The judges should bump dancers who are well advanced but dance in the power level.
Love love loved this competition! The judging was fair. The staff was incredible! Very professional, organized and comp ran on time. Wonderful venue with comfortable seating. My only complaint would be the awards. They gave out metal signs to the top 10. Whatever happened to awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd with trophies? I’ve seen this trend going on more and more with comps everywhere. In my opinion it’s cheap. Other than that, this is a great competition and hopefully our studio will attend next year as well!
Our studio attends Energy every year. It is a well ran competition with good judges. The problem I have is that they allow so many studios to level down leaving our studio with no one to compete against in the most advanced division. Their rules state they can bump a routine if they feel it was mis-leveled but they never do. However, this is a problem across the board not just with the Energy brand.
By far one of our most favorite competitions ever!!!! Everyone is so friendly and it feels like we get to know the staff over the years:-). Anthony is the best emcee ever and it is always such a fun time with him there. Judging is fair, staff is friendly, love the special awards. It is such a positive vibe at this competition. Loved the new venue for Seattle. Can't wait till next season!!!
Hands down the TACKIEST competition I've ever been to. One of the number one winners was a little girl who was doing exotic dancer moves on a birdcage. Every single outfit was feathers and rhinestone collars. My daughter didn't do her best job here, so I'm not contesting her results - but the entire thing was just.. old school in the very worst way. Very much a costume focused competition. The Emcee spoke to everyone like they were three year olds. Poor communication, bordering on rude, staff running around like chickens with their heads cut off.. just.. a hot mess. You could not PAY ME to go back to this.
Decided to give Energy another chance after our complaints the previous year. I will say WOW! What a difference it made with having more awards after each session. We loved the MC Anthony! He was amazing. Judging fair, ran early. Loved the judges award. Great weekend!
We LOVED this competition! The emcee was AMAZING -- it ran on time or slightly early and the judging overall was fair.
We did not love the venue as we constantly had to be running up and down stairs to get back and fourth to the dressing room and stage but it wouldn't deter us from attending again.
Energy National Dance Competitions are excellent!! My DD enjoyed herself very much!!
Always have done this competition each year. Really enjoy this one
This is our favorite competition of the year! Fair judging, always run early and THE best Emcee around, Anthony!
We attended their regional and Midwest nationals. We had a great time at both. Anthony is the BEST emcee out there. My daughter was in the opening number and not only had a blast but learned so much from the amazing choreographer. My only complaint, and this is across all competitions, is the use of 3 levels. You tend to see more blantant leveling down when there are 3 levels to choose from, leaving our teams with no competition in the most advanced level. However, you clearly see routines who should be competing at that level but choose to compete at a lower level, for what I assume is the win. If a routine would have scored a platinum in the level higher, it should be bumped up.
We have been to this competition twice and what we didn't enjoy as much was the location. The Lakeland theater (2017) had tiny dressing room and we were of 65. Then this past year it was actually in a school in Tampa and had one accessable bath room that was for dancers and guest. I think convention Halls are the best way to have everything and space needed. We enjoyed the host and performances. Also I think k microphones on the stage should be set up for tap routines.
Ran well, fair judging.
Enjoyed our Chicago event! Very modern and fun! Will be back
We always love coming to Energy. I liked the short and multiple award ceremonies, fair judging, and so many "extras". My daughter received a scholarship to Broadway Dance Center and an invite to attend a weeklong program in NYC. This comp is one of the only that is truly about the kids. 5 stars!
Pros: Live streaming; ran on time.
Cons: EVERYTHING else.
I wrote a nice long, thought out review but I guess it's too long. I'll try and summarize. The most questionable scoring/judging I've ever seen in my many many years as a dance parent. Out of 214 dances on Saturday, 174 got high gold. 22 Gold, 17 platinum. The overalls seemed to favor the bad dances - like they were trying to boost up the lower level dancers, with the best routines coming in very low (if at all) in the overalls. This seemed most obvious in the Power Division. Title comp was a joke (and my daughter didn't do title, so this is unbiased) with the senior title winner scoring a high gold behind four other title dancers but somehow taking home the crown. The announcer/backstage manger handed out "stand out" awards while watching from the side stage while also lining up girls, checking them in, and then even being spotted out in the hallway during the competition. Soloists scoring golds when it was obvious to anyone watching they were not gold level dancers - and heck they all got high golds in their groups. Oh and one routine's (not from our studio) music cut out about 15 seconds into the dance and rather than have them go off and start over, they had them dance the entire routine without music. C'mon. This isn't Broadway, let them do it the right way.
I hope we never ever return to this competition as it was the biggest joke I've ever seen in my life. The scoring and judging was BEYOND ridiculous.
Disappointed once again in our experience at EnerGy this past weekend in Maumee OHIO.
The schedule that you put together was a train wreck before the competition even started. If you don't think scheduling numbers back to back that have the same dancers in them wouldn't cause a problem possibly you need to revisit putting on dance competitions.
Will never understand your criteria for judging. It seemed like the fluffy, easy numbers got the high scores, where the more difficult "dance" numbers seemed to struggle to even grab your attention. The solos from Sunday were so far off base on the scoring it was almost comical. You are consistent in one thing and that's promoting the exact same, in-the-box, fluff that you see everywhere. Very disappointing.
Please......if costume/appearance/turn-out is even a smidge of what you judge these dancers on, PLEASE start calling these girls out for dancing in a near thong, without tights, with their butt cheeks hanging out. Call the studios out that allow it too. Wrong type of attention you're going for ladies. So gross. Not only is this distracting to look at, it's simply not a trend that you should be promoting as o.k. as a competitive dancer.
No more time wasted at EnerGy for this studio thank god.
I didn't like the fact that the competition ran so far ahead of time that people that were coming to see my daughter dance could not make it. Also, the judges were "posing" in front of the live stream-I know this because out of state family was watching and were commenting on our group chat. Also, the scoring is absolute garbage. My daughter was scored much lower than she should have been, her dance instructor was completely dumbfounded (as were her father and me) as to how she earned the score she did. An absolute disappointment.
We just attended Energy Seattle this past weekend. We had a great time! Everyone was very friendly, the event ran smoothly and on time. Judges were fair. The emcee did a great job. Absolutely love all the special awards and scholarships given out. Our studio did extremely well with placings and awards! This was our 4th year doing energy and it did not disappoint, as usual. Can't wait till next year!
Judging fair. I love they actually bump you up if they feel you are in wrong level. Love the special judges awards. What I HATE and surprised not to see more comments is how long it takes for awards! Why can't you have awards after solos/duets/ trios? Both times we have done Energy we have waited hours, 7 or 8 hours for awards!!! I do not want to sit through a million group dances especially if my two girls are not in any of dances. Why can't solos be at one time and not mixed in throughout the day? Awards last 1.5 hours. I would say this is one of worst competitions out there and only for this reason. Two awards seasons at this last competition we attended. 130pm & 1030pm. Way to long of a stretch. Fix that and we will be back.
The emcee for Energy is the best part of this competition. He is hilarious and makes the entire event a lot of fun. The improv contest is my daughter's favorite. The awards seem to be done fairly and I like that they are willing to bump routines up that seems to be in the wrong level. Special awards this last year were more meaningful then in the past years.
Attended their Columbus event a few weeks back. On time and ahead of schedule all weekend. Emcee was the best! Backstage staff was helpful and we LOVED the Improv contest! We're going back next year!
As always, it was a very smooth event! Friendly and professional staff, qualified and constructive judges, and running ahead of schedule all 3 days was a bonus! Looking forward to Nationals!
Huge shout out to the judges Patrick, Karsha, and Briana this past weekend at Waterford. Your undivided attention afforded to our dancers was very apparent once we got our comments. Not only was my kids dance announced as the INCORRECT number, all three of you never bothered to stop yacking about the previous performance until her dance was half over (how do you accurately and in good faith submit an official scoresheet / judge something that you only even half paid attnetion to?) and debated as to who was ACTUALLY on stage - And despite the fact that Energy advertises competitive feedback as one of your "opportunities" for attending this Competition, I don't feel the comment on our tapes "Who the heck did we just judge?" constitutes as constructive feedback. Out of the 2 minutes and 45 seconds she was up there, she got MAYBE a good 30-40 seconds of your undivided attention - which explains her placing of a "High Gold". Heck, I would have given her the same since the number you kept calling her as was a Musical Theater number and her performance was actually a Contemporary piece - You should be ashamed of yourselves. These dancers and their Instructors work ALL YEAR long to present a routine to you so you can "judge" them on their performance. Normally they take those comments back into the studio and work on that routine, pretty sure that cant be done at this point and to be honest we take NOTHING from you as constructive or otherwise.
So Gina, thank you for a less than enjoyable experience. Not only were your judges lousy and inept at doing their job, you assured our studio that if we accepted your invitation to compete at one of your new locations free of charge in order to drum up some competition at the new location (Fowlerville in February) that we would not have to worry about being judged by the same 3 judges when we came to compete in Waterford. Disappointing to arrive and find that despite all of your assurances, all three judges were the same as Fowlervilles competition. Thank you for sticking to your word.
Needless to say we will not be attending your competition again. Very disappointing to say the least -
This was our first year attending Energy and we loved it. Judging was fair and staff was amazing!
This is our second year of doing Energy. The comp was fun and great, what I didn't care for was that if there is no one in the division age category for title, the person bumps up. I don't think it's fair that for a title award that a child of 7 or 8 competes against a child that is 12 (13 usually at the time). To me that just isn't very fair or evens the playing field. We've been to multiple comps where if they didn't have others in the division, they still make the child go through the hoops of the title portion. Again, just a basis of opinion that I was not impressed with the title portion
We attended energy in seattle last weekend. We love this competition! Very friendly staff. Ran very smoothly . Judging was very fair. Our dances all did really well, receiving mostly platinums, but I will say it was hard to gauge if judges really liked certain dances. They weren't very vocal during critiques and we're very monotone. Awards ceremony was lots of fun for the dancers. I love how they give out lots of awards and scholarships. That was awesome. Great merchandise too! Definitely one of our favorites. Looking forward to next year!
I love this competition!!! I highly recommend it to everyone for their
professionalism We went to that\'s entertainment and they were
HORRIBLE!!!! Rude and disorganized !! But this competition made us feel
welcome and definitely had a better flow with awards and overall event !
I attended the regional events in Maumee and Waterford. This is by far the
best competition around. They are so organized and friendly! Not only that,
but they ran ahead of schedule! The judging was very fair and I love how
they introduce the judges and that they actually present an award. They
also have these fantastic studio plaques for your dance studio instead of
lugging home 50 trophies for your group dances. Loved the improv contest!
Lots of opportunities for the kids and chances to be recognized! Will
definitely be going back!
This was one of the most boring competitions we\'ve ever sat through. The
majority of the groups were leveling down, and it was obvious. There were
barely any routines in the Energy division. Our groups did really well but
there wasn\'t anyone to compete against most of the time. The award
ceremony took forever and the judges awards were a joke. You\'re wasting
everyone\'s time handing out a \"sparkly shoe\" award. I would not
want to return to Energy.
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This is our second year at this competition and we enjoyed our experience
both years!!! Thank you for another awesome year.
This is our 2nd year at Energy and we love it! Competition ran an hour
ahead of schedule which was nice for those who were there all day.
Friendly, professional staff and Anthony is the best!
Attended energy in Seattle this weekend. This event was amazing!!!
Everything ran smooth from registration through awards. Ran way ahead of
schedule. The emcee is amzing. He keeps everyone entertained. Finally a
competition where the judges were super fair. Scores were fair and special
awards distributed evenly amongst studios instead of just one studio
getting everything. Staff was super nice!!! Will be back for sure!!!
Runs smoothly. Don\'t understand while a completely inappropriate routine
(a junior dancing to fergilicious is DISGUSTING!) was awarded a top 10.
Most inappropriate number I saw in the three days we were there.
Always a smut routine getting rewarded.
There was also a swim meet
going on so parking and space was no where to be found.
is great as usual. Everything moved along quickly.
The emcee is
always a big hit. He\'s funny and quick. The staff was pleasant and
LOVE this competition. Truly all about the kids. Love all of the specials
awards as well.
Needed more dressing rooms. Did like how it had anopen area for eating. I
also liked their special awards. Some of the judges were pretty harsh in
their corrections but I appreciated the honesty. Loved the announcer.
Loved the location but the competition left a lot to be desired. They
crammed everyone into 2 rooms because the candy apples were here and had
their own room. The lights went off during more than 1 roytine, they sold
all their programs by 8am the FIRST DAY of competition. The judging seemed
to be based on what studio you were from rather than how you danced and
they had no rhyme or reason to who danced and when. They have you a half
hour window and even though I know my daughter was checked in and ready
they would sit and wait for a certain routine(usually the candy apples) to
go first even though technically my daughter\'s routine was earlier in
the listing. The awards took forever and the environment was not as
friendly as other competitions
I was excited that the competition was in a school. Easy parking and plenty
of room or so you would think. They had all the dancers stuffed into 2
rooms. You could not breath. They should have provided more rooms to
change. It\'s a school they have hundreds of rooms. The competition went
ok. They seemed to have issues with music and lighting. Several
performances had to redo because of problems. My daughter being one of
them. Her music skipped in the middle. She completed her dance without a
missing a beat. She was not asked to dance again like other performances.
She was ok with that. She did get recognized with a special award. However
one of the judges was extremely rude. I understand it is your job to judge
but have you heard of constructive criticism. My child is 9 years old and
for you to jab at her left and right with nothing positive after she danced
perfectly without music is wrong. The other two judges were great. They
need to give pointers to the other judge that was a professional dancer. We
understand she knows a lot but keep in mind the ages when judging.
Well run and a lot of fun! Great experience.
Your entire team is one of the most professional, organized and smoothly
run competitions. My studio gals look forward to your regionals in Redondo
every year! The staff is friendly and knowledgable, the judges are
extremely helpful, and the emcee is hilarious! Even the other studios that
attend are extremely nice and helpful! Good people, good times! Everyone
should attend the Energy Experience! Your a great competition for all
levels of dancers.
I love this comp! However, the judges comments come off as a little bit
rude, but they are helpful. Overall its a super fun experience and I would
recommend it to everyone!!!!
Energy is honestly a very good competition very orginized and all but they
bump pretty much everybody up and it is very frustrating because most
students do not need to get bumped up and when they do they place much
lower and that isn\'t fair because when a teacher places a student in
that level they usually are not trying to cheat they are just placing them
where they belong and energy wanted to bump almost every soloist and group
up but that is wrong. The sad part is they don\'t even ask you or tell
you until awards that they did it and you pretty much have to BEG them to
tell you and ask your permission it is very frustrating but over all a
pretty decent competition
We recently attended Energy Nationals at Sawmill Creek Resort. I definitely
give them 5 stars. They offered some different things for the kids to
participate in like the opening number of the showcase and the improv
contest. How about the pool party, the bonfire and the movie?? Who else
does that? What an opportunity for the kids, parents and teachers to mingle
and make new friends. I enjoy the fact that they do not start early in the
morning. Gives the kids a chance to rest and/or enjoy the pool or other
activities for awhile. Anthony Fett!!!! Best emcee I have ever come across
in our years of the dance world. He knows how to entertain! I love that
awards are fast and yet the kids are given the perfect amount of attention.
I\'ve read above that some feel Cathy from CADC was rude in classes.
Myself and my daughter were in her junior/senior class and I didn\'t
see/hear anything of the like. As far as her teaching I do not blame the
competition for asking her to teach. A lot of kids benefited from her
instruction no doubt.
As far as knowing the judges...I am just a parent
and I have met quite a few of the judges and don\'t hesitate to speak
with them. So, I am sure the owners of the studio know most of them that
them come across and will chat with them here and there. That doesn\'t
mean they have a \"judge in their pocket\". Someone is watching too
much Dance Moms if they believe that!
There was a lot of awesome
competition at this Nationals. I enjoyed watching all!! I am proud of each
and everyone, no matter the placement. We all need to remember, that it is
in the hands of the judges. Not the competition owner, emcee or staff. As I
tell my daughter...sometimes it is your day and sometimes it is not. BUT
anyway, I LOVE enerGy!!
I am extremely disappointed with this Nationals event. There were so many
conflicts of interest and oblivious favoritism that I believe anyone in the
Energy division did not have a chance before the event even started. Please
explain to me why Cathy from Candy Apples was teaching a master class when
her studio was competing? (And she was obnoxious and rude to the kids
telling them to \"bow down to the queen?\" They were there to take a
serious ballet class, not elevate her TV persona.) They also announced that
the owner of the competition had a daughter that danced at Candy Apples and
they were walking around talking all week. One of the judges taught classes
at Candy Apples weeks before National. How many blatant conflicts of
interest could I spot at one event? I wondered why I was seeing so many
dances entered in the Power level that seemed strong enough to be in the
Energy division. They must have known that the Energy level was already in
the bag. I could \"clean house\" how Cathy said if I had all of the
staff in my pocket. I could care less that Energy has tues to Dance Moms
and any parent with a serious dancer who doesn\'t enjoy watching people
being disrespectful and unprofessional would not be impressed that you keep
trying to amp up your connection with that show. Our studio had many dances
that made the showcase but in the end we never had a chance before they
even stepped on stage. Girls noted that a judge was on their phone durging
a dance. Kids were seen hanging out in the judges room late into the
evening. There should be a clear line drawn between the staff, judges, and
studios so there is fair and unbiased judging and parents and children do
not waste all the time and money. The only positive part of the event was
the opening number participation. My daughter enjoyed being a part of that
and meeting kids from other studios, but other than that it was a let down
for the Energy Division. I just don\'t understand how all of these
blurred lines are fair.
Let me respond-1st of all your studio and your dancers were amazing!You won
many top overalls during the comp.I was told by many of your parents and
staff how well run EnerGy is and how happy you all were that your kids were
doing so well!One of your parents even sent EnerGy a screen shot of your
directors face book page where she says she is so happy and her dancers are
\"killing it\" at EnerGy.I also met your teachers and director at the
gala where they said nothing but positive things,said it was one of the
\"most well run and fun comps.,they had attended.\" I can only guess
that you are feeling this way because you didn\'t get a \"win\"in the
Best of the Best showcase,but remember-you were already winners going
in!Most of your numbers actually placed 1st and 2nd in the comp, which got
you to the Best of the Best Showcase.You should be proud!In the
showcase,you competed against all the other top 2 winners in your div.You
were against dancers who were in their teens,who had danced longer,etc.for
whatever reasons,you didn\'t win the overall in the Best of the Best,but
were still \"winners\".EnerGy staff was not in the judges room with any
children or teachers at the comp. We had many events that wk.for our
studios- bon-fire,movie night,danceparty,pool party-our staff was present
and mingling with everybody. A lot of the schools at Nats.have also come to
us for years so we do interact with everyone at our planned events,but it
does not sway the decisions of the judges.I was a bit insulted when your SD
talked to me at the end of the event and said \"I get it, its a business,
and you have to cater to certain studios.\" We in no way show favoritism
to anybody.Simply put we are fair.The comment about Cathy/Candy Apls are
unfounded so I cant speak to that. As for the directors daughter- she did
not dance \"at\" Candy Apples, she was on the show \"Dance Moms\"
as was our director, as is listed in the EnerGy program. This is the way
our director is introduced to the stage before awards.
They\'ve really grown alot since we started going to energy and are
really happy with our experiences with them. We will keep going back!
Everyone was extremely friendly and they ran on time or ahead all weekend
which was great! I wish the judges would have talked more. Our studio will
go back next year!
Our studio tried this comp for the first time this season and it\'s
already on the schedule for next year! Great comp, fun, professional!
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Competition as a whole was a disappointment. We travel to several comps
throughout the year and this was definitely not one of my favorites. Ran
out of order which is a problem when families are trying to come and see
their children but don\'t want to watch the whole competition. Judging
was fine I wasn\'t impressed with anything about the comp so once it got
started we treated it as an expensive practice for our next one. Our
groups did well but again the children didn\'t see this as anything
special so they weren\'t really that excited. they received their
\"ribbons\" and the whole thing just made them more excited for the
Energy is awesome! It seems like some of the negative comments are more
about other dancers and not your own. Maybe if you focused more on the
experiences of your dancer(s) maybe you would be a bit happier with
competitions. Also, I do not think you should judge a competition on
letting a young dancer finish her routine (you never know the
circumstances) Competition is suppose to be something that makes your
dancer grow, not scare them away. Let these dancers grow and accept change
and differences. Energy is ALWAYS a positive, professional and fun
competition and we look forward to attending Nationals with them.
Defiantly recommend this competition!10 stars!
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After seeing these negative comments about the Energy competition in
Waterford, MI I just don\'t get it. My studio attends 5 competitions a
season (Energy for the past 3) and this is always our favorite one. It\'s
organized, and was even ahead of schedule! They truly care about each
studio (big or small) and want to make sure everyone is having a good time.
We had a concern one year about our dancers getting bumped to a higher
level and we asked an employee at the event and they quickly explained
their reasoning and fixed the problem before it was even a problem. Maybe
some of these negative commenters should address their issues when
something can actually be done about it--at the event!I would recommend
Energy I\'m sure everyone at my studio would agree.
Thank you for your positive review! You sure hit the nail on the head
regarding coming to us with a problem, rather than post about it on social
media, so we can actually fix it. While we can\'t make everyone happy, we
sure do try!
All I can say is BAD!! the judges seemed as though they were too important
to be there, which I find hard to believe.... You have at least 40 other
options when choosing a dance competition... this should not be one of them
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review our competition. If you
would like to provide me with specific areas of concern, I would gladly
look further into the issues. I can be reached at email@example.com.
Thanks for voicing your opinion, I hope to receive more information on why
your experience was less than pleasant. Thanks! Gina.
Our girls were so excited to attend this because they have seen it on tv.
What a disappointment. The one judge actually choreographed one of the
dancers dances that did a solo. One girl ran off stage during her dance
and then was able to redo the dance later. Most competitions if you run
off stage you are done. All dancers are nervous if they can\'t handle it
and fall apart they should be done. We have several very young girls and
they are taught that. The awards were a joke... Never again!
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to express your concerns at our
event. I can assure you that none of our judges choreographed anything that
was performed at our event. In reference to the girl that ran off
stage..she was a young dancer in the beginner level. We are a family
friendly competition that prides itself on being an encouraging environment
for young dancers. If it was your daughter who ran off stage (after you
paid money for her to dance), perhaps you would feel differently. I\'m
sorry you were not satisfied with awards, if you\'d like to give me
specific areas of concern I would be more than happy to look into it
further. We do appreciate your feedback, so thanks for letting us know how
you feel. If you\'d like to talk further, I can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! Gina
This was our first time at an Energy Dance Competition. What a bad
experience. We won some great overall awards but I must say the judging
was really questionable. When you can look at scores and they are 8 and 9
points difference between judge #1 and judge #2 & #3 there\'s a problem.
No trophies are given to the overall winners. For overall winners in the
duo & trio category the children receive one ribbon to share I guess. The
owner was there on the first day and you didn\'t see her the remainder of
the weekend. She had another event to attend I guess. The one judge
looked like he was literally sleeping most of the time. Again we did fairly
well and I guess I should just be happy with that but as much money as
parents spend at these event\'s I believe just some of it should be given
back to the children. There are no scholarships handed out for individuals
(which are really free to the competition if they work with convention
groups), no trophies for overall winners, no cash awards unless over 10 in
a category and they randomly move groups from categories into others. I
will mention one more time that the duo and trio\'s received one ribbon
between them if they one. There was not straight order whatever group
walked up that\'s who went on. I could go on not a good experience.
Thank you for taking the time to address your concerns at our competition.
I have looked through the score sheets, and did not see a significant
difference in scoring from one judge to the other. Did your studio director
give you a copy of your score sheets? If not, maybe you could ask her to
see one and let me know which routine is in question?We award medals for
the overall awards.Every dancer in a group routine receives a ribbon, but
for overalls each group is awarded one medal for the studio to display.If a
student or parent would like an extra medal to take home, they can always
ask a staff member as we have some for purchase in the lobby.We usually run
two events each weekend, and I try to go to both events.I started the
weekend in Waterford, and finished in Columbus. We gave out numerous
scholarships to our National Finals at every awards ceremony. We do not
give out scholarships to individual students, but to the studio as a
whole.I don\'t understand your statement about scholarships being free to
the competition if they work with convention groups?We are a dance
competition and have no affiliation with any convention. We award cash
awards when there is 5 or more in a category.Cash awards were given to
studio owners before they left the competition.It is up to them what they
do with the cash awards. Our judges sometimes bump up a dancer or group
they feel was underplaced.So if you\'re referring to dances being bumped
to the energy level, it is because the judges felt it was wrongly placed in
the lower division. Most people applaud us for bumping up dancers as some
competitions will not, and then you run into the problem of studios
underplacing all of their routines for a guaranteed win. We try to stay in
order as much as we can, but with quick changes, makeup/hair changes, etc.
sometimes we have to jump around a bit to keep the competition flowing and
to avoid lulls in the competition where no one is dancing. Again, thank you
for your feedback! Gina
We just left the Energy Dance Competition in East Haven,
Connecticut...Anthony Fett was so entertaining for the audience and so
supportive to the dancers. He is an amazing asset to your dance
competition!! Full of \"Energy\" and Fun!! Love him!!!
Love this comp. Staff is, friendly and accommodating. The run on time and
don\'t ask students to be there at 10pm on a school night and live that
there are 3 levels of competition giving our girls a shot. And love that
they will call a studio out for ttying to put their group in a lower level
just to score higher. My absolute favorite
This was our teams first competition ever last year and it was by far the
best choice! It was amazing and we can\'t wait to return to it in a few
weeks! It was amazing and there was nothing to complain about!
We\'ve been attending Energy for years, and it is by far the most
organized, consistent, fair, and well run competition we\'ve ever been
to. And we go to a LOT of competitions. This weekend was smooth, and even
ahead of schedule! It\'s always a breath of fresh air to attend a comp
knowing your dancers, families and teachers will be treated with respect.
Their judging is spot on, and the critiques are encouraging and provide
actual feedback the dancers can use and learn from. We will continue to
attend Energy as there really is no other competition like it!
By far the WORST competition I have ever been to. You had to dress super,
super skimpy, walk off stage before your song was finished, fall, or be 5
yrs old to place overall. Also girl that were in the junior power level
were screwed because when overall awards were given out, girls in the
junior ENERGY level were given the overall awards in the junior power
Thank you for your comment-I\'m sorry your experience was less
than positive. We are a very family oriented competition and pride
ourselves on being conservative as well as having reasonable start and end
times.We always keep our families in mind when making schedules to ensure
the children have sufficient down time to bond with their team and their
We are one of the few competitions that won\'t take more
than 400 entries in order to keep it reasonable and keep our judges
We typically run ahead of schedule as well. People love us for
those reasons alone, not to mention we are very fair and realistic in our
We have also disqualified numbers we thought to be
inappropriate in costume and choreography, and although it doesn\'t
happen often, it has happened.
A dancer in the EnerGy level would
never be placed in the power level overalls and I looked at the tape of the
day and that did not happen. The only thing that might have occurred is we
will bump a dancer who we feel is placed in the wrong level, thus making it
even more fair. We are one of the only competitions that will bump up,
never down, to ensure fairness. In the event a solo was placed in power and star
and our judges or director feel it should have been in a higher level, that will be
where they will bump it to. Again, something that doesn't happen often, but has happened.
We would never allow a studio to
\"under place\" their dancers just to get a \"win.\"
know how long your school has been competing, but I would encourage you to
view the video of your daughter, after your teacher has had a chance to
look at it, and listen to the comments. You may find there were reasons for
why she scored the way she did.Was the dancer in question placed in the
correct division for his/her ability?Were there technique issues? Im sure
once you view the tape you may have a better understanding. Feel free to
email me further questions!
Worst competition we have ever been to. Scoring was a joke. They gave a
high gold and placed a girl in the top ten who ran off the stage in the
middle of her dance and never returned. We will never attend energy again.
Thanx for your feedback. I am sorry to hear you were less than happy with
EnerGy. I will look in to the matter for you. Please feel free to email me
@ email@example.com with any questions. We get very few negative reviews
as you can see and really go that extra mile for our clients. I hope you
will reconsider and try us again at another time.
Energy was a great competition. The staff was friendly and always on top of
things. This was the most organized competition we have ever attended. Our
dancers/parents/teachers had a great time.
I have been attending dance competitions for 10 years and Energy Dance
Competition in Maumee Ohio has by far been the worst competition we have
ever attended. The judges were not fair. Scores were insulting compared
to other comps attended. The speakers were annoying. It was obvious that
they were friends with a particular studio and everyone else was just not
important. We were going to attend their National but I refuse to ever go
to another Energy Dance Competition!
I\'m sorry your experience was less than positive. If you\'ll notice,
our reviews and other forms of social media, we have a huge success rate
with very satisfied clients.You have to remember that competitions vary
from state to state and region to region and because you scored a certain
way at one does not mean it will be the same at another. Typically, the
studios that attend a given regional, set the bar for how the judges may
score.The competition was tough in Maumee but I feel the scores were fair
and consistent across the board. Additionally, EnerGy staff was not
\"friends\" with any studio there, rather, we are \"friendly\" to
everyone and have many repeat customers. We are praised for our
friendliness, organization, reasonable start and end times, etc. As for the
\"speakers\" or sound system, we were at the mercy of the venue and
although loud, we were able to rectify that small issue as well and fix
it.Thank you for giving us an opportunity to address your concerns and best
of luck with the rest of your season! EnerGy NDC
Our second Energy competition. Organized and fair. They kept things
moving for most of day.
The judging was consistent and there was
no obvious placing of dancers in a lower level than their skill ability to
ensure a win.
The emcee is fun and lively without talking too much
or being flakey.
The only negative comment is that there was a big
lull of what seemed like nearly 10 minutes while a studio moved a huge set
that involved scaffolding for their production number. Question the safety
of allowing something that big in the competition.
Will go back in
the future. Had a blast.
Great competition. A few concerns: tight changing quarters, running ahead
of schedule (is nice for parents but not if you have people coming to
watch), need to limit the number of dances each studio participates in
(although the groups were talented it felt as if we were at their personal
Attended the comp in Boardman Oh. It was run very well with lots of good
dancers. The only complaint we had was the changing area. We were crammed
in a curtained room with another studio. There was not enough room for one
of is, let alone both!
Along with the comp, a basketball game and
some type of debate team was at the same venue. Maybe this was part of the
changing room problems? Lack of space?
Attended their Nationals in Sandusky. My kids had an AMAZING week. Great
classes, opening number auditions and rehearsal ran really smooth. They
took care of the studio owners and teachers, too with a classy gala with
mimosas, bloody marys and appetizers. Very nice way to feature the
teachers! We\'re excited to go back next year!
We liked this competition. Will attend again!
Great experience! We loved this competition! Consistent scoring and dancers
leave with a good feeling.
Loved everything about this competition except the fact that one dancer
could hold as many spots in overalls as solo dances they bring instead of
the usual only being allowed to have your highest scoring solo eligible for
overalls (hoping that rule changes) but we will be back..
Really enjoyed this comp! This was chosen as an optional competition for
us! Was glad we attended! Some of the critiques were a little sketchy !
Back stage crew were fun and kept things rolling! Would attend this comp
Energy was a great experience for our studio! Great staff and lots of fun,
but the judges video critiques are not the best. The judges seem only
knowledgable in their particular genre of dance, but overall would
recommend this event!
Good competition... would go back. Questionable Judging though... Owners
studio attended the dance moms filming and it seemed that her kids scored
well and maybe better than others! Still like the venue and way the comp is
all run but would keep an eye on who is attending. Positive experience!
Worst competition my children have ever been to.
Attended Energy again this year, and was once again a great experience!
Organized, ran on time, kids loved it and judging was consistent/fair. Will
be going back to their Nationals at Kalahari again, too!
I was at the competition in Maumee Ohio, it was a great competition! My
girls LOVED, it and they had such a good time. Judging was fair and the
competition ran smoothly. We will definitely be returning to Energy
Like the comp
Great competition. Fair scoring, kept on time, ran smoothly. Very
friendly staff and venue was nice. Extra awards and three different
levels. Can\'t wait for Nationals and to return to this competition next
Attended Energy National Dance Competition yesterday. Dancer\'s had a
great time and met many new friends. Very friendly, professional staff and
fair scoring. Looking forward to the Mason event and National\'s.
My daughter loved competing yesterday, ran on time and scoring seemed to be
fair. Judges were friendly and gave out numerous awards on stage. They were
working the \"kinks\" out on a new software program, we were told, so
the awards ran a bit long. But my daughter just had more fun on stage.
Hopefully our studio will attend another one of their competitions or maybe
their nationals! Exciting.
Took my daughter to Energy yesterday; loved it!! She had a great time;
everyone involved with Energy went out of their way to make it great;
we\'ll be going to more Energy Competitions!! Thank you!!
My students had a great time at Energy last night! It\'s their
competition, family friendly and always fair judging. Can\'t
Wonderful my kids love it the awards are amazing!
Great competition! Can\'t wait to come back! Had an amazing time !!
Great competition! Had an amazing time!
This is a great comp. My kids can\'t wait to come back this year!
My daughter loved this competition last year and she can\'t wait for this
year\'s Mason, OH event.
Attended a regional last year with my daughter\'s studio, and loved it!
Ran on time, fair judging, we are attending again this year!
loved Energy! attended their regional and National in Sandusky and loved
it. Lots of great awards and judges were spot on with our studio!We will be
going back and cant wait for the Nationals in Sandusky again...it was a
This competition used to be one of my favorites, before it decided to
on the Dance Moms bandwagon. It went down hill quickly from there!
Competing against them, is a waste of time. It\'s a staged show that the
awards reflect. The competition always runs
way over because Abby Lee
Dance Company doesn\'t haven\'t to follow the
same rules, and gets
to skip their time until they are ready (would be nice to have all day to
run our numbers too, until we felt like performing them) and then we all
forever for them to come out and perform. The competition is a
that only confuses, frustrates and annoys the dancers and
Listening to the staged fights in the halls and trying to get
dressing room, bathroom, anything becomes a nightmare.
Putting the fake show aside, the judging is horrible! The judges
themselves are confused and awards are mistakenly given. At the last
regional competition - my daughter, in the elite, teen level, small group
was beat out by beginner, petite, large group - they weren\'t even
competing against each other - oops, judges messed up! That happened more
than once at that competition. Wrong ribbons were handed out, multiple
times, as well. They really need to be more organized and get back to the
art of dance, and not sell out to a Lifetime show.
Hi! I would like to respond. We allowed Dance Moms at 1 regional event last
season and quickly decided that we would not have them out again.The
problem is they are filming and it does hold things up. Not wanting to
inconvenience our customers, we made a decision to not allow the show to
film at EnerGy for any of our scheduled regional or national events. We are
terribly sorry for the inconvenience.
You acknowledged that EnerGy was
at one time one of your favorite competitions. I wouldn\'t let this one
not so pleasant experience hinder you from coming back. I\'m sure if you
do come back you will be reminded of why it was one of your
Hoping to see you this season:)
My daughters studio went to there regional in Maumee, OH and we returned
for there nationals in Sandusky, OH. What a great experience for my child.
She got to try out for the Opening number and got a part. She was so
excited that she got the changed to do this. It was a great event. We will
be returning to there competition in 2014!
Attended Energy's Nationals at Kalahari. Loved it! Will be attending again
This is the first year we have gone to Energy and we will be going back
Worst comp we have ever been to. The scoring did not follow the printed
rules our small group o f4 lost in their divison to a production of over 25
girls in a higher age group still wondering how this happens. Our kids did
not receive their ribbons and were told they were not ordered so they would
ship later (still not received). Trophies that were given were not even the
place they achieved and once again the girls were told it was because they
had not bothered to order them .One of the judges actually said to the
audience as she was asked to present her judges award that she hated this
award and did not know why she always got stuck with it.The staff was rude
and unorganized we will definatly not be going back ever again
We did unfortunately run out of ribbons at Waterford, but we were sure to
send all of the studios the ribbons they were awarded a week after the
event. I apologize that you are still missing ribbons, please call our
office or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make sure we have your
correct mailing address. I don\'t recall a judge saying those
things..maybe there was a joke that was taken out of context? I\'m sorry
your weekend with us was unpleasant, I hope you consider us in the future
so we can show you a great time!
A couple girls from our studio competed solos and had a great experience.
I can honestly say they got the best judges critiques this season. All
three judges commented throughout the routines and paid very close
attention to technique. You could tell they knew their stuff. We were at
a smaller venue and the level of competition wasn\'t as high as others we
attended. The staff and other studios we encountered were very friendly.
The competition ran on time in the morning - I can\'t say about the
Went to Energy a couple times over the past few years. Love this comp. Well
run and highly recommend!
Being a dance dad of three awesome kids (2 girls and 1 boy) I have been
dozens of comps. My wife, kids and the studio they attend all
Energy tremendously! The backstage staff was so very friendly to
dads, giving us suggestions on where to store props, moving
things out of
the way, etc. In addition, they recognized us at the
awards! The comp
moved fast and ON TIME which is rare. The kids loved
the special awards
and they seemed to be excited about their rankings.
The emcee was very
entertaining and really interacted with the kids
well. We loved the Energy
merchandise and the professional photographer
and videographer (being the
last comp for us we did purchase the video
and photo packags). Overall a
GREAT experience. Our first time
attending and we WILL be back. Next time
we will pack food since there
wasn\'t concessions. Sometimes the schools
offer them sometimes they
don\'t (maybe Energy can include that info so
we can plan!??!) As the
staff said backstage \"WERK\"
liked it. had some pretty cool judges. the one dude from the t.v. show,
anthony burrell was fun to meet. the kids got a kick out of that. our
studio enjoyed it. started on time, ended on time. the only complaint was
no concession stand so had to leave the building to get food and it was
hard to park. staff was very friendly and always present and especially
liked the way they interacted with crowd before awards, giving out prizes
and dancing with the kids on stage. awards went quick too, nice awards and
gave out cash prizes that day. photographer printed pics on site and they
were really nice quality and affordable. overall a good experience. would
do it again.
Enjoyed this competition! Long days/nights is my only gripe. Thanks for
treating our studio with respect! Well run, we recommend!
Energy was my daughter\'s favorite competition of the season (and we went
to 10!). The staff in the lobby was very helpful, along with the backstage
managers. What I really liked about the competition was that it ran on
time, and even a bit early both days. All in all, the staff, emcees,
photographer and judges were very in point and it was a very positive
experience for my daughter and her studio. We\'re looking forward to next
I attended the Energy competition in Chicago a few weeks back. My daughter
and all the girls from our studio had a blast! There was a lot of studios
and a lot of tough competition, but very fair as far as judging goes. The
backstage area was kind of small, but it wasn\'t a big deal. The staff
backstage were all super nice and very encouraging of the dancers. Lots of
\"good lucks\" and \"great jobs\" which made the kids feel good :)
There was a no photography rule, due to the fact they had a photographer
taking photos which I thought was kind of a bummer. But the photos that
were taken were actually really good and very reasonably priced compared to
other competitions. We were allowed to take pics during awards however,
which was good. Overall, very positive experience! We look forward to
coming back next year!
I thoroughly enjoyed the competition in Connecticut. My daughter had
great time. I felt that the competition ran smoothly and the staff
professional and very friendly. Although the gym wasn\'t an
location for the dressing rooms, the competition did put signs up
studio had their designated places. The competition director
friendly and constantly made herself present. I felt the
consistent with what I have been seeing at other
competitions this season.
The competition ran early on Saturday and on
time Sunday. My daughter also loved meeting Anthony Burrell, she was so
thrilled and she claims it was the high light of her dance season. I
NDC and hope to be return with our studio next year.
Didn\'t love it, didn\'t hate it. Nothing special.
bumped numbers up that they thought were
have seen in
many comp\'s rules, but never
seen them follow
on. Not a very
good venue. Dressing
room space was the gym.
30 minutes early on the first
which is usually fine,
daughter felt rushed for her
Second day, seemed
to score much easier than the
What would have been gold
was getting high gold, no high
silvers at all,
very few golds. Some
stuff I thought was terrible
platinums, so I felt
like the judging was inconsistent.
Ran an hour late
on the second
A note to Gina: please
don\'t take it so personally that I
didn\'t love it. I said I
didn\'t love it didn\'t hate it. Just
my personal taste, and yes, I
felt the scoring changed from day to day.
No high silvers were given out
the second day we were there. I could go
on about what we did like and what
we didn\'t. I\'m just a little
frustrated that you feel the need to
negate my comments. That is my
opinion. I am unsure why you feel a need
to defend yourselves when most
of the reviews of your comp are so good.
Hi there! As you know, judges scores vary from judge to judge and city to
I felt the scoring was very consistant and in fact, we are one of
the very few comps that actually give out silvers, hi silvers, etc. We
treat everyone fairly and with respect, regardless of the number of
entries. As far as the gym dressing rooms, we have no control over that,
the school gives us the rooms we can use and we have to make the best of
it. I did think it was nice that we set up individual spaces in the gym for
all the studios. I personally went it and placed studio signs around the
gym in an effort to give you some personal space and for it to be
I also checked back on times the time is printed on the
reports on line) at the final awards and we actually ended 10 minutes early
that 2nd day, so don\'t know why you stated we ended an hour
Anyway, we enjoyed every studio there and loved the area. Next
year, we will see if the school is willing to give us some additional
rooms. Have a great summer!
Enjoyed Chicago, a little slow though, would def do it again.
I have been at Energy's regionals and have found them to be professional
and organized. I would recommend this comp. to anyone. They run on time and
are very friendly. The emcee's are funny at times and their awards
ceremony's are very quick, which is very helpful because there is
nothing worse than sitting there for hours listening to awards! We have
always had a positive experience with them when attending!
We loved Energy Dance competition. The staff was friendly and ran on
and very nice to everyone. Their backstage staff was encouraging to
dancers at all times, even hi fiving them! They run mostly 2 days
are reasonable days and they get out fairly early so that the
families that attend can
have down time...something important to me as a
mom. I had no problems. I
don't know anything about the daughter. The
comp has always been fair as
far as I can see. We are attending their
Nats in Sandusky ohio!
What competition lets the Competition Director's daughter compete her solo in MULTIPLE cities at the competition run by her mother?!.. And consistently places her in the overalls. This one!!! Unprofessional, unethical. The people YOU hire are judging YOUR own kid! How does that even sound right! As if there aren't hundreds of other competitions she can compete in. Will never give my money to them again. Beware.
Hello! I would like to respond to your post regarding the daughter of the
owner of EnerGy. As the assistant director, I can say first hand that what
you are saying is not true. I am present at every event, and although the
little girl of the owner is present at some events, and occasionally
dances, she dances for \"adjudication\" purposes only and not to
recieve hi score. Alot of comp. owners own studios or have children of
their own that dance. This is not uncommon and it is not uncommon for them
to dance if they are present.Usually, it is announced that it is for
\"adjudication purposes only\" If the owners daughter is with EnerGy on
a particular weekend, she will sometimes perform her solo to see how it
scores, but again, for adjudication purposes only.