We have been in the competition circuit for 12 years now and attended this competition for the very first and last time this year. I could go on forever about cons; here are the highlights: 1) $5 fee at the door, which they say gives you the free program. Buying a program should be my choice, and after spending $100 for a solo and $50 for every group, I should be able to walk in without paying. 2) No adjudications! 3) Too many performance categories. It's a shame that a Beginner alone in the category walks away with a massive trophy when an advanced dancer is not even adjudicated and doesn't know how they stand if they are not top 3, which are the only placements announced! 4) Judges panel higher than dancer makes it so that the dancer cannot effectively connect with their audience (the judges). 5) Open ballroom seating makes it so that it is very difficult to see, especially if the dancer has a lot of floor work. 6) Top 3 dancers are the only placements announced; my daughter placed top 3 and received a RIBBON! Only first place gets a trophy. Are you kidding me? NEVER GOING BACK.
Ballroom style competition. The judges literally sit at the end of the floor where you can clearly see their faces as the dancers enter. As our dancers entered and our routines were different more dark you could their faces and tell we weren’t going to score well. One judge even danced along in her seat to a routine of a competitors dance which was not ok as our dancers were in the audience. No cheering and they’ll scold you to be quiet so not very comfortable even watching. Plus after a solo of an 8-9 year old before she even left the stage an employee announced she was disqualified because she did an Ariel! That should of been a private between her SO and not announced before she even left the room. Staff was not friendly and only one other studio showed up so we competed against ourselves in a lot of categories. Wouldn’t recommend.
My daughter has attended this competition twice, both were great experiences for her (2016 & 2017). We would have gone back this year, but I Love Dance isn't coming to our city this season. It IS a different competition, to be sure, but some of these differences are appreciated. For example, spectators are not allowed to walk into the ballroom during performances or yell and cheer during dancing, which seems more respectful for ALL performers, not just those from larger studios who have many supporting them in the audience. The audience is expected to applaud for all performances which is how it should be! Coming from a smaller studio with fewer students competing, we've never felt at a disadvantage--which hasn't been the case at some other competitions we've attended. As a parent I don't have an issues with paying the nominal entry fee to watch because you get the Program. If you want a hard copy program at any other competition you have to pay for it anyway. The I Love Dance staff has always been very professional and encouraging. The awards are beautiful. There are a few extra rules, so I would suggest making sure you read those carefully in case dance numbers need to be adjusted. As others have pointed out, the venues (hotels) without a raised stage and lack of technology, for example still using CDs, would be the main drawbacks. I would actually give a 4.5 stars if possible.
We were not overly impressed with this competition. The first complaint is
them changing hotel venues and dates of the competition without
communicating to the studios to secure new hotel rooms. The hotel they
moved to was a older hotel that needed a lot of updating and not near the
best area of Town.
This competition would be good for naive teams
that have never competed before to get performance practice. However, they
have very dated equipment and competition rules. Dancers perform on a hotel
laid ballroom floor in the middle of a hotel meeting room, no stage, no
lighting or sound system. The audience is made to feel as if in a library,
there is no positive upbeat energy at all that is felt at more progressive
larger competitions. They discourage cheering for your dancers. Our team
did well, but there wasn\'t a large volume of studios to compete with in
all the categories. It did seem organized and ran on time, but if
you\'re looking for a class act and competitive dance competition where
your dancers are competing with the best studios around, this is not the
one for you.
I\'ve had students competing with I Love Dance for many years and I
wouldn\'t compete anywhere else. The professionalism of the judges and
staff is fabulous. The event begins on time and ends when scheduled or
earlier. I appreciate true a competition that doesn\'t award dancers for
just showing up. Dancers and parents need to learn that everyone
shouldn\'t receive a prize to make them feel they\'ve done a good job.
Life doesn\'t work that way! Kudos to I Love Dance. Keep it up!!!
Very pleased with the professionalism and the warmth that my dancers
experienced at this event. They made both my seasoned and first year
competition dancers feel valued. As a smaller studio we had a wonderful
experience and will be taking 35 dancers back in 2017 to the Manchester NH
As a studio we have competed at I Love Dance for many many years. We have
always had an amazing experience and the dancers always want to do this
competition again! The dance floor has always been excellent and gives the
judges a great unobstructed view of the entire performance. Also the sound
is always top notch. The judging has always been totally fair and as a
teacher I really appreciate the written comments on the score sheets. The
recorded comments form some other competitions is a total waste of time, in
my opinion! Kudos to I Love Dance!!!
I would like to thank \'I Love Dance\' for their professionalism. My
dance studio has competed with them for 30 years. I feel the rules they
have all abide by has contributed to the reputation my dance studio has
now acquired in that they are always complemented on their manners,
showmanship and respect for authority. The reason this competition selects
ballroom floors is that it provides the judges with a birds eye view as
the judges are lifted on platforms above the stage. They take great pains
to ensure that all parents not only see their dancers but they watch from
the very front row. No, not all dancers \"win\" at this competition but
nor will they all win in all things in life. My studio has learned the
value of appropriate behavior from an audience. I have been to other
competitions where there is more action in the aisles of the auditorium
than on stage.
\'I Love Dance\' I thank you and I am honored to be
a part of this competition each and every year !!!!
My daughter has been dancing for 12 years 8 of them competitive. We did 16
competitions last year. This was the WORST experience I have ever had.
First they have so many rules that make it seem like you are in school when
this is supposed to be fun, They have you dancing on a flat ballroom floor
where your dancer cannot turn properly they frown upon props that take a
lot of time and effort, they take a ton of breaks and fall behind, the
venues picked do not have elevated seating so you can not even see your
child or group dancing, Not to mention they charge at the door $5! And on
top of it check it every time like you are trying to \"sneak\" in. They
literally use things from 100 years ago the music was played on a tiny
portable cd player!!!???? Sounded horrible .... Just wait gets worse! So
you pay these fees to register your child and they do not even give every
child an honorable message! No pin, no ribbon.... they group solo and
groups together and only do top three and you get a 10 cent ribbon or a
crappy trophy. The winners were also not judged on talent or experience
when asked about how my child who wins titles and firsts at REAL
competitions was not even mentioned they literally had no real answer
except our company needs to get lower to the ground!!?? They were rude and
miserable and looked at our company like we were nuts. Yes we danced
different.... we danced like he modern day dance right now and clearly they
are not caught up with technology, judges or people in charge. This was a
scam to collect money. They are hurting kids feelings. It should not be
about who they know and dances with them year after year it should be about
talent. After the money you spend this should NOT be the outcome. I am
embarrassed for this company and have never seen anything like what i
experienced this weekend. It was pitiful and should be shut down. Did I
mention the judges our writing results on paper and using a typewriter so
they our not looking at the dancer!
worst competition never going again
as a lifelong competitor, this was the worst competition i have ever
attended. no stage, outdates judges, rude staff, inadequate space in
dressing room. the critiques are hand-written and absolutely horrible.
critiqued costume, music and chores far more than actual technique.
absurdly strict rules that are not up-to-date with current dance
conventions or competitions. the rules restrict creativity and don\'t
allow for \"acrobatics\" in contemporary/jazz routines, but the
regulations make it so some common basic modern/jazz movement is prohibited
or cause for point deductions. also, unnecessary point deductions. poor
seating and just a really unwelcoming atmosphere. don\'t attend this
competition unless you want your dancers to know how NOT to be dancer.
Great practice comp
I will say, I attended many many years ago. When then stopped performers
before they finished their routines (not my kids) because they were not in
the correct catagory....that made my decision not to return....ever. These
are kids. It is not their fault if their teacher put them in the wrong
catagory....let them finish their routine.
COMP HAD NO STAGE (CONVENTION STYLE FLOOR IN HOTEL BALLROOM)
Girls do love this comp
I would never attend this competition again. We won some very big trophies
but the wooden ballroom floor had chunks coming up, the sound system
didn\'t work and the judges kept rotating so that you didn\'t have the
same judges for an entire section. Will never go back to that one.
My daughter danced competitively for many years and, hands down, ILD was
her favorite competition. As a parent, I appreciated the professional
atmosphere which prepared her for working in the dance industry. While
it\'s true that at ILD not every dancer gets a trophy and they don\'t
dance up on a stage, in real life not every dancer gets \"the part\"
and some auditions are on less than perfect floors. We are now looking
forward to my granddaughter attending ILD competitions.
I recently attended an I Love Dance competition in my area. I am age 16 and
have been dancing for almost 3 years now. I do all styles except acro. This
competition was very disappointing in my opinion- the floor is a wooden
ballroom floor- extremely hard to land leaps or turn on without falling. I
performed a 1st place lyrical solo, a 1st place lyrical group, a 1st place
jazz group, a 4th place jazz student choreography duet, and a student
choreography lyrical solo that placed 8th. I don\'t know how judges came
up with those scores, though because they were writing the whole time.
Dancers learn to make eye contact with the judges, but all I saw was the
tops of their heads. The age categories are ridiculous- I was the only one
older than 11, but we competed 15-17. Also, props and acro cannot be used
in any category except variety arts. The director isn\'t nice at all. In
fact, I remember standing backstage with my team and another company and
the director walked by to see someone do a penche. They got yelled at and
ridiculed in front of everyone walking by. When a team uses a prop or does
an acro trick in the wrong category, the judges announce it to the
audience. Also, there is no cheering at all- only clapping. Definitely not
a fan, but our studio insists on going here every year because it\'s
cheaper and closer than others.
Don\'t waste your time or money. Worse competition we were ever a part
of. Such a disappointment. Mismanaged, chaotic, poorly run. The
announcer actually gave a trophy to the wrong group of young girls and made
them give it back, after they already announced them 1st place. Whoever
she was she should be fired. She embarrassed parents and entrants multiple
times. 100 thumbs down. Never, ever again.
wish I could cheer for my dancers...also not crazy about an entrance fee
Big Disappointment... Venue was not in a convenient location. Parents had
to pay from $24-$36 for parking. There was no place to unload props and
they had to be carried in from parking garages. Stage was very slick and
had metal slats ( which actually injured some dancers). To get back stage
you had to walk through a girls dressing room, making inconvenient for
dancers, prop handlers, and BOYS! Director sat on her lap top all day
looking at hotels and etc, not hardly watching any routines, yet she was
responsible for picking special awards??(Not right)The director was also
did not have a pleasant attitude and only spoke back stage when she wanted
to complain about the dancers. All entries were assigned a number yet did
not perform in that order. They were given another completely different
order to dance in, which is very confusing for the dancers, parents, and
observers. The director had to constantly cue the judges to make sure they
had the correct score sheets in front of them. Final award ceremony was
extremely late for a sunday night with young children. Had the competition
started earlier in the morning rather than 10am it would not have been so
bad. They also take breaks after each 10-15 numbers.
I say a small prayer of thanks every year that our studio no longer attends
this competition. It had absolutely the worst performance space. If anyone
did competitions 20 years ago, remember hotel ballroom floors for
competitions? Yeah, this comp hasn\'t moved out of the early 90\'s. Or
how about a crazy set of rules? Don\'t take off your hat or it becomes a
prop. And props get you disqualified. The competition always ran incredibly
late. The only thing I liked was that loud cheering wasn\'t permitted. It
was nice to watch a dance without hearing a constant stream of, \"Get it
girl! Work it! You go (insert name here)!\" I\'m all for cheering, but
sometimes things get nuts.
I would not recommend this competition. There is an admission fee for
everyone including small children and in some cases you are forced to pay
up to 35 dollars just to park. Then the seating arrangements are so poor
that only the first two or three rows are able to see the \"dance
floor\". The dance floor is horrible, we saw several dancers slip and
The director is more than happy to announce a rule violation
and point deduction after a number. I understand there are rules but do
you have to call out a group dance over the loud speaker. They profess to
be there to encourage and support dancers then publicly embarrass them. I
watched the director as she watched a number go on with hand held props in
the jazz category. Then after they were done announce the rule violation,
why not say \"Please leave your props backstage or there will be a
The judges comments were very inconsistent from one
another. It was like they were watching two separate dances. In fact, they
watch very little, due to the fact that they write down their comments and
evaluations during the dance.
Agree with all of the negative comments --and then some! The staff was
rude and unprofessional, did not judge fairly, and the floor was awful. Go
to any other competition but this one. They give out participation ribbons
- who does that? Waste of money and time. Announcer spent more time
harping on kids to clean up dressing rooms than she did on the awards. We
have been to many, many competitions, and this is hands down the worst one
we have ever been to.
What a downer. They bill themselves as \"professional\" but are
anything but. They relied on the hotel ballrooms sound system (speakers in
the ceiling) that sounded worse than being a teenager and blowing the
speakers in your beater car. They screwed up the music several times. The
judges kept their heads down scoring with pencils rather than watching the
girls or giving any encouragement or smiles during the performances. Our
dancers were so nervous prior to dancing because of the countless
announcements about disobeying their rules. They were very disappointed
that the judges \"missed some of our moves because they weren\'t
looking at us\". Staff was rude, I asked a question and was asked if I
was a director to which I replied that I was a parent which was met with
the response, \"you\'re just a parent?\" Yes, \"just a parent who
paid fees, drive over 40 miles to the competition and had to spend $5 to
get into a ballroom where I couldn\'t even see my dancer dance. I love
dance seems like they only love the money they make and the \"power
trip\" their staff is on. What a waste of time and money and a sincere
deflated spirit for our dances.
We attended this competition in 2014 and will never attend this competition
again. What competition makes a rule that you can\'t cheer for your kids?
Our studio was 1 day late in registering, which yes was our fault, however
it was taken out on our kids dancing. Every time their number came on the
judges were reminded that we registered late. Even other studios were
getting tired of the \"late\" announcement. Definitely a waste of my
money and a good weekend.
All I can say is waste of time and money... The rules were crazy and the
staff was very rude. Don\'t know how judges could even score the dancers
because they were looking down 99% of the time writing. Nothing positive
came from this competition I actually think it brought our girls down.
I regret not listening to all the negative reviews about this competition.
What a waste of my very busy Easter weekend. The \"no stage\" issue
was the least of my worries. I understand having rules, but this
competition is beyond ridiculous. Having to run to the door after your
group performs so that you can make it out of the room on time before the
door is \"sealed\" shut is stupid. No competitive studio worth
anything should waste their time here. If you want to bring about 30
routines that should only be in a recital, then maybe you\'ll do great.
Everything here was sketchy...from the announcer always seeming to \"clue
the judges in\" to who was next to perform. To the same announcer
seeming to be guessing at who placed in the top spots during awards.
Again...just don\'t waste your time or money!!
If I could, I would give negative stars here! The most unprofessional
competition we\'ve ever attended for the last four years. Kids dance in a
hotel\'s ballroom... on the floor, while judges are sitting on stage. You
can\'t see the performances properly anyway, as it\'s just rows of
chairs for parents. There is no proper lighting, and music volume goes up
and down during the acts. A lot of inconsistencies with the numbers, some
of which are not even in the program. You have to pay $27 for valet
parking, otherwise you\'ll walk forever to the stage/dressing room. The
show goes terribly slow, is painfully boring, and it\'s freezing in that
room! But the worst part is their scoring system. They recognize only the
first three winners, so this is almost the same as saying that everyone
else is the loser. It\'s awfully discouraging and the dancers\'
confidence level goes way down. This is not a celebration of their
abilities, and it is really frustrating. If a dancer showcased his or her
talent, and there is a score right there, recognize and celebrate all, and
not just the top performers. Wish I could get my money back. A truly
worthless event, and not the experience we were looking for.
NO STAGE BALLROOM FLOOR
My team and I went to I Love Dance last year instead of going to
Makers. The owner of the comp supposedly wasn\'t there so the
a little more than usual. The judges gave our sassy jazz
dance dirty looks.
They definitely favored one studio in particular who
was actually a couple
hours late and still one in the production
category. Some of my teammates
didn\'t get trophies nor ribbons
because they didn\'t make it in the
top 3. The ballroom floor was
terrible for dancing. Hope my coach
doesn\'t take us back again!
If I could rate this lower than one star, I would! It took more time to
read the fine print than it did to choreograph our dances! Rude staff. My
daughter forgot to throw on her warm up jacket over her costume and was
reamed out by a staff member when she attempted to re enter the
performances (it was not a revealing costume, but the could have reminded
her nicely!) Judges were terrible- not sure how they judged since they were
looking down and writing the whole time- didn\'t look up much. Our girls
are teenagers. They can get loud and giggly. We had a hard time with the
applaud quietly thing. Will never attend another one of their competitions.
I took my students two years in a row to this competition. The first year
was ok but frustrating with the continous video taping by parents and
rearranging of dances because of her set schedule. I also had parents
offened by the extremely short skirt one of the judges wore.
disappointed the second year by students not being recognized because they
were not the top three of their group. All students should get at least a
honorable mention for their work. I also watched a teacher correct her
students\' placements from backstage before they started.
not impressed with them.
I Love Dance isn\'t like any of the other competitions out there. The
purpose of this competition is make everyone feel welcome and focus on the
art of dance not the spart of dance. That is making it more a sport than an
art. If you do a lot do competitions durning your season, you do need to
read and pay close attention to the rules. The sad thing these days is
everyone wants the quick fix and not pay attention to details. This
competition does just that, it pays attention to details. I Love Dance
focuses on the art and treats each performance as if they were stepping out
on to a Broadway stage. Cheering and screaming does not occur in a
professional theater. So they don\'t want to occur when a dancer comes
onto the dance floor. Applause is universal and the dancer of the arts
loves that sound and it empowers them to be better dancers.
Dance has been there my whole life. It has help make me the dancer,
teacher, studio owner, show manager, and judge that I am. I Love Dance now
for 37 years is been around longer than most of the competitions out there
put together. Take a look at their website...it will give you more than
any comments on this hub can. If you have any concerns or questions the
office staff and Even Kim would love to talk to you.
Awful! Ballroom style is terrible. Kids are constantly being told to be
quiet and sit still. Groups are punished if audience cheers for them during
the dance. Only allowed to clap in between dances. This one is more about
the owner judging up to her judges than the dancers. We got told same day
we had to change categories if our girls sang a party of their song.got
threatened to lose points for our kids nit being totally silent while
waiting. Honestly the only comp where my daughter preferred to be in
dressing room than watching others perform.
Not a fan of this comp. At all
Too many rules for the
Hello... You can only applaud a certain way!!! Ridiculous ...
This comp needs to get with the times.
This was our first very negative experience at a dance competition. Nobody
was allowed to cheer for the dancers aside from clapping, and it just made
the ballroom very stuffy and awkward. Points were deducted for doing
tricks(and by tricks, a partial handstand was apparently considered an
acrobat). The dancers were frantically trying to change choreography before
going on stage for fear of getting points deducted. As mentioned in other
reviews, the ballroom floor set up made it difficult to watch the dances.
Seating was off to the sides of the floor. Because of this seating
arrangement it was very easy to see that the judges spend a significant
portion of time writing things down and not watching the dances. Out of the
three judges, one watched the dances, only looking down occasionally to
write, while the other two probably missed 1/3 to 1/2 of the dances. It was
weird. I could go on with other negative remarks, but I feel that much of
what we experienced was mentioned in other low rated reviews. I left the
competition today feeling bad and frustrated for our dancers, who work so
hard. They are a fun group of positive girls who manage to have fun
regardless of scores, but today they left feeling picked on and defeated.
The company should probably change its name to \" I Love to Take the Fun
Out of Dance\" or \"Shh, We\'re Dancing\".
I Love Dance is definitely a generic competition, as they have a terrible
floor, no video critiques, no stage or lights and judges that aren\'t
really amazing, however, we have been going for five years now and truly
enjoy every event that we have been to. Our dancers leave with a very
positive experience and it seems to make the parents happy as well. Would
recommend, especially to a studio who is new to the competition world.
Our studio has been going to this competition for at least 5 years! GREAT
comp for beginner dancers to start out in! Wonderful judging and extremely
positive to all dancers! Before going to the comp make sure you review your
rules so the dances fit into a category. Love the staff… always a fun and
positive experience for our studio! HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!!
I didn\'t like the Ballroom floor style!
not horrible as many have suggested. Small competition, but worth the
WORST COMPETITION EVER! The judges favor the biggest studios. You get
disqualified for doing a trick. You get off the stage if someone cheers.
Ballroom stage is terrible. Seating us on the sides is terrible. The awards
is even worse! Only 1st 2nd and 3rd or every age category is awarded.
Doesn\'t give much advice. So really, they don\'t tell you how you did.
Stay far away from this competition.
Terrible Experience. I was rather excited for a new experience and came out
very disappointed. The way that the awards were handled was very poorly
done. The cost of this competition was equivalent in cost to the other
competitions she is entered in and she receives a trophy for her solo as
well as ribbons for each group numbers at those. This competition gives one
participation ribbon for the whole day and a trophy for 1st place and
ribbon for 2nd and 3rd place. So basically you pay for your child to get
nothing if their is more than 3 entries in a category. Sorry but for 30 to
75 dollars per entry, I should get at least a ribbon for each entry for my
money. The Rules were not followed by several dance studios and yet they
got a studio award at the end of the night. So much for deductions for not
following the rules. One Studio had a choreographer back stage the entire
time despite the rules saying no. And he made the dancers nervous by
looking at them the whispering to his dancers that were competing against
them. Some of the parents and dancers were exceeding rude, IE.. Not moving
from the front rows to allow others to watch their dancers even though they
were asked by staff several times,talking negatively about our dancers as
we were sitting right next to them. But the thing that bothered me most was
that one of the judges was overheard saying that \"these were my
girls\" in reference to a dance studio where she used to teach at when
she lived in the area. The most of the dancers were very talented but it
seemed that certain studios seems to rise to the top regardless of talent.
My child has been competing for 7 years and is usually very positive and
excited to compete but was a nervous wreck because lack of professionalism
that this competition had. Will not EVER enter my child in this
First of all, I had to sign up just to set the record straight. A lot of
the feed back about back to back dances not giving dancers time to change
is incorrect. I have a daughter that has done I love dance for over 5
years. My daughter does over 8 dances and any time there is back to back
dance or just one dance in between, they re-range the scheduled to give
allowance for costume changes. My studio only does I love dance but we have
in the pass done other competition but kids in our studio love the I love
dance. I have never in my five years ever had any one of staff from I love
dance be rude to any one from us. At time we many have gotten out of hand
with cheering and an announcement was made to remind parents. All dance
competition have there issues but year after year the I love dance is far
better then most. The only thing that I would like to change would be that
judges write done reviews and miss some of the dances but other then that
its great dance competition that intend for the kids not for out of control
parents. It wouldn\'t be fair for large studios to cheer when smaller
studios bring less kids and they wouldn\'t get a lot of cheering. I
realizing that this is a competition but at the end of the day we are
talking about kids. Grow up people, the I love dance is not a waste of
money. Its is more affordable then most without the drama. Try and you will
My daughter only attended I Love Dance once, when she was 7, so it has
about 4 years. The fees are much cheaper which is a plus. They have
different things about them: the judges write their critiques and
8 feet above the dance floor to look down on the dancers. The
is a floor level ballroom floor, and there is no special
dimming of the lights. The sound system was terrible. You
have to pay for
admission. The rules state that no excessive cheering
can happen after
dances or cheering at all during dances with the threat
disqualification...which can be strange for the dancers of the comp
and their families. It was a smaller comp, and everyone gets a
score and a
participation ribbon, but the dancers aren\'t adjudicated
at awards like
most we go to. They do give out a top 3 or 4 for each age
haven\'t been back, and honestly, now that my girl is older,
wouldn\'t tolerate the lack of proper stage and poor
ETA (after reading other reviews): When we
attended, our studio only brought 3 entries, and the dance my daughter was
in won 1st place overall in the age group. Last year, our senior duet went
by themselves and won 1st place overall in the age group. The seniors hated
the cheering rule and wished there could have been more cheering. I
don\'t have experience in the \"money talks\" reviews.
This competition is very small and had an unprofessional venue. It was in a
hotel lobby with a floor taped onto the carpet. The rules were overly
strict, although they had a nice panel of judges. There was no privacy in
the dressing rooms between studios.
Only went one time and that was one too many!!
not bad but rules are very strict so do your homework and review your dance
prior to event so you categorize it correctly. We saw numerous routines
dinged bc they were placed in the wrong category. Rules on props and sets
is a little ridiculous causing some dance numbers to compete against vocal
WORST EVER! Besides the bad floor, the music the rude staff and everything
SO many others said, the worst thing was the last award was actually for
the studio who brought the most dancers!! To top it off, I waited 15
minutes for them to "find" our score sheets!! I would never ever go back!
Although this competition has cheap entry fees it is still a waste of
money. I don’t think I need to repeat many of the negative comments that
have already been provided. I do agree with many of them. I truly believe
that this competition is not designed for young dancers in mind but is not
challenging enough for more experienced dancers. It seems like it is aimed
at getting mediocre dance studios for their money.
WORST EVER. They staff were SO RUDE. I had a friend on the team with a hand
deformity, (they had to stamp your hand when you walked in) and the woman
asked how she is supposed to stamp her hand. SO RUDE. Also, there was no
cheering allowed. The sound system was terrible, and if you did a
somersault, it was considered acro so one of our dances almost got
disqualified! The person running it had my dance teacher in tears, and to
make up for it, she gave her an award at the end. We did not go back.
Definitely the worst dance competition experience we have ever had. The
floors were horrible, the no cheering for your team rule is crazy, the
awards are slim. They did have a nice selection of reasonably priced
dancewear for sale is the only positive I can give this one.
This competition is dreadful. We went to this competition when I was very
young, and I still remember how horrid the people who worked there were. I
was probably around 6 and I had just finished my solo, I went to go into
the audience to find my mom, and the lady at the door screamed at me
because I didn\'t have my \"sticker\" needed to enter (it was on my
jacket with my mom). I had to wait in the hallway for my mom to come get
me. Based on the way the lady acted towards me at that young age has given
me a VERY bad taste in my mouth. Horrid.
Absolutely awful. While I agree with comments about \"no cheering\" and
I have no complaint about scoring or prizes, this is, beyond a doubt, the
WORST COMPETITION EVER!!! The Director scheduled Productions (with young
children) at 9PM on a Sunday night but then let one studio compete early
because they \"had young dancers who needed to get home.\" The other
studios\' productions also had young dancers (and MUCH longer drives
home) but they were not afforded the same courtesy. The competition was
delayed as a parent (!) tried to fix the floor with duct tape after several
mishaps. Instead of using a sound mixer, the Director simply places a
microphone in front of a CD player, resulting in false starts and missed
music cues. One dancer was discreetly called out of awards when her mother
received a call that her toddler was being rushed to the hospital. As the
dancer was trying to quietly leave, she was told, \"Sit down! I\'m
talking now!\" The poor kid was mortified and the mom was frantic. I
could go on and on. Instead, I\'ll just say that this is one competition
that I\'ll gladly forgo in the future.
Very old fashioned and set in their ways. Floors are in poor shape and
music system is very outdated. Without proper, safe environment, the
dancers can\'t focus on their routines.
Terrible. Canceled competition a wek before time. Had to scurry to find
one for weekend.
There are many positives and of course negatives with ILD. I do love ILD.
It is the only true competition left. The kids have to work to earn their
awards, and not get a trophy just for showing up. I like the fact that
cheering isn\'t encouraged. It is a dance performance not a sporting
event! And it is very annoying to have a baby or toddler start screaming in
the middle of a performance. I like that the front row is reserved for
TEACHERS/CHOREOGRAPHERS only. If you follow the rules, which are clearly
stated in all the information the studio director receives then you have no
problems. The claim others have made in regard to only the big studios do
well - that is not true. I closed my studio and 3 years later my daughters
decided they missed competing at ILD so we entered as independents. Just
the two of them doing a solo each and they both won their age division
overall. Even beating out those who were their with lots of dancers and
dances. And in years past a studio that always only brought soloists and
few numbers was consistently the winners of their divisions and overalls,
so it isn\'t about numbers!
Now the drawbacks. I do dislike
ballroom competitions, but they are a necessary evil as we as dancers many
times must adjust to the stage we are given for performances. Being a
former professional dancer who toured, you never knew if your stage was
big, small, slippery wood, splintered, or marley. You just had to adjust,
a big part of being a professional performer! But yes I prefer a good stage
with marley. I do believe the critique delivery is very antiquated.
Tremaine has the absolute best critique system around. I have always
disliked that the judges are missing so much of the performance because
they are writing. Other than that, I still am a fan of ILD!
Worst competition ever! Can I give it negative stars? First of all please
let me tell you that even though Kim is from Portland she does not
represent our city or state well at all! What an embarrassment! We are
truly nice, encouraging and supportive people here in Oregon and please
dont think this nut job represents us! I have never seen a more
unprofessional person in my life! The flooring was horrible, it had huge
divets out of it and pieces kept popping up which the dancers were expected
to fix! My daughter\'s toes were bloody after dancing on the floor
because of the divets, cracks and unevenness! It was hotter then hell in
the main room. When feathers came off another studios costumes she told
them to clean it up an. made a huge deal about it and scolded the studio.
After a junior team danced, over the speaker in earshot of everyone
including the judges berated the girls choice of music and proceeded to
give a speech about how she thought the song was inappropriate. The song
was NOT about drugs, teen pregnancy, cheating, lying, stealing, or sex like
many of the other songs were that day!!! Who does that? She thought she was
sending a message to the girls in the audience about domestic violence and
that gave her the right to humiliate this team! However had she researched
the lyrics she would of found that it is a woman empowerment song! I could
not believe my ears! The entire room was silent and stunned. charging to
get in when you cant see a thing. No clapping or praise allowed. There was
probably 5 studios tops competing there but all the awards went pretty much
to the same 2 companies which Kim herself bragged how these companies had
been with her competition for years and how each year the top studio award
just goes back and forth between them. She gave sweetheart titles to girls
she had watched grown up. Hmmmm interesting!?! Dont waste your money or
your time. Outdated, No Fun, A joke, Insane, Unprofessional.
Worst.Competition.EVER! I have attended many over the years and will not
go back to this one. As a parent, the dressing rooms were awful, not
allowing for privacy. I couldn\'t see my daughter dancing if I was
seated in the back and if we stood were told to sit. No cheering of any
kind. Every little thing was a deduction, and you can only enter from one
side of the floor. No wings. No marley making injury greater. Telling
the entire ballroom of any deductions that were going to be taken off
because of not \"following the rules\" made the dancers more anxious as
their dance came closer, with should we, shouldn\'t we. The director Kim
McKimmie was rude and made no allowance for any changes to HER schedule
even if the dancer was in back to back dances not allowing for costume
changes, or even shoe changes if necessary. Telling us cheering for our
team was annoying to the judges was unbelievable, we are a team, we cheer,
we yell and we support. So behind the times and so full of herself, felt
like I was being \"Punked\" the entire day. Maybe she should start
judging \"Toddler and Tiaras\" as this seems to be the speed of the
competition. (A show I\'ve seen once and turned OFF!)
As a studio owner, we take our dancers to I Love Dance every year, and have
been for the past 20 years!!!! Our parents and dancers LOVE this event,
and especially love their scoring system. Yes, we go to other comps as
well, where everyone wins something, and you basically compete against
yourself, but with ILD, you are actually competing against other dancers of
your ability level, and there is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place award system, not
multiple golds or higher in same categories. Our dancers feel if you can
place at ILD, then you have accomplished a lot!!! Also, I am so tired of
getting judges critiques on videos or DVDs--they take up too much time to
listen to, half the time they don\'t even work or you can\'t clearly
hear the judge, and the kids hate the fact that as they are dancing, the
judge is sitting there pointing out every little thing they are doing
wrong--it kind of brings them down as they are performing. The judges
sheets at ILD are very clear--you read their comments and work from
there--you don\'t have to rewind anything. Also, I can file them and
look back on them from time to time, whereas the videos and DVDs, it takes
too much time to go back and look at them again. We have had nothing but
fond memories with ILD, and will continue to build new ones in the years to
I read some recent reviews and I don\'t understand where they are
from. I Love Dance is the most organized dance competition.
are the lowest compared to other competitions. The
information of rules
comes with every mailing and they are so simple to
confirmation comes several weeks before the competition
begins which makes
organizing the dancers times to arrive very helpful.
I enjoy the fact that
there is no screaming allowed. I won\'t attend
any competition that
encourages such behavior. There wouldn\'t be a
broadway show in NYC or
one who comes to your town that would allow
screaming during the
performance either. By paying an admission fee and
receiving a program
book, I feel the audience shows respect to the
dancers. I Love Dance is
the only competition that I would want to
This is one competition that I will definitely attend again. I love the
fact that their rules are clearly stated and enforced. I am tired of
attending comps where large schools are allowed to break every rule that
the rest of us follow. I particularly love the fact that I can sit and
enjoy all the performances without some idiot screaming in my ears. The
applause only rule should be the norm. Do they scream at profressional
dance company performances too? I have a small school and feel like I got
the same treatment as everyone else. That has not been my experience at
other events. It is an organized, on time event with friendly and
professional staff. I can\'t wait to go back next year.
I am a mother of two professional dancers (broadway), a dance teacher as
well as a professional choreographer. My daughters competed annually in
several competitions, including I Love dance. Although there are attributes
and detriments to each competition, My daughters will each tell you that of
all of them, I Love Dance best prepared them for the professional world.
First, although a wood floor is sometimes slippery, often times auditions
are held on slippery wood or tile floors in NYC. Next, because I Love Dance
score sheets attribute 25% of your score to technique and 25% to Stage
Presence, a dancer who does consistently well at this competition, does
well at auditioning where technique and stage presence are most heavily
As a dance teacher, I always appreciate the consistent set
up and fairness of I Love Dance. i certainly appreciate the reserved front
row for Dance Teachers . Although I also enjoy professional theatres, the
glamourous I Love Dance hotels offer spacious and convenient dressing
areas, comfortable seating, and a well lit dance area. As a choreographer,
i think it\'s great that dancers are exposed to an audience on three
sides, and that the audience is up close and personal. In closing, I Love
Dance is a first-class competition that treats each entry as an artistic
I LOVE DANCE is the only competition my parents like going to. They hate
attending competitions where people scream, yell and act like low-lifes
like the people we see on TV these days. I have competed with I LOVE
DANCE as a teacher for over 6 years, but I also competed as a student for
19 years. I have never seen a better run more professional competition.
Everyone is genuinely nice and pleasant to each other. We have tried other
competitions and we all agree I LOVE DANCE is the best.
WORST DANCE COMPETITION EVER! Do not waste your time. The director is so
old fashioned and the competition is so outdated. Terrible stage, judges
write critiques so it takes FOREVER to calculate scores, rules of no
cheering or having fun of any kind are RIDICULOUS. I wouldn\'t recommend
this competition to anyone. The director is so mean and impossible to work
with. In her emails to you before competition she actually says \"Do not
call me, do not email me with questions.\" WHAT?!!! NEVER going back!
We found that if you were first timers and bringing many many dancers we
did well with numbers/trophies, but then the following year brought less
dancers (some chose a diff location that conflicted) and our scores were
way low? Same dancers from previous year.... But we got the impression that
money wins?? We also thought the help to be unprofessional looking.
Before I begin, my daughter won 5 first places and a first place overall in
her age division. I am not writing this because I\'m upset over scoring.
This was, hands down, the most horrific competition I have ever endured.
The stage was a slippery ballroom floor where numerous dancers fell. It
was not elevated, yet the judges were. The judges comments were all
written, meaning that the judges missed half of all the performances while
they were writing. The music was played on two tiny speakers and the
volume was inconsistent. The staff was extremely discourteous and rude.
They were unpleasant to families with small children, as they don\'t
think kids under 3 should attend. No cheering was allowed. Do yourselves
a favor and stay away from I Love Dance.
Wow -- what a disappointing competition this weekend for the
dancers and teachers. The dancers danced on a ballroom dance
is completely unsafe) that was not elevated, but the judges
elevated! No lighting, no backdrop, no sound system. The music was
through the hotel system and who ever was in charge of the
music had no
idea how to be consistent...it was quiet, then it would get
louder and then
softer. It was way more of a talent show/variety show
than a dance
competition -- there were kids singing while dancing and
lip syncing while
dancing. It was a sad way to end our company\'s year
Dance is about energy and there was absolutely none of
that there this
weekend thanks to the ones who ran the \"I LOVE
This competition was anything but about loving dance!
1- Competition director was so unfriendly and terribly rude to the
2- There was no stage. The dancers were expected to dance on
hotel dance floor- not a competition or standard dance floor. This puts
all dancers at risk for injury. Plus they had the front row marked off so
the team competing could sit there to watch. Basically ppl camped there
the entire day and we could barely see our numbers perform because there
was no stage elevation.
3- The Rules--
a. no cheering- only loud
b. it\'s recommended not to bring younger kids. So sorry
if you like to come as a family to watch your child perform, young kids are
frowned upon attending.
c. Extra payment of daily admittance + parking
with no in-out privileges
d. Our studio owners said the rules for
where numbers were placed were challenging to understand and the comp
director basically refused to work with anyone (even sent out an email that
directly said \"Do not email me with any issues or changes.\" then
wanted to charge them $20 to make a change to ensure we were placed
correctly and the number didn\'t get scratched.)
4- The judges write
everything down. So behind the times! Seriously- use technology- it makes
the reviews better. I watched the judges (only) for 5 numbers and they
missed nearly 75% of all dances because they were WRITING!
performed well, got a lot of 1st places, overalls, and a top division award
so I\'m not writing as a disgruntled parent who\'s child didn\'t win.
I\'m writing as a parent who observed a competition that was flat,
lacked any energy or fun for anyone participated. It was quite sad and the
worst part is that when you read the program guide, the competition
company/directors have no clue. They\'ve written it like they are some
high-end competition and unfortunately they are not. It\'s the furthest
thing from it!
I would not recommend this competition to any
Probably the worst competition I have ever been involved with! I can not
think of one positive thing to say about this experience. The kids are not
having fun or being rewarded for the hard work and devotion to the sport.
Too many rules, you can see the dancers, strict categories, parents are no
allowed to cheer... Will never go again!
Hated this. No cheering allowed. No costumes to be seen anywhere but on
stage. And the floor was not elevated. Only went once. Never went back.
This competition is so prissy and want-to-be fancy that no one can have a
good time. There is no cheering allowed, only clapping. It costs $5 for
the audience to watch the competition. The staff is not very nice to work
with. I had a little three year old who was scheduled to go first (it was
her first competition). She wanted to watch someone dance first before
going out on stage. Instead of letting act two go first, the director
scratched her dance from the competition and refused to let her dance. The
judges still write everything down, which takes forever. They also miss a
lot of the dance since they are writing things down. The floor is ballroom
flooring not marley, which if very slippery. They do not allow for
averaging of the ages. You must enter the age group of your oldest dancer.
They do not allow scheduling changes and sometimes only two or three
numbers for dancers to change. If you are not ready to go, they instantly
pull your dance. They also have crazy rules about lip-syncing, tumbling,
and props, and they take off 25 points if he rules are not followed
exactly. THIS COMPETITION IS NOT FUN AT ALL!!