Always changing rules and not updating the correct information to their site. When asked questions they have to get back to you. Staff was even unaware of changes. Judges interrupted during your child’s performance. Once upon a time I recommended this competition. 8 years in the scene, this was one of the first we attended. Unfortunately, over time it’s been going downhill. It’s sad to say I don’t recommend this competition anymore. Only gave the three star for the judges cause obviously this isn’t their problem and they put a lot of time and effort into judging our children. So to be distracted when a child is performing by a staff member is unacceptable to me and I’m sure them as well. I’m paying for the judges critiques, I want them watching my child’s performance. Win or lose ultimately I’m paying for their opinion and helpful corrections for my child. Not the trophy.
I thought this was a terrible competition. It ran late all three days even
though their website says they are always on time. Venue had no parking and
many stairs to climb to get to dressing rooms and to get on stage. They
put numbers on out of order all three days which always causes confusion
and cause lateness. And numbers were ready to go on...they were just very
disorganized. Awards were strange and there was ALOT of talking by the
staff which adds to the lateness. And the dancers stood at the back of the
stage to receive special awards so those of us in the audience were unable
to see them. I certainly hope we never choose this competition again. A
waste of money in my opinion.
A good competition. They need to give out better prize money.
First year attending. Really enjoyed the awards, judges, and the
atmosphere. The competition was really on the kids.
Great competition with great judges. Nice venue.
Amazing competition with friendly, fair judges. Scores are always
consistent . This year, they have started using a top 5 system instead of a
top 3 for all awards. They also are now giving out all-star team member
awards, encore awards for memorable numbers to perform again at nationals,
and diamond level ajudication for outstanding routines. All Studios that
attend are also very professional. Lots of awards.
Have been going to All American for years and love ti, but this year it was
way too long. Over 600+ numbers and 3 days. There should be a point when
the director needs to stop accepting entries.
Over all it ran great! There was no food or drinks. The picture quality was
lacking! And they gave out mostly High Platinum and Platinums. Scores were
crazy but consistant.
Didn\'t receive schedule until the Thursday before the event. Also
jam-packed several hundred numbers into one day and eliminated all breaks
including lunch and dinner and started at 8 am and didn\'t end until
10:30. Should\'ve been broken into two days. My studio was one of the
only ones at the competition so dancers were hectic and placed almost back
to back. Awards were also VERY long and the competition chose to give out
category high scores despite only having one dance per category in some
cases which only lengthened the awards ceremony unnecessarily. Despite all
of these problems it was still a fairly good day and we made the most of
it. Probably won\'t be back
Our experience was just \"ok\".
Some things they could do to
make the experience better are:
- The stage set up with the chairs
around all sides of the stage with the judges on a platform is very
distracting to dancers and the audience. Our dancers said it was
distracting to have people sitting right in front on them on the floor. We
have been to other comps. that have the stage on the floor, but the judges
are usually right in front of them using a table.
- There were also
no wings on the sides and when large group numbers went, my eyes tended to
go to the sides and not on the dance floor.
- They skimp on the
awards (There were over 30 soloists in a category and they only gave Top 3)
There were a LOT of High Platinum awards and they didn\'t utilize ALL of
their award system.
- They also didn\'t provide a boys dressing
room and I overheard someone asking the Director about it and was told the
boy needed to use the bathroom to change. Gross!
- The announcer
needs to speed up and he made some weird comments in between acts and about
dancers, as he was desperately trying to get a laugh and was not doing well
at it. (not innapropriate... just not professional).
- The venue was very nice
- Judging seemed to be
- The videos and picture prices were reasonable
- The staff
seemed very nice
- The dressing area seemed to work well
All American Talent is great event and the favorite of my students for many
years. Well run, extremely fair, great judges, flexible scheduling,
friendly staff and stress free atmosphere. The emphasis is always on the
students not the people running the event. The students are made to feel
comfortable and special. This company has been producing quality events
for many years and we look forward to returning each year. A class Act.
I thought this was a poorly organized competition. Also, it seems that they
score studios which bring a multitude of numbers higher than other numbers.
At the competition we attended, there was a very large group from a studio
which were so unbelievably rude and disrespectful in the competition area
and despite numerous complaints, nothing was done or said to the studio
director or group. In fact, at the end of the evening, this particular
studio won a studio award. It was unbelievable. The competition was behind
schedule and the announcer kept confusing numbers at awards. Just a mess
All American is a good competition that my studio has been attending for
many years. The staff is fairly friendly, and the venues recently have been
nice. (In past years, the stage was very small, but they\'ve fixed this
problem)This year we were concerned since the schedule of the dances
wasn\'t sent to us until three days before the competition. Also, the
last couple of years, at awards only the top three overall dances were
announced per age division, whereas most competitions announce the top 10.
This year we didn\'t care for the judging either. I know all judges
have different opinions, but one dance at our studio was given a 100 when I
can promise you it did not deserve a 100... By any means. (It has scored
high 80s and low 90s at other competitions.) And another dance had high 90s
from 2 judges and a mid 80 from the third judge-- that kind of deficit in
scores demonstrates how biased one of the judges was. The feedback
wasn\'t very helpful either. There weren\'t recordings to listen to or
videos to watch. It was old-fashioned hand written critiques- which would
be fine if a lot was written, however, very little advice was given. Many
of our entries only had one sentence written, and sometimes this one
sentence was a compliment, but the dance only received a 90 from that
judge. No justification for why he/she scored as he/she did. If they
aren\'t able to hand-write helpful critiques, maybe they should think of
switching over to taping their voice like other competitions have.
American isn\'t the best competition our studio attends; however, check
out the prices- that\'s what keeps us coming back year after year.
It\'s a decent competition that always comes right through our home city,
but if it was more expensive and not as close, we probably would choose
Excellent for 2 years in a row: Runs on time; great location;
familyrnfriendly - no risque dances/costumes; quick to respond to my
emails;rnflexible scheduling; lots of big trophies, ribbons, and medals for
all,rndespite the lowest entry fees; good judges' comments; nice small
dancernconvention on Sunday morning; quick/easy online registration, that
is kept for future years. Perfect for those new to competing, whorndon't
want to be overwhelmed. Best part = it doesn't attract
thernmega-comp-schools who dominate, then sweep all awards, like at a
nationallyrnknown comp. But because they are more regional to the east
coast, theyrnaren't well known, despite existing for over 30 years! They
don't advertise much, and could use (and deserve) a higher profile.