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    Dancer : 7.82 %
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    Teacher : 12.35 %

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KIDS ARTISTIC REVUE NATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION

Jun 24 2021

This was my daughter's 4th competition season, and this is one of the worst competitions we have ever attended (we did 7 others during COVID, and none were as problematic as this one). I believe the venue was selected after we registered (it was supposed to be in Denver, but was moved an hour away to Colorado Springs, which was a hassle). Our studio arrived well in advance of our scheduled start time, and they decided to start early, which caused a huge rush in our dressing room. The competition staff kept pressuring us to hurry and get started, even though it was well before the scheduled start time. As a result, our littlest kids were in a huge rush to get dressed, had no time to warm up, and as a result, were stressed and rattled during their performances. We were then rushed outside and handed trophies in the yard in front of the building. I paid for a photogenic entry day-of, but it was never listed on my profile, so I have a strong suspicion that they took my money and never registered her. All in all, poorly run, rude staff, and a very stressful experience. I hope we never have to attend again.

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Jun 24 2021

Feb 12 2020

I sort of liked KAR but there were a lot of bad things. Cons: The venue they choose was horrible! They had a separate dressing room for boys and girls. There were a lot of big studios there and they gave us the tiniest dressing room! There were at least about 100 girls just in the tiny closet they gave us. The boys had a bigger area than us and there were about 5 of them. So many girls had to go into the bathroom to change and do their makeup. Another con is that while we were dancing onstage they were changing the volume of the music!!! They would turn it up really high almost bursting our eardrums, or have it be so quiet we can´t hear it! The pros: The staff was very nice and helpful! I also loved the app, telling people what dances were next! They also had good video and photo quaility. The juding was also fair.

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Feb 12 2020

Nov 21 2019

We weren’t pleased with the judging for this competition. However the venue was very big and was easy to load the props into the building.

Venue : 5
Judging : 1
Staff : 4
Awards : 1
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Nov 21 2019

Nov 16 2019

We will never go back to this competition. They awarded a vulgar dance ( and it’s not just my opinion- I know plenty of people who did not feel comfortable watching this performance as they complained and left the theatre.) 2nd place overall. This is after people got up to complain, teachers from other studios, studio owners, parents, ext. They do not stand by their word stated in their rules, and when approached, the director was nowhere to be found. Nor did they return my numerous phone calls regarding this particular event. I’m not complaining because we didn’t win first overall, I’m complaining because of their lack of concern that multiple people from multiple studios felt filthy while watching. Everyone is entitled to their opinion opinion, yes. But this was well beyond child appropriate. I care about my students being judged fairly, and as children.

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Nov 16 2019

Nov 15 2019

The location for this competition was fantastic! Also it was an overall really fun experience!

Venue : 5
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Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Nov 15 2019

Nov 15 2019

This was my daughters very first experience doing a competition. and we have been hooked ever since. our dance teacher new how to hook the new parents. everyone we ran into had smiles on their faces and treated you like you were the stars loved it cant wait to go back. it was on mothers day so i got to enjoy the dance mom life for the first time and WOW what a great way to do it. i will never forget our first one!! thank you for making it a great experience and we have never stopped dancing

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Nov 15 2019

Nov 02 2019

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Nov 02 2019

Aug 08 2019

I dread doing this competition every year. Last year we were force to pay $25.00 extra for media fee which is something we have to pay extra moving forward. Their judging is way off. The studio with the most dances is the one that wins the studio award even though the dances are not the greatest. They also have a dance convention which is a waste of time and money. We have it at our studio so we have to fork over $175.00 for over 30 kids to be crammed up in one room. Since this competition and convention are mandatory at our studio I will be taking my daughter out I will not be giving my money any more to this competition or convention

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Aug 08 2019

May 06 2019

This was our first and only time we will compete at any competition by KAR or affiliated by KAR. I have attended dance comps where you hear “it’s political”, “they don’t like this style of dance or they like this style of dance”. I’m ok with that even though I thinks it’s BS because it’s a “dance comp” and every style should be judged fairly regardless of the comps preference. I also believe in “let the dance speak for itself”. If the dance and dancer is good it can’t be denied.... well I’ve been proven wrong! I have NEVER attended a dance competition where they were so blatantly bias towards one dance studio. KAR’s promotion of a particular dance studio was excruciating to watch. It does nothing to promo good sportsmanship and a healthy competitive atmosphere; quite the opposite. An example of this is dancing out of order to accommodate one studio multiple (A LOT) times during the 3 day, causing problems for other studios. Which in turn gave the “preferred” studio a sense of entitlement and arrogance towards other dancers. When a dancer says good luck say thank you, don’t smirk and roll your eyes. KAR allows super studios to run the show. KAR prefers super studios which offers them money and quantity over quality. KAR also prefers twerking and shaking your a$$ over technique. And your award scale first, top first, elite first; what the heck is that?! At least have the decency to slow down, speak clearly and louder for us to know what our routine scored. In my opinion KAR, your comp is a SCAM/FRAUD, you do NOT promote the best atmosphere for dancers to be creative, you are singularly focused on one thing $$$$. FYI... our dancers were committed to go to your Nationals in Myrtle Beach, reservations booked. Not now, we are NOT giving you any more money to have our dancers unfairly judged. I will make it my goal to let anyone and everyone know of our experience.

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May 06 2019

Apr 19 2019

Walking in with no idea where to go, where the dressing rooms were, or any staff to talk to at 7am was a huge misstep. Yes, the technology factor is nice regarding the app and how they update everything. But, their point system and judging makes no sense. How did we get an overall 2nd and 1st place with the exact same composite score? Didn't seem fair to the other girls in our categories to have not placed if they too had tied with others. And don't go to Long Island if you're from the city. What a waste of your time- everyone is white, there is absolutely no diversity and everyone had a "I'd like to speak with a manager" haircut. Lots of Abby Lee wannabes with cicled feet and the same choreography entered 20 times. Yuck. The judges were very sweet but offered absolutely no real take aways. Will not return.

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Apr 19 2019

Mar 29 2019

We attended a recent regional competition, which was probably my daughter's 5th or 6th one between two different dance studios. We always love KAR and feel that things run smoothly. The main downside is the venue, which isn't always the fault of KAR. Dressing room areas are horrible because it's in such an old theater, there is not enough space. This venue has been used for a few years now and they have made improvements, in terms of better security with employees posted at the entrance of curtains that block off the dressing room areas. But they are way too crowded and absolutely nuts on the busy days (Saturday and Sundays). Even if you arrive early in the day to get some space, it gets overrun with other dancers who plop their belongings right in front and in the "aisle" through the mess of Dream Duffles/Rack and Roll's. It's impossible to walk through there to try to find your dancer to help with quick changes, etc. As for the competition, there is always the issue of studios not seeming to enter their dances in appropriate levels, but we see this pretty much everywhere we go. They ran on time and sometimes early. Some awards are LONG, but it's hard to split them up much more than they already do. Judging was fair and it was always a good mixture of studios in the overall awards.

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Judging : 5
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Awards : 5
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Mar 29 2019

Mar 15 2019

This was our first time at KAR and I wasn't impressed. It was on time and a little ahead of schedule at times, which is a positive. The adjudication system is silly. It's so confusing when you have the adjudications of "Elite Top First" "Top First" etc. Why put the word "first" even in it? It's not about where you placed overall.... it's about how you scored. It's especially confusing when there is an "Elite" division. I know our girls were confused on the adjudication system and it was VERY difficult to follow when they were giving awards. I'm not sure why you would go with something hard to understand....platinum, high gold, gold....or some similar system would fix this problem. Also....too many levels to compete in! I just wasn't a fan of this event and if I have it my way, would prefer to not ever return.

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Mar 15 2019

Feb 25 2019

I enjoy attending KAR as both a dance teacher and mom. We have been attending for the past 10yrs. The venue, judges and awards ceremonies are always well put together. Communication is great before, during and after competition. I also enjoy the app you can download on your phone. Our studio attends KAR Escondido each year which always sells out. We are a smaller studio. We bring roughly 30ish routines..... I had enough staff to work back stage so I thought I would enjoy myself by sitting in the audience. I got to observe the entire weekend from a parents perspective. What I found to be most upsetting was studios placing routines in the wrong levels and what’s worse being awarded with overall placements and judges awards. Now please understand I am not playing the victim. Our studio did very well and held our own amongst the larger studios. However, I can honestly say I saw more talent in the Primary divisions then I saw in the intermediate and Secondary divisions. Triple pirouettes, advanced acrobatic skills, fuertes for days, and the confidence that they have been dancing for many seasons before...... it was only natural those routines would place in the top 3. They were gorgeous, flawless routines. It’s too bad those gorgeous routines could not bump up into the intermediate division and let the truly novice dancers dance in the beginning division. I’ve talked to KAR about this issue and they always say the same thing. They don’t know how to regulate the issue. Well for starters why don’t you start bumping up the routines that can place in the intermediate division??? Are you afraid you will loose customers? Make studio owners accountable! Overall We will continue to attend KAR each season because our studio enjoys the challenge. We may not always get top placement. There may always be a studio who comes in and Cheats. It is my hope that KAR grows a pair and makes these changes so that everyone can enjoy the competition.

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Feb 25 2019

Feb 10 2019

Do not adhere to their own rules. Studios taking 10-15 minutes for props, not ready for their time slot. Consistently running 2 hours behind schedule. Awards very difficult to follow and understand speakers. Judges do not have a well rounded dance background or knowledge of other genres. Judges have zero interaction in dancers. Scoring all over the place and inconsistent. They ran out of programs by 10 am on Saturday morning. Pure greed-way too many routines and dancers for one competition, not enough dressing space. We will not be back. They cater to the bigger studios.

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Feb 10 2019

Sep 20 2018

Sometimes I wish they would check the kids and their levels better. Sometimes these kids are far better and do not believe they belong in certain levels!

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Sep 20 2018

Love KAR! High energy and just a fun competition.

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Sep 19 2018

Very nice Venue. Large and accommodating for all dancers. Kids had a good time and were treated right. Not a lot of studios were there for the event but we moved quickly because of it.

Venue : 5
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Awards : 4
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Jun 01 2018

I was hesitant to attend KAR after reading the reviews for this season here, but tried to go in with an open mind. Sadly, I agree with a lot of the reviewers. If you look at each category you'll notice that whichever studio brought the most routines will be the top 5. Plus, I've never been to a comp that has a top 10, but awards them in separate groups and makes 10-6 feel like they're second class winners. Anyone who pays attention to an actual honest competition awards session will know that the point difference in a 1st place routine and 10th place routine can be just a few points. Making the dancers at the end of the line up sit down while you call up the "real" overall winners, talk to all of them, and wait for their choreographers to come on stage for pictures is ridiculous and a complete waste of time. They also send dancers out into the audience with buckets to collect donations while they talk about their charity work. As you can imagine, awards take more than a minute. The judges critiques were a joke and not worth the time it took to listen (no video critiques). They spent a good portion of the time on the costume, one took points aways because she didn't like the chosen dance shoe, and overall gave about 1helpful correction on the actual dance. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!

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Apr 23 2018

First, if there are five or four entries in a category, why not announce all of them in ranking order instead of only announcing top three? Our dancers like to know where they placed. Secondly, at the Lenoir regional they "ran out" of pins and crowns for title winners. We were told they would mail the pins and crowns to the studio. This is unacceptable. Our competition was small. There was no way they could have "run out" Saturday morning. They obviously did not prepare. Many dancers love to collect these pins. Entry fees are expensive and if the only thing they get to show for it is a pin, they should at least have those. Same for crowns. If dancers place in the title competition, yet all they get is a piece of paper, they are not getting the experience of getting crowned on stage. This is very disappointing and should not happen. Last, I believe we found out that the invitations to the NYC experience are determined randomly. We had a dancer who did not compete her solo, yet her name was still listed in the program, and she was announced as a winner of the NYC experience! She didn't even dance! I think this proves that these "invitations" that they hand out are not special or even picked based on any type of merit. It seems they randomly picked them and this time they picked someone who did not even dance. This is really bad. I tried to reference the Lenoir, NC event but it was not listed in the drop down menu below. Along with others, I also agree that judging is questionable but that is my own opinion. Not having pins and crowns, and giving out awards to people who didn't even dace, are not acceptable.

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Apr 23 2018

First, if there are five or four entries in a category, why not announce all of them in ranking order instead of only announcing top three? Our dancers like to know where they placed. Secondly, at the Lenoir regional they "ran out" of pins and crowns for title winners. We were told they would mail the pins and crowns to the studio. This is unacceptable. Our competition was small. There was no way they could have "run out" Saturday morning. They obviously did not prepare. Many dancers love to collect these pins. Entry fees are expensive and if the only thing they get to show for it is a pin, they should at least have those. Same for crowns. If dancers place in the title competition, yet all they get is a piece of paper, they are not getting the experience of getting crowned on stage. This is very disappointing and should not happen. Last, I believe we found out that the invitations to the NYC experience are determined randomly. We had a dancer who did not compete her solo, yet her name was still listed in the program, and she was announced as a winner of the NYC experience! She didn't even dance! I think this proves that these "invitations" that they hand out are not special or even picked based on any type of merit. It seems they randomly picked them and this time they picked someone who did not even dance. This is really bad. I tried to reference the Lenoir, NC event but it was not listed in the drop down menu below. Along with others, I also agree that judging is questionable but that is my own opinion. Not having pins and crowns, and giving out awards to people who didn't even dace, are not acceptable.

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Apr 18 2018

As a dance parent, this is the competition I dread the most every season. Judging is questionable and this place seems to cater to large studios. They do not post score break downs so they can have control over picking what the dancer gets or who places and who doesn't. Not a very honest competition. Our location is usually small with only one large neighboring studio in attendance every year and they usually sweep the whole competition not necessarily because they are phenomenal technical dancers, but instead because they bring the most money. This large studio also has dance chorography by KAR convention teachers. Every year, only this studio's dance pictures/videos make it onto KAR's social media while all the other smaller studios in attendance does not. Most elite top first adjudications were reserved for the large studio and the boy dancers but that's another whole story. I agree with the reviews down below that this competition runs on a who is cuter or who has the loudest costumes. KAR runs on over the top costumes and crazy big faces, not judged on dancing ability and technique. I wish our studio owner would stop picking this mess every year but although we place horribly here every year (we usually do well at other comps) the boys does well here so that could be a reason for our teams forced return. I guess we'll have to take one for the team but it's a HUGE waste of money. KAR is expensive. If you're stuck going here, is a smaller studio, and don't belong on KAR's list of favorites, don't expect a fair playing field, just clap, roll your eyes discreetly, and move along. If your a big loud studio with a ton of dances, ENJOY!

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