Dance USA used to be a good competition, but has really gone downhill over the years. We went to a competition a few years ago when our studio was the only studio that attended, except for 4 routines. They refused to cancel the competition and refund our money.
My dancers are first year competition dancers and very much beginners, they
enjoyed their experience, they went on stage and modeled tshirts danced
during a break in performances. The director and photographers were amazing
and my kids fell in love. And Dance Jam was a great experience for them.
Used to love Dance USA, but feel now they are not fair with their
judging..they do not always award the best dancers the top awards. There
have been consistent instances where a kid has won overall, and had another
solo in title, but didn\'t win title when they clearly performed better.
Trying to hard to \"share the wealth\" instead of rewarding those who
were deserving. Also Dance jams is a joke now, not rewarding best dancers
We\'ve always enjoyed Dance USA! It is a family run competition and the
owners really care about your experience at the competitions. It is a great
experience for dancers of all ages. My daughter was on the American Dance
Team and it is one of the best experiences she has ever had. We recommend
this competition. Give it a try, you will be happy you did!
My daughter has attended many of these and has really enjoyed the
experience. Fun awards. Great experience if you are part of American Dance
Team that travels to Spain.
We used this competition to get a few new pieces on the stage and it
isn\'t one of the ones we normally do. That being said, it was just ok.
The judges we had (all 3) couldn\'t have been more than a year older than
some of our teens. If it was flashy or 90% tricks, it scored well. It was
very obvious that the judges didn\'t \"get\" lyrical or contemporary.
This is one of my absolute favorite dance competitions! Very professional
fun! And I love how every single soloist gets a trophy.. My
daughter is a beginner dancer & usually isn\'t in the top 5
but feels very
special always at Dance USA! Highly recommend this
Thank you so much for your review. At Dance USA we want ALL our dancers to
feel important but yet understand that it is still a competition. By
having 4 levels of adjudicated awards it gives our dancers room to grow and
develop each year. We do recognize the top dancers in each age division as
well as category, but in the end there is still one \"Best of Show\"!
See you in 2014!
This is a wonderful and fun competition! They even have their own theme
song for the awards show. :) I have twin daughters that always look forward
to going to this competition. They love the Dance Jam where they get the
opportunity to learn a quick combo on stage and perform for the judges for
the opportunity to win scholarships to Broadway Dance Center. The awards
show is always very entertaining as they get the audience involved in fun
dance off's for prizes. The awards given are of a nice size and quality.
The staff is also extremely friendly and the competition is well organized
and run on a timely schedule. I fully recommend this competition!
Thank you for your comments! We love coming back to a regional location
and hearing our dancers singing along to our Dance USA theme song! So glad
you enjoy it as well!
We found that the Dance Jamm provides the
dancers an example of what to expect at auditions! They are fun and a
wonderful learning experience!
My experience with Dance USA has always been amazing. My daughter has
enjoyed not only competing when she was younger but now as a studio owner
she takes he students to compete there as well. My daughter was also a
member of dance team and had an opportunity to travel to new countries and
meet new people all while doing what she loved. I can't thank Dance USA
enough for always supporting and encouraging my daughter not only as a
dancer but now as a studio owner. Thank you again. Deanna Loy with Take
A Bow Dance Centre , Moundsville WV
Congratulations to Chelsea and the entire staff at TAB on providing a
wonderful studio for young dancers to train at! We may not be the biggest
competition around, but we do love providing a nurturing experience for the
future entertainers and studio owners across America!
Interesting how there are several 5 star ratings right in a row for this
competition. Mark Marino a role model?? Did not like this at all.
Competition was ok. Ran on time. Awards were confusing and not accurate.
Over the years we have continued to work and improve in areas. It must be
over 8 years since you have been at a Dance USA competition, seeing that
our founder passed away in 2005. It seems the main concern you had with
our competition was the awards. Since 2005 we have done away with the much
abused recreational category as well as changed our adjudication
placements. We also provide a place in the program books for the teachers
and parents to put the placement each dance receives as well as a dedicated
section in the program book to list the top dancers in each age division
and category. With customer concerns and comments we strive to be the best
competition we can be, but realize we are human and just can\'t please
everyone. We thank you for your past patronage and invite to join us in
our 2014 18th season tour!
Dance USA is a wonderful family owned and directed competition. I have
known the family for many years as my own dance teachers and mentors. The
founder, Mark Marino was a great role model for young dancers throughout
his life and now his legacy lives on in this competition. The directors
have taught dance and owned studios so they are experienced dancers and
teachers, not just competition directors. The competition is well run with
great awards, great critique from the judges, an opportunity to represent
the USA in the world dance championships and a fun, positive environment
for the children and parents. I have had the opportunity to work with the
directors and each experience has been positive.
Thank you so much for your comments. Mark would be so proud to hear how so
many studios and participants enjoyed and valued his competition as well as
amazing choreography and mentoring! Dance USA is proud of the success of
the International Dance team known as \"The American Dance Team\".
Several of the past team members have continued on to dance professionally
as well as become studio owners or even great teachers and choreographer!
We are so proud of ALL their accomplishments!
I have known these three directors as teachers and students for many years.
They run a professional, fair and respectable competition. The caliber of
dancers that have come out of there competition have gone on to great
careers in dance. The judging is always right on target. Anyone who
attends one of these competitions will be very happy!! Enjoy and Ty!!
Glad you have enjoyed your past experiences at Dance USA! We hope you
continue to attend and that we can provide a memorable experience for you
and your students.
We've always enjoyed Dance USA! It's has great owners who care about your
experience at the competitions. The awards are always nice and they're
generous with the awards they give. It's a family friendly environment and
great experience for dancers of all ages. We recommend this competition.
Give it a try if you haven't ever done so, you will be happy you did!
Dance USA is glad you have had wonderful experiences. We continue to
strive to provide a fun, educational family friendly competition for
everyone, even our Dance Dads that would rather be watching football
instead of being in a theater on a Sunday!!
Great competition! I have attended Dance USA as a teacher as well as a
dancer and have a wonderful experience every time. They are a wonderful
competition! I would recommend attending one of their competitions.
We have a few CA shows on the tour.....hope to see you at a regional!
Have had wonderful wonderful experiences with DANCE USA over the years! A
great environment of support and critique with a whole lotta fun built in
for the whole family! Love love love! Mark Marino's grand legacy lives on!
Also such an honor and an opportunity for the kids to travel to Europe and
represent the United States in the World Dance Championships each year! My
experience with the American Dance Team has been certainly one of the great
highlights in my own life and career as a teacher and choreographer!
Winning 1st place in the whole world! I can't even imagine how great this
would have been for me as a young aspiring dancer! So thankful! An amazing
once in a lifetime opportunity of travel, competition, and dance combine!
Definitely don't miss it!
Thank you for the comments. Dance USA is very proud to offer America\'s
young talent an International competition experience beyond the regular
National finals held in the USA. Dance USA will be taking their 10th Team
of dancers known as \"The American Dance Team\" over to Spain in 2014!
Currently Dance USA\'s ADT\'s hold 6 World Titles!