The judging at this competition is horrible. They hardly gave any critiques and the ones they did give were barely helpful at all. These judges also clearly had a bias towards tricks even when done poorly. Some of the comments they made in the critiques were really just questioning the theme of one of my dances and I wish they wouldn’t put that in there because now I can’t show my dancers. Don’t say that you don’t understand a certain piece because if my kids hear that, they’re going to think that I don’t know what I’m doing. The scoring was definitely weird considering all of our dances placed in completely different orders than usual and we go to a lot of competitions, good ones at that. Another thing is that they said one dance was the cleanest dance of the night when it was an absolute hot mess... and that was one of my dances, so I would know it didn’t deserve to place over some of my other ones that did a better job. We will not be returning to EDC as I do not feel that the judges have any clue what they are doing. They also didn’t even have a livestream in a freakin pandemic!
Just returned home from Nationals! What a great event!! A lot of top notch studios with nice teachers. My dancers are ready to get back to the studio and work hard. They were inspired!
We had a blast with the scavenger hunt & it created such team bonding.
You will see us again next season!
Completely rigged - Nationals were awful- way too much crazy with scores !!!
some studios who could barely do cartwheels got platinums and the studio that does standing layouts and team back tucks perfect with no technical issues gets the same score ???? Or when you attend a Regional and your solo gets elite platinum with an almost perfect score with a very competitive grouping and does a better job at their national competition but only gets a platinum?? - when everyone in the audience comes up to your dancer and says wow that was rigged - including the top two soloist who said no way I was better not sure what is happening??
I think it is well run but maybe get the judging in line unless of course you are friends with the people who organize this competition ...
Too bad that it is not consistent.
This competition was ok. And by that I mean kind of boring. The venue was incredibly small and unorganized! Our kids had to get changed down the street and run to the theater it was being held in their costumes. The costume awards were a joke. On the website it says that it must be an original design and the child that won was wearing a book costume. The judging was very biased toward a studio that goes to the companies nationals and has been going there for years. Overall not impressed.
Wonderful competition. Everyone is extremely friendly. Judging is fair. Runs on time. We do their regionals every year and did their nationals. Looking forward to regionals Feb 2018!
Okay comp. Schedule was good, ran a little ahead. Staff very nice.
Awards short and too the point. One major negative is the scoring.
Scoring range is way to big....everyone received Elite Gold or Platinum and
some of the dances that received Elite Gold were really good....and some
were really bad. There needs to be better differentiation especially in
the Elite Gold level.
This is a joke of a competition. The owner did not order enough awards and
told little children their awards will be sent in the mail!!!!!! People
pay so much money to attend and then their 7 years olds leave without their
award! Insane. Judge didn\'t say one positive thing on critiques and
were offensive. 10 year olds sexually booty popping win top score. 18 year
olds are marked down for \"provocative\" dancing. Very strange
experience. They did run on time. But to me competition is supposed to be a
positive experience and this was not!!!!!
I love this competition! Our 4th year attending & I wouldn\'t miss it.
The judging is fair, the event runs on time, the staff is wonderful & the
owner is very personable. They give out quality awards & their merchandise
is the best. I attended the Milford, MA competition this past weekend &
the talent level was top notch! We\'ll see you at Nationals!
Positive notes: The competition was run on time. The woman overseeing the
acts backstage was very friendly and helpful to the contestants. The
video/photo company hired for this event was wonderful.
notes: The awards were extremely confusing. There were solid routines
that received a \"gold\" and routines where the participant(s) forgot
their routines who received \"elite gold\". There were many very basic
beginner routines who placed higher than those with a higher skill level.
One studio received high gold and platinum for every routine, even those in
which contestants forgot their routine and one in which a participant fell.
I understand judging is subjective, but I felt as though there
were several incredibly amazing routines (not from our studio) who placed
beneath this studio\'s sub-par routines. Please know, this studio had
many routines who absolutely deserved to be at the top. It just really
felt incredibly biased and we\'ve never really seen this at a
Competition held February 27-28, 2016 at Milford High
School, Milford, MA
Staff is excellent. Very helpful with answering any questions you have.
Overall a good competition.
Great competition! Very friendly staff and judges! Fun awards but not
overdone! Overall it was a nice, positive, enjoyable experience for
We attended the Danvers Convention. My dancers learned so much from your
teachers! We all left feeling very inspired & ready to work hard. Thank
My studio & I had a great time at your Nationals! Everything was spot on
from the Venue, Judging, Staff & Critiques. What a great experience for my
dancers & parents. See you next season!!
One of the best competitions I have been to in a long time! The venue was
great,the staff was friendly,the entire weekend ran on time. The judging
was spot on & the critiques were very helpful. Looking forward to
Nationals this summer!
Not sure if we\'ll be returning. The venue was nice and staff was great.
However, judges critiques were so vague. One judge kept singing the songs
instead of giving feedback. How can my students learn from such behavior?
Agreed with scoring but found it to be a waste of time after listening to
Very impressed with the competition in Worcerster, Mass.Everyone we met and
saw was respectful of dancers, families, and studios. The employees were
nice at the t-shirt counter even after long days of standing in a tight
space.The dances moved along and they even ran a little bit early.My kids
did really well too which is always nice when there hard work pays off.
Attended in CT. Was well run, on time. Look forward to attending again.
What a great competition! Ran on time, owner & staff were very friendly,
scores we spot on. Got a lot of great ideas from the judges in our
critiques! We have decided to go to Nationals!
We looked forward to our 1st time at EDC. For the most part, we were very
pleased. Received our schedule early, staff was friendly, and everything
was organized and ran as scheduled. We also left looking forward to next
year. After receiving our critiques, however, I doubt we\'ll return.
While we agreed with the scoring, we received very little in the way of
useful feedback. We look forward to judges\' insights so our dancers can
grow and develop.
Just had another amazing competition weekend thanx to professional &
awesome staff at EDC!! Hands down our favorite comp every year... Looking
forward to 2015 EDC Nationals!
As always we had a very positive experience at EDC. The staff is wonderful
and very helpful. Ran on time and backstage crew was very upbeat and
positive with all the dancers.
this was our 4th year attending EDC and as always, we had a
experience! The staff is always very friendly, approachable
and easy to
work with even when we have large pieces that require taking
over all of
back stage and quick changes within production pieces The
atmosphere at EDC
is filled with positive energy & excitement for all
judging and awards are always fair. The award
ceremonies are fun & not too
drawn out or too long and the Special
Awards are always focused on positive
attributes of the dancers and the
teams like role model, grace, technique,
entertainment. We will
definitely continue to come back to EDC!
This is my 4 year taking my dancers to this comp. we love it! Fantastic
staff! It runs on time sometimes even ahead of schedule. Judging seems
fair. Nationals are always a great time!
My dancer\'s, parents & teachers love this competition! Just had our
parents meeting & this is the first competition that we schedule every
Love EDC! Great staff, ran on time, wonderful awards & fair judging. See
you next year!
A year ago I would have given this competition 4 stars. This years judging
left something to be desired. While I love the family atmosphere this place
provides I will not subject my children to rude comments by a judge.
Constructive criticism is ok but when you are hurting a child\'s self
esteem that is not ok in my book.
The owner and staff are great! We did regionals last year and loved it but
didn\'t understand how the routines scored so differently at Nationals.
How can that be when we are given time before nationals to make the
corrections recommended by your judges and then come back with a lower
score? This year\'s Regionals seemed to score similar to the difficulty
level of Nationals so we are hoping that we aren\'t surprised again come
Nationals. My only complaint about this year\'s regionals was that one of
the judges spoke INCREDIBLY FAST. I know she is giving corrections, but
when you are spitting out 10 corrections in less than 10 seconds, that\'s
a problem. It came off as though she cared more about filling up the
allotted time to speak rather than actually watch and appreciate the
dances. Hope this improves and we can continue attending EDC.
This was my first experience as a dance comp Mom. The comp ran smoothly as
far as time was concerned, ended a little behind schedule and was some
swapping around of routines. The end of the first day was extremely
frustrating when they overbooked the amount of dancers they had and did not
allow them on stage for their awards. This being my daughters first
competition she was extremely upset and frustrated that she was not able to
have that experience on stage. Very poor planning on behalf of the comp
management team as per the building representative that was there informed
us they knew in advance this was going to be an issue. As a Mom it was
offensive that some routines that were very inappropriate regarding
costumes and dance moves were allowed to compete and placed on the higher
side. That shows the dancers that go onstage with and age appropriate
routine and costume that distasteful wins. These routines placed high and
I felt set a bad precedent of what dance is becoming. Twerking and
stripper pole moves should not be allowed in youth age categories. The
judging was not consistent. It was hard to determine what the judges were
looking for and what routines were placing well. Because of this we will
not be attending the Elite Nationals. Very negative opinion.
My dancers & I love this competition! We have been attending since their
first season. Very family friendly. See you at Nationals!
Way overbooked studios so when it came time for awards not all the kids
were welcomed to the stage. A bit disappointing. Also very displeased to
report inappropriate dance routines seemed to score very well. Not
impressive to me. We opted out of Nationals because we disapprove of
twerking and strip moves.
Was good but i think the girls should express themselves more
Really really nice owner. nationals were great and regionals have always
been a good experience, I like the ribbons they\'re very nice and love
the gifts given to title winners. Only issue with this competition is that
the judging is not consistent. At one regional event we attended only 2
routines received the \"elite platinum\" award but at another they were
given out so often that they lost their value. Could\'ve been the
talent level but still felt a lack of consistency in that aspect. Overall
nice competition, constantly growing and does the live video judging which
is always nice.
Average compared to the ones we have done. Ran on time. Nice backstage
staff. Venue was a bit small, and scoring was way too easy. Platinum was
the rule, not the exception. I know you don\'t want kids to feel bad, but
when you hand out the platinum like candy, it no longer means much.
Elite is our favorite competition of the year!
As an independent dancer my daughter had a terrific experience at
venue. We did not feel like we were at the competition without a
The owner is more than helpful and the entire atmosphere of the
amazing. Regionals and Nationals were so well run.Can\'t wait
to go back
We liked their format and it ran on time. Nice experience.
Awesome backstage crew keep things running smoothly! Realistic scoring,
attracts solid studios. Our dance families rate this one high! I do too
This is one of the best (if not the best) competitions I\'ve been to. It
is always run smoothly and on time. The staff is friendly and helpful. The
judges give very helpful comments/critiques. They all keep the environment
positive and fun for all the dancers.
Hands down on of the best competitions I have ever been to. Friendly
professional staff. Runs on time. Great judges with great critique tapes.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this competition!
Staff was very professional, ran on time and smoothly. Very fair judging
and great vibe all around. We loved it and can't wait to go again.
Great experience at this comp! Crew was awesome , (kept things running on
time) , super organized.....lots of attention to detail..these people
really care & do their best to make the overall experience enjoyable.
Judging was thorough & fair