Scam scam scam scam if I wanna lose money come here jk u can\'t I think
We attended Hollywood three years ago. When we won\'t it was ok.vtge
staff was friendly . The competition and convention ran really late we were
there until midnight..besides that it was ok. Heard they closed there
They will go down in comp history as one of the worst that has ever been.
Stole money, ran away, and now are out of business. Good riddance.
Liked it. Judges clearly and was fair.
We still haven\'t received refunds from an event canceled over a year
ZERO STARS. Rey Barcena, owner of iHollywood, cancelled the Chicago 2013
convention, and did not
refund the money!
I\'ve heard the TALK but my son really enjoyed it!!!
I\'ve heard the gossip, but we had a really good time at iHollywood. The
classes and judges remarks were good, the show ran smoothly and we would go
back in a heartbeat.
Not a good experience from start to finish. Don\'t get me started.
So bad i can´t give 0s tars because this is the most desorganizated and
uncaring convetion ever!! I was going to attent to thheir nationals one day
before i got the mail with the information of what i must bring for every
class and about rehersal for the closing show and basically everything then
next morning we drove 2 hours to get to the the venue when we get therre
there´s nothing and the one of the hotel workers told us that there was a
problem and that nothing would be happenning that day I tried to call all
day long and no one would answer next day i call and they said the event
was still on hold(by this time i was alredy expecting a refund). On the
third day i got information that they actually began on monday night. So
all my money was thrown to trash 500 dolars for convention and then 700
dolars for my airplane ticket. A million months later still no anwers from
We still have not received refunds from the convention and competition
iHollywood canceled in Chicago. It has been over 6 months. No
communication at all. Their website says that they will be back soon. I
certainly hope that when they \"return\" they deal with the fact that
they owe hundreds of dancers refunds for an event that never happened!
IHollywood came to our town a couple of years ago. We attended because we
liked Desiree Robbins, but she left early, missing the second day. There
weren't many kids there, so they would pull all the kids on stage, and
give out awards to a few, leaving the others standing there humiliated.
The worst was the teen/senior room. There were only 4 kids, they all went
onstage, 3 were praised and 1 was ignored... Humiliated. The staff was
very much into themselves. Not a good experience.
ZERO STARS. Rey Barcena and his iHollywood scam convention have not
refunded any of the Chicago studios that entered in March 2013.
IHollywood cancelled the Chicago convention AND KEPT ALL THE MONEY. This
comp has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from dance students and
dance teachers! IHollywood doesnt pay their teachers, either! Don't
give iHollywood your hard-earned money because there are plenty of legit
conventions out there!
Attended iHollywood week recently. Came to take from amazing teachers and
watch my daughter perform in a great final show - and truthfully, that\'s
what we got. There were some bumps in the road- and the schedule was a bit
fluid but nothing to write home about. Not sure what is going on with the
owner, but there was plenty of staff there pitching in, helping out,
addressing any concerns, and keeping it a positive experience. The
teachers have always been what makes this convention so special - and they
did not disappoint this year at all! Hope to see this continue into 2014.
I also rated iHollywood 3 months ago after our studio had signed up to
attend their Convention/Competition in Chicago. We were initially alerted
that something might not be right when iHollywood would not return phone
calls to let us know the venue just weeks prior to the competition- we were
traveling from out of town and needed to book hotels. They then changed
the date to a date that we could not attend. We requested a refund in
February. It is now July. We have received virtually NO response as to
when to expect refunds. We have emailed, left messages, sent letters,
posted on Facebook, sent Twitter messages- everything we can think of and
have received no information about refunds. iHollywood continued to have
events after Chicago blatently ignoring the hundreds of dancers and studios
they had scammed out of thousands of dollars. It is terrible that they
have gotten away with this! As of this week their website is no longer
working and their phone has been disconnected. I hope they don\'t try to
come back under a new name to scam more innocent dancers and studios.
There are no acceptable excuses at this point as there has been NO
I rated I Hollywood 3 months ago. I was hoping to be able to rate again
with some good news that the Chicago situation was taken care of .
UNFORTUNATELY this is not the case. I am a studio owner and I fronted the
money for the Chicago convention/competition in the amount of $24,000!!! I
was promised by Rey that my money would be refunded (that was on feb 13th)
when it was clear that the Chicago event was not going to happen. Since
then there has been numerous phone calls, emails, letters etc with
absolutely no response from Rey or any I Hollywood staff. I am happy that
some of you have had a good experience but this is not the case for me. I
paid my fees in good faith and this money was to be for summer expenses.
How an organization can not make this situation right is beyond me!!! I
don\'t know about other people but this is a lot of money and I am
sickened by the fact that Rey feels this does not have to be paid back.
So sorry for the Chicago situation! Hope you work through it soon. We have
had fun at your events before.
I am here with my daughter at Hollywood week, and it\'s true, there have
been serious organizational problems. But I just want it on record, that
the teachers that are here, particularly Mikey, but also Melody, Stacy,
Nathan, Alex, Ashley, Marguerite, Eric, Jimmy, Reed, and whoever else is
coming, are going above and beyond to salvage the week for the kids, and I
really appreciate it. My daughter learned some fantastic choreography
today, and that\'s what we\'re here for. On the one hand, this has been
a frustrating experience. On the other hand, it\'s been a heartwarming
example of teachers, studio owners, and some intrepid dance parents making
lemonade out of lemons, and doing it all for the kids.
This has not been a very good experience.
Review Has Been Locked - Multiple Accounts
We intend on bringing our studio to iHollywood Week, as we have done for
several years now. Clearly - we are sorry to hear what happened in Chicago
although it seems to be isolated, as Tulsa went on as scheduled. it\'s
extremely disappointing although not surprising to see how Ricky chooses to
conduct himself in this matter. iHollywood continues to be our
students\' favorite way to close out their year.
To nydm911 and the rest calling the Midwest dance parents cyber bullies.
Please put yourself in their shoes. The comp/convention was cancelled and
$270,000 has been taken and not returned to them. They r not getting any
response and now have to sue. However, our studio has had no problem in
communication because we were about to turn over a ton of money for their
hollywood week. We r starting to reconsider and now are finding out that
convention teachers are not being paid and not showing up. We are grateful
to the dance community to alerting the rest of us about what is clearly a
mismanaged competition. The Tulsa event right after Chicago shows that it
was canceled on the Tulsa convention center website however on ihollywood
it says they had a great week. So not sure what is going on there. There
were 2 other regionals that still have a tba status. Please continue to
share info on this site. Our studio is trying to gather info and make a
decision about attending. This stinks because some of us have plane
tickets and vacations planned around this event. Please keep on sharing
and if at all possible, let us know the name of your studios in the Chicago
area. Our director would love to talk with a studio with what happened. At
this point, if we do decide (highly unlikely) we would not turn over a dime
until we are at the convention and see that it is legit.
Took our students to iHollywood San Jose (San Francisco) recently.
Fantastic and seamless experience. Got nothing but good to say about this
We have attended the Dallas Regional for the last 2 years. Really sad to
see all the negative posts. We had an amazing experience and my daughter
will attend again next year.
You \"supporters\" should probably check out
looks like those folks from the midwest
all......the FACULTY is suing ihollywood.
Update: it\'s JULY and we have heard nothing from
cowards. Luckily many more teachers have piled onto the lawsuits!
Noticed this ihollywood thread and began to read! Was going to leave a
positive post and still am!.. i don\'t usually comment, give my two
cents, Ect. But . I must stand up for the victims of cyber bullies! I
believed children and teens were the bullies of other children and teens
but reading how this thread started I am shocked and appalled of the so
called \"adult\"bullies on here! Who in their right mind and with sound
mind thinks that talking mess about a convention, dance studio, competition
Ect. on a site trying to get others to do the same is a good idea? Trash
talking, throwing people under the bus, hatred, anger, threats,
destructive, hurtful Ect. Behavior is a bullying tactic! This guy Rey who
I\'ve met a few times and his Ihollywood crew/staff/teachers have been so
cool! I have been to other comps/ conventions and IHollywood for me has
been the most personable and the most fun! I see it says he hasn\'t paid
back the people from a convention that was less than a month ago? Geez lets
slander him why don\'t we? Lets hang him? What other cruel things are you
planning to do with him? I know I would expect payment back too and yes I
may be a little upset because I haven\'t gotten a response but dang
it\'s been less than 30 days! I know ihollywood had other conventions
after the Chicago one right? And I know ihollywood is scheduled and set for
summer! Doesn\'t sound like a guy who is trying to stiff his clients and
run away with all your money? I haven\'t called Rey or ihollywood but I
know a few people who have recently and they have actually spoken to Rey
himself??? So this\" not getting a response\" hmmm makes me wonder how
or why he isn\'t answering the phone when you call or email? Someone that
starts a slanderous thread about another person seems like a person I want
to talk to..Not! Something to keep in mind! He that is keeping his mouth
and his tongue is keeping his soul from distresses” is a warning against
thoughtless, loose, or idle talk.. Think b4 you type!
People in Indiana. Please be patient. We had another Competition cancel due
to low enrollment and we are waiting for refund. As far as phone calls. It
sounds like Rey did answer the phone initially. But this is borderline
harassment. He probably avoids Indiana like the plague. I suspect you are
sending hate mail as well.
I recently tried to reach the biggest
convention company and it took 3 weeks, they were on the road and
If i were a convention I
Would avoid your area We love
iHollywood. The faculty is incredible. Our parents are well cared for. The
critiques are very helpful and the company members are welcoming.
Settle down folks!!! Are ya\'ll from one studio sitting around a
ganging up on iHollywood Dance?!! You know, you guys are going
to make it
so no convention/competition company will ever want to come
to Indiana, or
Chicago for that matter!! We did iHollywood in Detroit
and it was the
bomb. Relax! I\'ve been doing this for 30 years!!
It\'s a fact of life.
Comps get canceled. The companies usually have
a very good reason for
canceling. And I\'ve had plently of events
cancel over the years. Yeah, I
know it\'s frustrating but it\'s time
to move on. And guess what?
It\'s normal to take 30 days to get
refunded. It\'s equivilant to a
billing cycle... Chill-out! There\'s
no reason to trash a perfectly good
company. I\'ve never had a problem
with them. In fact, my kids loved it
and we will go back next time. Just
because you are not happy right this
minute, don\'t try to destroy a
company\'s reputation! It\'s just not
This year was the first time our studio went to IHollywood. It was so much
fun for everyone!! IHollywood brought so much talent from L.A. and they
were all so down-to-earth! The kids loved it! The entire weekend was very
well organized and packed with classes and friendly happy faces! By
comparison to other larger conventions our studio attends, IHollywood had
much more to offer for the same price. We will definitely attend next
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; the right
includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive
and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.
However, there is a line between freedom of opinion and defamation of
character. The border has been crossed here... Unless facts are proven in
a Court of Law, your public negative written comments on this domain can be
used against you in a case of libel. A fair warning to those of you on
this band wagon who are attempting to cause harm to iHollywood. Be careful
of what you put in writing because it can come back and haunt you. If you
have a legitimate cause for action against iHollywood, then I suggest that
you contact a legal professional. Otherwise, we don\'t want to read your
slanderous remarks. Thank you for stopping this nonsense. At this time,
please feel free to take this opportunity and remove your defamatory
Been competing and going to convention for five years now. There is nothing
out there like iHollywood. It has been the best dance experience of my
daughter\'s young life. This summer\'s iHollywood Week will be her
sixth iHD event- and we can\'t wait. In addition to being über-
talented, the faculty is available, accessible, and genuinely invested in
the children they teach. Rey is always there- on sight - taking excellent
care of everyone, dancers, parents, and staff. We are so excited to be
there again in July and for many, many years to come.
Always amazing. We\'ve particapated in L.A. week-long conventions for
past 6 years and the convention/competition tour for the past 3
iHollywood has a great crew. Well organized competition -on time
professional. Judge\'s critique is always on-the-mark/video,
Enthusiastic awards presentation, MC brings dancers \'up\' and
everyone feel special. A very positive experience for all.
collection of talent around. Cutting edge choreo. Entertaining
show. Just plain fun. We always feel welcome and appreciated,
which is rare
these days. Looking forward to the Hollywood Week in July
If Rey and his mom Penny were honest, moral, and knew how to run
business, and if they actually intended to issue refunds, they would
at least returned ONE phone call or email out of the hundreds of
made to obtain ANY information. We have been trying to get
JANUARY with NO RESPONSE. When they IGNORE customers, a
social media blitz
to warn other unsuspecting dance parents is the only
option. I don\'t
understand why this recent influx of California
posters is so supportive,
but I have my suspicions. While I am sure the
instructors are great, most of the ones I have contacted want NOTHING to do
with iHollywood because they have not been paid, and iHollywood keeps
trying to bring in business by keeping these instructors listed on their
As for the accusations of slander or
libel, truth is an
absolute defense, so best of luck making those bogus
iHollywood has had every opportunity to make this right, and
repeatedly FAILED to do so.
ONE PHONE CALL with
information, followed by a REFUND, and this all stops.
My students and Parents Love iHollywood Dance
Mikey Trasoras, Melody
Lacayunga, Cory Finn and Reed Tankersley are awesome. They care about the
kids. Margarite Derrick gives great advice and the dancers lover her
classes. And the showcase is amazing. They have a fabulous dance company
and the teachers and Company put on a great show. Hollywood week is a
blast. Kids learn the business, and in the past performed in a
professionally taped video.
We love iHollywood. Rey and his staff give
the convention a family feel
As a dance dad, prop builder, & team photographer who attends
competition, helps our studio & other studios backstage at events,
almost ranks w/ the dance moms in time spent in our dance world,
what I see
is a lot of supportive Midwestern parents that care about
their kids and
the positive experiences they have in their studios and
They want to see that positive dance
continue…safely & successfully. But the behavior
iHollywood has put studios in peril, left dance
instructors short on money,
and shaken their dance parent’s
what you call mean-spirited
and hate from the parents,
is actually surprising
to me. They are
warning other dance parents,
convention venues about
iHollywood’s behavior. Placing
of other dance parents &
studios above their own.
world IS small…and
iHollywood needs to do the
The problem will not go
away until Rey commits
studios, parents, & instructors that
iHollywood will “make it
again, and shows thru action that
they are doing
that the most important thing to
you’re in a bad situation… is
to demonstrate what you’re
to make it better.
Wow. I must admit I\'m shocked & embarrassed to see such hate coming from
the Midwest dance parents. Ya\'ll sound like a bunch of mean-spirited
bullies out for blood. I\'m sorry you haven\'t received your refund
yet, but to spread rumors about a legitimate business, run by a team of
people, who all love to share their passion for dance, isn\'t the way to
go. This dance world is small. Let\'s try and be kind to each other.
Bashing someone\'s good name is not going to help you get your refund.
We have been attending iHollywood for several years, and this
season my daughter was a Company member. We went to Denver, Phoenix, LA,
and San Jose. We would\'ve gone to Tulsa (which wasn\'t cancelled, just
relocated), but it didn\'t fit into our schedule. It\'s been surreal to
be surrounded by such dedicated and talented people that love and share
their talent. And maybe not every event/venue isn\'t perfectly organized,
but, what convention/convention is? I must say iHollywood has been a truly
amazing experience for us. We can\'t wait for iHollywood Week in LA!!
We have been going to Hollywood week since its inception and regionals
a few years. We attended the Warm up, Denver, Arizona, Los Angelos,
Francisco and Tulsa this year and plan on attending Hollywood week
It has been a great year. My daughters love the faculty and
have so much
fun in classes. The teachers really care about the kids and
I am a parent, dance teacher and previous studio owner.
So I KNOW FOR A FACT, the contract says that refunds will be issued within
a certain period of time. The convention in Chicago was scheduled for April
I3 and 14th. That was less than a month ago. I believe the contract says
within 90 days. If I was being bombarded with parent and lawyers just a
week or two after the event was cancelled, I would not answer the phone
either. I was told that not enough students enrolled for the event to make
it financially feasable. And I am sure that all this slander is what caused
Tulsa to be smaller than normal. I don\'t see how slandering someones
name is going to get anyone anywhere. All these reviews that are negative
are from Indiana and surrounding area\'s. As the mom from Cali said, you
are not only hurting iHollywood Dance, but the faculty, The company members
who are so proud of their friends and teachers, and everyone who loves
iHollywood. Yes Rey has had a tough year. Actually it has been a tough few
years for the Barcena\'s. They have dealt with health issues, loss of a
family member and a poor economy. And as was said by Cali mom, iHollywood
is not only defined by the Barcena\'s. There are many people who love
being a part of the iHollywood family. How many conventions have a family
like this? I am thankful and proud that my dancers are a part of such a
wonderful group of people and we love and care for each and everyone of
them. Please stop slandering this business and be patient. I would love to
see what other people that are not from Indiana/Chicago have to say. Hope
to see everyone at Hollywood Week.
Dear Melrose, Parent from CA. While I am pretty sure I understand
support for yourself, er, I mean Rey, I find it to be
Our studio has been requesting a refund for
since it became evident that it was too late to book hotels,
location of the Chicago convention was never disclosed. This was
before it was canceled. Since we began requesting a refund, there
literally ZERO communication despite hundreds of attempts to
contact Rey or
his mother, Penny. If iHollywood was a legitimate
business and not a
complete Ponzi scheme, wouldn\'t an owner return at
least ONE email or
phone call with information about refunds? If they
ever intended to
actually refund money, this would seem to be a pretty
easy way to avoid a
social media onslaught.
Not only are studios
and parents being
ROBBED by iHollywood, but Penny and Rey have also
failed to pay several
dance instructors as well. This seems to go hand
in hand with their
complete disregard for their customers, and I am
constantly amazed at
people like them who can take advantage of other
people purely for
their own financial gain.
The only actual
contact we have been able
to get with iHollywood or its owners has been
college friend of mine who actually paid Penny a visit in
person where she apparently works as a dog
groomer. She told him that
Rey would take care of refunds, because \"His
momma didn\'t raise no
fool.\" I have a hard time buying that.
While some people may have had a \"positive\" (and I use that term
loosely) experience, it is obvious that the majority of people did not.
This rating is not about the quality of a convention/competition, but
rather the lack of one. In good faith, money was paid for something that
was not delivered. Many parents and families work extra jobs and skip
mortgage payments to pay for their children\'s love of dance. Do you
really think those are not hard times?? Would he have allowed us to attend
convention and competition without paying? How about the fact that he is
still not acknowledging the fact HE OWES MONEY!!!!!!!! How am I supposed
to explain to my children, our studio is going to close and you cannot
dance because someone took our hard earned money and won\'t pay it back.
Is that what we are teaching our children-you don\'t have to keep your
end of a bargain-just take what you want and screw the rest of the world??
So Rey fell on hard times-do you really expect the scammed families and
studios to feel sorry for him when he doesn\'t feel anything for us? We
blindly and in good faith paid for something, and would have let it all go
if it was merely a matter of \"Venue TBA\" and it fell through. Cancel
the city, and pay the money back! What is so hard about that concept. He
has been working in other cities-where does that money go. It should go
back to the people he scammed and let down. Not to pay for his hard times.
And what will happen if he does try to provide for a National Week, take
more money and let those people down. Here\'s the solution, Rey. Make
restitution to the people you let down, close your organization to
reorganize your life, and then reopen when you get your life on track.
Just like the rest of the world should do when faced with a layoff or
disaster. People will respect you more than if you just ignore them.!
Wow Chicago I understand your frustration but seriously you\'re going
rate it and bad mouth him less than a month after it\'s cancelled.
is a legal time period for him to provide a refund according to
contracts your studio signed. Raising torches and carrying
his door is a little much. Bad mouthing iHollywood is
damaging to them, to
the faculty and the company kids. If your \"Anti
keeps people from signing up for Nationals - how
does that help you get
your money back? If anything all you are doing is
keeping the company from
bringing in cash that could potentially go to
pay your studio. Perhaps I
need to contact all the people that attended
LA, Phoenix, Denver and San
Jose. I\'m pretty sure they, like me would
give a high rating for this
convention. Rey is human and maybe he has
had something going on in his
life right now that is keeping him from
his normal standard. After all the
years of putting out a quality
production, I certainly wouldn\'t classify
him as a con artist! Its
too bad people can\'t see beyond their own
To respond -
if we want to talk about majority, Chicago didn\'t happen (yes that\'s
bad) and Tulsa for some was weak...yet LA Warm UP, LA, Phoenix, Denver and
San Jose were great. Perhaps Dallas and Michigan can chime in since I
didn\'t go. Someone please look up Ponzi Scheme before using it again.
No stars would be appropriate! Our studio is still waiting for refunds from
the cancelled Chicago event! Phone calls are ignored and emails unanswered
yet he is advertising his Hollywood week event in July! Everyone beware of
this con artist. He will only steal your money!
Our studio signed up to attend a convention at iHollywood. Despite
to contact them to find out information they would not respond
to tell us
the venue 2 weeks prior to the event. Then they canceled the
rescheduled for a time that we could not attend. We, along with
studios in Illinois & Wisconsin, have been trying to get a refund
months. They do not respond to phone calls, emails or letters. Our
is out thousands of dollars and no one will tell us when refunds
happen! NO COMMUNICATION = VERY FRUSTRATING!! Those who have been
get in touch with Rey can you please help the rest of us by
letting us know
what phone number you used?!? Because if you call the
listed phone number
you will not get a person and often you will only
get a full mailbox.
I\'m glad that some of you had great experiences
because I wouldn\'t
wish financial loss to anyone, but it has happened
for many studios and
that is just wrong. I sincerely hope that one day I
can edit my post to say
that we received a refund because we have been
requesting one for 3 MONTHS
and at this point have never been given any
indication of when that might
happen. A good company communicates even
when there are
cancelations/changes/etc. This has not been our
experience. So beware if
you choose to include this convention in your
season. UPDATE: It is July and still no contact from iHollywood. We have
tried to reach them by phone, email, letter, certified letter, in person,
twitter, and Facebook for 6 MONTHS and have had no response. Our studio is
out thousands of dollars. Parents and dancers are out thousands of
dollars- there is no excuse for the lack of communication.
This is a very shady operation!! They cancelled our event after stringing
us along with \"finding a venue\". Then took our money and ran. It is a
shame they are still in business.
AVOID AT ALL COSTS
Someone please hire Mikey, Melody & Nathan so they can be properly valued
for their amazing talent. Everyone else please do all youcan to report
iHollywood to the better business bureau, state attorney\'s offce, etc.
so it can no longer take people\'s money without providing what was
promised. Snake oil salesman for sure! Total crook!
Where is the negative stars button? Seriously, this competition is a scam!
My studio went to it last year and it was great, but this year however
there was no venue and there has been no refund of money to 30+ studios,
some of which are going out of business because they are more than 20,000
dollars in! I can\'t tell you enough how bad this is getting. Once in
Florida, once in Illinois, and now it\'s happening again in Oklahoma!
Someone needs to take care of this before too many more small studio\'s
go out of business leaving so many kids without a place to dance.
If I could use negative stars, I would. Although our experience over a
year ago was quality )great teachers, classes, etc.... this year we have
had nothing but trouble! Planned to attend, it was cancelled due to lack
of venue. Date was changed, then that was cancelled too! iHollywood
won\'t refund our money. Out tons of $$$ and stressful date issues!
Don\'t waste your time cus he will just steal your money and then cancel
Our story is alot like others who have written here. We were planning a
trip down to Chicago with our studio and are out alot of money! We have
tried calling and e-mailing but haven\'t heard anything in months. I
can\'t express my disappointment with this organization.
- I wanted to update my status:
It is June and my studio has still
not received a phone call or e-mail response from iHollywood regarding a
refund. My last contact was Feb.3rd from Rey stating \"it\'s in the
mail\". He\'s a liar and a coward. No company relies on the parents to
fight their battles.
iHollywood is a disgrace to the dance
community. I have tried to put myself in Cheri\'s shoes and the others
who defend them but I cannot. It\'s clear you people either work for
iHollywood or your kids are part of the company. Luckily, all the 5 star
ratings are doing more harm than good because you have no idea how
ridiculous you sound to the rest of the country. With each passing day and
month the truth becomes more clear.
You are supporting a company
that owes money to teachers, faculty and studios. Their actions have taken
a studio away from its children. How can you possibly justify that?
If anyone wants to refute anything I\'ve said there are plenty of
discussions happening on dancemom.com
Not even worth ONE star! First they did not have a venue secured for an
event and canceled just two weeks prior. Then they stole hundreds of
thousands of dollars from studios by canceling and not refunding money- no
response to phone calls, emails, or letters. They are a scam. Horrible!
As a parent, I\'m so disappointed that dishonest businesses like
ihollywood exist. As a group of dance parents, we work hard to raise money
for our kids so they can dance to competition like this. For ihollywood to
steal our money, is just unacceptable. If you are thinking of going to this
venue, please don\'t go. Support our cause.
Our dance studio enrolled 36 dance students and teachers to attend
iHollywood Dance Convention in Chicago, March 1-3, 2013. We signed up on
line via their website and paid by credit card in October 2012. As March
2013 neared, the company was not providing information as to the venue
location and host hotel. Then they changed the convention date to April
12-14 and advertised the venue and hotel on their website with only 2
weeks in advance of the new convention date. As April 12 neared,
iHollywood announced the Chicago convention was cancelled and they would
see us in 2014. All phone calls and emails made to iHollywood to get a
refund have been ignored since January. Approximately 30 studios were
affected, with an average of 30 students each, with an average of $300 per
student, which totals $270,000 that iHollywood has not
iHollywood then proceeded to put on a dance convention in
Tulsa, OK in April 2013. That convention did happen although there were
problems with last-minute venue changes and also half the dance teachers
did not show up. Also, Rey Barcena, the owner and director of iHollywood
did not show up, and he is running the show! Many of the dance parents in
attendance were unhappy with the quality/value for the money of the Tulsa
Now iHollywood is announcing a dance intensive this
summer called Hollywood Week. It is distressing that iHollywood is
continuing to take money in for future conventions, but not refunding our
In addition iHollywood has not been paying the dance teachers
for teaching at the conventions this year. Many of the teachers featured
on their website have severed ties with iHollywood and will never teach for
them again. So if you sign up for Hollywood Week 2013 thinking you are
getting those great teachers on their website, you will be sorely
Is there any way to rate this any lower?
Such a shame. The competition had a great staff but the owners have run it
into the ground. They have stolen mass amounts of money from numerous
studios and the competition has become absolute chaos.
The first time I went I fell in love and now with this huge scandal most of
his original staff ahead quite because he is a pain to work with. I am just
disappointed to now he isn't realizing how much he has impacted other
studios. Lucky enough we are able to stay open but other studios aren't as
luck as us.
Absolutely ridiculous. Complete thief
Wow.... They took our money. Very unprofessional. #notcool
this convention is RANK. Do not go. Such a one..
teachers are awesome. people who run it are not.
This competition is unaware of the damage done from not only not
communicating with the public studios, buy not refunding their money.
Though I believe as a dancer this convention was worth going to, it is not
worth the poor service provided.
Teachers and Studio Owners BEWARE! We attended I Hollywood last year and
had a good experience.
This season however this is not the case! We started calling the office in
January to find out what the venue was going to be for Chicago. We were
told they were working on it. We went ahead and sent in our fees for
convention and competition. The date was changed and we could not attend
the new dates. And Chicago was cancelled. We have been promised our REFUND
since the beginning of February! Phone calls and emails are not answered
and to date
we have NOT received our money back. AWFUL!
Do NOT attend this competition/convention!!!!! Our studio planned to
attend in Chicago, and they changed the date and venue numerous times.
And this was in the weeks leading up to the original date!! Eventually
they moved it to a date that we already had a competition scheduled and
paid for. It has been months since then, and neither our studio nor any of
the families have received a single dollar returned, or even the
consideration of a response to phone calls. Very very shady organization.
Our studio has lost thousands of dollars!!!