We have always loved this competition and the SDA! Very professional staff and well-run events. We attended Dallas this year and will return anytime they come to the DFW area!
Our experience was pretty good. My only complaint was that the rules said something about checking in an hour early with the backstage staff, but that clearly wasn't enforced. There were many changes to the order/program that were not made in the program they gave the directors. I paid to have my dancers changed to a higher level & was told I could only get my new dance times at the competition. The program I received still had them in the wrong level at the wrong time. This happened multiple times to multiple studios so it was a little confusing backstage & as an audience member trying to follow along.
My other issue was that no one backstage was making sure the lines & productions had a clear backstage area. I had dancers trying to run around backstage & couldn't get to their spot in time because there were other kids in routines after ours standing in the wings blocking my dancers. Thus happened to other routines too. I watched other dances struggle with their entrances because kids were in the way.
We just returned from their competition in Wheeling, West Virginia(second weekend event) for the first time and had a great weekend! Positive atmosphere, nice dressing areas, nice awards, great staff, judging seemed appropriate. It was held at a very nice theatre, but had some issues. The roof was leaking, ON THE STAGE, but this isn't the fault of the competition, obviously. There wasn't really much backstage space, very crowded. Those are really my only complaints from the weekend. Other than that, the venue was very nice, just needs some maintenance. Great location and very easy to find! Scheduling was nice and easy, they ran about an hour behind at one point, but they worked hard to get back on schedule, and they did! Overall, great weekend, will probably go back some time in the future!
Out of all the number of competition I've gone, from Encore, ShowStoppers, Hall of Fame, State Dance, Inspire, etc... This was the WORST dance competition I've ever gone to. They may have taken away trophies and overall categories from our hard working dancers, but what they couldn't take away was their Gifts and Talents. Our dancers are going to continue to SHINE
They are VERY unfair and show GREAT favoritism. Even other studios saw and approached our parents and dancers with the concern on how this competition mistreated our dancer and underscored their performance