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  • Platinum Star Competition


  • 3.6 - Average Ratings
  • 133 Total Reviews
    Parent : 57.89 %
    Dancer : 6.02 %
    Studio Owner : 25.56 %
    Teacher : 10.53 %

  • 1401 Church st. Unit 6
  • Bohemia ,NY
  • 631-319-1600
  • info@legacydancechampionships.com

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LEGACY DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nov 15 2019

This competition is very fun but ran late for us and the venue was not very good. The way the schedule was set up my daughter had to be there at night on Friday, then she was one of the early routines saturday so we had to be there at open and she was also one of the last and ended up having to spend the ENTIRE day at the venue. We did not leave until after 11pm. This wouldnt have been so bad if we had a better venue or even if the venue had better parking that made leaving and returning easier. We have gone to legacy in the past and enjoyed though.

Venue : 2
Judging : 3
Staff : 3
Awards : 4
Communication : 4
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Nov 15 2019

Apr 15 2019

Just back from Legacy in Detroit. Overall a smoothly ran competition. Pros: Loved the extra judges awards. Ran on time if not a tad bit early. Con: Way too many Platinum's . I felt like that is all I heard all weekend (and I was there with two dancers). I think there should be Platinum Plus or something special for those who placed high. It really wasn't special getting a Platinum since every single kid got them. I also felt like the ones that did get the Elite Gold had to feel awful since most were not getting that. Another thing I did not like was that the overall plaques say "TOP 5 OVERALL" ... i get the top 10 overall plaques for 6-10th place but I think there should be a 2nd place & 3rd place plaque for those dancers. My daughter who got 2nd got a top five overall plaque. 2nd place plaque would be nicer in my opinion. I am sure at most competitions you have a 2nd & 3rd place winner. The 1st place trophies are nice though! The MC while super nice he did take forever with awards. Heard many many people complaining. For solos he announced the studio, song name, dancers first and last name. Then did it again when they won. I get personalizing the experience but I think some of it could be left out. All in all it was an ok experience for us.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Apr 15 2019

Mar 24 2019

First time attending in Niagara Falls. Fantastic staff and competition runs on time . Fair judging and I was thrilled to see 3 tap microphones and judges who could evaluate tap competently. Will definitely be back and looking into attending their nationals !

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 24 2019

Mar 19 2019

Legacy is always well run. My o our complaint is it got too far ahead making it hard on families and dancers. They did communicate very well about being ahead though.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 19 2019

Mar 10 2019

I’m not normally a complainer. I am a studio owner with 10+ years taking kids to competition. I have attended Legacy for many years now and have noticed a decline in professionalism and ethics by this company. Last season, my employee called in to make a payment and the female associate on the phone with her was so rude, my employee cried. I thought it was a one time issue as I had no other indicators that this competition was unprofessional. Last weekend, my studio attended Legacy in Indianapolis. Before registering my 60 hip hop routines, I asked the office for a hip hop specialist judge to be on staff. Not because we want high awards but because we want evaluated by someone with real experience teaching streetdance and recognizing true styles and foundation. I want critiques that are helpful. I was given the green light. When we arrived to the venue, we read the bios and only one judge had anything listed about hip hop and it was mixed with every style of dance. Our marks were very low the entire weekend and based upon which hip hop routines were receiving good marks, the judges were not experienced in hip hop. Upon completion of the competition, I emailed the owner (Dave) and asked why we did not have a hip hop specialist on panel. He was condescending, short and (I felt) making excuses and covering his mistake. I emailed him back (it was friendly and professional) and he has chosen not to respond to me any further. He only emailed me once. I am appalled by his lack of professionalism and business ethics. I am a business owner myself and I know it’s hard. Nobody is perfect. But, he did not make it right. Instead, he made excuses. Since he will not respond to my email, I am posting here.

Venue : 5
Judging : 1
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 1
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Mar 10 2019

Sep 21 2018

The competition was well run and judging was fair and accurate. My only complaint, and this is across all competitions, is the use of 3 levels. You see more leveling down when there are 3 to choose from and it leaves our team with no competition at the highest level. Our junior small group had no other teams to compete against and there were only 3 junior solos in the highest level. If a routine would have scored a platinum in the higher level they should automatically be bumped up.

Venue : 2
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Sep 21 2018

Thanks for the review. Leveling down is indeed a major issue these days. We keep tweaking our rules to prevent this, but people always seem to find a loophole. I can honestly say that at our events the lower levels 99.9% of the time never score high enough to receive a Platinum at the Advanced level. Thanks for the input though. It's a good idea:)

Sep 21 2018

We attended this in 2018 and loved it. The venue was great- but a little loud. The staff was helpful and friendly and the preordering video/pictures was very convenient. It went very smooth and was ahead of schedule. We had such a good time at this competition and recommend it for future years

Venue : 4
Judging : 4
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Sep 21 2018

Always happy to hear we're doing a good job. Thanks for the review:)

Sep 17 2018

Gone to legacy numerous times. Have had a wide variety of experiences. Normally a chill and well run comp. last time was overbooked and they ran a second stage in a gymnasium. The stage was very out of proportion and swallowed up the littlest dancers. But other than that, we have always enjoyed it.

Venue : 3
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 4
Communication : 4
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Sep 17 2018

Thanks for the input. When running 2 rooms we like to make the 2nd stage as big as the main stage to accommodate the teens & seniors. Perhaps we should consider making it a bit smaller as it is basically just for solos & duet/trios.

Jul 24 2018

I loved my first dance competition at Legacy Dance championships

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 3
Communication : 5
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Sep 17 2018

Glad to hear it:)

Apr 16 2018

This is the 3rd year we've attended Legacy. We have always had a positive experience at this competition & this year was no different. Things ran on time & efficiently. The backstage staff was helpful & friendly. Judging was tough (very few platinums were given out), but fair & consistent with other competitions we've attended. I liked the addition of special awards (which this competition hadn't had in the past). Photos were great quality & reasonably priced compared to other competitions. The venue is spacious enough to accommodate all dancers without overcrowding. On-site concessions were good (the smoothies were a favorite with our dancers!) as well. Overall it was a nice weekend, and we will almost certainly return next year!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Sep 17 2018

Thanks for the kind & honest review. Looking forward to seeing you in 2019!!

Mar 28 2018

Absolutely love this competition! They know how to judge ballet and it is SO refreshing. The judging is fair, they do not favor any one studio and each judge knows exactly what they are talking about. Legacy is one of our favorite competitions to attend and we take Ballet en Pointe, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and Contemporary. We just wish they also would do a convention. ;)

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Sep 17 2018

Thanks for the great review. A convention/master class series is constantly being tossed about and not out of the question in the near future:)

May 26 2017

Had an amazing time at Legacy this year. The woman that was in charge of keeping everyone on time was so great..... She didn't miss a beat, everything was so organized and well run this year. The judges critiques were great you could hear each judge and they had good comments, very thorough and helpful. The awards ran on time and were very organized. The dressing rooms had plenty of room for everyone, temperature great no to hot with so many people it was perfect good venue. Had an awesome time and was one of the best we attended this season. It doesn't let me choose which event but this was Detroit in Waterford..... Loved it!!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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May 17 2017

By far the best competition we attended this season, but this may be more about how awful the others were. But we had no real complaints at this comp. We were at the Ames Center in Bloomington which is a great theater. Plenty of dressing room space and it was near the stage. I wish there were more places for girls to run dances at, it gets crazy trying to walk through the building sometimes. Also dislike the food policy, they were really strict having people stationed at the door and making people throw away food or drinks if they attempted to bring something in. But otherwise, no major venue complaints. Ran on time or ahead, awards were done as quickly as possible. I do like that they give a top 10 no matter how many entries in a category. Since not many platinums are given out (or many golds either) it was nice to see how the 75% of teams getting a high gold placed relative to each other. Judging seemed very fair and equal. Schedule was sent out in a timely manner as well, which is appreciated!

Venue : 4
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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May 02 2017

Pros: Everyone gets a trophy (but they are small). We pay enough for solo entry fees and dancers work hard, so it's nice that they all get a trophy for their adjudication award. Awards are quick and not a lot of fluff. As a parent who is usually there all weekend from beginning to end, I really appreciate the no nonsense awards. It was done quickly without wasted time for calling teachers up and taking photos. Nothing higher than a platinum, and for the advanced level the older dances must score 291 or higher, so I feel the platinums are truly earned. Not a lot of platinums were given out, unlike some competitions where almost everyone gets a platinum. The scores needed to win each medal are printed in the program, which is nice. If there were less than ten entries for overalls, all entries were still listed in the order they scored. For example, if there were only six junior intermediate small groups, they still announced top six in order. Other competitions may only do top five or top one. It is nice to see where our dancers placed no matter how many entries there were. Cons - The age requirements are all over the place. For solos they count the age you are that date, and for everything else it is the age as of July 1st, but then it is different for Nationals. Why not make everything January 1st like most competitions? Also Legacy breaks down juniors into petites (9-10) and juniors (11-12). This is nice for the younger dancers, as they have more opportunities to place in overalls, but why not do the same for teens and have 13-14 and 15-16? Doesn't seem fair to have more age categories for the younger ones but for the teenagers it is still 13-15 and 16-19. The trophies are small and very cheap. I understand it is not all about a trophy but for the amount we pay for an entry fee, and more substantial trophy would be nice. There are too many categories in one awards segment. This makes for a very long day. It would be nice to have just solos, then awards, just small groups, then awards, etc. Yes this makes for more award ceremonies but we would not have to stay all day and all night. Both nights we didn't leave until almost midnight due to having to stay for awards. Finally, I was told I had to empty my daughter's water bottle before we could get into the building. Not sure if this was the policy of Legacy or the venue but I wanted to point it out. I understand no outside food but really? Empty out a water bottle? Overall not much stands out to me to make Legacy that different from any other comp. Not my favorite, not my least favorite.

Venue : 0
Judging : 0
Staff : 0
Awards : 0
Communication : 0
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May 02 2017

I sent a check to hold my routines in September that was misplaced by Legacy. Thankfully I sent it certified mail and they honored that by still letting us in after the event sold out. That said I was given no apology but they let me in so in the end they did the right the thing. The competition was overall run pretty smooth and they are good communicators there was very little surprises. The pro's here was a smooth event that ran on time, nice flooring (my dancers really liked the stages), judging was fair and I liked that the majority of dances did not get a "Platinum"...even when it was my own pieces I appreciated that Platinum's were rare. The cons were...the staff was good but openly complained that this event was short staffed. Not that it effected the experience of the event but it was a tad bit unprofessional. The awards did not have any judges choice or choreography awards...I kinda liked getting straight to the point but my parents and dancers really missed this so I would take it into consideration when choosing Legacy. Overall, it was organized, well communicated, and fair. The supporting staff was mostly good with a few who lacked some professionalism. It was good and I would have no problem returning.

Venue : 3
Judging : 5
Staff : 3
Awards : 2
Communication : 5
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May 01 2017

Our studio just went to Legacy in Chanhassen, MN 4/27-4/30. Our studio usually goes to Legacy and have liked it. Not so much this year. We have liked it better when it is at the Minneapolis Convention Center or St. Paul River Center. Our studio couldn't make it to the ones scheduled there this year because of the dates. Chanhassen High School is NOT equipped to house this type of event. The theater was way too small, people were standing everywhere and even sitting on the steps. There wasn't a reserved section for the studio directors/teachers. The studio teachers/directors had to fight to find a seat to watch their dances. Most of the seats were taken by the dancers themselves. I know they want to watch their friends and support them, but they should not be allowed to sit. If they want to watch, they should come in when their studio goes backstage and stand. This is what our studio was forced to do on Sunday or they just didn't come in to watch. Studios were saving entire rows of seats in this overcrowded theater. They even had to set up a second stage in the gym because there was just too many entries. There were a couple of studios that had 15 or more dances entered, most of which had the same exact dancers in the same exact category. There were TONS of tap dances at this competition as well, way more than I have ever seen at any competition. I overheard several people say they should have a separate competition just for tap because there were that many tap routines. The day should be broken up into more awards. This will mostly eliminate the overcrowding. If the studio doesn't have anymore dances after their awards, they leave. I believe the competition should end, including awards, before 8 pm on a Sunday. Leaving a venue 35 minutes away from home at 9 pm or later when the kids have school the next day is NOT cool. The kids need time to unwind after the excitement of the day. I know we don't have to stay, but try telling a dancer they can't be there to see what award their dance routine gets. Overall, the competition is ok. It has never been one of mine or my daughter's personal favorites, but it has been decent. The dressing rooms are plenty big enough and it runs in order for the most part. If not, it is clearly stated they are going back or jumping ahead. Judging was ok, nothing to really note good or bad.

Venue : 1
Judging : 3
Staff : 4
Awards : 2
Communication : 2
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Apr 11 2017

We have been attending Legacy for 5 years. It is by far our favorite competition. Kids feel encouraged and rewarded for their hard work. Judging is fair. The office is always great with communication and usually returns phone calls and emails the same day. Venues are usually good. We also attended nationals this year for the second time and our kids had a fantastic time. This competition truly cares about the kids and the experiences they have.

Venue : 0
Judging : 4
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Apr 11 2017

We LOVE Legacy! We have attended both regionals and nationals many years in a row. Always a well scheduled, well ru and FAIR competition. My students beg every year to attend! Thank you David Sanders for all your hard work to keep a great event running AND for you or your staff returning phone calls and emails ao promtly. I am forever grateful for the experiences my students have had at your events over the years. Looking forward to your event in Bloomington MN in a few weeks!!!

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Mar 16 2017

We attended the Milwaukee/West Bend Regional this past weekend & had a great experience. The competition was on time or early the entire weekend, which was great. The backstage staff was energetic & fun & extremely helpful. The judges were excited about every routine & engaged in the dancing. Judging was tough (not a lot of platinums were given out) but fair. The videotaping ban was strictly enforced (we actually saw a staff member tell dancers points would be deducted because other team members were videotaping), and I appreciate that Legacy takes that rule seriously. Awards were run at a good pace, and it was clear that the competition wanted dancers to have a positive experience. This is truly one of my favorite competitions & I hope our studio will return next year.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 16 2017

This is the third year we've attended Legacy. The first year we were pretty happy. The second year, we noticed a LOT of leveling down. Very obvious stuff. It was so disappointing to see that. And that nothing was done about it. (To be fair, no one does.) It's disappointing that the rules are in place - but no one enforces them. Sure, there's some interpretation there, but some things are very clear. Anyway, that's not why I gave you two stars. Once again, we experienced the leveling down. But, the event was well organized, as always. It was run smoothly, etc. But there was a judge who was NASTY on our critiques. She was condescending and rude. The critiques she had were not necessarily wrong - as far as content - but her delivery was not constructive at all. Our studio owner will be contacting you. I'm leaving my review and rating as is because the experience really was not a great one. However, our studio owner did speak with Mr. Sanders and steps are being taken to ensure that the judging situation never happens again. We appreciate that. To say that the judges comments were inappropriate would be putting it mildly. So we are glad to know that are concerns are being taken seriously. Thank you.

Venue : 5
Judging : 1
Staff : 5
Awards : 2
Communication : 5
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Feb 01 2017

We have attended Legacy since their very first year both regionally and nationally. If there was a problem, I brought it to the attention of owner/director and it was fixed immediately. I love that there is always a tap judge on the panel, as very few competitions offer one. The staff overall has been helpful, kind, and easy going. Again, if I had a problem with a staff member, or a judge, I brought it to the attention of the owner and he dealt with his employee accordingly (which will include firing them for the next season if warranted) I know that the owner, like myself, have been doing competitions for a long time and fully understands all sides of the event. The venue is safe for the dancers, the event runs ahead of schedule the majority of the time, when I call their number it is usually the owner who answers, the critiques are specific and helpful. My students and parents at my studio also speak highly of Legacy, it is one of their favorite competitions.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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