Overall a really nice competition! Definitely more competition in the solo categories, but I think it was just the area we were in. Very fair judging and helpful critiques! The venue was in a bit of a sketchy area and I wasn't comfortable having some of my 15/16 year old girls walking around in leotards(but to be fair it was Myrtle Beach lol) I really enjoyed talking to Rhonda, she was very friendly and I noticed her talking to some other studio directors as well. Very friendly staff! We couldn't go this year due to conflicts, but we will for sure be back next year!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This comp was really smooth
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.
Fair competition. Nice venue
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Third year attending and absolutely LOVE everything about
Well organized, comfortable assigned dressing room
Everything down to entry fees is priced fair. Friendly staff and
fun for the dancers. Plenty of space to warm up and run through
great. Judging was very fair and the critiques are very useful
our dancers to improve. Will definitely be attending again!
Loved the venue. The judges were fair and gave constructive comments. It
was a really GREAT weekend!
This is a competition that you can have the most fun at.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
We love Encore. Wonderful staff, runs on time or early and fair judging.
We\'ll definitely be back next year!
We always enjoy Encore! The staff is nice and the competition runs
smoothly - always on time or even a little ahead. We attended the
Lexington regional this time. The judges seemed to be having fun on Friday
night but seemed bored to tears on Saturday and Sunday. We were there for
the master class before group awards on Saturday and I would say that it
was fine, but was a little less fun and high energy than regionals we have
attended with Encore in the past. As always, Exulting Images did a
fabulous job with the photos. Hoping we attend Encore again next year.
This is a very consistent competition. They have great staff, a good
schedule, and everything goes smoothly!
My daughter and I both loved this competition ran on time, fair judging and
great venue we are looking forward to nationals!
Encore is a wonderful, dancer and dance parent friendly competition. They
are always helpful, always very well organized and scheduled. My
daughter\'s company has attended 3 years in a row. We all love it! All
of the companies that attend are so nice to each other and the staff is
wonderful to all of the dancers.
This has to be one if the most flexible comps out there. When they were
full they worked with our director to find a location for our team to
compete in as there had been a miscommunication between them and our
director. Kudos to Encore for going the extra mile as it was on our
directors shoulders to remedy the situation not them:)
Always a very fun competition. A great way to start a season.
Encore is one of our favorites. Always great, friendly competition and lots
We really enjoy this competition! Have participated for the past 3 years
and still enjoy.
Great competition in North Carolina,numbers all ran smoothly. Venue was a
little to small, not enough dressing room space, but overall competition
was great. We would definatly go back to Encore.
very nice venue
Kids had fun here! Nice theater the event took place in. Loved the dressing
Great competition! Runs really smoothly and stays on schedule
This competition has been consistently one of our favorites. Always fun,
extremely fair, accurate judging, and a very friendly and professional
staff. We will always include this one in our season.
Classy competition, organized, ran on time, competent judges, good overall
\"feel\" to atmosphere in that routines (from what I saw w/ Petite and
Juniors) were age appropriate and kids actually \"danced\" instead of
strut, roll on floor, leg lifts, etc. Studios were pleasant and dressed
their dancers in appropriate costumes. Awards were quick. Kids received
trophies, ribbons, pins, and Encore gift certificates depending on their
finish. 1st overall winner for \"Super Solos\" (meaning 2 solos)
receives trophy and a cute jacket. We alway enjoy this comp b/c it is
refreshing to have true technique rewarded over sass and crazy stage
Enjoyed the Myrtle Beach regional. My only complaint was that the
teen/senior groups went so late on Sunday. Seems like it would have been
better to do solos Sunday night so fewer people would be impacted by the
Love the energy level between numbers and during
breaks. Judging did seem fair at every level and the judges offered some
I will agree with a previous poster that in at
least two of our trips to Encore, the studio that won the \"Spirit of
Encore\" award was one that was rude to our team members. I guess how
they behave in the wings when they know the comp is watching and how they
behave elsewhere are two different things!
My students had a lot of fun here, but the dressing room situation needs to
be improved. Backstage area was organized and the manager was willing to
help with small props. Awards were long, but exciting. Students who win at
all 3 levels feel equally recognized. Many of our students had several
quick changes because of the way numbers were scheduled. The ratings scale
was unique to each division, which made ratings and judging very confusing.
Just returned from Encore in Myrtle Beach. It was a full three day
competition that had a few pros, but mostly cons. The staff was friendly
and helpful and the comp ran on time. The students also enjoyed the encore,
encore judges breaks, however....They did away with the bump rule, causing
18 year old students to compete in the 11-12 year old age category, because
several studios threw a few four year olds into an obvious Senior dance.
This was a total disadvantage to the honest studios who had legitimate
entries. Also, there was one studio who was so obviously misplaced as far
as skill level went. They have competed in the competitive division at this
same competition in the years past, then competed in recreational this
year. It was so obvious that even one of the judges questioned it. When
the director was asked, by several parents, about this misplacement, she
said that she had already questioned the studio owner, but did nothing
about it because the SO was defensive! Also. They give no adjudication
trophies. Not a huge deal, but when students are used to that, it hurts not
to get anything. Duets and trios only get one trophy, and only 1st place
overall winners get a trophy. Lastly, the studio that moved all of our
stuff in the dressing room, pushed one of my little students, and we\'re
very rude to the other dancers, won the \"Spirit of Encore\" Award????
Probably not returning next year. My students left feeling very bad about
This is our favorite dance competition! My daughter loves dancing at this
competition every year!
This was a wonderful event. My daughter and her dance friends had such a
great time performing and competing.
We LOVE Encore DCS! I feel like the judging is fair without being to harsh
and we got GREAT pictures this year in Gatlinburg! We\'ll definitely be
back in 2014.
Love this competition. It is the most professional by far. Have been every
year for the past 6 years and will continue to go to all close locations
Encore comes to.
Our favorite competition by far! So organized and well run, the staff is
friendly and helpful. The judging is fair, and feedback is very thoughtful
and useful. The competition is focused on celebrating the success of each
dancer, and the Encore Encore breaks are so much fun!
LOVE ENCORE DCS!! Staff is very friendly, judges are fair, dancers have an
OUTSTANDING time at both regional & National comps.
I have always enjoyed Encore. It has always been very fair and always run
Great competition! Friendly staff! Good judges, organized, and runs on
This competition is well run and has a friendly staff. It runs on time and
I like that it now has a three level system to its awards. It really levels
the playing field and allows all dancers to be recognized. Scoring is fair
and the judges critiques are useful! I see our studio definitely returning
to this competition!
Comp ran very smoothly and on time. Fair judges from what we experienced.
The staff wasn\'t very friendly both times we went. They weren\'t
really rude but they weren\'t really helpful either. Still on the fence
if we will go back or not.
Nice venue. Well run. Seems more focused on showmanship than on