If you are a tapper, STAY AWAY from this competition. The judges are completely clueless about tap and it was very disheartening. Also, the judges were blatantly biased with certain races and no matter how poorly this race performed ie; froze, cried, ran off stage before routine was over, they still received platinum scores. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your money here.
Terrible experience this year. Communication was lacking and is still horrendous as I cannot even get a response regarding photos-we are obligated to pay for them but we still don't have them and cannot get answers.
At the competition our complaints were ignored...dancers made to dance on a stage with blood on it from the previous dancer, staff smoking in the auditorium, rude backstage crew, judges that are rude and didn't know the rules. We used to love this competition...especially because it's in our city...but not a single parent or teacher wants to return and would rather drive 2 hours to a competition that treats everyone respectfully and as if they are a valuable customer.
This review is specifically for the national competition held in Nashville, Tennesse. I admire that In10sity chose a new location this year but the overall experience here was underwhelming. First off, their site states that the competition was going to be held at the spacious Opryland Hotel and Convention center but this was simply not true. It was primarily held at an Events Center near the Opryland hotel and it was not very spacious at all. The events center is not even connected to the hotel and you either had to be inside the dance hall (with no lobby or waiting rooms) or outside in the sweltering heat. Also, for some reason they decided to run solos on two stages within the same facility at the same time so there was a ton of background noise when you performed your solo. This wasn't so bad for jazz solos but for lyrical solos it was awkward to have blasting music and screams in the background when a dancer was trying to emotionally connect with an audience. Stand out In10se dancers also had to commit way too much time to practice a number where only a handful of people were actually seen. (close to 10 hours of practice) and the location for the practices was horrible (downtown Nashville). Overall the judging seemed ok but I do believe there was some bias towards male dancers and studios with male dancers. I feel they also gave too much credit for numbers with huge props which is unfortunate because out of town studios can't afford to transport giant props across the country. If you are a smaller studio then expect a small number of larger studios to horde almost all of the recognition throughout the event. Also, it didn't make sense that they had different judges for the Con10der solos as they did for the other solos in the competition in the same age division. Would we do this nationals competition again? Perhaps but it would need to be at much better facility.
We do really like this competition a lot! Was a bit different this year and I hate block scheduling (not the comp’s fault). Had a good experience, but I do wonder if block scheduling affects scoring at all??? Not saying my child should have been in the top 10, however she was better than half of the top 10 they chose, which just makes me
Wonder if whoever goes in the first block tend to not score as well as those that go later 🤷♀️. I don’t know, just a thought. But, overall we do like this comp and hope the season can be normal next year.
I have a really fun time at this competition!! Super fun and would recommend!
This competition is so great!!! The staff is very friendly. The host is just so sweet and encouraging to the dancers. Love the improv. Love the special awards and also how they acknowledge the top 5 highest average scoring studios. It was a positive experience here. Looking forward to next season.
My daughters loved it and loved the improv challenge.
We have always enjoyed In10sity when we have had the opportunity to attend! I wish they would come back to Ames. The competition itself runs smoothly and from what I remember, usually ahead of schedule. The judging I felt was always fair the the critiques given were helpful. We like this event because it comes close to us, so its very convenient. We will always try to attend if it works out with our schedule.
We attended this event a few weeks ago and had a great time. It ran smoothly and on time. Love how they offer live feed so others could watch from home. Also really like the media pack for a small extra fee, although they cut off the end of one of my daughter's solos :-). The emcee lady is just the nicest lady. She is so positive and encouraging and gives the dancers a very nice talk. Love the improv. The special awards are great! The judging was ok. They gave a lot of feedback but just so many of the same critiques over and over where half the time we couldn't really tell why they were giving them, but it was fine. They tend to score on the lower side in comparison with other comps, but we were pleased with scores and how they have improved with each year. Overall we really like this event and we look forward to attending next year.
Although we really liked the media fee and the staff was friendly at check-in we had some issues with this competition. First, there weren't enough dressing rooms - or I should say dressing areas for all who attended. We are a smaller studio, and since we didn't get there at the beginning of the competition to stake our claim for space enough for all of us, we had to split our group in two and have two very small spaces. This became a problem when we had a very quick change for our musical theater piece. My competition director said in 20 years of dancing at competitions and teaching dancers who competed she'd never seen one not choose to go forward in the order of dances to accommodate the audience and performers. Instead they just held the stage - that's right - there was dead stage b/c we weren't ready. She had been snippy when she came to get the dancers. I told her we'd get there when we were ready, and she said, "well there's one dance then you, so...." It was unnecessary - we were trying our best to get them ready, and she was the stage manager (not much managing). Also - the awards ceremonies were so long winded - they seemed to last forever. Judging was tough, since the voices and video were not synced. I don't think we'll be returning.
We have always had a good experience with In10sity. It is not one of our studios required competitions, but if it works out, my daughter always likes to attend. We feel the judges are fair and their critiques helpful. They travel very close to where we live, so its very convenient for us. It's too bad it doesn't receive better reviews because we have always enjoyed attending. Hopefully it works out to attend again this year!!
There was good and bad with this competition. After going to and participating in many different competitions since 1985 I always try to have an open mind. I enjoyed the improv competition and makes you guys different then others (even though you guys do favor boys in this and was obvious to the entire audience). I also enjoyed the personal judges awards given out. It's nice to hear directly from them. Director was very sweet and truly cared and the live feed is great. Now onto the bad.
1. The schedule should be posted online for the parents to see. This is one of the very few competitions that only give the studio directors the schedule. As parents we deserve a right to view the schedule the same time as the directors as we are the ones that are paying you. In may we have proms, graduations, etc and finding out asap is important. Unfortunately leaving it up to the director to give out doesn't always give us enough time to figure out plans.
2. You need more strict rules concerning the levels of competitions (elite, premier, debut). All the other comps either determine it by hours of Dance per week or they say that if a judge feels they are in a lower level then they should...they deserve the right to move them. You clearly had elite dancers competing in the premier level just to get an "easy" win. Since you give out cash on stage, this makes more people want to lie about their level so they get that cash. You making the rules on levels basically up to the teachers discretion is wrong. Your judges should know by watching if they aren't in the right level and they should be able to move them. You had girls who competed in both the elite and premier groups (majority of their dances were elite level) but solo was premier. So if they are in 2 different levels for groups, the level should go by the level of the majority of groups they are in. This was a huge issue for many parents to see girls with their legs behind their heads, doing 5 turns, and overextended jumps in the premier level.
3. I'd prefer more awards ceremonies instead of piling all the kids on stage for only a few awards. And make sure the live feed shows the awards ceremony. All but the last awards ceremony was just sound and no video. Plus was very hard to hear awards over the music playing.
I hope you take this review and improve for next year. If our studio chooses to compete with you next year, I don't feel comfortable having my child compete her solo if the rules on levels aren't like every other competition out there
We attended their Seattle event last weekend. The event ran ahead of schedule, which was nice to be able to get out of their earlier than expected. REally loved the emcee. She spoke clearly, not too fast and she was so nice! Love how they give out special awards. Our girls really enjoyed their improv. This is an optional competition for us, so with only taking a few solos, I was worried about catering to the bigger studios. I was so pleasantly surprised that this did not happen!!! Judges are tougher here than most other competitions. It is very hard to get a platinum, but I was thrilled that my daughter did receive a platinum!!! Love how they give out scholarships for entry fees to the entire top 10, then a free entry solo fee plus a cash prize to the 1st place winner in each level, not just competitive. That is very much appreciated that they recognize all levels, not just competitive, so thank you for that! We look forward to using that scholarship next year. Thanks for a great weekend! Love too how they offer livestream. It definitely worked better this year than last, however i don't know if this is something in10sity could fix, or if it was the livestream, but there was constantly background music playing over the competition songs and over people speaking ion stage during awards. That is my only small complaint.
This was my least favorite competition last year! They judging was all over
the place and I watched back the video and saw a judge get out of her seat,
go over to the other judges, point at my daughter, shake her head no. The
other judges threw a paper away. Could it be nothing, sure but after seeing
the judging all over, it just looked suspicious.
Once they had our money, communication spiraled downhill. Staff was
indifferent to rude. The stage was sticky. For the money we paid, we should
have had judges with better credentials. One judge gave a teen boy a
special award for being anatomically pleasing. One of the most poorly
organized competitions I have ever witnessed. Our studio will not return.
We attended the Seattle event this weekend. We only entered 4 solos. I was
hesitant because the reviews aren\'t great, but I was pleasantly
surprised. The owner is great. Always looking for ways to improve. He gave
a nice speech at awards. The staff was very friendly. They did give out
lots of special awards. Ceremony ran smoothly, as did the competition. A
few gripes is that it was a very large competition. I wish some would cap
it off at a lower #as others do.while I know the comp can\'t know how
many hours a dancer dancers, I wish something could be done when a studio
places their dancers a level lower than they should be. There were
definitely some dancers that should have been in the competitive
level.judges seemed very nice and for the most part fair, but we\'ve been
attending comps where platinums start at 280-283 and receiving platinums,
then here they start at 264, and earn high golds. I also noticed a lot of
boy favoritism this weekend as well. I know judges like to encourage boys
to continue dancing, but at some point judging should be based solely on
dancing/performance and not gender. Overall, though, our girls had fun and
everything ran smoothly and everyone was friendly.
We were hesitant to return to In10sity after they had some major scheduling
dilemmas which delayed things a lot last year.... However, with a change of
venue and a smaller competition, we dared to go back with a solo and a
duet. We found it to be vastly improved from last year! The staff was
friendly and helpful, the new venue was great and the size of the
competition was perfect! The award plaques are better than last year\'s
(no more rubber bracelets, please!) My girls love the improv challenge! I
would love to go back next year, as long as it doesn\'t get too big to
manage and schedule. Way to improve, In10sity!
Extremely disappointed...... I have attending 20 plus years of competitions
and have never seen such poor judging. We will not go back.
First time attending this comp was an absolute disaster from music to
scheduling to awards. I chalked this up to a last minute venue change,
although that was due to organizers not confirming the condition of the
original. Conditions at new venue was NOT safe for studios competing
Last year. Slightly better venue. scheduling, music, stage
condition, etc. still a disaster.
Positives. The owner is fantastic
and his philosophy and kindness is an excellent example. Judging is
extremely tough, yet very fair. Although dreading the return this year,
I\'m holding out hope things will get better. PLEASE.
cheap rubber bracelets as awards have got to go.
I will no longer
allow my daughter to enter their improv competition. The winner of the
youngest age group was basically pole dancing while the family was yelling
\"grind it girl\" from the audience. Still have no words for this.
Although this was a small competition in comparison to others we attended,
the format was great. The in10nse improv competition was a nice surprise
and there were lots of cash prize opportunities. The only downside is that
dancers winning a scholarship to attend an in10sive have very limited
location/date options. Other than that, this was a great comp!
We loved In10sity competition. The people were very friendly and
accommodating to numbers that had quick changes. We loved the different
category opportunities to place in and the improve is fun, but typically if
a boy is in it they will pick them no matter how below par they dance. We
did like that they streamed the competition live so that others could watch
from home. We will go back again.
we went once and seemed good but not a lot of different studios ....
Intense. Girls love it
I am a third generation studio owner. I have been competeting for over 30
years. This is hands down one of the best competitions I have ever
attended. I\'ve seen the reviews below and the complaints on scheduling
or music sound like isolated situations. What really sets this competition
apart is the quality of judging and the feedback received on the critiques.
The judges knowledge and corrections are by far the best in the industry.
The parents at my studio feel that they receive every dollars worth in
feedback. The staff\'s passion is felt from everyone.
This is the only
competition that I come back to year after year. They also give away judges
awards, in10nse challenge and scholarships. Our favorite part of the
competition is the improv segment. Five stars for sure!
We attended In10sity this past weekend. After reading the reviews on this
board I was hesitant to say the least. I expected a horrible weekend. I
was very pleasantly surprised. This is probably one of the best
competitions we\'ve ever competed at. Professionally run. Not only did
the routines run on time, and swiftly, but both days of the competition
they ran at least an hour ahead of schedule. The owner of the competition,
Mr. Jacob Flynn, is a very charismatic, caring individual. Reminding the
dancers, at each award ceremony, how the scores given do not reflect who
you are as a dancer, a person or who you will become as an adult. The
scores are simply the opinions of (3) people. The judges awards were
different, each judge took the time to discuss the award they were giving.
The adjudication scoring was absolutely on point. They didn\'t just hand
out Platinum awards to everyone. Scoring was very fair. I was very happy
with my experience at this comp. I hope our studio attends next season.
I have been reading reviews on this site for a while but have never felt a
need to add one of my own. After reading through the reviews on this
competition I was dreading this last weekend but my experience was the
exact opposite from the reviews on this site. The first night they ran over
but the next 2 days they were either on time or early. When they were
running early they would skip ahead numbers, presumably based on who was
ready, and kept the competition moving along. They also were great about
communicating their timeline both via social media and during announcements
throughout the day.
The studios that this competition drew were
AMAZING! So much so that I thoroughly enjoyed watching each and every
performance. During awards the announcer took time out to address the kids
with some advice about not letting the day\'s judging effect you as a
dancer. It is something I\'ve been trying to teach my daughter but it
meant so much more coming from them.
If it was up to me I would
absolutely attend this competition again. The only real draw back was the
location. It was at a high school that was very run down. The first day our
dressing room was the men\'s locker room. The second day our dressing
room was a music classroom, that had a door that you practically had to
kick open because it would stick. Other than that it was a great
This competition was the worst I have been to in 9 years as a dance mom.
They did not follow their schedule, there was more down time (no one
dancing) than dance time. They waited 2 hours for one studio to dance 3
dances, when all the other studios were on time, and were late running
awards. They scheduled the same categories on both stages which caused
major delays. It was a long drawn out weekend and we will never come back.
The judges were sitting below the stage, they did not get to see the whole
dance and it was extremely frustrating when a non professional could see
that this was not ideal to judge the dancers!! A 3 hour delay was more
than any one should have to deal with!!
Worst comp I\'ve been to in 6 years. Very unorganized. The competition
itself was in a gym, dances could go on whenever they showed up back stage,
the time between dances was sometimes up to 10 minutes long. The planning
of solos, duets and groups all the same age running at the same time was
very poor planning. The awards then had to be combined and lasted way to
long Saturday was attests 2 hours behind, Sunday an hour and a half. Awards
finally finished after 11pm on a Sunday night. never want to go back to
DON\'T DO IT! This was our studio\'s first experience at this dance
competition and, although there was very good talent, I have never been to
a more poorly run competition. The venue (a high school gym) was terrible.
There was one backstage person to assist dancers and I never once saw an
In10sity person go out and sweep the stage or pick up pieces that were left
behind from dancers\' costumes. Our own dance instructors from our
studio had to do that. The judges were sitting so far below the stage they
could barely see the dancers\' feet. The schedule was horrific. First,
same age groups were scheduled on the same day. For example, teen solos,
duets and trios, were scheduled on the same day as teen small and large
groups, lines and productions. It was a complete mess and so stressful for
the directors of studios as well as the dancers. Several dancers had
dances scheduled at the same time, or with very little time in between. As
a result, there was a lot of lag time inbetween dances because dancers were
not ready, and dances were shifted around like nothing I have never seen
before. I typically plan to be committed to a dance competition the entire
weekend, and did not appreciate having all of my daughter\'s dances on
the same day. I understand things can run early/late, but this was
incredible. Awards were changed around because of the screwed up schedule
and things ran extremely late, at least 2 hours. Also, there were a lot of
sound issues. I would not recommend this competition as it is sub par at
best. There are far better competitions out there. Trust the reviews!
In10sity managed to attract some high level studios, so it was a great
competition in that regard. That said, I do wonder how many will return.
With a 2 hour long awards ceremony that dragged on on Saturday & one that
ran more than 90 minutes late on Sunday, the time management is a big area
for improvement. I would also ask the In10sity staff to reconsider the
blaring of loud music in between time gaps. Maybe something a bit less
jolting than Guns \'n Roses\' Welcome to the Jungle would be a welcome
reprieve for audiences. My daughter remarked that the stage was uneven--
higher in some places than in others, so that would be another big thing
that I\'d encourage studio owners to consider. Safety never takes a
holiday-- especially at a dance competition.
Long gaps between dances. I liked that it started after school on Friday.
More attention to schedule between 2 stages. More awards so you don\'t
feel they are just being auctioned off as fast as you could possibly spit
them out! As with most competitions, I would appreciate knowing the
Very poorly managed schedule. Allowed studios to delay routines and had
huge breaks in between dances on stage. Scheduled solos etc to run at
basically the same time as large groups and lines of the same age. Awards
were HOURS late and it was very frustrating.
Was so disappointed in this competition. Having 9 and 10 year olds dancing
at 10pm and then having to wait until after 11pm for awards, after being
there since 9am....pretty harsh. Worst was not knowing where we were in
the program because they skipped around so much and being over 2 hours
behind on both Sat and Sunday while most of the time, we sat there staring
at an empty stage just waiting for another dance. Sometimes the wait time
between dances was 20 minutes. It felt like it was just thrown together.
Positive note, the dancing was good and while the judges were pretty tough
with their scoring, they seemed to be very fair and judged everyone tough.
However, I would NOT recommend ever going to this competition. From what I
have read in the comments about In10Sity, it seems very hit or miss.
Either great, or really, really bad.
Fabulous weekend in Annendale NJ in spite of the snow!! Staff was great,
other studios were wonderful, ran early. Love the new backdrop!
missed Jacob, but Cheryl did a GREAT job. My dance families love attending
In10sity! Thank you to all the studio who were there & the In10sity staff!
This was our first time at this competition. I liked that they ran early,
however I did not like that the scoring system was not in the program. They
would announce scores during awards, which meant nothing because I
didn\'t have anything to look at to compare. Little issues with music. I
wish they would have split up awards. It was daylight savings weekend and
the minis had solos Sun morning and awards for teen and senior groups and
trios and duets were at 10. They ran a little early, but too late on a
school night. Judging was a little tough. Overall, very smooth. They did
keep announcing they were in one city even after being told it was a
different city not even close, they didn\'t seem to mind. Pictures you
could only buy a whole routine for 20 or 6 for 85$. Did not like however
that they gave nothing to the first place winners. My daughter did not win
first, but lots of comps give a little back to the first few in a category.
Also, the improve dance they had was fun but the money you paid to enter
just went to the comp, most go to a charity. Some things to think about.
Would consider going back.
Lots of pros and lots of cons to this competition. Pros: fair but tough
judging, kids seemed to be in appropriate categories/levels, fun
atmosphere, ran on time. Awards went quickly and they had some fun special
awards but they did not drag out so much that people were getting
Cons: Horrible schedule! As others have referenced it was
a Daylight Savings TIme weekend and awards were at 9:40pm Sunday night. We
got home a little before midnight and my daughter had to get up for school
at 6am the next day. My daughter is younger but I don\'t think any kids
under 18 should be expected to be up that late on a school night. Also,
major sound issues that really threw off a lot of numbers. My daughter\'s
music started playing when the group was still walking on stage. Volume was
also all over the place and oddly quiet during some of the actual numbers
and then extremely loud in between.
This is our second time at
In10sity and I have to say that despite the negatives we will be back as
this comp seems to attract the real high level studios. This is a fairly
new comp and I\'m guessing things will improve logistically as they get
more experienced running competitions. Owner/Director of In10sity was very
approachable and connected well with all of the dancers and seemed to
really enjoy his job, which was a plus!
The competition overall was good. The judging seemed tough but fair. But,
that schedule was horrible! Solos on Saturday night and Duets/Trios in the
middle of group numbers on Sunday? Then minis started early on Sunday with
productions at the end. All this during spring forward? Some of those
little ones were there from early morning to the end. I\'m sure there
were many sleepy, grumpy kids this morning.
As a dance dad, I\'ve come to expect long weekends and such with these
dance competitions. Unfortunately this one was unreasonably long. Sound
issues galore. I\'ve read comments there was too much time in between
#\'s, this wasn\'t the case on this day, but will say that when the
dancers came out on stage, some weren\'t even set before the music
started for their routine. Give them a few seconds to set and mentally be
ready. Awards...wow this is where it went way wrong. My young lady danced
at 1:30pm and the awards are at 10pm?? The little ones danced on Sunday and
their awards were at 10pm, on daylight savings time, on a night before
school. Please be congnizant of the time change and school night. I might
be older here, but does the music need to be so mind blistering loud for
breaks and in between numbers?? I could hardly think to be honest. I know a
lot of time/effort goes into these and I\'ve been to many over the years,
but this one needs to sharpen their pencils and get some of the tiny
details under control. Sure it was a long weekend for the judges and
everyone involved, but please take these comments as constructive criticism
and not just a dance Dad totally complaining. Thanks for the effort, but
tighten it up a bit and think through the logistics a bit more.
Going into the competition we knew it was going to be a long weekend.
I didn\'t understand was why they put the juniors and minis on
evening so we didn\'t have awards until 9:30 PM Sunday evening
on a daylight
savings time shift which made it feel like 10:30 pm to
their little bodies. I feel like they could\'ve organize this
so that the younger children could\'ve been home sooner
after a long
weekend of dancing.
I feel like some studios were given
it seemed unusual that the announcer knew the names of
from certain studios when he was presenting them with
feel like the Junior division groups were not
monitored as closely as
they should\'ve been for age requirements.
Clearly my daughters group of
fourth and fifth graders should not have
been competing against seventh
eighth and ninth graders in a debut
category But they did. Our girls scored well and placed 1st but felt this
was a lopsided approach to this category.
I do think they did a good
of catching uP when they were behind. They had many issues with he
that should have been corrected on day one but continued
entire competition. Not our best experience with a
AMAZING EXPERIENCE! We just finished a weekend with In10sity Dance in Tampa
FL! This is a tough but very fair competition! In10sity Dance attracted
some very amazing studios with some very amazing dancers! Judging seemed
very fair to me even if it means that our studio didn\'t place first all
the time. Both days ended up ahead of schedule and was ran professionally.
What I loved was before awards they said something along the lines of
\"Please remember this is just an opinion from 3 professionals of where
they see you today... etc\". It was awesome for me to know they care for
each dancer on that stage. Pictures are somewhere like $20 per dance (all
photos), which is an awesome deal. Oh, the Improv was awesome and such a
great experience for the dancers! The only downfall was the dressing room
was a little crazy but I think that\'s because we all tried to pile into
one room instead of checking out the other room that was open as well. But
we lucked out and where surrounded by awesome and polite studios! Thank
you In10sity Dance for a great experience!!
Can\'t wait for this one not a lot of in depth reviews though
Loved it!!! We\'ve attended In10sity 3 years in a row & will continue in
the future. I strongly disagree with the other reviews...this competition
is very well run & even runs ahead of schedule! The improve contest is
one-of-a-kind and a great opportunity for dancers to try something new!
Very enjoyable time and a great learning experience!
The premise seemed like a good idea so we went, but what a mistake! They
were unorganized, there were lots of time you had to wait several minutes
for the next number, and the location of the event changed a week before
Yes it is a good idea
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comp ran way too long for the schedule they gave us. Very unorganized. It
could have been that we were at a dance moms taping so it just went way too
long. Plus we never got some awards and money that our dancers were
They were not organized at all. There were many times in between
that you would wait several minutes for the next number at least
occasion we waited 15 minutes. The Studio still hasn\'t received
feedback for some of the dances was told that they must of got added
another studio. Not willing to find them or fix it!
changed three times within a week in a half.
HATED everything but the improvs. They give such low scores. Wait so
between each number. Didn\'t have programs available
If your group wears skimpy costumes, has sexual and simple moves, they will
If you want to know who the judges are or how the different
categories are scored: GOOD LUCK.
If you want your child to be home
before 12am on a school night: Good Luck
If you enjoy not talking to
your neighbor: this is for you! The sound was turned up so high is was
offending my rock concert going family.
If you like cheap awards: these
dog tag cheap awards for you, even handed out in a zip lock baggie.
Don\'t want a program: great they ran out
great! no food at the competition for purchase
AKA: Horrible event
would really give it ZERO stars)
First time at this competition. I didn\'t see the issues with
inappropriate dances as others have seen. It seemed to be decent the day I
was there. I only have a few complaints. First off, Sunday night awards
starting at 10 pm for junior dancers, NOT cool. They have school the next
day. Not everyone travels across the country to attend competitions.
locals attend these competitions as well. I know we could have left,as a
lot of our dancers did, but my daughter would have been very disappointed
if she wasn\'t there to receive her awards. Secondly, dances that
contained lots of gymnastic tricks with little to no technique were
rewarded with high medals and places. Those dances that didn\'t
as many tricks or were more technique driven didn\'t
as well, got a lower medal, placed low or not at all. Lastly, dressing room
space should be blocked off and assigned to the studio. There were a couple
of studios that had at least 90 people. There was plenty of room in the
dressing area, but it seemed like our little studio kept getting pushed
further and further back into the corner as the night went on.
this competition wasn\'t as stressful for us as some others
have been. I would eliminate the improv competition before awards and make
them their own separate event on a different day or set aside a different
time for this, not before awards. The junior improv competition took up WAY
too much time, time that could have sped up the day and had the last awards
MUCH earlier than 10 pm on a Sunday! I have to admit the Parent improv at
the end of the night before awards was fun to watch, but we could have done
without it at that time of night. Also,there should be a limit on entries
per studio and overall. 1600 entries! That\'s just not doable. Sunday
proved this with a 10 pm awards ceremony. At this point, I\'m not sure if
our studio owners will decide to come back next year. If they decide not
to, I won\'t be disappointed.
My daughter danced at 1:22PM. Awards for her group were at 10PM on Sunday
night! 8 1/2 hours later! Very poorly organized.
I would give it a negative rating if I could. Like previously
routines that were awarded platinum were awarded based on highly
explicit routines and costumes. Extremely age inappropriate,
had some difficult technical pieces that really stretched
looked over in favor of small girls that gyrated while
on stage. Horribly
disgusted and disappointed. Judging seemed
inconsistent, as some groups
that wore very skimpy costumes that did
nothing but circus tricks without
even keeping time as a group were
awarded platinum while most
other groups that had age appropriate
costumes, moves, and music received
gold. Very few high gold given out.
So disappointed. The room was overstuffed with dancers. No room. It is an
ok convention for classes but they locked the doors for the scholarship
tryouts when my daughter arrived ON TIME. The security said, \"Joe said
nobody else can enter. They are teaching more than just dance.\"
Well...there was no parking at the hotel amd my daughter did not want to go
alone. Yes...we cut it close but wee were there at 8am on the nose..maybe a
minute before. This is fine had they warned us but the whole convention had
people walking in and out. They blindsided us amd for the cost of the
convention I feel they stole from us. No compassion. Very arrogant. Not
First time to this competition-a regular competition, not a Dance Mom\'s
show. The competition was split into 2 venues, so I was happy we were going
to be about 30 minutes closer to home. We\'ve only completed day 1 so
far. My 8 year old had 5 dances today. The judging seemed very tough and
inconsistent. Dances that got first overall at previous competitions
received golds and high golds at this competition.The \"it\" studio of
the day had a tap dance that had very little tapping involved and was very
simple, and scored higher than DD\'s much more complicated dance. Our
studio got several special judges awards, so I guess we were recognized,
but it seemed off that DD\'s dances were judged so much lower at this
competition. It looks like photos and DVD\'s are more reasonable than
other competitions- $20 for 100 photos. We\'ll see how day 2 goes!
if it were possible to give negative stars.... id give it a -5.
Denver, 2014 It was obvious that they have heard the feedback and wanted
more age appropriate numbers, because they did reward that verbally during
the award ceremonies, I was grateful for this as I watched a dance number
with kids under 10 gyrating on Italian dinner tables, yuck. The judges
were disappointing, not because of the results, but the quality of the
judges. In my mind, I had placed In10sity up there with Jump, Nuvo, etc,
and expected that calibur of judge. However, there sat the same judges
that I\'ve seen at Spotlight, Showbiz, etc. Following the mini
competition, one of these \"judges\" actually praised a dancer for
having \"nice hair with no fly-aways\" Are you kidding me??? I\'m
sure Abby Lee relies on these attributes for her kids, but these kids have
danced their hearts out, and are depending up the adjudication to
reward/critique their technique, and quality of DANCING. Isn\'t that
your expertise/reason for sitting at that table? Of course the kids should
look performance ready, but that is a given, and everyone did. Ladies, this
is not a pageant. Ugh....jeez. Disappointed. Different judges would bring
this comp to a whole new level.
Lack of professionalism
Ran behind schedule and they seemed to reward tricks and raunchy dances.
This was one of the longest days of my life. The competition ran sooooooo
slowly, 3-5 minutes breaks between EVERY NUMBER!!! We ordered sweats from
the vendors and were told they would ship in a couple weeks, we never
received them. Called and asked about it, said they had no record of the
order even though we had a receipt. We\'ve never received those 40$
it was a pretty good competition, but they were too focused being part of
\"dance moms\". I enjoyed the addition improv competition. i have
never see that at another competition and i think it was a good difference
Way Too Many Numbers... Competition runs way into the early hours of the
morning!! Dances that win are inappropriate for age.
Did not like this competition, the biggest winners of the weekend were the
most inappropriate dances, songs and costumes. I HATE when inappropriate
dances win overall awards. They loved the striptease type dances and
absolutely encouraged it. Will not be going back
Did not like the whole Dance Moms, being there. and Charging tickets to
watch. The trophies were very little and the let the dance moms girls run
their solos more than once. Not fair.
Staff was great, judging fair, ran on time. However, the music rule
(running time less than 2:24) was a big problem in the re-working of the
routines. Probably won\'t go again.
We wanted to go this year, but then saw the time limit of 2:24 for solos
and duet/trios and decided not to go. Reworking all those routines was not
worth the effort.
There was a lot of talent at the competition we attended; however, many
dances had inappropriate costumes and choreography. I felt uncomfortable
with my younger child. Those dances were heavily rewarded. I was also
bothered by the dog tag as a regional award. It didn\'t feel like an
appropriate or a welcome one to me or to my children.
We did this comp before it became famous on Dance Mom\'s
It was ok...I
just did not like the facility that had our\'s in and it was nice the
assigned us dressing rooms but ours was WAY to small for our huge team.
Would not go back to it
It would have been a good competition, however it was a bit overshadowed
with them being the "Dance Moms" competition and it ended up being a bit
frustrating for us who do not support Dance Moms.