We really enjoy this competition every year and we do nationals with them every other year in texas
Enjoyed this competition a lot last year, things seemed to have changed though. Always ran about 30 minutes behind schedule and personal relationships between judges/directors and studio owners/dancers. staff backstage is very nice.
It was nice to see something other than lyrical/contemporary rewarded.
However, the judging was inconsistent. While I do appreciate the show
running on time, they crossed the line into rushed. I dislike the lack of
category awards. The awards ceremony is loud. It just seemed to be a give
us your money and now hurry up and leave. Once again - another competition
that seemed to favor the large studios, i.e. the ones that spent the most.
We won\'t be back.
We always look forward to this event!
Always so professional. They run on time. I appreciate the professional
judges and the helpful critiques. A class act!
Very good except for the fact that there is NO ONE else in the division 3
level so we are just competing against ourselves! And they don\'t really
care about sportsmanship because this one studio there was SUPER rude and
they didn\'t care they sat there and watched them do it! But overall very
good competition, nice scheduling, and fair judging.
We have been attending Encore since our studio started competing 5 years
ago and it has always been a great experience. Caron runs a very
professional event and the judges are extremely qualified. A few things I
would do to make it better would be a shorter awards ceremony and have
separate commentary but other than that we always come away feeling like
the staff really cared about each and every performer. The critiques we
receive are always very useful. I highly recommend giving them a try. Your
dancers will come away having a great experience.
Presenter seemed very sweet. New city this year San Diego. Horrible venue.
Fallbrook high school. I was most disappointed by the lack of judging the
judges did in terms of level placements. There were only three elite
dancers that were honest enough to dance at that level. It was quite
obvious that a high majority of the level two dancers should have competed
in the level three catagory. The Judges did not recognize and address this
issue, yet instead applauded San Diego for such great talent. I\'m so
tired of studio\'s placing there dancers down so they will place in the
over all. Get a clue! And let\'s start a real competition going. I see
this all the time it drives me CRAZY challenge your dancers already
This comp struggles to attract division 3 participants and every time we go
we end up competing against ourselves.
Enjoyed how it was ran, everyone in the staff was very kind and helpful.
Ran on time, very fair judging. It was nice to see the judges back farther
than just right up front. I loved watching all the performances so much
more with the dancers looking out at up at the audience not just dancing
for the judges!
I enjoy this competition and staff every year. Fair judging, well run, and
the staff is great with my students. Love them!
Karen does a great job at staying on time and running a good competition
that scores appropriately. The only bad thing is the award ceremonies are
pretty long. This year, they had one lasted well over an hour with 5 and 6
year olds up on stage. It was WAY too long for those little ones.
Love Encore --runs on time Karen the director is awesome give extra studio
and special awards look forward to doing competition next year
Not sure what to think. The audio critiques were tough because the judges
talked at the same time, on one recording. No special awards were given,
and the awards we\'re read off too quickly. The schedule was messed up
and we ended up waiting 30 minutes for one dance to go on. It ran very
My studio attended Encore for the first time this year. It is very
different from any competition we\'ve ever been to, but in a good way.
They ran on time, in order, and Caron and her staff were awesome!! One
thing that I really loved was the judging. Most video critiques from other
competitions are very short, and they don\'t really elaborate and
sometimes makes it difficult to understand what they\'re talking about.
At Encore, the judges talk on the video critique throughout the entire
dance and notice every single detail. It helps tremendously!! I loved this
competition and look forward to attending again in the future.
Encore is a standard for our studio and I\'ve always been impressed with
the professional manner in which it\'s operated. This year was no
different. However, some accommodations were made for girls in our area
that had prom- which I think is great! But, because of that, the junior
groups danced late into Saturday night. My daughter\'s last dance was at
10:30 at night and awards were going on past 11:30. Then, Junior soloists
came back at 7 Sunday morning. That\'s a bit tough for a 9 year old!
(and an old mom) The judging was tough, but we can handle that. I highly
recommend this competition.
We look forward to this competition every year!
Love love love this competition. Very professional, everything ran on time
and every studio was assigned owned dressing room! The only reason I
didn\'t give it five stars was because I thought judges were looking for
only lyrical routines both for groups and solos. Felt they didn\'t give
other types of dance a chance.
In my daughter\'s 11 years of competing this is the only competition
have seen that goes EXACTLY in the order printed. This means they
put thought into the order, taking costuming issues into
PRIOR to the event. The staff is so professional. This
year was our first
year to attend this competition and I wish we had
gone years ago!
In regards to the awards, the judging is harder than
other competitions. This is a good thing, however, because there is
nothing sillier than an awards ceremony where 95% of the entries receive
the same award. What is the point of a COMPETITION if everyone is scored
Loved the Encore competition. Professional, yet kid-centered. Positive
experience and my students had a blast. The weekend was a good length...
Long enough to feel like a real competition (lots of studios) but not so
horrible that you wanted to poke your eyes out each day. My only beef is
that the judges critiques make me feel crazy- three people talking at once
is just tough on the ears. We will definitely go back to this one.
Major disappointment - biased toward larger studios who attend their
finals. Judging not consistent and their turn rule is ridiculous and
doesn\'t solve the problem of studios placing more advanced dancers into
lower divisions. Could not pay me to attend this competition again.
I\'m not a fan of \"leveled\" competitions because
can\'t make all people happy. They tried something
whole number of turns thing) and I\'m not sure
don\'t like that all three critiques on the
dvd. The judges are
talking over each
Interesting that there were 14 5 star ratings all within one
week, by one time posters... just saying
Being in the industry working for many other dance competitions and
conventions, we are in a unique in a way since we see it from the outside
and the inside. From an organizational standpoint, Encore has got it going
on, from signing up to having everything inplace on the day of the event.
There are NO favorites in judging and critiques which is awesome, and with
everything else in place, it just creates a fun, stress-free event that is
super easy to enjoy. If you are a studio looking for a competition, I
would definitely check out Encore, obviously I am not the only one that
This competition is completely biased. If you are looking for a fair judged
comp, this is NOT it. Our studio got all gold where at other comps we get
High Gold/platinum. Other studios got ALL platinum -__-
Encore is definitely my daughter's favorite dance competition of the
season. She knows the competition in division 3 will be very tough but she
looks forward to the judge's comments knowing that they will be critiques
that are fair, accurate and specific to her performance level. Caron and
her staff are extremely organized & nothing but professional at all times.
This is particularly important to me because as a parent I appreciate the
staff representing Encore in such a positive manner and being great role
models for the dancers & families. We have attended Nationals three years
and the convention is outstanding as well as the entire competition. It's
obvious that Encore is dedicated to providing an over the top national
experience by selecting a great venue like Cashman Theater in Las Vegas to
host their national competition. The best compliment that I can give Encore
is to note that my daughter has made friends from different studios &
states from attending Encore and at the end of the day that is the most
important part of competition- not being the person or studio with the
biggest trophy. Great job Encore...... See you in April!
Wonderful competition, professionally run, nice people, highly recommended.
Such a great comp! Everyone of the staff is kind and amazing. They are
very supportive and love the art of dance. I would highly recommend if you
want to go to a well run competition.
LOVE!! They have an amazing staff, always professional and well organized.
As a teacher I am most impressed by their passion for the ART of dance.
Many competitions that we've been to are more interested in tricks but
here we always know that they appreciate creativity and emotion. A
choreographers dream and our students love it too!
I have been taking dancers to this competition for years! They are always
organized, on time and maintain a very supportive staff and judging system.
The main thing I appreciate about this competition is that they always
support choreography that is artistic and always reward quality over
quantity. They always go above and beyond to recognize the creativity
behind every dance and our dancers and teachers really appreciate Encore
for that! We LOVE them so much!!
WOW!!!!!!!! The Staff is amazing, The Quality is amazing, The Talent is
amazing & most important to me as a studio owner it's a family atmosphere.
It's the only competition I have commited my studio to for more than 8
years! It's the best in my opinion and the levels are a huge bonus for us!
We are HUGE HUGE FANS!
I honestly cannot say enough about this wonderful system! Caron and her
staff truly go above and beyond to make sure this competition is the best
experience you will ever have. We have attended regionals as well as
nationals for the last 4 years and never once has Encore been late...with
anything! The staff, judges, and Caron are all extremely personable and
professional. We recently changed studios and encouraged our new studio to
attend Encore...no surprise here....it is now the favorite system of the
studio! The master classes at nationals are staffed with the most amazing
teachers and my daughter leaves each year feeling more confident in herself
as a young dancer. This can only come from a system that runs
professionally, courteously and respectfully. Thank you Encore for
treating all of your dancers like family!
The Encore performing arts showcase is the BEST most well run
out there! Caron Moore and the Encore staff certainly have
themselves as first class professionals in every way!
Always on time,
passionate about each and EVERY dancer on stage, and
demonstrate a unique
level of credible ethics and integrity from start
to finish. It is always
such a pleasure attending the Encore dance
competitions, and will continue
to do so.
I'm actually a judge for this competition and have judged for a few others
competitions throughout the years and ENCORE is superior to all of them. I
truly believe that everyone I have ever sat with on this panel has EACH and
EVERY dancer's best interest at heart. I feel we give the best critiques
for your children no matter their skill level and we really try to judge
each dancer as an individual, we don't favor studios. And I really
appreciate the attempt by ENCORE to create levels and rules to follow cause
I started dancing at 17 and I had to compete against people that had been
dancing since they were 3, I had NO SHOT of placing. I love coming back
year after year to see your kids grow and improve and I hope some of what
we say has a little part to do with it. I have been told by so many
students, parents and teachers that my critiques are always the funniest
and the best to listen to over and over. I hope that what I say helps
build your dancers into a well rounded student technique, performance and
connection to song or emotion. Im so thankful to ENCORE for allowing me to
be a part of creating the future of performing arts.
My daughter has been dancing since the age of two and has danced
competitively since she was 5. She is now a freshman in college so that's
a lot of years of dance and competitions! We attended several competitions
and conventions throughout her years of dance and the one that stands out
the most is Encore. It is the one competition she looked forward to every
year and that means a lot. She also attended Nationals in Las Vegas the
last three years and considers her experiences at Encore as one of the
highlights of her dance years. As a parent, it makes me feel good to see
how special each dancer is treated by Caron and her staff. The competition
is always very organized and runs on time. The staff always has a smile on
their faces! That makes a paying customer feel good. I also feel Encore
hires awesome judges who give excellent advise to the dancers-advice they
can use to improve. Another HUGE compliment to Encore is I was not able to
attend Nationals with my daughter this year in Las Vegas so my husband took
her. He had nothing but good things to say about how it was run and the
friendly staff. If you knew my husband, you would know that is a HUGE
compliment! Encore has always been a very positive experience for my
daugher as a dancer and to me as a parent. LOVE this competition!
I am and parent of three kids who have danced at Encore Performing Arts
over the last several years. I have truly loved coming to this competition
both regional and national over the years. They are so professional and
have wonderful and friendly staff. There judges are the best I have seen
and really get to know the kids. This dance competition is really part of
my dance family. My girls love coming and enjoying all aspects of this
competition. I recommend this competition to every one I see when they are
asking me where we compete at. Caron Moore knows the parents and kids by
name and welcomes you from beginning to end. They offer not only an
amazing and profession competition but, so much more. For instance, at
their nationals if your child is selected at the regional competiton to be
on the Elite Dance team it is an honor. When selected for this your child
gets to be apart of the showcase when at Nationals and will receive a
scholorship to the workshop at the beginning of the week of nationals.
This is a huge honor and opportunity for your dancer. I can not say enough
about this competition. Love love love them!!!!!!!!!
I can't say enough about Encore. Our studio goes every year and for good
reason. They offer different levels based on skill and they are VERY
strict about it, making it hard for the competitors leveling down for a
trophy. The critiques are FABULOUS. You get a video critique from each
judge and they are very helpful, valuable critiques. The staff is
wonderful and a pleasure to deal with. I always look forward to attending
This competition is on the small side--and that is a good thing for your
dancer. The judges value technique, artistry and dance innovation. You
won't see a lot of non age-appropriate costumes and choreo. Rather,
you'll see many very polite young ladies and gentlemen who have received
good all-around dance training. The people who run the show are very
competent, organized, and kind. They want to support dance education at a
high level and give our kids a chance to shine. The judging is fair, and
they don't hand out the highest awards like candy. You will have to work
to get platinums. At nationals, they bring in quality professional dancers
and industry people to run the workshops and judge. Our studio has attended
this competition, both regionals and nationals, for many years. I've seen
it grow, but I haven't seen the organizers compromise their strong dance
values just to attract more studios or make money. I'm glad my daughters
had the opportunity to dance at Encore.
This dance competition is absolutely AMAZING!! The staff, judges, and Caron
Moore are so friendly and good at what they do. I would suggest going to
this competition because of it's integrity and professionalism. rn
Absolutely loved this competition!!!! Our studio has been looking for a new
competition to explore over the past couple of years and we had been
hearing so many good things about Encore. We decided to go out on a limb
and boy was the risk worth taking. The judging was the best we have ever
seen, with extensive and informative critiques through audio and video
recordings as well as a clear written score that was easy to see and
understand. They bring in true professionals who really know their craft
and indulge in not just teachers, but choreographers, agents and dancing
artists. They ran on time, the staff was courteous, always asking if there
was anything they could do to help us and the program was easy to follow.
One thing i personally loved about this competition was the divisions they
had, based on the number of turns you could do in a routine. I felt like by
enforcing these rules everyone was on the same playing field and it gave an
opportunity for my less advanced kids to really shine to perform at their
best. Encore will be on our list every year to attend. We also attended
their Nationals in Las Vegas and again they fulfilled every possible
expectation of mine to the fullest, which i have to say is really hard to
do. Our parents were happy, I was happy, our kids were thrilled and we will
be recommending Encore for many years to come for everyone to enjoy.
love this competition, they are fair, professional, and organized
We attended Encore this season in Fort Worth. We had a great time. Some of
our best critiques came from this competition. I understand that some
people are frustrated by the number of turns defining a division level but
it is one of the most fair ways to do it. As a teacher, I know that none of
my dancers can pull off 5 a la seconde turns if they only dance 3 hours a
week. Unfortunately, there are several teachers out there that are
dishonest about the number of hours a student dances. At least this way it
keeps people a tad more honest. And yes, I am fully aware that you can have
a super advanced dancer in Division 2 who performs with no turns. Welcome
to the dance biz folks... or life... its not always perfect but they sure
are trying to make it as fair as possible.
Well run show. Nice facilities and staff.
Not a huge fan. The divisions are based on how many turns you can do, but
my dancers dance the hours of a division one with technique levels of
division 2-3. I places the DANCER IN A DIVISION, but other studios placed
the routines. So division 3 soloists combined to do division 2 duets and
groups. Not exactly fair in my book.
I loved this competition. I thought that the judging was fair and every
dancer left feeling special. All of the dances ran on time or ahead of
schedule. The audio feedback from the judges was helpful. I wish their
scoresheets had better notes on them. We had to share a dressing room with
a few other studios but that was not a huge issue. The only negative that
I had to say was that the running of the nationals video before awards was
annoying. They should have it playing in the lobby instead of right before
It was OK
Encore\'s divisions are based on the number of turns a
and I don\'t agree with that. Advanced technique can have no
all or can have 2 turns, thus putting them into a division lower
they should be. Its overall not fair and we won\'t be back. We saw a very
large studio sweep an entire division because they placed they\'re
students in a category they should not have been in. Not a
so-so comp. they play their national video before EVERY award ceremony -
by the end of the weekend I had seen it 4 times.