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  • 4.3 - Average Ratings
  • 49 Total Reviews
    Parent : 67.35 %
    Dancer : 8.16 %
    Studio Owner : 16.33 %
    Teacher : 8.16 %

  • 115 Smith St
  • Lexington ,SC
  • Rhonda@encoredcs.com

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ENCORE DANCE COMPETITION FOR THE STARS

Mar 07 2020

They know what they are doing and how to get through the day, but they HIGHLY favor lyrical and contemporary. I was competing in a competitive jazz division, but for overalls, only one or two dances were something other than lyrical or contemporary.

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Mar 07 2020

Oct 09 2019

Do your own research if you'd like, but this competition favors Center Stage Dance Company. The competition faculty CONSISTENTLY posts with Center Stages Dancers on their personal Instagram accounts, they spend time with them outside of dance, Encore judges/convention faculty choreograph dances for Center stage (which are competed at Encore and judged by the choreographers), and one of the faculty's CHILDREN dances at Center Stage. In my opinion that is huge conflict of interest and Encore proudly displays this all over their social medias every year. If you're still questioning this, do some research for yourself... it's very easy to see once pointed out. If you're considering going to Encore, I would double check if Center Stage will be there when you are, because if they are, you don't stand a chance. If anyone at Encore reads this, I am not posting this to tarnish your reputation. I am posting this in the hopes to bring this to your attention so that maybe in the future, you can be more conscious of how this behavior may be precieved from the outside, and perhaps consider being a little less biased in your judging and treatment of certain studios that have personal connections to your staff. Every dancer that attends is paying the same amount to be there and deserves FAIR scoring.

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Oct 10 2019

One of the biggest compliments we have consistently received over the past 23 years is about the loving, nurturing, positive environment we provide for all of our dancers and their families. Encore DCS is a family and we take great pride in building relationships with all of our students, teachers, and even parents of dancers. Center Stage was one of the first large studios to ever attend Encore DCS and has been coming every year to not only a Regional competition, but to Grand Finals and Encore Extreme Convention. We know these students because we have seen them three times a year for the past 15 years. It is not uncommon in the dance industry for competition faculty and staff to be asked to teach master classes at studios. It seems as though there may be confusion over who is an Encore staff member versus a judge. Our faculty and staff have no bearing on the judging process whatsoever and judges are hired uniquely for each city. We would never put a judge on a panel that choreographed for a studio that is attending the event. I am saddened that anyone would be upset that we genuinely care about our participants. Our faculty does reach out on social media to connect with dancers who love the Encore DCS family. I see this as not unfair but an equal opportunity for anyone who comes to Encore. I have a treasure of emails from parents, dancers, and teachers who have thanked us for a wonderful experience. I sincerely hope you will continue coming to Encore so that we can continue building a relationship with you.

May 12 2018

I would not mind attending another Encore DCS event. This was our first. The judging was consistent. fair. No real surprises. It was a big event with loads of talent. A few more overalls announced would be better since there were so many great dancers performing. The schedule was a bit obnoxious. Teen duets and solos with an awards at 11pm and having those same kids back for a 7:45am start time the next morning is terrible as is a 10 pm awards on Sunday night. Running ahead by an hour and half tells me the schedule wasn't set right to start with. We had a call time of 2.5 hours ahead, but if you had people coming to watch, the standard be there an hour before doesn't work. They did offer a live stream, but the audio was not very good due to a technical problem with mics. This affected the videos we purchased, but the company did make it right and refunded money. I would not let this keep me from purchasing from them in the future. Problems happen, and they took care of it. The company they use for pictures...WOW. So many great shots. My daughter had a random, terrible nose bleed during her large group number and the backstage manager was so KIND AND HELPFUL, reflective of a good organization to hire great people. He brought her teacher tissues and had my daughter laughing and at ease. Even brought her a T shirt to cheer her up for missing most of the dance. It made a great impression on her and me that he cared and went out of his way.

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May 02 2017

Pros: This competition lets you know who won each individual category, for example, if there were six 9 year old tappers they list them in order at awards. To me this is helpful to see where the kids placed up against their individual style and not just at awards. The playback of the dance on the screen is fun for the kids. The website posts a general schedule outline which is very helpful, since our studio does not give us specific call times until the very last minute. It helps to plan our weekend when we can go on the website and see a general idea of when we need to be there. I like that all participants in duo/trios get medals, not just one. Cons: If you attend a small competition and there are only three or four entries in a specific overall category, they will only announce the high score at overalls. At others comps we have been to , they still announce all the entries in order at overalls, even if it was less than five. The students like to know where they placed. For example, if there are four junior duo/trios, why not announce them all in order? (fourth overall, third overall, etc. instead of just first overall). The same goes for bigger categories - we had several areas where there may have been 12 or 14 entries and they only announced top five. At least announce top 10. The students really do like to know where they placed. Finally, I believe every soloist should get a trophy, not just the top scorer in the category. We pay enough for a solo entry fee and the kids work so hard that I think a trophy for each participant for their adjudication is not so hard to ask. Most competitions do this.

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Nov 29 2016

Love Rhonda and her staff. Highly recommended Dance comp for Regionals as well as Nationals. Totally professional. We will be back again for our 3rd year!

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Nov 20 2016

This comp was really smooth

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Jul 11 2016

Excellent experience for our girls! Beautiful venues - particularly for nationals! Well - on time, but flexible when necessary. Very positive judges and helpful constructive criticism. My only complaint is that I wish there were more policing those companies who entered in a lower category to score higher. They should be moved to their proper category.

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May 02 2016

Fair competition. Nice venue

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May 01 2016

Overall great. Love the amount of awards given, but wish ceremonies were shorter. Wish they would post schedule online and live stream was free. At our venue we were put outside in a tent that almost lit on fire from a heater...

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Apr 25 2016

Love this competition! The judges really enjoyed the dancers and got into the music while critiquing them. It was very upbeat and a great experience for all.

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Mar 16 2016

Good competition. We\'ve been several times and plan to attend next season. Awards would be better with a little less generic speaking, get to the business at hand. The biggest thumbs down was charging $20 for the live feed when other competitions provide it as a free service.

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Mar 13 2016

Great venue, judging seemed to be consistent. Pictures & video pricing was ridiculous & Photo people were rude. Awards could have been better, a rubber bracelet for an overall seems cheap to me. Also, one of our dancers had her overnight bag stolen & all of her clothes taken out, but they turned the bag in.

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Nov 18 2015

Overall not too bad. Lots of elite dancers in the intermediate category which is unfair but to really fault of the company. Awards went very late into the night. Will try again.

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May 10 2015

Third year attending and absolutely LOVE everything about this competition. Well organized, comfortable assigned dressing room areas. Everything down to entry fees is priced fair. Friendly staff and LOTS of fun for the dancers. Plenty of space to warm up and run through routines, great. Judging was very fair and the critiques are very useful for our dancers to improve. Will definitely be attending again!

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May 01 2015

Loved the venue. The judges were fair and gave constructive comments. It was a really GREAT weekend!

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Apr 26 2015

This is a competition that you can have the most fun at.

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Apr 23 2015

went to the fowlerville comp.I feel this was run well and that the judges gave out very helpful critiques! the awards were a little late at night but other then that it was pretty good!!

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Apr 20 2015

Encore was a great experience for my dancer. The scoring seemed fair. The atmosphere was very energetic. Loved the master class during the wait for scores. Also really enjoyed the photos. Great time all around.

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Apr 11 2015

I attended Encore last year in Fowlerville but I\'m not attending Encore again this competition season. I only competed one of the days, which was Friday night. We competed very late and awards were at 11 pm at night which wasn\'t the most enjoyable because we had a 2 hour car ride home and had to show up early the next morning to watch the other dances from the studio perform. The awards were enjoyable and I thought it was great that when you won your category, you got to walk up and accept the trophy and tell about your studio and who choreographed your dance because not all of our dances placed in the overalls. The dressing rooms were large classrooms, but they were already equipped with mirrors and the studios were assigned to dressing rooms which was helpful so everyone could find where your studio would be. We had a long wait from when we performed to awards which was 4 hours, and it was a friday night so we were all very exhausted. The food was limited but it wasn\'t being ran by the competition so that\'s not something to mark down on Encore\'s behalf. In conclusion, Encore was an enjoyable competition but I don\'t plan on attending it this season or the next because of timing.

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Mar 02 2015

We absolutely love Encore! The staff is amazing, always helpful and super friendly. The format is super family friendly and not political. All of the competitors (other studios and dancers) are extremely nice and supportive. It\'s the best environment that my kids have ever been a part of, with respect to dance competitions. Everything is always scheduled well and very well organized. Happy to go back again this year.

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Feb 26 2015

We love Encore. Wonderful staff, runs on time or early and fair judging. We\'ll definitely be back next year!

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