First time at competition. Dance director was not friendly towards us. The judging was very inconsistent. There were males in and out of the quick change room which was ALSO one studio's room and the teacher's lounge. The judges went into that teachers lounge and talked freely with other studio owners during the competition. There were very biased and blatant favoritism with certain studios and the competition owner. We witnessed the owner cheering a certain studio and all their dancers on for EVERY dance but not for other studios. If that's not bias, I don't know what is. If you cannot treat every dance with that much respect, do not do it for any of them. I can say I will never bring any of my dancers back to this competition or recommend it to any other studio. Also, I thought it was pretty awful the kids that placed only for a certificate of they didn't get 1st or 2nd. They could have given out medals or something.
New to competition. Competition Director never introduced herself and had no idea who I was or any of my teachers. There was blatant and biased favoritism for certain studios. We even witnessed a studio owner sitting at the adjudication table on more than one occasion! My student competed against a teacher. Backstage was a mess! Kids standing in wings. Judging was inconsistent. Worst competition I have been to in 22 years!
We attended this competition in Cleveland recently. It ran ahead of schedule and the staff was very friendly. The awards can be a little confusing because they combine categories but overall it was a great experience. They gave out nice trophies and shirts to the overall winners. My son said it was his favorite competition ever. They also have incredibly reasonable entry fees.