t let
other dancers sign up for title. Sorry, I wish it wasn\'t true, but my
daughters old dance teacher is the president. As others have mentioned;
I\'ve never heard anything negative about nationals.
Great competition. We go to it every year and will continue to go.
Dance Masters conventions are the best! Class prices are around 30-40
dollars which is awesome compared to most conventions costing 100-200
dollars. The master teachers always come from very impressive backgrounds
and the entire atmosphere of the convention is great for learning and does
not feel too commercial or as if the company is all about the money.
Have attended several conventions, title competitions and dance
competitions for DMA Chapter 27. Wonderful and supportive staff and always
look forward to the next event.
This was very professional and teaching staff was amazing! The kids really
learned a lot and had great interaction with the professional staff. It
seems as though the judging was a bit unfair at times. It was hard to agree
with some of the scores. Other than that, it was amazingly put together.
Even after all these years they have managed to stay with the times and put
on a great convention.
On a local Chapter level, there is so much in-fighting and it is so poorly
run that just getting through Chapter competition is a nightmare.
Nationals is better, but this organization is stuck in the past and there
are so many more opportunities out there that this one ranks way down on my
Always love Dance Masters!
The level of competition here is fantastic. However, the event seems to run
forever and never on schedule.
This competition is stuck in years past. By today\'s competition
standards it is boring, boring, boring. They have \"guest performers\"
during the competition that consist of the current title holders which the
membership has already seen over and over at the solo title event itself.
One studio manipulates all aspects of the competitions and continuously
wins everything. Most of the member chapters in our area have stopped
attending their competitions for this reason.There are too many other
choices for comps these days to waste time on Dance Masters. There is
nothing fresh or new about this organization.
I am going to say this-- if you are in a big state with a well-run
chapter, then you are very lucky. Our local chapter is biased and
unfair. The two main large studios only give info out to their
they will do anything, even lie about ages, to win. Because
everything, there is nothing anyone else can do. I raised
my concerns to a
higher level, but I sensed that no one wanted any bad
publicity. The lady
at the national level promised to get back with me,
but never did. :(
Also, our local chapter doesn\'t allow anyone in the
audition classes and they aren\'t taped. How can any of the teachers
really know what is going on in there??
I\'ve been part of Dance Masters for a really long time now. I have made
so many friends through this organization and love going and seeing people
and making new friends. They are still really old school in their way of
doing things (for conventions you have to wear pink tights, black leotard,
and hair in a bun with no clothes on over top) but its overall a fun place.
Always a great experience!
Been one of the fairest and best for decades. Still does a good job and we
enjoy going every year.
Wonderful organization, locally and at a national level!!!!
Still one of our favorites. A long standing wonderful organization and
Competition is well run, but there is a strong prejudice for male dancers
and tap and ballet routines. Classical jazz routines scored better than
more modern styles and hip hop and contemporary styles were not well
recognized for their efforts. Competition did start and end on time and
there was a good cross section of talent.
Simply the Best!
Haven\'t been in years, but was excellent competition/conventions!
Great competition. Fairly run. The national competition and convention is
quite large but very well organized and a lot of fun! Possibly one of the
only True Nationals still out there. There are honestly studios there
representing the entire US and Canada because they only do the one
nationals. DMA is a non-profit organization that is made up of member
teachers that run everything! The rules are strictly enforced and everyone
is held to the same standard, which I find refreshing. We will definitely
continue to attend Dance Masters competitions and conventions.