The longest lived in the industry…. Tradition but New, New, New elements added the last while! The new owner came up as a Platform Teacher (was wildly successful as such) and has brought a much needed revamp. Loved the Stones but by far time to go…. Time to go. That stuff worked in the early 80’s but not now. Todays dancers are very different and need different. Still need much discipline yet the intensity of needs in class has 100% changed.
Great Job DADO! Congrats and thank you for listening to us. I’m sure that the fact no longer are the Judges allowed to have dancers they’ve privately trained or groups they’ve gone to their studios and setting pieces for them. Then turn around and not only be on Faculty, but judge the competition including Nationals. Just not right. We didn’t want to believe it until some of my teachers overheard the faculty talking one night in the bar-:( The supposedly (Top Female in the group… she wasn’t) was speaking about “just wait, just wait till tomorrow… there is a line number performing you will die for… it will blow every score out of the water.” She went on to tell the others the name of the number and its entry number/category. Very disgusting, we felt like it must feel to be robbed without a gun. Horrible. Those days are over, this owner has cleaned house of those types. Actually dismissed 1 judge at the lunch break during the last regional we attended. Told the crowd there was a strong conflict of interest on the judging panel and it wouldn’t be tolerated. Bravo
I have only attended two regionals, but I really liked it. I thought
scores and points awarded were accurate. I liked that there were judges
awards. The trophies were different and actually said what was awarded.
Most comps do not do that. The judges awards were different than the
placement awards, etc. The directors were very nice and accommodating and I
thought that all of the dance schools really took pride in their work and
were very gracious. Convention teachers and choreography good, too. A
nice learning experience.
We tried to attend this event last year but it was cancelled a week before.
We were assured the convention would still go on but that was cancelled
last minute as well. It was disappointing to our girls.
Class act up through 2015.
2016 under new ownership was a huge
disappointment. Regional was a train wreck. Announced scores were incorrect
and took forever to get through them due to ineptitude. Audience was
clearly bewildered and frustrated. Nationals were awful. Schedule was
communicated extremely late. Very low turnout when compared with prior
years . . . It was a ghost-town. Strange fixation by the new owner to
\"take a picture so we can get this up on Facebook\", yet their social
media presence is very poor. Many Facebook posts by owner(?) make no sense.
The new owners seem to take a lot of pride in the history and
achievements of the organization, but I\'m afraid they are going to run
it right into the ground.
If given a choice on team competitions, I
will vote and advocate every time to bypass the \"new\"
DanceAmerica-Olympus and instead participate in the new competitive venture
that is now under the leadership of some of the \"old\"
2016 was really awful.
This competition used to be a studio favorite. however it got new ownership
and ran awfully. HALF of the stage had marley, and it was laid down
awfully. No information was given to teachers, dancers, or parents. We will
never return to this competition
Love dance america. I do about 6 regionals and 2 national competitions each
year and this is by far my fav! runs smoothly, great staff, and exceptional
Luv the dance convention! Took so much from it! Had a lot of fun!
We love the convention piece. My daughter has also participated in DOTY and
loved Sarah Jo.
We have been increasingly disappointed with this competition each year at
regionals and nationals. The judging has been tilting more & more toward
certain studios. It is evident that certain judges have strong
relationships with studio owners and certain parents. We don\'t pay all
of this money to be part of a popularity contest. Save your time and money
& find a competition that treats everyone fairly.
Overall, Dance Olympus is a positive experience.
I have attended
- Teacher/assistant room with real dance
(not just talking forums)
- The convention teachers are easy
- The rooms are never over crowded.
- The host hotel
sets up a
lunch buffet. You must pay for this.
- Age appropriate
hype than larger conventions (for some attendees, this
could be a
- nice, clean venue
- The notes
on cd do not always match what was
taught in class.
We have attended Danceamerica and Dance Olympus for years! The judges teach
at the conventions so the dancers can actually get to speak to them instead
of only getting critiques. Many of the judges have helped my dancers in
choosing colleges and preparing for auditions. They are instructors that
work with professional dancers of all ages.
The DOTY program teaches
dancers the importance of learning choreography quickly, as well as getting
them great interview experience! My dancers have made lifelong friendships
and have run into other DOTY contestants at auditions where it is always
nice to have a friendly face! On top of that, the kids have a great time
participating in DOTY.
The competition is run very professionally and
fair. The staff has been there for years and are very friendly and helpful.
Convention is decent, not the best but certainly not the worst. Judging was
fair, decent size competition, could pick better venues
This is my teams second year at this competition and we had
experience last year. I felt we placed correctly and
scoring and critiques. This year however we
were a small studio. At this
competition we brought
(1 junior and 2
duet and two groups. Friday
danced, the first girl went on in
division and the girls
her category had to be at least
the second soloist
went on (me)
and in the lyrical
category there were
28 girls while
most others has 3 or
4. The first
solo went on at 9:45
and I went
on at 11:15. Next morning we
the junior solo. We
the school had a b-ball torn event
same day so there was a
there ticketing everyone. We looked at
pictures and for my
they took 7 pictures compared to the 23
Other than that it was good up until
placed poorly in
places were we had better technique.
us by saying in
first place was _______ from
who the heck are they? But the backstage crew was so so so nice.
critiques video back and one judge says two things it was
the convention was amazing!
This was a fabulous convention ! We enjoyed all the great instructors and
staff. Probably the best one all year . They did a nice job of making
everyone seem welcome and special . The compeition was great and felt more
like a performance for the kids . Good job
Some good points, but mostly negative. The convention is mandatory in
to compete at regionals & nationals. One female judge choreographs
their production numbers for nationals and seems to have
favorites who she
features for most of the dance & then they end up
winning for \"dancer of
the year.\" It seems to be a money maker for
the organization, but a
waste of money and time for those who are not
even considered or don\'t
place in their top thirteen. If they already
know who is going to win, they
should spare the other dancers by not
having or making such a big deal out
of what appears to be a popularity
contest. This same teacher was rude to
the dancers at our studio at the
convention and left us with a very bad
impression. We will not recommend
Dance America or Dance Olympus to any of
our dance community and we will
not return after attending their
competition and convention for many
We love Dance Olympus! Great teachers with great knowledge and experience.
Definitely a five star!
Really liked Dance America. They really know what they are doing and it
was very enjoyable.
A very solid and organized convention. We enjoy it whenever we go!
Our studio has done this convention a few years in a row. Organized. There
was 1 instructor who was a bit abrasive with some of our kids. But that was
an isolated event.
Wonderful competition! The judges were great and my dancer left feeling
like she learned new stuff in convention. The convention choreography
wasn\'t watered down. It was challenging and fun!
I like this competition. It\'s run well and my dancer loves the workshop!
I had a mildly positive experience with Dance Olympus
attended Dance Olympus in the summer of
it certainly was
I\'ll never forget. I
workshops from the
choreographers and I
competed in the
competition that was
first day of
convention. The bad
things is that the
teachers were pretty
strict and at times rude too..
As for the competition, which was called
Summer Dance Championships,
it was small, but well organized
time. The only
negative point was the fact that we
we had to perform on a wooden
dance floor in one
rooms. There were also no
adjudications in bronze, silver and gold
the junior and senior divisions
group and line.
March 2014 and it was a
experience. The competition
was smaller than
I\'m used to
small as the
competition at Dance Olympus)
thought it was
and it ran on time.
adjudication system was 1st
place and 3rd place.
were only one person in a
would have to
the adjudication system. If
people in your category,
the highest score would be
place and all of the other
placements will fall
numerical order, from highest to
second and third place
has trophies. 4th, 5th and
I went back to Dance Olympus in the summer of 2014
had a much better experience than in 2013. They had an overhaul of
choreographers and teachers, which made the convention feel fresh
Plus, they weren\'t as strict as the ones from 2013. I also
loved that the competition added on platinum to their adjudication system.
horrible! judges sucked!
Well run competition. Independent dancers welcome and treated well.
However, very disappointed with pricing, especially with mandatory payment
for workshops at regional and nationals as well as parents having to pay to
watch their kids dance per session at nationals (very expensive!). Until
this changes, never want to go back.
Professional & friendly. Organized. Have always liked this one.
Very well run event.
We loved their format, and the judging was right on. Really good job.
Top notch. We always feel like we have learned a lot and we love the
this is how a dance competition should be run.
Art and Nancy Stone and all of their staff are definitely the leaders in
dance education through competition coupled together with workshops. I
love this competition in every aspect. If you can only go to one
competition in the season I would highly recommend this one. It will be a
positive experience for all--dancers, parents and teachers. Thank you for
being always such a class act.
This is an outstanding competition with very high standards. The backstage
workers were the best that we have had to deal with. Everyone connected
with the competition both regional and national have been a pleasure.
Wish they would come to OHIO
Used to be my absolute favorite!! Haven\'t been in years, but was such a
great experience as a dancer!
So very disappointed! Over priced for terrible organization! We will NEVER
be back! Nationals and convention combined is over a week long with
convention mandatory. Sad experience.
have not attended in several years. I know 15 years ago they were the
leaders! I am sure they still would be. They need to come to OHIO
Our dancers really enjoyed these. I feel they learned alot. Great
interactions between the teachers and dancers. Highly recommend!
Smaller comp with tough but fair judging. Must score to place. The Dance
Olympus convention is mandatory to compete and very well run with great
Nice well run competition. Some excellent critiques. Dance Olympus is the
convention that goes along with the competition and it is a 5 star
convention. Great teachers.
This is absolutely the best workshop and competition out there! My dancers
have so much fun.