We went several years ago and had an OK experience but we decided to try again this year after seeing a lot of talk on FB and wow...we LOVE Inferno. Most of all, the staff was so positive and energetic. My dancers had the best time with them. They also recognize sportsmanship and artistry very highly which we are all about. Comp ran on time (often ahead) and communication was clear. The awards are beautiful and even though my dancers didn't place highly, I feel we were still recognized for our strengths. Will definitely be going back next year.
Inferno has really stepped up their game this year! You can tell they have taken the time to listen to what clients wanted and have made their comps such an incredible experience! We LOVED everything from the atmosphere, staff, energy, awards, activities-seriously everything! At least from a parent and dancer perspective, we can't WAIT to go back next year!!
Terrible competition. Very unfriendly staff and less than professional judges panel. NOTHING made sense this weekend in Detroit, Michigan.
It’s time for parents to stop writing checks to these companies and continually supporting their crappy events.
The atmosphere at this weekends Detroit, Michigan competition was less than positive. The emcee smacked her gum all weekend and rushed through the JOKE adjudications. Rushed numbers on and off stage. Total chaos backstage becasue there were TWO individuals actually working while blonde tottered around fixing her hair.
And thank you to studios like The Dance Factory and their overcooked owner for being such a nasty addition to the weekend. Bet y’all gave her a pin too ?!!
Best competition I've been to in years! The staff was extremely personable and made my dancers feel important. We aren't a very large studio, so it meant a lot to me that they still made us feel important. I also loved that my dancers got to see themselves on social media after the event! We will definitely be back next year!
This was our first time competing at Inferno and it was a great experience. The judging was fair, the critiques were useful, and they even moved the Sunday start time once they realized it was day lights savings time and the soloists would have to be there WAY too early. I only wish they would find a venue closer to the Detroit area.
We had a GREAT time at the 2019 Columbus, Ohio event. The competition was very well-organized and the backstage staff was kind, helpful and VERY on top of things. The awards ceremonies were fun and unique and the competition staff did a wonderful job of creating/acquiring more dressing room space when it was needed, as the weekend progressed. The event ran ahead of schedule, and the emcee/director, Hayley, did an amazing job engaging both the audience and the kids onstage during the awards. Our comments/critiques were helpful, educated and specific. Our students and parents really appreciated that the comments for dances on Day #3 of the competition were just as thorough as those
on Day #1. Inferno not only provided FREE videos and pictures for all dances, but comments/critiques that could be shared with dancers/their families via email.
The worst competition we’ve been to in 20 years. The judges were never announced because they were incompetent and unable to judge dance technique other than tricks. The whole thing was boring and lifeless in a horrible venue. Never again!
We are so excited to be coming back to Inferno Dance in 2019. Our students loved the excited staff backstage. It's been great working with their internal staff regarding registration. The emcee did a great job of getting the crowd involved, and we love the positive energy felt throughout the whole competition! Excited for next year!
BEWARE! BEWARE!! BEWARE !!! We have been competing for 7 years and have NEVER been to such a disorganized free for all in our lives. Our schedule was changed at least three times. The dressing rooms were so overcrowded we were elbow to elbow with other dancers and it took 15 minutes to get through the cafeteria to get to the stage. The competition was running THREE HOURS LATE! and the manager of the competition was told not to have an awards ceremony by other studio owners to keep it going but never included our owners in the decision making process when we had dancers in that session who waited three hours for the awards. We had grandparents in the audience who waited three hours to see awards only to be told if they wanted to wait another 2-3 hours they would include it in the last session that was going to be at 11:30 PM ! That means they expected them to wait 5-6 hours for awards. How could they think this was even acceptable? We did not leave the venue until after 12:15 PM on Sunday night. There were no rules being followed or implemented. We all as parents felt completely ripped off by this competition because we did not get what we paid for. If I could give negative stars I would. You are risking a lot by even contemplating attending this competition. All our dancers and teachers left upset and crying. I have a senior and this was her very last competition and to have this experience was the worst way any child could end their competition season let alone their very last competition. The owner of this competition should be ashamed of themselves.
We have only done this competition once, but had a very positive experience. I know there are others that are not a fan and it is a much smaller competition, but we were very pleases with their staff and their interest in making sure the dancers were having a good time. The venue was not a highlight, but worked for the size of the competition we attended. It's not one that we will continue to go back to, but we are very glad we went as it was a good experience for us.
I would not do this competition again. Very disorganized and little communication. The order of the show changed 3 times after it was released to the studio owners and huge changes like dancing on a different day than originally told. It also changed the day of the competition so no one knew the correct order and when to expect their dancers on stage. Costume awards were only given to studios who used Inferno's horrible costume designer (Presto Designs). Long waits in between numbers and there were issues with the music wouldn't play or get really low during the dance. If you asked the staff working at the competition a question no one seemed to know the answer. Also, there was no parking at the school where the competition took place.
We only have done this competition once, and I was very impressed! It
seemed a little smaller, but the staff was very pleasant and helpful. My
daughter participated in the Title competition and had a very good
experience. Overall we had a great time and would definately go back!!
They had the most unbelievable convention in Cedar Rapids. The energy was
fantastic, the teachers were so nice. We even got to dance for a strut off.
The solo competition was so much fun! and the dinner was fantastic!
My Dancers had a blast at the Inferno nationals!! They are still talking
about the skills competition and loved the stage set up!!
can\'t wait for next year
This was the BEST competition our studio has ever attended. The staff was
brilliant and competition went so smooth. I was more than impressed with
the judges critiques. You could tell their passion for dance was immense
from the way they gave their critiques. What an amazing competition!
I thought the competition was decent overall - very nice staff, very
accomodating. A little unorganized, but not too bad. However, after
listening to commentary from the judges, I do have a problem wifh one of
the judges. Her name was Grier (?), and she had a lot of rude or
unnecessary commentary. She would spend a decent chunk of time talking
about how she didn\'t like their make up or facial expression...one of my
students she flat out said she looked \"washed out\" on stage. How is
that relevant to their dancing??? There was a lot more commentary just like
that. She should be paying attention to their dancing, not their make up or
Absolutely loved this competition!! Everything was well organized and run
smoothly. Thank you Inferno Dance for a great weekend!
This is the most fun my daughter has had at a competition in a LONG time!
Entire atmosphere of the weekend was fun, positive, and overall a great
experience. They stayed on time and even went about 20 minutes early (which
I loved, especially being a parent sitting through awards). The Emcee
Melissa kept saying how proud she was of each and every dancer on stage,
which really made them feel special. The whole staff was friendly, helpful,
and always had a smile on their face. I hope my studio chooses to attend
next year as it was our favorites.
I was very disappointed at the lack of organization at this event and the
behavior of the judges. I watched as the children were on stage pouring
out their hearts and souls and what were the judges doing....? Looking at
their phones, texting, talking, eating, and basically ignoring the
competitors. They may have thought that the parents did not notice, but
believe me, we did. Every single judge had their cell phone in front of
them at all times. I am sorry, but in ANY other profession, one would be
reprimanded or perhaps even fired for having their cell phones out during
work hours. Why are these judges not held up to the same standards? As an
educator, with a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education, I believe
that the lack of interest shown by the judges is enough to affect a
child\'s self-esteem and self-worth. They should be ashamed of
themselves. The children were called out of order, for no apparent reason.
The DJ adjusted the volume right in the middle of several students\'
performances, causing a major distraction and confusion. Also, at the
final awards, the host was confused, flustered, and often did not make
sense. If they needed a break, they should have taken one. What a
This competition was awesome! As a dance teacher and a wife to someone that
is a director for a competition,I really pay attention to all the details!
I thought the venue was great, the awards ceremony was SO FUN! My students
could not stop talking about how great Daniel was backstage, and how great
Rachel was at the awards. The showcase is such a great experience/idea, my
dancers were extremely excited to do an encore performance of their
routine! Title as well, love that my dancers had to do an interview and
basically a mock audition for title! It really pushed them to dance their
hardest, and give them a real life experience of how it is out there as a
professional dancer. Will DEFINITELY be going back next season and will be
recommending to a lot of other people! Thanks Inferno dance for such a
I am so glad to hear that! We really loved having your
dancers, and can\'t wait to see you all again next year!
Terrible competition. Completely unprofessional and unorganized. Staff
unfriendly and unhelpful. I had arrived with my music marked with
competition numbers. When I got to the competition, the numbers they had
provided were incorrect and times were changed to earlier with NO NOICE. I
had to rush around calling families. The competition then did not start on
time. Called all different groups at different times. We waited backstage
for 25 minutes before our girls went. Parents were texting wondering what
was happening. Music was wrong. No lighting. Disaster on all fronts.
Will not return. I looked like a fool with my parents for associating with
Inferno. Never again.
We do apologize for the schedule and numbers shifting before
the day of competition. We had over 25 numbers add within a few days of the
competition after our programs had been sent to print. The way studio
owners can access the schedule is a live scheduler, so those numbers change
when our system changes. Through the free DanceEra app you have access to
see all correct times and numbers :) As far as CD\'s go, as long as the
name of the routine is listed on the cover of the CD, then our DJ knows
exactly what to play. We were accomodating everyone who had this problem as
well, hence why #119 went after #3, because that is what their original
time said. Again, I apologize for the inconvenience and hope you have a
great rest of your season!
Worst competition experience I have ever had. There was no specific
information on their website prior to the event (as I have found on many
other sites prior to competition). We didn\'t receive a schedule until
three days prior to the start of the competition. They began twenty minutes
late and started with numbers 1,2,3,119. ??? This continued throughout the
day. My husband missed seeing my daughter perform because they skipped
around so much and one could never even begin to guess when a performer
would actually be on stage.
Dancers were held backstage even when
checked in and READY on time and other dances were pushed ahead
inexplicably. Backstage manager was not helpful nor kind. The awards
ceremony was a joke. The emcee read adjudicated dances in the order they
appeared on stage which was impossible for both dancers and parents to
track. The grand champion in one age group received a third place finish in
category. How does that work? There is no information given in the program
(nor on the website) about judging scores, categories, nor bios of the
judges which leaves one to speculate that they create their own system as
they go. And by reading previous comments I\'m left to guess that we will
not receive score sheets (which helps instructors know how to best assist
dancers in areas of weakness).
I\'m incredibly disappointed in
this event and will never return to an Inferno event!
I wish there was an option to leave zero stars but I\'ll have to settle
for one. We have been competing for 7 years and this ranks as the worst one
ever! Rules were unclear and what few rules they posted were NOT abided
by...the schedule was horrendous. We didn\'t even receive one until 3
days before the event. Even though our dancers were ALWAYS ready and
checked in - they were continually bumped to take out of order numbers
putting unfair pressure on our kids and making their quick changes even
more difficult. BUT my biggest complaint is with the judges. They were
disinterested - scowled at the dancers - looked bored and worst of all
texted on their phones multiple times WHILE dancers were on the stage - I
have multiple pictures of this. I was sitting were I could see them
perfectly and in one of my kids\' duos two judges never laid eyes on them
until after the first 30 seconds. These kids spend many hours a week honing
their skill and it\'s hurtful and discouraging to have a judge look bored
out of their mind while you\'re pouring your heart and soul out on stage.
Awards were ridiculous - the numbers didn\'t match the program and they
were do out of order - you couldn\'t keep track. So thankful our studio
director vows to never return!
We are sorry you feel this way! Our adjudicator and judges assistant
communicate with backstage while sitting at the judges table, which is who
had their phones out. We assure you that our judges don\'t have access to
their phones while judging, unless on a break! :)
My kids loved Inferno. All they\'ve been talking about it going back next
year. Looking to attend Nationals too.
Glad to hear it!! Looking forward to having you :)
excited for next year!
My parents and students
also LOVED THEIR SHOWCASE which was an encore performance of some of the
looking forward to next year
We absolutely LOVED this competition! It was our first time attending and
will definitely be returning next year. The staff was so friendly, the
venue was gorgeous, and they ran on-time. Being new to this competition we
didn\'t know what to expect, but we were very pleased. I like the way
they do their levels, more based on what is within the routine instead of
how many hours the kids practice. They also were very accessible through
phone and emails with all of my crazy schedule requests and changes :) I
highly recommend this competition to everyone!
The most upsetting competition we have ever entered into. The competition
was two hours behind. Scheduling was crazy to follow with dances scheduled
so closely within the same studio. Dressing room windows were not properly
covered and anyone could see into the room where or children were changing.
No one associated with competition was available for questions and when we
did find someone we got a reply to a question of \"I should really know
that but I don\'t.\"????? Backstage was no better and they were rude
to the children. Awards were impossible to follow due to incorrect
information announced. Dances, songs and awards did not match up. All the
rules and information posted on their website was not how the competition
was run or honored at all!!! No judges credentials or bios were on website
or in program and no surprise why after hearing critiques that were given.
No score sheets??? I just wish I could get a refund because, it was a
complete waste of money. We definitely will never be returning to this
2000 Characters is not enough room for all of the bad my
experienced this past weekend at Inferno Competition.
saying our studio usually does not choose
Directors/Judges/Reviews, however, the comp we planned for April was full,
so we had to find a
alternative. Sadly, we chose
To start, the
horrible. Our girls were
multiple times, and to
make it more
stressful the backstage
so rude to us and our
even going as far as telling one
our girls to come tell us
\"they couldn\'t wait all
Nothing of that
should be discussed with anyone other
director. and even
then.. WE DID NOT MAKE THE CRAPPY
to awards.. Bless
the announcer, because they
sure did make her
fool. She was
calling numbers of our
soloists as group
overall winners and
EVERYONE confused! hardly
ever were we
aware of what category she
even in. literally all
place. THEN. we had a duet receive
the first overall Winner in their category
Platinum. hmmm?? THEN. we had two soloist entered in
division and one soloist in the Teen Title
of the Juniors won the Teen Title???
these situations, all that was said
was we would receive
(Which was very generic and did not
offer any sort of
questions.) There is no
credentials anywhere to be
found on the
it\'s VERY clear why when
listening to critiques
and the whole thing seemed
like one big
scam. Not to mention there
were no scoresheets, and somehow each judge had the same exact numerical
score for all dances?
EDIT: Still no response, or apology,
this competition. Disapointing.
I am so sorry to hear this. Our director Rachel emailed your scoresheets to
the email provided on DanceEra on April 12 at 11:30 am. If you didn\'t
receive it let us know and we can resend!
Wonderful! Super friendly, well organized and great judges. Highly
recommend, went last year and looking forward to this year!