Here’s the thing. The staff is amazing and friendly. They’re so supportive of the dancers backstage and in dressing rooms whenever anyone is having a challenge. It makes for such a nice atmosphere, which makes it really hard for me to say I have to agree with the other reviewers here who are saying that the levels make it downright unpleasant.
No intermediate…. Why though? You have studios who follow the guidelines and let their intermediate dancers dance in the Uptown division, because they know they aren’t novice and it wouldn’t be fair to the actual novice kids. However, you have WAY too many studios who put their int and even adv dancers in novice and it’s ridiculous. Also, your judges see that these aren’t novice dancers and they let them win in novice anyway. Come on guys, your rules say you can bump up dancers if you feel they’re in the wrong level. Please start enforcing your rules.
Also have to echo that if you’re going to keep going without intermediate, you’re going to have to do something about allowing so many solos for one dancer and then letting all of one person’s solos place in the overalls. There are parents from our studio actually opting out of having their kids do solos and duets at this comp this year because of this. They’re choosing to bring solos and duets to other optional comps instead.
I hate to see this because it really is a pleasant and fun comp to be at.
I wouldn't mind there not being an intermediate division if they didn't let one person place with multiple solos in the top 10. Everyone pays to compete and it's extremely difficult to even place. The same 2 or 3 people take up the whole top 10 overall. You're forcing intermediate dancers to dance against advanced kids and then the advanced dancers are allowed to take all the top spots with 3+ solos.
All over the place. From one overall awards ceremony to the next they can't remember which awards they already gave out and they re-do overall placements from the prior day.
Only two talent divisions which would be fine if you didn't have kids doing 3-5 solos where they allow all of one dancer's solos to place in the overall. So in a top 10 you have the same two kids taking up 5-9 spots. Most competitions only allow one solo to place per dancer, which seems appropriate when you're blending intermediate and advanced dancers in one division.
I enjoy the competition and how it's more challenging with lower adjudication scores and only two levels. Director is very polite and helpful.
It was tough with COVID and all around awards at the end of a weekend. Lots of mistakes. Dancers who won Gold placed in top 10 where some who won high gold in the same division didn't place/placed behind them.