My daughter loves the convention teachers and classes. She hates the audition process as do most of the kids and parents. If you get a number on day one, you are in the running, if not, you are not in the running for anything. At first it can be a relief that you can just take class, but then the teachers pulling out the kids with a number into a separate group, doesn't really help that or push the kids to try harder, especially when there is no feedback as to why they didn't get a number, etc. The classes are awesome and the teachers are great for the most part. As a parent of a teenage girl, I do not like that all of the faculty are young men, their mental and visual biases are hard wired and show. Overall, it is great. It would be the premier convention and very popular if they changed their audition process and added some more female teachers.
I was not crazy about this competition. Many of my complaints had to do with the venue. There was one large dressing room that was packed. You could barely move in there. One nice thing that LADM did have was a person in the dressing room with a headset on to let the dancers know who needed to head to the stage. As for judging, it seemed like a very biased event. There are a few studios in our area that travel around the country to attend various LADM events and they seemed to walk away with most of the awards. Some were warranted but not all numbers killed it enough to sweep everything. There were also teams that had their dances choreographed by some of the judges which seems like a conflict of interest to me when they are judging. The awards are sad. They truly need to give the dancers a pin or something for participating. Parents spend a lot of money on entry fees and for them to walk away with nothing is poor and cheap.
We really liked the teachers. They were great with the kids. The dances were age appropriate. I think the way the choose scholarships is odd. It doesn't necessarily give the students something to work towards in the classes.
LADM is a studio favorite. The faculty is always amazing, classes are never too big, and they keep it fun. The competition always pulls some amazing talent which helps the dancers really strive for their best.
My daughter just completed her third LADM Convention in Denver. Over the
last three years we have enjoyed the experience very much. 2016 brings an
exciting new backdrop with lots of lights and multimedia video backgrounds.
My daughter has won free regional scholarships for two years, and was a
Teen finalist this year.We go to a lot of conventions and one different
experience here is that the teachers do not usually pull out student
demonstrators toward the end of each class. I think it makes the kids work
less hard because there isn\'t a \"reward\" of potentially being a
demonstrator. It was an interesting difference from most of the conventions
we attend. Because the scholarship auditions are held at lunch on the first
day of convention, the kids find out who \"gets a number\" on day one,
they come back on Sunday morning to do final Scholarship auditions, and
then winners are announced at the closing show on Sunday. This worked
great for my daughter because she was a finalist, but if she weren\'t I
think it would be disappointing that only the kids who \"got a number\"
on the first day won any of the multiple and generous scholarships given
out at closing show. We loved the faculty, especially new addition Curtis
who is just fabulous. We also really liked Christian\'s optional lunch
talk on dance and higher education - promoting college for our aspiring
dancers - something we don\'t hear enough of in the dance industry.
Because Christian works in commercial dance and is on faculty at USC Glorya
Kaufman\'s Dance program, he is very credible and we appreciated his
effort to teach the history of dance as well as his practical advice. We
listened to competition awards and they were VERY confusing, need a better
system of articulating and differentiating dancers for awards. Overall, a
wonderful, organized convention with enough space - thank you for not
overselling! We thought the teachers were great, with strong jazz emphasis,
low Contemporary. Highly Recommend!
Amazing faculty, they took time to educate the kids in a meaningful way.
The classes were very full, but that\'s par for the course. Overall we
left better than we came and are excited to return!!
Our daughter competed at LA Dance Magic in Chicago 2016. We were
impressed with how well the competition ran. There were a lot of very
talented studios in the Chicagoland area that competed. The judging seemed
very fair. The hotel venue was very nice for the competition and
convention classes. The convention classes were awesome with amazing and
inspiring teachers. We would love to attend another one in 2017!
One of the best conventions out there. Love the staff, they remember the
kids from year to year. Never over sell so there is always room for the
kids to dance. Competition is tough, but the critiques are great.
Love Ms. Jackie and her staff!
What a great weekend spent at LADM! My daughter had an amazing time at the
convention and the competition was a blast. The talent was unbelievable
across all studios there. It was a great way to start off our competition
best convention ever! great judges!
Competition is great and high quality teachers for convention. I just wish
that it wasn\'t so crowded in the convention. We pay a lot of $$$ for my
kids to not be able to see or to tap dance on carpet!
One of my fave dance comp experiences. As the mom of a male dancer, it was
amazing to have so many male dance teachers. Looking forward to attending
with the studio again in 2016.
We took a small group to the Chicago event. Thought the teachers were
extremely approachable and down to earth. Excellent experience!
The judges could be more helpful in their critiques. I know you don\'t
get to see a dancer\'s journey, but repeating that the dancers need more
ballet through an entire number is not helpful with improving them, or
inspiring them as a dancer. Your customers pay lots of money to attend
these comps to learn. I\'m not saying to be easy on anyone, but \"be
critical, helpful and inspire\". I believe this is what LADM is suppose
to be about.
This faculty is simply the best - so many conventions have arrogant
teachers who don\'t have time for the kids,,,not the case at LADM. SO
down to earth and real. They really teach the kids so much more than
dance. They inspire every dancer to share their own unique talents and feel
good about who they are as individuals. We absolutely adore Jackie and her
entire staff. They are a class act.
We love LADM! Teachers are great and accessible to the kids. Competition
is tough, it is a great experience.
Positive, upbeat and professional staff. Studios are given a flashdrive of
the dances with the judges making comments as the students are dancing.
The feedback was helpful, not just generalized statements. We would
definitely attend again.
Just a fabulous experience. No hassle, just inspired dancing and happy
They are the best! We had the most inspiring weekend of the year with them.
I can\'t say enough great things:)
Very fun and energetic competition! Excellent with all levels of dance.
This is a great competition if you have a young dancer just entering the
competition world. They are very welcoming and have special classes geared
towards the little ones.
Awesome faculty! Our kids had an amazing weekend!
My favorite place!
Inspirational and fun:)
If we could rate the convention and competition separately, I would.
Convention was amazing. Great classes, great teachers, great auditions -
five stars for convention. The competition part was SO TERRIBLE it brought
this whole rating down to 2 stars. For starters, it is the only competition
I have ever been to that gives nothing out to the kids in group numbers.
The studio gets a big plastic medal, and that\'s it. Not everyone at our
studio gets to have solos, so for the kids who went and spent $600+ for
convention and a few competition group numbers, they went home with
literally nothing. No pins, no anything. Ridiculous. Then they give out 1st
through 3rd in EVERY category. Which I suppose is ok, but if you are going
to do that, give out more than 1 overall for the whole group. If my kid
places first in hip hop with a platinum but they are the only hip hop
number, how do I know where they placed compared to, say, the first place
tap number with a platinum? It makes one number per category awards sort of
worthless. In addition, if you are going to give out 3 places, please make
3 different medals for that. My 2 girls who got 3rd places in their
category received 2nd place awards because you only made those 2. How does
that differentiate them from the girls who actually won 2nd place? As many
other people have said, numbers ran so out of order it was ridiculous. They
were literally just asking who was ready and putting anyone on stage who
was dressed. None of my kids could watch any of their teammates because no
one had any idea when anyone went on, and half my parents missed their own
kids because they were busy with siblings, and their child was grabbed and
put on stage because they were in costume. Lastly, please change how you do
your adjudication videos. That one video with sliding the tracks thing is
completely inaudible. Even when you slide the track, the judges are all
talking so loud that they are being picked up in every mic so you can\'t
Excellent convention. The teachers were amazing how they worked with my
daughter. Organized and on time. My daughter was challenged and inspired.
The show was organized and on time. My daughter left motivated and
appreciated everything she learned.
Loved the faculty...somewhat crowded on the convention end of things. But
left with happy and inspired girls.
They were very organized and actually ran ahead of schedule. The dances
were sometimes out of order which could make it hard to follow. My
daughter enjoyed the classes. The teachers were positive and encouraging.
Would definitely attend again.
Had an amazing time! Wonderful faculty and great atmosphere.
Good convention and competition. Things ran on time. The final show was
great. The tap teacher made the announcements and was so entertaining both
with her humor and her dance ability. I love the opportunity for the kids
to learn for great teachers who give it their all. I also like the kids
being able to see the teachers perform. I think this teaches the kids so
much. The comp was difficult to follow as every dance was out of order on
we had a overall good time at la magic. The competition was ontime and fair
scoring. My only complaint with the competition is they went out of order
the whole time so it was difficult follow. The faculty were amazing and
really tried to connect with everyone. I think they need to break up the
rooms a little more. they have jr\'s for under 12 and senior for 12 and
up. For the older kids in jr\'s it was a bit easy and childish. But some
of the 12 year olds in the senior room were getting swallowed by the big
girls. Great closing show and we loved the new venue in Provo, ut.
Love them! Been going every since I was 10 and am graduating next
Staff genuinely cares. Whether I win or lose, always have
something to take
away and judging feels fair. Promotes the true dance
industry starting with
building character. Encourages technique but not
to the point of strain
where they can\'t see potential. Amazing vibe
and energy. Overall fair
judging. Very constructive critiques. One of my
Oh! and Platoon, their photography, is phenomenal too.
Always the best pictures and dvds. I am very picky about mine and- because
I do a lot of tap and fasting moving, high energy jazz- it\'s hard to
catch me in a moment, but they get me almost every time!
Thank you for a great weekend in Chicago! Teachers were great and my
dancers especially loved Ayodele for tap. She was awesome! Thanks to Jackie
for running an inspirational, challenging and well run weekend!
Our kids loved it! Thank you to the staff for being so attentive and
caring. Can\'t say enough about what a positive experience it was. We had
a great time! TY
Have attended this Comp/Convention for the past 3 years.
We love them.
They limit the solos per studio so you are not there for days just
The conventions are not over booked and the teachers
with the kids. I like that after the children audition, they
make a final
cut and then re-audition and everyone is allowed to watch.
The kids really
show their stuff then the results are announced during
The closing show seems long and drawn out after a
weekend, but what can you do.
Overall, I would recommend
this comp to
everyone. I would rate as a 5 but the price keeps me from
doing so. I
find most conventions/comps overpriced.
I can\'t say
enough about the
instructors, they are just awesome to watch and take
the time to talk with
the kids about more than just a combo.
the good work
extra about the company that does their
photos. They have always been the
best photos taken though the years.
I hate that they have judges heads in
them, but the photographer always
gets the step or trick at it\'s best. However the livestream is always
horrible, but I think it may be the venue and not the
Critiques were very good as well. At times they talked
over each other and you had to listen a few time to understand what was
said, but they were helpful and my daughter took the good and the bad and
hopefully has learned from them.
Having the opportunity to see LADM from both behind the scenes and with our
studio, there is a reason they are so popular. The entire crew is nothing
short of impressive from a people and knowledge standpoint. Whether its
Jackie and her always inspiring attitude, Huggy who is the happiest guy on
Earth, and any of the faculty members, they are definitely there for the
dancers. We consider ourselves lucky anytime we\'re around them.
havent been able to attend in two years because of conflicts but my son
will definitely make one or two cities this year!!!!
It was okay. The awards were ghastly plastic huge necklaces. The classes
and faculty were okay.
Our dancers had a great time at LA Dance Magic. The show ran on time and
the instructors were top notch,
I have not attended LA Dance Magic but wanted to rate them anyways for
reason. I rated them as an error on my part, confusing them with
Magic, Inc. (not LA). My experience with Dance Magic, Inc. (not
LA) was terrible and I
reviewed it accordingly. Within 24 hours, I was
contacted (not directly
from LA Dance Magic but from them through this
site) asking if my
experience was possibly with another competition.
After research, it was
discovered that I made a mistake on my review. I
was very impressed with
their attention to detail and their willingness
to work with me to righten
the wrong. I do not know of the
competition/convention itself, but I can
say that my experience with LA
Dance Magic was highly professional as well
The convention is great! No matter the level the child is at there is a
class for them. The teachers are amazing and make each child feel special.
The competition is good my only issue is everyone competes at the same
level, but the judges are fair and the lighting is the best I have seen at
This convention was one of my daughter's favorites!! She will definitely
We attend LADM every Feb. in Dallas, TX. It is an event that our students
look forward to all year long. They are a class act. It is by far our
hardest competition each year and we still have a fantastic time.
Jackie, Dave & Huggy really have their stuff together!! Thank you!!