This competition was pretty unprofessional. First off, the dressing rooms assigned to us were way too small. My decently sized studio was assigned a tiny dressing room with three other HUGE studios. Pure chaos to say the least. Second, the set up. They didn't even have wings for the stage! Third, the backstage staff was RUDE. The people at the front handing out programs were quite nice though. Fourth, the judging was interesting to say the least. They didn't necessarily judge harder, more inconsistent than anything. Sometimes I questioned whether the judges were even watching the same dances because their score sheets were so different, which I will get to in a minute. They seemed really biased towards certain studios and styles(they seemed to hate tap and clog for some reason?). The awards they gave out were mediocre for a national competition. Fifth, the masterclasses they offered were just okay, nothing great. Finally, they were really disorganized. They mixed up score sheets, handed out the wrong awards, announced the wrong dances, played the wrong music, and even had the wrong dance in the top 5 dance off. One of our large groups was mixed up with one of our other large groups. I've never seen that happen before. With all of this confusion you'd think they'd be doing something to try to fix the problem or at least apologize, right? Wrong. Overall, I had a good time. I spent quality time with my dance family, the critiques were helpful(even if the scores didn't make sense), the pictures were wonderful, the masterclasses they offered were okay, the venue was awesome, and the studios all interacted in a positive way. However, due to the lack of professionalism, I will probably not be back.
As the lady below us states - we had similar experience with Nationals. We
went away pretty stunned and heartbroken. And confused. How can a child
get Platinum all season and perform their routine (that was made even
harder) better than they ever have and get a Gold? The scoresheets were
inconsistent. A 92 then a 83? Every judge whole season (even Encore\'s
own Regional) - great timing and technique - even the judge that gave him a
92 said this.. Then this judge that gave him an 83 said his weakness was
timing and technique... What? Were they watching the same child. I dont
care if my child gets dead last against the best of the best - but that
wasnt the case and it was pretty upsetting.. It also was very upsetting
that he was a young boy and almost ignored. \"Hey Girls\" \"Hey
Ladies\"... um there is a young gentlemen up there as well... Its hard
enough for him to be the sole boy and he knew it and it really upset him :/
Staff were friendly. Communication ok. Judges were poor. Two judges
from the area and it seemed clear they knew the studios and scored
well. Third judge wasn\'t from the area and had much more
the program. Funny how the judge that was not from the
seemed to be more accurate on the scores. Scores between
shouldn\'t be that far off from each other. Do not plan to
go back in
the future. If you were not from one of the big local
studios your child
did not do well which is so unfair to a kid that
works their butt off all
Sound system is horrible, judges have no clue and seems to be completed on
if the judges like the costumes. Overall, pretty bad.
Horrible who gives children high silvers!! Judge based on dance studio size
not individual dancer. Unorganized,staff very rude. Don\'t waste your
time or money.
Like previous experiences before me, two women backstage acted rude and
Judges looked bored and didn\'t appear to intently
watch anything except broadway tap and mini routines. Appeared to many that
the judges very bias to studio with most entries. Unprepared with plaques
and had to mail them following week.
First time I ever encountered
students that did not even want to dance come Sunday because the entire
experience was confusing to them and very low on the funometer.
Nice competition. It is not glitzy and on the conservative If you are
expecting a masquerade, energy or bravo...this is not the competition for
you. If you want a reasonably priced opportunity to perform with feedback,
this will work.
Not a single half-naked child or inappropriate
The staff is friendly, courteous and responsive
The venue was very nice. Plenty of parking, dressing space,
There was no marley floor, this would make my
overall rating 3.5 stars.
The judging was tough and consistent. The
few routines that received platinum were worthy of the award. There is no
video adjucation, but the score sheets provided decent feedback.
daughter enjoyed the day very much and for this reason, would go to
We were so excited to attend Encore\'s Nationals after attending one of
their regional events...what a huge disappointment! The master classes
were not well done; and the space was poor. The competition was the worst
that we have ever attended in 13 years of dance. Unfortunately, although
we initially had a very positive impression of this competition, we will
not be back.
Bad. Just bad. We have been to three other national competitions this past
few weeks and this one is a total joke. How does a kid go from scoring mid
290\'s at every competition on every one of their number to low 260\'s.
Hardly gave any platinums away at least in solo divisions. I honestly
thought it was a joke when my daughter got her adjudications and they were
high golds because we literally NEVER get anything except the highest
adjudications. When she didn\'t place in overalls I thought they had made
a mistake because the ones that placed are people we beat all year at
competitions. Saw girls leaving crying because they had gotten awful scores
as well. Way to make these kids feel awful of themselves especially since
it was our final competition of the season. Not the way I wanted our season
to end. Will never do the nationals again here but our regional experience
were better so may do regionals again next year. Also, in overalls for
solos was the same few studios getting everything so they seemed to favor a
few and leave the rest feeling horrible.
This is our 2nd year at this comp. We attended the regional as well as
nationals in the Cincinnati area. This year the scores and awards were
consistently low. Our studio did really well with some of our numbers and
flat lined with others. Which happens. But the written critiques were
inconsistent with the awards. Critiques are all over the place. I really do
not like this competition over all, it\'s close. It\'s here in my home
town. Will not attend next year. It is hard to see the dancers on stage.
The sound system was hit or miss. The scheduling is all over the place.
They schedule with in a time slot and then add dancers not scheduled so
your time could and has been pushed back 45 minutes with out notice. Long
days. Staff is nice. Videos are reasonable.
Our studio attended their National Competition at the Great Wolf Lodge in
Mason Ohio it was excellent ,
we had a small amount of entries and was
treated equal to the large studios whom had an large amount of entries. The
staff was friendly and helpful . The Great Wolf Lodge in Mason was
excellent for this competition. The judges were fair with their choices,
there were multiple opportunties for awards. This was the first time we
attended a compeition that did not play favors to the studio that bought
them the most money. It was about the talent and hard work of the dancer
no matter what studio they were at. We will continue to support this
competition in the future.
I liked this competition. It was small, but they stayed on schedule.
Judges\' critiques were very beneficial! Lots of \"special\" awards
which is very nice! We had not attended this event before; but because our
experience was so positive, we are planning to attend their Nationals.
The WORST competition I have ever attended! They have no idea what they are
doing! The backstage woman was just plain mean and I the lady in charge was
not much better! They wasted our money and our time!!
Loved our first competition!!! Thank you for a great experience...
Extremely inconsistent scoring!!! My daughters score sheets had
ranging from 82 to 66! Usually judges scores are pretty close on
sheets! One of the judges remarks were just cruel! We drove
close to 3
hours, had a nice experience at the competition, but the
awards and score
sheets just ruined the whole experience for her. Also
there were not any programs available for purchase, so print out a copy of
the run order before you leave home!
*** I have to say this was a wonderful fun dance competition for
daughter and her dance team !!! It was very organized, on time, lots
space to get dressed, the stage was great, lighting was good, awards
great and staff and judging were wonderful. Even the vendors for
merchandise were. Great and the photography and girls working the
were absolutely wonderful. overall a great experience !! THANK
YOU FOR A
GREAT COMPETITION !!!
Where do I start with this competition? First, the stage...no back drop no
wings, no stage lights. It was horrible. I think It was like this because
of the venue they had it at was a convention center and they usually have
it in an auditorium but still ridiculous. You could barely hear the music
in the audience. You couldn\'t even see the dancers in stage, not sure
how the judges saw them. The side stage woman that checked you in were not
pleasant at all. They also changed the schedule but didn\'t email or
notify teachers so we had already printed our schedule out and were going
by that. No programs sold and didn\'t tell us that the updated schedule
was in the info packet so we didn\'t use that we used the ones we printed
out like they told us too. It was originally supposed to be a 1 day comp
and then it got changed to a 2 day comp. We were not happy with this. They
also added a \"master class\" in the middle of day 2 that we were
totally unaware of. Overall it just was very unorganized and not well
managed. We will not attend this competition again.
This competition was OK. I didn\'t like that there was no Marley for the
dancers to safely do their routines on. This made the floor very slippery.
Also, the stage didn\'t have appropriate wings so you could see all that
was happening back stage. The judging was overall pretty consistent, but
the competition overall was a little lackadaisical. Not really worth coming
Good competition very long days.
Our dancers complained about the floor at the venue, seemed to be
\"holes\" underneath that they would fall into. Hard to turn. Scoring
was wack! Giving out platinums like they were going out of style no matter
how you danced. Allowed studios to jump around in the levels, 1 studio had
dancers competing solos in level 3 but would drop down to level 2 for
groups! That should be caught and not allowed.
Good competition, very long days.
I loved how the girls had a master class with the judge. It was something
Competition was great, however facility was too small. Competition ran
smoothly and was well organized.
Was an awful experience and we will not be returning.
I could not believe that they will take a last minute school, and almost
double the length of the event, running it way overtime and so far off
schedule, that we barely had time to eat and sleep. Everyone got high
awards, too, no matter how they danced.
Did not have a good time here. The competition ran way over. The backstage
staff was not communicating with the judging table/emcee well, and so they
were just calling dances out on stage at random before even seeing that
they were checked in and ready to go. It was weird! My studio parents would
revolt if I told them we were returning.
Not one of my favorites. Doesn\'t attract top talent in our area and
level 3 competition was tough to come by. Competed against
Surprised to see \"poise\" as one of the criteria for
We\'ve been to this one a couple of times. Once I\'d have given it a
The other, it would barely scrape by with a 1. VERY inconsistent.
is ALL OVER the place and no one can make sense of it -
dancers. They had to make corrections at both events
we attended. Venues
were both less than stellar with not nearly enough
changing areas. This on
eneeds work. On the plus side, the staff is
truly friendly and they do
Owner and staff are very sweet and encouraging to the dancers. We attended
regionals and nationals (which included a GREAT 1 day convention). Encore
elite team was a fun experience for my daughters! Will return this year.
Our first year with Encore. I was very pleased with everything. will be
We had a so-so experience with this comp. Did run on time. Didn\'t care
for the venue. Wish comps would take into account the number of dancers
and the lack of available dressing areas. We had girls changing on the
side of the stage. Not appropriate.
AGREE w/the person below
One of the WORST comps out there!
We haven't been to this for several yeas, but my rating should explain...
it's awful. Disorganized, inconsistent, & kind of a hot mess.