My daughter dances at a smaller studio and we really enjoy going to Jump each year. Like many previous posts, in the Pre-COVID era, the rooms could get super crowded making it hard for the dancers to see the stage at times. However, post-COVID, they had the squares on the ground which helped with spacing. I hope they keep the squares on the ground when things get back to "normal". The faculty are great. They give out a nice range and number of scholarships (ie. auditions and class). The competition is one of the tougher ones we go to as there are amazing dance teams in our area and they do not distinguish between different dance levels (ie intermediate vs. competitive). However, the judging system they use is amazing and they give great feedback. I love the "homework" videos they provide based on areas your dancer needs to work on. Brilliant. Like many of the large dance convention groups, it does feel like there is favoritism/bias towards certain studios that the judges choreograph for which is a shame. Awards for the competition are basically overalls (not broken out by dance style) and a few judges awards. Overall, we really love attending Jump.
We attended Jump in Chicago this season. We could not have been happier. Teachers were great, competition run well and all in all a great experience. Mike minery is a great asset as director. Tap is sometimes overlooked at competitions but I feel that we got a great panel and knowledgeable in all styles including tap. Thank you!
Great event in Chicago this year. Everything has been top notch!
The level of talent at Jump is what all dancers should aspire to. My daughter enjoys the faculty and classes and looks forward to returning each year.
Have been going to Jump for many years and it is one of our favorites. The judging is tough but fair. Awards are fast. Break the Floor always runs a great comp/convention.
We love Jump!! We normally attend the tour in Kansas City, because it's fairly close, the venue is convenient and we just love everything about it. The competition is well run with great judging and the class faculty is phenominal! Being a part of the Break the Floor is also a large part of why we love them. We normally attend the Dance Awards in Vegas, so the opportunities given during regionals is a bonus with all the scholarships they offer. Looking forward to this year!!
JUMP is an amazing competition and convention! They are so professional and the competition runs smoothly and they always stay on time. The convention is extremely challenging and is a perfect way to progress with amazing teachers who have connections around the world. This competition/convention is a great way to be put out in the world and it's a great opportunity to become a great dancer! Go to JUMP whenever you get the opportunity!
My daughter had an amazing time at Jump this past year. The faculty was wonderful, class size wasn't too big, and she felt challenged the entire weekend. We will definitely return to Jump this coming season.
Liked the convention the venue is pretty run down. Jump comes to Michigan every year and has the event in Dearborn at the same facility. This hotel has gone through three owners over the past few years and that area is no longer a great area to be in. A suggestion for next year is to move either downtown Detroit at one of the larger hotels/casinos or out into the suburbs troy has a nice convention area at the Marriott. The teachers were good several did not show due to flights I believe the convention rooms are old and outdated and the walls are so thin that the music just blares into the other rooms it sounds like it's in your room. The hotel is dirty and several of the hotel rooms did not have heat. To get food at the hotel was a nightmare so we had to order in which was an even worse nightmare. The convention itself was good but one of our dancers won a scholarship and it was his first convention and his name was left off the list. I checked when we got home just because we just went to another convention and the same thing happened. Again it would be nice if he could of been called there to feel the excitement. Mia Michaels was suppose to be there and then she wasn't which was disappointing to the kids. Also the merchandise store had very limited items.
We had a wonderful time at this one. Convention was a blast (Nick was AMAZING with the kids) had a great time at the competition (although we didn't do great, judging was fair). Would do this again year after year
Jump, as always, was professional and well organized. Faculty was great with Mike Minery being a huge hit for the weekend. He is an inspiring tap master!
The competition portion was well run and the judging seemed consistent and reasonable. We will be back!
We have been to this convention for the last 5 years. This is the first year I have been very disappointed. Teachers are talented but it has become extremely overcrowded. Dancers could not see the instructor nor dance full out. I don't feel my daughter got the most out of her classes therefore I didn't get what I paid for.
I also observed that some kids already knew the choreography being taught. It also appeared that some kids were well know by the instructors as well. These kids are awesome dancers but this seems an unfair advantage when it comes to auditions and scholarships. Also a dancer from our studio was awarded a scholarship and she WASN'T EVEN THERE this year.
This proved to my daughter that it doesn't matter how hard you work, its who you know. How very disappointed I am and we will not be attending this convention, or any break the floor convention, from now on. I can find other intensives to invest my money in and my daughter to invest her time and hard work.
I\'ve been going to dance conventions for 4 years now with my
to Break The Floor Productions and have never put a review on
opinion. Just went to Las Vegas Jump Convention and every
been all the same. Great teachers that offer a fun
opportunity for kids to
compete with top talent around the country and
the friends my kids build
relationships with and parents is amazing. Now
for the bad part, the
judging when it comes to solos or groups are
extremely political. Yes,
there needs to be some talent involved in
placing 1st through 3rd but
witnessing in San Diego and Las Vegas with
Ava Brooks winning 1st place as a
Junior with a Tap Solo is a huge
insult beating kids some that are so much better
like Bella Clausen,
Sophie Santella, Hailey Meyers, etc... I\'m
sorry but I don\'t know
how a Tap Dancer like Ava Brooks who is not
strong in other genres.
I\'ve been following dance for a
while now and have been to tons of
dance conventions and competitions and
just because she was featured on
SYTYCD Auditions and apparently a friend
of Danny Wallace, doesn\'t
mean she should get 1st place. I\'m sure
Ava is a nice kid but
c\'mon!!! I\'ve sat in quite a few conventions
and workshops and Ava
Brooks never gets called out unless it\'s for Tap.
and I\'m going to predict that based on Ava winning 1st
24seven in San Diego and Jump Las Vegas, she is going to be 1st
Up or Win Best Dancer in the Junior Division for Dance Awards
in Vegas or Orlando which is a JOKE. Lastly, Alexis Park is a
place to hold this event. Go to The South Point or the M Resort.
jump gets the kids jumping!!!!
Misha Gabriel (hip hop) and Mike Minery (tap) made the whole weekend and
bring Jump\'s grade up.
- They pushed Mia Michaels in local
advertising and targeted ads but of course she didn\'t come.
Combined two older groups so about 300 kids in one room. Our kids were
continuously being kicked by other dancers.
- Split two younger groups
but brought together for tap on a floor the size of a postage stamp
know it\'s typical to have to dance on carpet at conventions, but I still
resent them for it.
- This is the most expensive solo entry I have ever
paid for and absolutely no feedback other than one judge scribbling to run
back and forth to improve stamina.
- No video judge or live streaming
as promoted on their website.
- Staff and instructors were quite
friendly, except for the prince charming who ran the show. Came into a
classroom during lunch and screamed at us \"I told you to get out!!!\"
Uhm.... when? He was so rude to people coming in and out of the
competition. They would stand in the door until the dancer finished and he
was in hysterics. To his credit, he called out awards in record speed.
So fast you couldn\'t make out any of them though.
- So many things
promoted on their website didn\'t happen like \"parent\'s hip hop
class\" (for a dancer scholarship). No \"Online Critiques\"
Love Jump! Teachers are amazing! Wish the rooms were less crowded.
After attending Dancerpalooza - and loving it - we were excited to try
Jump. However, the weekend was disappointing. The event was WAY over sold.
The mini solos had to perform at 7 am on Friday morning. And the regular
judges weren\'t even there so one of the demonstrators was judging! The
classes were packed in like sardines, no room to move, very hard to see and
the music was ear splitting - I think the kids lost some hearing this
weekend! The teachers were great, as expected, but it seems very greedy to
oversell the event so kids have to compete at an ungodly hour on a school
day - and have classes that are so packed they can\'t even dance. I feel
ripped off.Ho, also, Gil needs to learn how to use a microphone - we
couldn\'t understand a word he said at awards!
Rooms far too crowded, didn\'t have to to dance even once split into
groups. Hard but fair judging.
We have gone to Jump for the last four years and loved it, but this year we
went to a different city (my daughter had an injury at the time of our
usual city). I was so disappointed. The convention decided that it was ok
to cut two classes out of my daughter\'s age group in order to accept
more competition pieces. We paid the same price as every other city, but
got two entire classes less. We attend many different conventions every
year so that my daughter can experience different teacher and styles in top
of her weekly studio training. By putting an emphasis on the competition
and not the classes this convention is turning into another greed filled,
all about winning venue with kids who can only regurgitate choreography and
not have their own artistry.
On the positive side, the teachers
(Teddy, Ricky, Nick) are WONDERFFUL and truly know dance and what it is to
be a dancer. Teddy pushed the kids to their limits and made them stretch
just a little further. I just wish the convention owner/administration
cared as much about the development of these young dancers as the teachers.
We participated the event in Jan. All positive to us. Critiques online
viewing is great and helpful. Fun convention and my girl like it.
Supergirl/ man theme is just adorable.
Ridiculously fun and amazing faculty.
Love Jump. Great convention/competition to go to.
-the jumpstart room was fantastic. My dancers got a lot out of
the weekend. Katy specifically was amazing with the littles!
feedback from all of my dancers on the classes
- The ballrooms were
very big so the dancers could move
- The critiques were the
worst critiques I have ever heard. 95% of the critiques were blank. Not
helpful in any way. This was our first time at Jump and we will not be
going back with any of our competition dances. I was expecting some of the
best critiques given the judges who were behind the table but they were all
useless. We were given Gold and High Gold awards with no feedback with what
we did well or what needed improved. Of course I know what we need to work
on but we paid good money for the critiques and the judges were not doing
their job. It was very disappointing. Perhaps putting a cap on entries so
the competition is over before midnight would produce better work from the
JUMPSTARTS review -- Terrific weekend for 5-7 year olds! Loved the new 2
day format and kudos to the person who had the idea to issue T-Shirts to
the kids -- it was a nice change to see kids looking like kids and just
having fun dancing instead of little strippers in competing flashy bras and
booty shorts with big bellies hanging out :) The staff are WONDERFUL,
Nick, Katy, Mike and Alisha returned from last year and the new addition
Morgan was also terrific with the kids. They all take the time to interact
with the kids and call them by name, and are patient and enthusiastic. This
year\'s superhero theme was fun and the routines were upbeat and skill
appropriate. By far our favorite younger workshop experience, will
definitely return next year !
Hector is awesome! A fun and well organized workshop!! One of my
Loved everything about this convention except Wildabeast. He is very rude
to the dancers and his teaching style is not constructive. The way he
handled a little girl in the jr room who could not heard clearly what he
was saying was appaling. Otherwise, the concention was the best we have
ever attended& deserves 5 stars.
I am still giving JUMP 5 stars because I truly believe it is the best
existing dance convention. I was bummed that the most recent tour to
Houston promised to have Mia Michaels and Mandy Moore there but they were
not. I am hoping perhaps it was because of the blizzard in New York? Either
way, my new baby dancers LOVED the new JumpStart category. We had a great
We went to the convention in Overland Park. These classes are top notch.
Loved Teddy\'s contemporary class that was all about improv. It was
amazing! The tap classes are legit and Ricky taught a class on Friday
night, which was fabulous. Our dancers loved this convention
This convention was amazing! They had great instructors and offered
several opportunities for scholarships. My daughter loved Mike Minery and
Willdabeast! So happy they are returning this year!
This will be our 4th year attending this convention and it gets better
every year. The cost is competitive and the venue is convenient. It is very
awesome just being a spectator and worth the observer fee. The routines
are appropriate for the age groups. The kids love learning the routines
and being able to meet the high profile performers/choreographers.
Great convention that my girls love!
There were some great opportunities here with awesome judges!! Fun, fun,
This is a great convention filled with a wonderful staff. The kids learn a
lot and have fun doing it!
we had a great time at this comps.... would go again.
Great staff and good learning experience for the students
This year\'s event was fantastic! My dancer thoroughly enjoyed the
Overall a good comp! Definitely not for the novice competitor!
Competition for the \"my break the floor\" ran smooth. Lovely backdrop
and photos/video were very good. Convention ran smoothly. Good overall
experience. Not crazy about the scholarship process of auditioning. Saw
several dancers only working on combo for audition rather than giving 100%
in each class
love that they stream it online
Fun experience for the kids!!
My dancer rocked JUMP! my daughter loved all of her conventions but JUMP
was the favorite for us both. The energy was out of this world! It was the
most intense competition as well. Fabulous experience!
We have always loved JUMP. Excellent quality of staff teaching and
encouraging the dancers in the workshops.
My daughter had an amazing time this year and last year at Jump. Great
faculty, amazing classes and a well run on time competition. Look forward
to this one each year.
Jump is one of this convention by which all over conventions should be
Best talent. Best role models. Best teachers. You
never know which dance superstar is going to attend. My daughter just about
died when her idol was here unexpectedly.
Too crowded and the judging seemed biased toward a couple of studios.
Such an incredible staff and the program runs so smoothly. From the start
of the weekend to the end of the weekend my daughter had a smile on her
face. All the staff is amazing and they do a fabulous job with the
children. My daughter loved every bit of this weekend!! Such a top notch
While both of my dancers had a wonderful experience, I would like to speak
to the phenomenal \"Jumpstart\" program. These folks know what they
are doing with the little ones. Though my youngest is 7 and at the top of
the age bracket for this program, it was PERFECT for her. I have never
seen convention instructors interact with the youngest dancers the way the
team in New Orleans did. Bravo JUMP! We will be back...next time with the
rest of the littles.
Absolutely our favorite competition! all the BTF comps are run with such
professionalism and organization. The faculty is top-notch, and because of
that the comp attracts the highest caliber of studio around. There is
always amazing talent at this competition. It blows everywhere else out of
the water, with the exception of Nuvo and NYCDA. The judging is consistent,
well-phrased, and fair. Awards are a good length. Definitely one of the
best competitions out there. This is where the Talent of tomorrow is
dancing!!! If you haven\'t gone before, I highly suggest that you try it
My child and I loved JUMP. They were well organized and had a great
teaching staff. Students left class smiling ear to ear every time. The
four star rating is for the class size, it was pretty big.
Great convention. Great teachers. Only gripe is the amount of dancers per
class. Really crowded. Overall, would attend again.
It\'s hard not to love Jump. Every time I think of something that could
be better (less crowded), I compare it to other conventions... and there is
no comparison. The quality of the faculty, the staff\'s attention to
detail, the overall energy of the event we haven\'t found anywhere else.
We only did convention. AMAZING teachers!! My child was in the mini room
and I was so grateful that ALL the teachers understood the age they were
dealing with and the need to make it fun - Andrew, in particular, was just
stellar. I also really appreciated that they had collaborated with the
hotel to make sure that things like food at the lunch break was so
incredibly well organized. Yes, they were a LOT of dancers in the room
which can make it to see, but when we got in the car after the weekend, my
kid said it was the best weekend of dance she has ever had! Priceless!
Great experience! Very crowded in some rooms, unfortunately. It was tough
when my kids were above and below stairs at this location. Judging was
pretty hard. The awards session gets long and hard to hear. Not their
fault. Was a fair competition and i would go again
This was decent convention. There were a lot of children there too many
maybe for each group. There should maybe be a cut off on how many are
allowed to attend. I wouldn\'t even mind paying more for a smaller
group. My daughter wanted photo\'s with some of the instructors and even
though in line they cut the girls off because they had to move on. Again
if they were smaller groups they maybe wouldn\'t have to do that. That
being said I am sure we would return she still had a great time.
Our girls attended the JUMP dance convention in Dearborn, Michigan. While
they did enjoy the event quite a bit they were extremely disappointed
because on the website it stated that Sophia Lucia would be there.
Needless to say, she didn\'t show. While they enjoyed the classes we, as
parents, were a bit miffed because we paid for the group to attend the
convention basically because it stated that she would be there.
The classes were good and the competition itself was run professionally and
efficiently. The only bad thing was Bobby and Misha were the only teachers
who seemed to like being there and liked being around the kids. Most did
not have the time or desire to interact with the students or even the
studio teachers much.
We had a blast and will go back! :)
Convention is fantastic and very instructional, you learn a lot. The issue
is they way overcrowd the rooms. I was punched in the face because of this
issue, which is ridicules. The competition is okay they are very tough on
scoring, but then don\'t say very much at all, which is very
disappointing. Overall a okay competition, and great convention, just too
Well organized, great instruction, and a lot of fun.
This is our
fourth year attending but our first year in the Junior room.
complaint is that the Junior room was very small and over-crowded. It was
much smaller than the mini and teen rooms. My guess would be because it is
such a small age group (11-12). There were no TVs so it was difficult to
see what the instructor was doing. There were also large columns that
could not be seen around so it was difficult to see the stage.
feel that if a dancer registers for a certain age group, they should stay
in their designated room. I am assuming the calculate the size of the room
needed based on the number of dancers registered for a particular
The Junior room was filled with minis and teens toward the end
and made the already crowded room much worse.
This was the first time we attended and my daughters really enjoyed it!!
They had a great time meeting up with friends from other studios and making
new friends. The classes were taught by some amazing instructors. I also
liked how they offered a Live webcast of the competition so family and
friends can watch from the comfort of their home. Definately plan to
I have been attending Jump for many years and have always considered it one
of the most desirable conventions/competitions to attend. The classes are
always challenging but fun! This year Jump was disappointing due to a
change in the venue which left a LOT to be desired. Specifically, the
rooms were extremely small for the amount of dancers. There was literally
no room to move in the senior room much less dance. No outside food or
drinks were allowed and what was available to purchase was complete junk.
I was also unhappy with the class offerings as the teacher room did not
have a single jazz class on the schedule.
Jump has been one of my favorite conventions for years...10 yrs to
exact. Their faculty and staff know what they are doing and do
efficiently. I love the tv screens in the rooms to help with
also liked how they are trying to push Ballet by giving
ballet numbers free
entry into the competition.
This was our third year going to Jump convention and I think it
better each year. I have to agree with the commenter below
room; when my daughter was a mini I got the feeling
rather have been elsewhere. Now that she is
in her second
year in the
junior room, I\'ve noticed a big change
in the energy and
and this convention
best--better even than their sister
conventions, Nuvo and 24/7.
from this year were Nick
Lazzarini for Jazz, who
really gave it his
all and was so engaged
with the kids. Katy Spreadbury
was also a standout.
My daughter loves
ballet, but at most conventions I
see a lot of kids
mentally when it\'s time to do
ballet. Katy made the
interesting, so much fun, that everyone
seemed to have a
Mike Minery for tap is always
he has so
much enthusiasm and you can tell he loves
his craft, and he
to both the kids who were phenomenal at
tap and also
the ones who were
beginners, which I think was appreciated.
Blackstone for Musical Theater
was a teacher my daughter had
had in past years, and she told me that
she was surprised it
was one of
her favorite classes (she normally can\'t
Bobby Newberry for Jazz Funk was also
standout. He is
very talented and super challenging but the kids
the only negative thing I can say about this
is that there
are a few kids who must go city to city with
them, as the
know them by name and they are always
called up to the stage
demonstrate. I think it\'s ok to do that
once in a while, but it
be nice to give more local kids who are
top notch a chance to
We have never competed at
Jump so I can\'t comment
quality of the competition.
Excellent convention. - I loved that the song choices were all \"old
school.\" Musical Theatre class/instructor was exceptional.
My daughter was in the jumpstarts room. It was busy but not overcrowded.
The teachers were good at keeping the kids attention (they are 7 and
younger). I was especially impressed with the ballet teacher. She was
Loved the instructors - but it was WAY TOO CROWDED! There comes a point
when quality should overcome quantity. JUMP - you should look at how many
reviews on here state the same thing!
Jump is way too crowded. The instructors are good, however, very
frustrating when the instructor walks into the room, sees the studio he
does choreography for, walks past all the waiting kids to greet each person
from that studio with a hug and visit with them. Those kids already know
his choreography and are chosen to demonstrate (yes, they are good!). Also
hard to watch some of the better dancers stand to the side in the classes
and not participate - they mark it. They join the rest of the dancers when
it\'s time to get chosen/audition while the other kids are killing it on
the floor/working the whole time. It\'s a good convention - just too
many kids jammed on the floor trying to get noticed.
Overall okay experience. Not all of the teachers seemed thrilled to be
instructing in the mini (6-8) room. A couple seemed just plain annoyed to
be there. Wildabeast was a no-show but I understand that schedule changes
come up. I don\'t think jazz funk was the correct replacement choice for
6-8 year olds but the teacher (I think it was Al Blackstone) was giving it
loads of energy. Doug was encouraging and engaged. Also, Mike Minery
brought a lot of energy and passion. My daughter is still working his tap
combo around the house. I\'d give JUMP 3.5 stars if I could.
We did Jump Dance Convention last year for the first time with a few of our
dancers. They loved the classes. The teaching staff was great and they
learned a lot.
My daughter was so excited about this convention and it didn\'t
disappoint. The teachers were great about pointing out little things for
many of the students. Many scholarships given. We will be back to JUMP!
They set the bar as far as conventions and competitions. None better!
Great classes and teachers with a good variety of different styles. My
only complaint is the number of kids in the rooms, as there is often not
much room to dance. They are pretty organized and are friendly. They do
well running on time.
We are here in Utah with JUMP and are only one day in and WE LOVE IT!
Faculty and staff are first class. Every class I watched the teacher was so
engaged and the vibe was so high energy and inspirational. I am a little
upset that Mia Michaels isn\'t here, but they said she is opening a show
on Broadway this month.I looked at JUMP\'s past schedules and it does
look like she has been out to almost every city. I guess we just got
unlucky. No matter though because the rest of the faculty is fantastic. I
love that Jump ha sso many different styles. I am sick of conventions that
don\'t have ballet, or musical theater, or tap, or jazz funk. Jump has
it all. One more day to go, but so far its 5 stars for me!
JUMP was 5 stars last year but fell short a star this year for us. It was
our 2nd time attending JUMP. The classes and staff were still just as
wonderful as before. However , it seemed this year the dancers were crammed
into a smaller space even though it seemed there was more space available
in the venue. Also , I noticed no stages were set up this year. I loved
that at the end the dancers all demonstrated some of what they had learned,
but everyone was packed in to a small space and you couldn\'t really see
what was happening on the tiny dance floor. No merchandise of any kind was
available for purchase. Comparing it to last year where they had stages,
monitors set up , merchandise , and plenty of room to move, this year\'s
experience fell a little flat. It lacked the awesome energy that filled the
venue last year. We are looking forward to the classes next year, but
hoping that it is more like it was last year when we were positively blown
This was our first convention so I don\'t have anything to rate it
against. Overall it was a very positive experience - the classes and the
staff were top rate and my daughter learned a lot from them. I feel that it
was worth the time and the expense for the classes alone.
having now followed jump on social media, I feel like our location was
shortchanged in comparison to the experience that I see them bring to other
location in regards to the competition aspect. There was no stage for
performances, only a small ballroom floor - and seating for the audience
was extremely limited - many people had to sit on the floor - and if you
were a parent who was helping your child get ready all of the seats were
gone before you knew the performance room was open. It\'s not as if the
location didn\'t have other spaces available where a location that was
solely for the competition dances could have been set up - it seems as if
they were trying to save money by using the senior room. There was also no
merchandise available for purchase.
So overall, it feels like our
city was a little shortchanged. We certainly will return because the people
are the ones who made the experience worthwhile but I hope that there will
be some improvements - at least so people don\'t have to sit on the
For us it is Jump.. and then all the rest. For some reason the kids just
enjoy this one SO much every year. The teachers are incredible and every
class is high energy. I also like that Jump has different styles like tap,
musical theater, ballet, jazz funk, lyrical and everything. We love that
all styles are covered. Jump is great!
This event has definite pros and cons for me. The teaching staff is great
and my daughter definitely gets something from the classes. The
competition leaves something to be desired. Last season the competition
was sold out and my daughter had to perform her solo at 8 am Friday
morning. Then the competition ran until 11:30 the following night. Also,
the judges score sheets left much to be desired. They really did not give
any constructive feedback. It felt like there were just too many entries
in the competition and the judges were just going through the motions. So,
love the convention, the competition not so much.
Attended Jump in Atlanta last year. The excitement and energy was through
the roof! Our dance group loved it! This is one we will go to again and
Best dance experience I have had so far teachers are tough in the best
possible the stage is beautiful and the staff is friendly and
competition always ran early. The event was sold out but it still
small I can barely put into words how amazing this convention is.
We attend all of the Break The Floor conventions but JUMP is always the
kids most fun. The faculty is truly fantastic. Very personable,
approachable. Mia Michaels stayed after two of the classes I saw and took
photos with every kid. Very very nice to people. Inspiring to say the
least. I wish JUMP would expand their little kids program to two days.
Not worth it for just a few hours of dance. Other than that JUMP is really
the GOLD STANDARD for dance conventions in my opinion. Their faculty is
amazing, their staff organization and attention to detail is top-notch. Its
the one the kids and parents look forward to most every year.
we attended JUMP Philly last year-2014 and again this year-2015 and
wow...what a difference! Loved it in 2014, it was fun and exciting and the
convention classes were SO MUCH SMALLER! Couldn\'t wait to back this
year but, WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT! So many dancers in the convention classes
that they couldn\'t even dance w/ all of them on the floor, they were
frustrated. SO MANY COMP DANCES..groups finished at 11:30pm, got to bed at
12:40am and they had auditions at 8AM!!! That\'s how injuries occur.
Too expensive for the experience.
Large and crowded but super fun classes. Closing program was incredibly
uncomfortable (all seating on the floor). The teachers were great and the
kids had a great time, but the convention is absolutely over sold. If you
like a crowd, it\'s great ... if not, it can be very frustrating.
Great convention . Rooms were a bit full but not as bad as we have seen at
other conventions . The instructors were encouraging and seem to connect
with the kids .
Enjoyed the venue as well as the staff at this site .
Jump does a good job of getting big names in but still being able to
keep the size down which helps the kids learn and grow ! Fun convention
with great focus on technique !
This was our second year attending JUMP. The first year it was the first
year in our city. I will say everyone, students, parents, myself noticed a
HUGE difference from year one to year two. Not a lot of energy, didn\'t
spring for a larger senior room, no stage (freestanding or otherwise) for
competition. They literally danced on the \"ballroom\" floor that was
tiny with some seating around it. The teaching and classes as always were
great and my kids love taking class with some of their amazing staff. We
all just felt like it seemed like after the first year they didn\'t
really care about ensuring an AMAZING time. We do love JUMP and will
continue to attend- but to say we weren\'t a little disappointed this
year would be lying. Hoping they get back on track for next year!
Such an amazing atmosphere! Wonderful staff!
Great as usual. I don\'t expect anything less from Break the Floor! High
quality everything. We all loved it. Can\'t wait until we go again in a
month or two!
Best experience of the year for our kiddos! We cannot wait to go back in
Soooooo much fun. I wish we would do Jump more than once a year.
Our students came away feeling refreshed for the new year. Great faculty,
organized and professional
We had an amazing weekend! The staff is top notch and the kiddos had a
Jump is a perfect way to start the dance season!
Epic experience......I can\'t stop talking about it. Thanks JUMP for an
My daughters studio goes to Jump in Monterrey and Houston. This is our
favorite event. Always amazing. Faculty is very unique and very positive
people. we LOVE Jump!
Love it. Faculty is amazing and so diverse. One of the only conventions
i\'ve been to with decent tap.
This is a good convention with Great teachers and classes. Only problem is
that they are a little greedy.... It appears they do not cap the convention
attendance. We attended in Houston twice, and could not even squeeze into
the room, much less dance. It was awful. Last year we went to New
Orleans, which is a relatively new city for Jump, so it was not crowded and
was a great experience! Highly recommend if you are in a small city.
Easily my favorite convention!
We went for the first time this past winter and it was an awesome
convention. Friendly teachers and Katie from ballet hands down one of the
BEST convention teachers my DD has had! Would\'ve given 5 stars but venue
was just crowded and i know these conventions attract many people but the
mini room was too full.
Attended for first time this year... extremely enjoyable
Love the energy from the instructors and staff! The
instructors were so inspiring and delightful to watch!
I even enjoyed
the parents\' class -- it gave that perfect boost of energy for the drive
home AND a few pointers for my dancers!
First year we attended, had a blast! Will definitely come back
Had a blast! Run smoothly and great critiques
Love the staff!!!! Everyone was wonderful. Very organized and a well ran
This was our first time at JUMP. We always do another convention in Philly
but did both this year. I thought the faculty was young and fresh. A nice
change from what we are used to. The classes were a reasonable size and
the completion level was quite good.
As a parent paying for both convention and competition I truly wish they
limit on the numbers of entries and participants based on size of venue and
age. It seems to the parent that it is purely a money making scheme between
studio and competition with the parent left in the lurch. I love the
teacher quality and my daughter lives that she meets some great industry
people however learning is not conducive in the environment and competing
seems as an afterthought.
Loved this overall but had a few issues. We had a teacher who tried to
our girls early out of the audition to get them ready for
was confused and didn\'t know it was the audition.
She tried to send them
back in right away, but the audition instructor
looked at my daughter and said in front
of everyone \"You, little
one...tell your teacher she just cost you a
scholarship.\" Now, it was
our teachers fault, but the way it was handled
in front of 8 year olds
was atrocious, and taught our girls not to listen
to their teacher. My
other complaint was that they squeezed 600 entries
into too short of a
weekend around the convention. It was ridiculous and
those kids were up
way too late. They need to cap the competition next
everything else about the judging and convention I thought
My daughter attended Jump in NYC. I was not impressed by the program set up
for the younger students. The separate showcase just for the little ones
was a plus, but overall the quality and length of instruction left a lot to
I can\'t say enough good things about the teachers! Absolutely some of
the best in the industry I have to agree that the classes are
overcrowded. : / I felt the teachers made every effort tho to make sure
all the kids got the combos & even went & walked around to help the kids.
Chose not to compete this year so I can\'t say anything except last year
went fine. Looking forward to next year.
Can\'t say enough good things about this one. So well run even with a ton
of dancers, teachers, choreographers, and staff running around they always
manage to keep it organized, on time, and professional. Love it !!!
A great convention!! My daughter learned so much and had a great time. This
is one we would love to go back to!
Fabulous faculty - my daughter learned a tremendous amount from teachers
she recognized and respected; professional experience during competition.
My only wish is that they would limit the number of participants in the
convention as it is very crowded.
We love the overall experience of JUMP, but it does seem very crowded when
learning dances. It runs somewhat late on Saturday for competition, gets
out at a reasonable time on Sunday.
The girls loved all their teachers but at our location over half of their
faculty didn\'t attend which was pretty disappointing. The critiques were
very harsh and some of the faculty left the impression they were above it
all. Those who took the time to teach were great and made the classes fun.
It was also very crowded.
We can\'t wait till next year!
One of our favorite competitions! Amazing instructors and and overall good
Another one that\'s overcrowded and over scheduled. The quality of the
instructors is off the charts, but how can kids learn anything in a crowded
ballroom with the teacher WAAAAAYYY up in front unable to see them? Solos
are now running ALL DAY Friday - gotta skip school if you want to do a solo
apparently. The Saturday competition ran until midnight, then kids are
back down at 8am with the closing show going until 4. It\'s just insane
- these kids are exhausted and it just isn\'t a good experience. If Jump
wants to be a convention they can\'t allow 5-600 numbers to register for
the competition. If they want to teach classes they need to limit the
number of kids that can attend. It\'s too much greed and not focused on
what matters - dance education. The judging is frustrating as well - they
really favor safe, traditional dances over artistic ones.
We have done JUMP for 5 years. My daughter loves it. It\'s well
organized, has a great faculty and staff. Love the Friday night classes
but the weekend classes are beyond full, thus my not giving it a 5 star.
Break the Floor is professional and well organized with their events but
they are all over sold. The competition/awards went until after midnight
both Friday and Saturday nights. This is tough when the kids need to get up
early the next morning and dance full out all day. I know it\'s a money
thing for them but wish they would limit competition entries per studio,
i.e. you get a certain number for the number of dancers entered. And I
wish they would limit the participants.
We have attended for two years. The best teachers we have had. Great
organization. Doesn\'t really compare to other events we have been to as
far as quality and class. Yes, there is a lot of people but I expect that
because it\'s good.
Pros, high quality teachers with big names that the kids look forward to.
Jump does a awesome job at making it very exciting for the kids. Cons,
super over crowded to the point where I think it\'s a fire hazard.
Pros: Quality of instructors, very organized, amazing/professional
Cons: Overcrowding!! Although the quality was there, it was
impossible for the kids to dance without crashing into each other. I saw 2
kids leave during one session that left to get ice after getting kicked in
the head. The kids in the back couldn\'t see the instructors. The choreo
must not change between cities as we saw dancers who came in and already
knew the choreo before the class began. This makes the scholarship
opportunities unreasonable. They need to quickly get control on the
overcrowding. Not impressed.
Agree mostly with previous comment.
I am willing to pay the
if I my kid gets somethng out of it.
This convention is
OVER OVER booked. I do agree with the previous comment : «Our
can\'t even move to a turn or a kick. Our children end up
with nothing but bruises and heat exhaustion.»
The ratio in the breakout sessions was about 1 teacher for 300-500 kids.
► There was just not enough room for everybody. Some teachers
managed it by splitting the group, some other just didn\'t care. The most
efficient teacher in managing this issue was Nick Lazzarini who asked the
kids to dance forward from the back of the room to the stage and then to
walk to the back. I agree with the previous comment : «The kids can not
even learn from the awesome staff you have because they are to busy trying
not to get hit by a
fellow dancer who can\'t even dance full out. Even
when broken up into to groups they STILL can\'t dance full
► Most of the dancers, from the middle to the back of the
room, can hardly see what the teacher is showing and have to look at their
► There were HUGE pillars in the room, the dancers in the
back cannot see anything.
► The main room was flat : we can hardly
see the dancers during the competition and the show.
► That said,
the teachers (the Faculty) were very good.
I am simply tired of how overpriced this convention is and then it is way
way way over booked. Our children can\'t even move to a turn or a
Our children end up walking away with nothing but bruises and heat
Please stop over booking and put a cap on how many people
are allowed in a room. The kids can not even learn from the awesome staff
you have because they are to busy trying not to get hit by a fellow dancer
who can\'t even dance full out.
Even when broken up into to groups
they STILL can\'t dance full out.
I agree with most below. Yes, it\'s the biggest event we go to. But I
prepare my parents for it now. It is always everyone\'s favorite at the
end of the season. The instruction is top-notch. This season the minis did
a monkey dance with Nick Lazarini and Jump gave them all maracas to take
home. Nick dressed as a monkey. I loved it. Jump does things that no one
else does and the kids walk away happy. It\'s always at the top of our
list (along with Hall of Fame).
Jump has great staff and is well run. Not my most favorite but also not
my least favorite. It\'s a must do for us each year.
Great convention. We have attended for years and love everything about it
except the crowds.
Great Convention but they need to not make every class so girly...boys, no
matter how few, do attend!!!!
Love Jump! We weren\'t able to go last year as a studio but many of our
students chose to carpool over and attend anyways. Saying as it is a 6 hour
drive for us, that says a lot.
Our students recently attended this convention for the first time. I
thought the whole experience was well run, and efficient. To be honest I
expect nothing less from anything Break the Floor produces. Our kids really
really loved getting to meet and take classes with so many great teachers.
Our event was small (first time in this city) and we benefited from reduced
class sizes, a chance to actually talk with the teachers, pictures, etc. I
can see how difficult things would become if classes were overcrowded but
that was definitely NOT our experience. One negative was our venue. Rooms
were on different floors which made observing a hike to get from room to
room. Good exercise but a LOT of running around. :) LOVE the studio
scholarship as a owner and teacher. It allows me to reward a kid who truly
is an excellent class taker!! :) Definitely interested in attending again.
Wish we could give 1/2 stars!
JUMP was my daughters\' first full convention experience. I was very
pleasantly surprised. I was very impressed with the instruction but even
more so they way the instructors interacted with the dancers. My girls took
A LOT away from the weekend. It was well organized, the staff was friendly,
and overall it was just an amazing weekend. We are fans! JUMP came to our
area for the first time this year. We really hope they come back as we
would attend year after year.
Jump came to Syracuse for the first time this year. We had a great
experience at the convention....the girls were challenged throughout. The
organization of the entire event was excellent and the competition
critiques were very constructive!
Loved that the kids were able to talk to the judges afterwards, loved the
dance off, loved the demonstrations by the pro\'s. Loved the venue, but
we were a small team, it would be a difficult venue for a large team.
This is my favorite convention I've ever been to. There teachers are nice
loving but at the same time push you! They are very well organized and the
judge critics are great and very well said!! Defentaly worth going to a
By far my daughter's favorite convention. Loved the teachers and she
really learned a lot. Even though the rooms were crowded the kids were
able to work it out. The staff was very helpful and everything was very
good. Want to go back this yearrn
Awesome workshops, teachers, and staff! Really enjoyed this convention!
Love the energy and professionalism of this convention/competition.
Defiantly one of my daughters favorite!
Loved the teachers at the convention, but the rooms were definitely
overcrowded and they even split the mini room into two in our city and it
was still packed!
Impressive staff lineup!! However, the overcrowding in the rooms is
extreme. After several years in attendance, I don\'t think my child has
ever learned anything. Definitely not worth the money.
Well run. Lots of great instruction and enthusiasm for dance.
We are new to the comp world..we are a newer studio and we just competed
for the first time this last season and did quite well. We didn\'t
compete at Jump..we opted to just attend the convention. I thought the
teachers were outstanding..I think that when my 5-7yr olds did the pre-jump
class, the teachers were fantastic with them..HOWEVER..the rooms were way
too overcrowded..dancers were on top of each other and could barely move
let alone dance full out. Even in the pre-jump room which was the teacher
room before they came in between the parents and the dancers, no one could
move. They are way overbooked. Competition ended really late on Saturday
night (I was there as an observer) and then the kids were expected to dance
very early the following morning. They have a great thing going but I think
they need to not take a million entries from studios...and an additional
level for competiton would be great. I can\'t expect my first year 8yr
olds to compete against girls that have been competing since they were
5...the other thing I LOVED about them was that they seemed to really
respond to studios that had technique instead of how many pirouettes or
incorrect develope\'s they could do (so sick of that move). Wish more
competitions were like that. :)
Love, love, love!!!! Great teachers and atmosphere. Mike Minery is the
In Kansas City the convention was very overbooked. The seniors were put in
outdoor heated tents in the middle of January. Other than that the
competition was enjoyable but also very challenging.
The staff here is fabulous! Seriously all such great dancers. However,
they way way way
overbook. The senior room was outside (in january) in
heated tents.. Literally
no room to move in ballrooms. The ending
awards ceremony was dangerously
full in my opinion.
We attended again this year. It is still very crowded but they moved from
the hotel venue to the convention center so at least everyone had a room
inside the building. I do think they realized that what happened the year
of the tent was unacceptable.
Definately at the top of our list. We love JUMP. The teachers are fantastic
and they all have great messages for the kids. The ballrooms are crowded,
but that\'s just the way it is when you have an amazing convention with
top-notch teachers. . . . It teaches our kids to stand out and hold their
own. The competition is some of the toughest judging in the country, and I
LOVE IT. Nothing is sugar coated and the dancers have to really EARN the
top spots: Favorite classes- Teddy Forance (WOW!), and of course- Mia.
We\'ll be back! Can\'t Wait!
This is a fabulous convention. The staff is wonderfuL! It does tend to be
very crowded in the ballrooms though.
I have to admit I was wary of attending JUMP for a few different reasons at
first: it would be too fast for my kids, too crowded, etc. We went this
season and WOW! The event was a notch above anything else we have attended.
From the organization before-hand (all of our students received
personalized 20-page schedule/handbooks THREE weeks before the event) to
the amazing faculty, to the positive environment for the kids...it was
amazing. Many of my parents came to me and asked why we hadn\'t been
My only complaint would be the venue. There were a ton of
people, and the hotel wasn\'t equipped for such a large group. Long
lines at restaurant, long lines at starbucks, long lines at parking etc
etc. There was enough room to dance however, the ballrooms were big, so in
that respect the hotel was nice. Hopefully the figure the rest
All in all...a great experience. Already put it on my schedule
for next year. Big fan.
I agree that Classes are crowded. However, i\'m sure it\'s due to the
topnotch faculty they have, great customer service and, at least in our
area, nice venue w large ballrooms. Another favorite of ours.
Love the teachers. It is really crowded, but the kids always seem to have a
lot of fun.
great instructors, a ton of fun , classes could be longer though
Exhausting but so much fun! Classes are crowded
Classes are great but crowded. Judging is tough. Lots of HS.
My daughter LOVES this one every year. Only reason I did not give it the
full 5 stars was the Convention part is always so crowded and they don\'t
have enough room