So, I grew up attending multiple of HC's events in multiple cities every year until I graduated. Overall, its a lovely experience. Most of the instructors are super kind and encouraging and they remember faces!! The assistants over my years of experience had a huge impact on me in the way I talked to myself and the way I looked at learning healthily and learning to adjust movements when I needed to. Now, I heard what could just be an unfortunate rumor although I think it should be out in the dance world just in case theres any truth to it. I was sad to hear a dancer who had worked closely with the company through a few years had a sexual harrasment experience with a certain instructor. Dancer was underage, instructor was said to be not only messaging very suggestive language but also abusing the ability to physically adjust/touch dancers when working together. By all means, Im not putting this out for yall to avoid the company altogether. The faculty aside from the certain instructor are seriously so impactful and incredible to learn from. Just be aware of your surroundings and dont be shy to speak up if something happens. Ive heard some of the faculty are aware of this instructors supposed actions and have not made any mention or movement over it. I adored this instructors classes and I still adore their choreo but, in this case its separate the person from the art kinda thing. Anyway, just be safe!
Updated review 2023: We recently attended a Hollywood Connection Convention and Competition and I felt the need to update my review.
We have a couple of local studios in our state that "travel" with HC. They have quite a few dancers on the HC Teen Company, and then their dancers attend multiple HC conventions in other states racking up awards. These studios and dancers seem to have swept the competition as well as the scholarships/awards. When you go into the classes and auditions knowing the dance already, there is an unfair advantage and bias created. It is obvious to the dancers, coaches, and parents. Additionally, my daughter said the only kids that got called out during classes were called out "by name". Hollywood Connection does not use numbers or name tags so the teachers basically only called out the dancers they knew. We were not impressed this year. The bias seems to be on overdrive.
One of our favorite conventions to attend. The faculty is amazing, the convention is well ran, and the competition is tough.
My daughter loves this convention. The classes are great and intensive. My only complaint would be that the classes are so big, there is absolutely no individualized attention and parents have to pay to watch. We attended the nationals connection in las Vegas this last year and the venue was horrible! It was in the Middle of no where, if you flew in, you were pretty much stranded at the hotel and the hotel itself was a joke. We actually had to write an email to the hotel chain and be refunded for 1/2 of our stay due to so many issues. Not HC's fault, but perhaps a little extra investigation into their venues next year would be appropriate. The convention we attended in Santa Clara was great however!
great comp and convention. Enjoy teh teachers . They work in the industry and teach from that experience. They teach and inspire for the professional world.
Great competition and convention! My daughter enjoyed all of her classes and is looking forward to returning in 2019.
We LOVE this convention and competition! They are so attentive to the
needs of the students, teachers and studio owners! If you have questions or
send emails before or after the event they reach out to you within minutes
with answers and guidance! The classes at the convention are level
appropriate and challenging and the competition is tough but fair. We have
gone twice now and look forward to attending many more times in the future.
They really keep the focus on encouraging the kids and making sure
everyone leaves feeling good about their work and themselves.
Pretty good. Brooklyn Jai is the bomb! We have been before and we will go
Hoping to see some honest judging at nationals
We go to this event every year because it is mandatory. I actually cringe
when I have to write the check. The judging is not fair, it is HIGHLY
biased!! The classes are okay. The video/photo people are rarely at events.
The desk closes before classes let out, so don\'t plan to purchase much
after classes or during the competition (evening). I could pick my brain
for hours trying to come up with any positive words, and they\'d never
Some of the teachers were condescending and rude to the children one in
particular saying \"I thought you all were supposed to be good
dancers\", the entire event felt extremely cheesy and just a way to get
more money for something that was subpar. They say the are connected to
Hollywood and there to help children succeed but their \"scholarships\"
they hand out to be in their national vidoes were a home video quality
production that they charged an extra $150 just to be in even though it is
presented as a \'scholarship\' and that was the only aspect of
hollywood anything I saw. All of their other scholarships are just a ploy
to reach into your wallet as well. They favor specific studios that come to
their events every year and also most of the winners are numbers that were
choreographed by the teachers from Hollywood Connection and the craziest
thing I saw was in the auditions and convention classes the dancers do not
wear numbers on their chests like at every other convention we have been
to, and it seemed like the children the teachers knew by name were the ones
who received the recognition otherwise how would they have know who they
were? they weren\'t wearing anything to identify themselves? Many many
strange and dishonesty running amuck. I would not go back and recommend
others stay away!.
This was the third time we have attended this convention but the first time
she has competed. I love the faculty at this convention, they are all super
professional and really care about growing our dancers. They also have out
tons of scholarships for all kinds of reasons. I highly recommend this
convention/competition to anyone who likes to do both over a weekend.
This is the third year my daughter went to this event. For the most part
the teachers are great. The event is well run. It was sold out this year
so more crowded than in years past, but not too crowded for everyone to
have space to dance in. The competition ended up running really early this
year. I loved that we got out early but it did make things a bit hectic
for the dancers backstage. Overall a great event that I would definitely
HC Dance is one of the hottest competition and conventions around. The
convention continues to offer new and exciting classes year after year with
some of the best choreographers and professional dancers in the industry.
Their competition is tough but fair. Dancers attending the convention have
the opportunity to audition for a variety of scholarships for professional
dance training, acting, ICON title of the year, etc.
Love their convention the dancers learned so much from teachers awards were
We\'ve been to HC Regionals and Nationals and absolutely love it. They
really get to know their dancers and have made some changes in the
instructors that have been very positive - Robert Schultz and Mitchel are
PHENOMENAL. Overall the scoring is fair and the feedback that they receive
from the judges is very constructive. There are plenty of awards given
which provide wonderful opportunities for dancers at all levels - my dancer
has benefited greatly from several of them, and grown tremendously at HC.
My only negative is that they need more diversity in the judging panel - a
tap and hip hop teacher aren\'t always the best to critique lyrical
numbers. Split those judges up to provide a better balance. Other than
that - Bravo to Bill and Kimberly for running a really positive,
educational competition and convention!
Great Convention. Do not like the scoring system of the competition but
LOVE the judges feedback. Same people seem to win, or at least favorites
Good conventions. Judging of competition seems a little off as the same
people are recognized year after year. The judges know and give extra
attention to past winners.
Hollywood connection is in a league of its own when it comes
conventions. The faculty and staff are personable and extremely
The owners are enthusiastic and seem to be involved in
part of the weekend. HC isn\'t a convention that just lasts for
weekend, you make great bonds and awesome connections there. It is
gave me my start as a professional dancer. As a working
and teacher I highly recommend any young dancers to
attend. Even if you
don\'t want to become a professional dancer the
experience is worth it.
Although HC may be a competition, they somehow
create an atmosphere that is
supportive and fun. Those would be the two
things I would look for most if
I were a mom or studio owner searching
for dance conventions!
As a studio owner, I am constantly looking for new events that will excite
my students. Based on a fellow studio owners recommendation, I took my
studio to Hollywood Connection\'s Anaheim event in March of this year.
The experience was organized, enjoyable and memorable for my students,
teachers as well as parents. As a new studio, we felt a warm welcome and
the faculty really gave an overwhelming amount of personal attention to my
students. We look forward to returning next year.
It was just ok...nothing special..will not return