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We attended Elite Dance Cup’s national event in Biloxi, MS June 27 – 30. I have to say as a parent of a dancer and studio owner I enjoyed the nationals very much. The staff were always smiling and welcoming throughout the day during Competition and Master Classes! And talk about a well-rounded group of judges that gave each master class. It was a very encouraging event and gave several opportunities to the dancers throughout the weekend. The “Cups of Kindness” were one of my dancer’s favorite activities, which encouraged dancers to support each other and turned into a friend in the dance world from another studio. I see them meeting at future competitions still as friends and supporting each other. The Showcase Showdown was a special way to end the weekend. Even though we did not win the Showcase the dancers were so excited to have been selected. We will attend Elite Dance Cup again! Looking forward to next year!
Elite dance cup reached out in regards to my issues! Thank you!!!!
Elite’s competition was so well run, they were on time, in fact thirty minutes ahead in the end. The staff was also friendly, encouraging and helpful. All the studios were even supportive of each other. This made for a very smooth long competition weekend for my dancers. Thanks for such an enjoyable time!
This competition was very accommodating with a staff that was very approachable, helpful, and energetic throughout the entire three day competition! It was refreshing to see a competition with such caring workers. This was in St.Louis at the Scottish Rite. My Daughter has a great time!
Elite had a very thoughtful staff! Easy to work with and ran on time.
I have a small studio that competes recreationally. We enjoy very much going to the Elite Dance Cup competition. The owner is extremely helpful and kind. I have found that the critiques were very beneficial for me and my students and the awards were all exactly as I expected for our efforts. We have made a point to return to this competition for two years now, because we had such a great experience!
Ran on time and sometimes early. They reminded the dancers that their
score/trophy doesn\'t define them. Needed a better sound system for the
mic, it was hard to hear the results at times due to the volume of the
We had one good experience at this competition and then years after that it
became much worse. The second year we went there the venue was flooding
into the backstage and into the audience. Then the third year our nationals
were cancelled. And then this year I had girls wiping out left and right.
The judging was AWFUL! They don\'t give care about novice kids and you
could clearly tell they favored one studio. But yet we can\'t even wear a
shirt that has our studio logo on it when we bring out props. It was
I have never had a bad experience at this competition. Sure, I do not
always agree with the judges, but that happens at a lot of competitions.
After all, judging is subjective.
A bit unorganized, strange venue, gave out ribbons...
We were able to compare results for multiple dancers from multiple studios
among a group of friends who own studios or have taught for years. The
overall winner was clear but the other four in the top five left us
wondering if there had been a glitch in the scoring system. One of my girls
placed second but had no business being in that group. She was thrilled but
quickly realized that she placed better than others that she was in awe of.
Plenty of good life lessons, but anything but a well run, professional
competition. We have tried to make sense of the experience based on years
of participating in these things, but we have yet to figure out how the
judges came to the conclusions they reached. It\'s not good for the
dancers or parents to have scoring so wildly inaccurate. Funny thing is,
the studio owners came up with just about the same personal top 5 in each
category. Only one or two were on the lists the judges generated. We\'ll
throw this comp into the only if we need stage time and there is nothing
else within 4 hours drive time. In other words, last result with no weight
given to results.
Small venue. Small dressing space. Might return
NEVER AGAIN! We compared only our studios dancers. The scores/ranking made
no sense whatsoever. Our senior level girls have amazing technique yet
their more difficult dances score lower than our youngest girls who had
considerably less content. I heard gasps all through the venue throughout
awards. People all around me we\'re saying things like: that\'s not
possible, how in the world, and no way. Needless to say we will never
The venue was a good size for the size of competition. With that being said
the competition was small and literally took only one day. It should have
been on a Saturday if it was going to only be one day because it causes
long drives, late at night to travel back home. Also, we were the largest
team there with about 45% of the dances and they would not let dances go
out of order. .. That was difficult for some girls due to extremely fast
changes because they were in so many dances which were very close together
in performance times. The back stage crew was rude and was caught yelling
at one of our students. (We almost left at that moment! @ 8am!) The girls
complained about slippery floors, of which our dads had to sweep (for the
dancers safety). And during awards, there were a few instances the awards
were incorrectly awarded. We have decided to not return to this
Our studio attended this competition 2 years ago and we have not been back.
There was only one room for ALL dancers to dress in and it had to have
been 100 degrees in there. Comments were made by the judges about the
girls hair having fly aways, tight color, shoe color etc. Those poor girls
couldn\'t help the hair. It was hot and extremely humid in there. The
comments were really rude and overly critical. Our studio has voted to
never go back there.
Although our team did rather well at this competition, we were still very
disappointed in it. It was a very small competition, but was our first one
of the season so not a huge deal. However, despite the small size, it was
still rather unorganized, with long breaks between each routine for no
apparent reason. They kept mentioning that links to the videos and photos
would be sent to the studio, but we never received any photos, the video
quality was terrible (I could have shot a better video on my cell phone),
and only 2 of the 3 judges\' critiques worked. Still these things would
not have been the end of the world. What made this competition so bad was
the irresponsible and inconsistent scoring. According to their scoring
information, the maximum technique score a routine can receive is a 35,
however some of our routines received 37s and 38s, but were heavily marked
down for things like costume or musicality. Some of our routines also
received one award, but when we checked our scoresheets, they had received
the wrong one. Finally, the judges only seemed concerned or impressed by
tricks and flips, not artistry, creativity or emotion. They awarded their
choreography award to a routine that did non stop tumbling passes and lifts
throughout the entire \"dance.\" The plaques were cheap plastic, and
one of our trophies completely fell apart the next day. Needless to say,
we will not be returning to Elite Dance Cup.
Will never attend again. Venue was horrible with very little space for
dressing rooms. Had tents set up outside on a VERY chilly day! There was
not enough seating for spectators. So very obviously favored one studio.
This studio was from the town where the venue was. We found out that they
had come in on Friday and practiced all their routines on the stage, which
is against the rules that Elite Dance Cup states. This was brought to the
comps attention but nothing was done. Also awarded the \"Dads Dance\"
the highest overall award. The routine was totally inappropriate and so
was the song. It was a slap in the face to the instructors and the
students that had worked so hard for technique and routines and then dads
get out there and shake their rear and win overall.
This is another one to use for stage time and critiques....good comp
Small show, it seemed like they were struggling to keep it on the rails and
going smooth, but all and all it turned out to be a good weekend.
This was a terrible experience, the critiques were about the color of
lipstick or the hose color did not match the shoe etc. and to top it off
they ran out of plaques, with the promise to send it.... yep never have
gotten it and that was march Have called and emailed!
The only good thing about this competition was the location. It was the
only event that was close to home for our studio. We usually have to drive
2 hours to the nearest big city to attend events. However, this competition
took place in our local area! We got to the competition and they barely had
any staff to help out which made it hard to get any questions resolved. To
add to that they took off points for parent\'s cheering in the audience
and also for our custom-made competition costumes that won top costume
awards at every other event we attended! Their awards ceremony was very
boring and they had no entertainment factor for the dancers to enjoy
themselves. I was also disappointed because one of my dancers was very sick
in the hospital that weekend and we had a doctors note to show proof but
they still wouldn\'t refund her entry fees. I just felt like this
competition was very old-fashion and after attending tons of other
competitions we just felt like this one was not up to par. My parents were
not happy with the event and we will not be returning, even if the location
was for once right up the road!
Definition of Rules: A set guide for conduct. Imagine a competition
without rules!!! We have attended Elite Dance Cup regionals and nationals
and have loved every minute of it. The staff is friendly and helpful.
The judging is fair. Sometimes an elaborate theatre isn\'t always
available, so you make the best of what you have. It\'s all about the
art of dance, right? I would recommend this competition to anyone wanting
friendly atmosphere and honest critiques.
Not a competition we will ever go to again. Claims to be all about the
kids, but when one child (7) had the wrong shoes at nationals (she was a
title winner and got to be in a special performance), she wasn\'t allowed
to perform. Really? For something that was supposed to be a reward? Our
kids were so disappointed by promises that were made by the competition.
Not happy with this one at all!
Nice competition. Could be a bit more organized. Judging was a bit
inconsistent, but the critiques were decent.
This was not a FUN competition... The staff deducted points for cheering
and yelling for dancers on stage. The venue was terrible-- Dressing rooms
were set up as tents outside and the temps were not warm. Not an enjoyable
weekend..Too many rules to make it fun.