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  • Platinum Star Competition


  • 4.3 - Average Ratings
  • 183 Total Reviews
    Parent : 65.93 %
    Dancer : 6.04 %
    Studio Owner : 20.88 %
    Teacher : 7.14 %

  • 3504 Rose Ave ,Unit 1
  • Ocean ,NJ
  • 732-579-0737
  • info@groovecompetition.com

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Aug 30 2021

We were new to Groove this year and it was our absolute favorite competition. It was sooooo organized and professional and the judges critiques were so good. I even made a point to message them a thank you. It was really nice to hear judges actually enjoying themselves and give positive feedback along with the negative. The only thing we didn't like is that we were made to wear masks on stage. It was the only competition that made us do so. I understand why, but it was not something we liked.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Aug 30 2021

Apr 19 2021

Groove is by far my favorite competition that we attend. It is held at the same performing arts center every year that is nice and spacious. My only reason for giving the venue 4 stars this year is that due to COVID, they crammed all of our studio (~50 kids) into a tiny dressing room which was super chaotic. And since it was block scheduling, there was no reason for this really. We should have been placed in a larger classroom adjoining the center. The judges' critiques, for the most part, are useful and we have found the judging to be fair. There was one judge this year who gave very little feedback on his critiques but this was not the norm in years past. I read in a previous review that someone was complaining about the awards. I actually love the Groove awards. The kids get pins they can add to their dance bags and I do not have to go home with a trophy! That is a win in my book. Great job to the Groove team!

Venue : 4
Judging : 4
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Apr 19 2021

Mar 30 2021

Hands down, Groove is one of our our absolute favorite Competitions! The staff, structure and memories are top notch! For anyone who may be considering Groove, highly recommend it. They don't disappoint!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 30 2021

Mar 29 2021

My daughter and I attended our first Groove this weekend, and she had a blast. They were able to keep everyone safe while still allowing the kids to have fun. They were beyond thrilled to be on a real stage again!! We can’t wait for next year!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 4
Communication : 5
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Mar 29 2021

Mar 29 2021

This is my 4th year competing at Groove!! I highly recommend!! Except for this year due to Covid, they give out a free gift to all the dancers!! The critiques are very fair and I LOVE the upbeat atmosphere Groove provides!! The staff is wonderful as well!! I have so many great memories at Groove!!! They also have an amazing livestream and give you free quality pics and videos in a timely manner!!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 29 2021

Mar 29 2021

This was my daughter's second time competing at Groove. The staff was wonderful and it was very well organized. It is one of our favorite competitions to attend. We can't wait to go back next year!!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 29 2021

Mar 29 2021

My daughter is a competitive dancer and Groove is one of our favorites! Great atmosphere, friendly staff, helpful judging critiques! Definitely recommend!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 29 2021

Mar 29 2021

I have been taking my dancers to Groove for 5 years now and we always look forward to their events. They are always so professional, kind, welcoming, and fun! We love their staff. They know me and my teachers by name. The competitions always run very smooth. Their judges always give the best feedback and really help the dancers understand things that should be fixed as well as giving great complements that boost their confidence. I would highly recommend Groove to any studio that is looking for a new competition that will end up being the competition you go to very single year.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 29 2021

Mar 29 2021

I think Groove gives quality critiques. I know the judges are vetted and have the highest of qualifications. The competition is upbeat, fun, organized, and FAIR. At our recent competition the director came out to greet us prior to our comp and clearly outlined all the rules and expectations. Even in Covid times they managed to put on a safe and fun event, and we are grateful for that. Can't wait to come back next year!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 4
Communication : 5
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Mar 29 2021

Mar 29 2021

Groove is always professional and so fun! We look forward to this competition every year and the judges are fair and very knowledgeable in all styles of dance.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 29 2021

Mar 29 2021

Groove is always so much fun! My daughter has been attending Groove competitions for four years and we always have the best time! The staff is always energetic, supportive and courteous. The judges feedback is always age-appropriate, kind and fosters growth for our dancers. Thanks for providing this awesome outlet for our dancers!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 29 2021

Mar 29 2021

"Review is Disputed"

Venue : 0
Judging : 0
Staff : 0
Awards : 1
Communication : 0
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Mar 29 2021

Mar 02 2021

My daughter as competed at Groove this is her 3rd year. They have grown into a big competition around here now. We love it. Its very well ran. Usually on time or early. The kids have fun its like a party on stage and backstage. This year was a little bit different with COVID but still they had a blast! We went to Groove Tampa this past weekend scoring was tough but that was good because it seemed fair across the board. I really liked it and hope we continue to go back.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 02 2021

Jul 22 2020

me and my studio love Groove!!!!!! One of my favorite things about Groove is the livestream! My family lives all over the U.S. and rarely are able to come to see me perform. The livestream has also come in handy if my teamates are performing really late at night or really early in the morning so I never miss their routines! Groove is very organized and constantly communicates with studio directors. Groove's staff is the best comp staff I have ever expierienced. I struggle with an anxiety disorder so backstage jitters are living nightmares for me. Last season when my studio went to Groove, I performed my very first solo. One of the backstage crew memebers noticed me freaking out and did breathing exercises with me. I kept asking her what entry number we were on and I apologized so many times bc I felt like I was annoying her lol. She was so kind and helpful and I wish I knew her name so I could give her a shoutout! Groove is very welcoming and always try their absolute best for every ones situation for example, my best friends mom has MS and for the past 4 years of going to Groove they have given our studio a wheelchair accessible room on the same floor as the auditorium. Overall, Groove is an amazing Competition/Convention and I always look forward to it!

Venue : 5
Judging : 4
Staff : 5
Awards : 4
Communication : 5
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Jul 27 2020

Thank you so much! We really appreciate you taking the time to write this! It means the world to us! Hoping to see you in 2021!

Mar 08 2020

This was our first time competing at groove. My kids have competed for over 8 yrs. I was extremely disappointed in this competition. The positives were that they ran on time or ahead of schedule, the web streaming was fantastic. That’s it for the positives. The venue was horrific. The stage was very small, this was a problem for soloists and groups. The dressing room for us new people was a very small high school cafeteria that had roaches running around. Certain special studios had their own classrooms for dressing rooms. Our studio was large but since we were new were not given this consideration and had 50+ dancers, their stuff and staff confined to an 8ft by 6ft space. There were over 500 numbers competed and the same 3 judges judged them all. The same 3 judges judged from 8am-10pm what good could their opinion actually be by that time? For the amount of money that was made by groove this weekend they should have the decency to have more than one judging panel. The judges were not diverse, and their bio were not impressive. This was reflected in the judging where entertainment and tricks took precedence over actual technique. The Saturday started with a 7 am class for the 12 and unders, then all 12 and under groups, followed by all junior d/t’s and solos. So 10 yr olds were expected to compete and dance from 7 am until 10:30 at night when the awards finally started. For the amount of money that we parents spend it is clear that groove is not interested in the well being of the dancers or their experience. Awards are pathetic. Again for the amount of money parents spend there was not one trophy awarded to any one. A bunch of pins the size of a dime, a few medals to the very top placements and some large plastic discs to the very top groups. Bang for the buck groove was a horrible investment for our studio and for my kids.

Venue : 1
Judging : 2
Staff : 2
Awards : 2
Communication : 4
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Mar 08 2020

Feb 25 2020

We went to this competition this past weekend. It was sold out which make for early mornings and Late nights for some of our dancers. They made the competition fun for the kids had a backstage photo booth. They made awards like a party. I liked how you had to have a pass to get back stage that only teachers and directors had. I disliked how a lot of audience members including a director from another studio would walk in and sit front and center in the middle of another persons dance. Which isn't the competition's fault but they didn't once announce to not do it. But all in all we loved this competition and I see us coming back in the future!

Venue : 4
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Jul 27 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your thoughts :) Hope to see you soon!

Feb 23 2020

So disappointed. We’d heard wonderful things about Groove and were looking forward to trying it, but couldn’t have been more of a let down. They handed out almost nothing besides ONE medal placement, essentially stating that every single entry deserved to score the same? Why even have multiple medal placements if you aren’t going to use them? It got to the point where I actually started to question whether or not they even had the pins for the higher placements on hand. Greatly dislike that the “choreography award” goes to an entire studio and not a routine- talk about completely taking away the excitement of a choreographer/teacher and making a very general statement. I also had a few soloists disappointed that all they received was a pin- no medal, no trophy, no nothing. My students don’t care THAT much, but talk about making yourself look so cheap it takes away a fun element for the kids. There was at least one studio that was absolutely lying about their level, and the owners of the competition did nothing about it; hurting the kids who belonged in that level and taking away high scores that were rightfully theirs. I understand they can’t control it if a studio director chooses to cheat, but as the comp director, it is your job to monitor and rectify the situation. The judges bios left much to be desired and a bias towards “classic” jazz and lyrical was evident. Speaking for other dances I watched as well, and not just my own, anything even remotely creative was blatantly ignored regardless of technique. I think it was a classic case of judges forgetting they are judging children and not professionals. I am now stuck with the task of explaining to my advanced kids why they scored exactly the same as everyone else- should be a fun conversation. We will not be back

Venue : 3
Judging : 1
Staff : 4
Awards : 1
Communication : 4
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Jul 27 2020

Hello. Thank you for the feedback. I am so disappointed to hear that your experience was anything less than excellent. Please feel free to contact me personally asap @ daniel@groovecompetition.com. I would like to hear more about your experience.

Feb 23 2020

Friday competition started at 4PM and went until 11:30PM for start of awards - felt this was too late for this, they should have stopped earlier or broken it up into two. Felt like they rushed through awards because it was so late and they had so many to get through. Master classes at 7AM are a bit too early to attend. The venue was a very old high school with a small stage - we had trouble with our larger groups to be able to dance without hitting their scaffolding at the back of the stage. I did like that they took backstage security seriously - our teachers had a lanyard to wear to identify them otherwise no one else allowed backstage.

Venue : 3
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 3
Communication : 0
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Jul 27 2020

Hello. Thank you for the feedback. We would certainly welcome you sending us a message to let us know which event you attended so that we can look into the details and try to improve. We are always trying to improve venues so your venue suggestions are welcome. Thank you.

Nov 18 2019

We love Groove, just wish they would go back to two levels instead of three. It seems the leveling down when there are three levels is so much worse then when there are only two. But otherwise it is a good competition. Judging is tough which we like and competition is well ran. It was a little confusing this past year as they revamped their awards but still a solid competition.

Venue : 4
Judging : 4
Staff : 4
Awards : 4
Communication : 4
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Jul 27 2020

Hey! Thank you so much! This is really good feedback and actually something we debate in the office frequently so I really appreciate hearing this! Thank you for your kind words!!!

May 29 2019

Such a positive dance competition. Which needed to be amplified more in the competitive world ! Loved the communication between staff , studio owners , and students! My parents love the experience! Thank you so much GROOVE 💜

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Jun 12 2019

Yay! Thank you so much for your kind words! We can't wait to see you next season!

May 05 2019

First time attending Groove Buffalo and sent only 2 soloists. Staff is absolutely amazing. Benjamane was great about returning emails and accommodating a schedule request. Tap judge on staff which is important and rare! Free master classes, photos and videos. Fair judging. Both our dancers placed in the overalls so obviously no favoritism for larger studios. Dressing room was a large gym but needed some folding tables and chairs. Will definitely return and register my dancers for the one of the fall conventions.

Venue : 4
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Jun 12 2019

Thank you so much! We are so excited to be back in Buffalo in 2020. We hope to see you there again.