Quit going a few years ago because I talked to a judge later who said the
competition was not judged fairly. I even had score sheets where scores
were marked out and changed. Shame on this competition.
Horrible! This was a nightmare of a competition. We have been competing for
6 years and this was the worst we have ever attended. Unprofessional! They
couldn\'t figure out the music and kept interrupting dancers when the
microphone over their iPod caused loud interference. They ran 4 hours
behind. Awards were supposed to start at 2:15p, but they said they would
have a whole other group dance in addition making those who were there
since 6:45am wait even longer for scores. Awards finally started at 5:15pm
after an hour of judge deliberations and hand written calculations.
Finally, the awards started and dancers realized they were all messed up.
The lady who refused to explain what the awards meant, sighed at how tired
she was and could fall asleep on stage, and mentioned to a group who
received a trophy \"oh hang on lets slap a first place prize on that
trophy,\" when they actually won second overall. It was like being in a
never ending twilight zone. This competition was disrespectful to the
dancers, parents, and teachers. This was a complete waste of time and it
left dancers upset. This was a nightmare of a competition. They should be
charged with fraud as they do not deliver what they advertise. This was
nota competition when dancers walk away not even knowing their scores. All
entries on 4/18/15 should receive full refunds!!!
I will begin by saying that every single review of the April 18 event is
perfectly in line with my opinion of this competition. Each detail and
grievance I\'ve read matched what I witnessed also. I hate to be
repetitive, but I will list a few of the key problems I noticed:
Unacceptable dressing area (temporary black curtains that opened in every
direction -- placed in a corner of the huge exhibit hall that was easily
viewed by the upper level of the convention hall that overlooked the space
they used as their makeshift auditorium), no stage lighting (used house
lights, which were basically halogen lights from 2 stories above the
concrete floor), unstable staging with no stage crew whatsoever, poor sound
(inadequate for the size room, which was certainly not designed for
acoustics and stage performance), virtually no staff (owner plus the sound
person -- who also served as the check in person and announcer ... along
with judges who were never introduced), poor management of time and
illogical placement of sound tech (she was on the floor behind large
speakers and equipment -unable to see the stage-with her back turned to the
stage so she could also check in dancers, check in music, and answer
questions .... too many tasks for one person), no programs, no photographer
or video crew, inconsistent and confusing adjudication .... Endless issues.
Somehow, they managed to book a smoothie vendor and pizza/sandwich cart
vendor, but couldn\'t arrange for photography or adequate stage lighting
and sound or programs? I was horrified to learn that it only worsened
after the 3-hour delayed afternoon awards were completed. Dancers ended up
having to perform after midnight, with some of them being forced to dance
in as many as 8 routines back to back. In no way is that acceptable.
Dancers dancing full out cannot be expected to change in the wings of an
open vendor hall & repeatedly return to the stage within minutes of
performing. The whole experience was a nightmare. Zero stars.
My wife and I began attending these dance
competitions with our daughter when she was 5 years old. She is now an
instructor (soon to be 28-years old) at the studio where she grew up with a
7-year old daughter of her own.
In all our years of attending such
events, we (our entire family) have never experienced anything like we did
on 18 APR...
It was the most disappointing, disorganized, and disturbing
event we\'ve ever attended.
Disappointing because we expected a
company with all their years of experience to deliver what they indicated
in the announcements and advertisements for their competition ... they did
* * *
Disorganized because we expected that the program of the
sequence of events and order of the routines would certainly help us keep
track of when our dancers were to perform and when we could plan for meals
and snack... it did not. There were no programs...! (sigh)
Disturbing because the actual \"dressing room\" area was an open
area of the center surrounded by black material curtains on temporary
stands through which anyone could walk at any time;
entry to the floor was down a set of stairs/escalators with a landing that
overlooked the dressing area on the opposite end of the
You know, it makes it clear to me that perhaps
Competition Hub might come up with a set of criteria that parents, dancers,
owners, and instructors might use to give these competitions awards for
their performance - much like they give awards to our dancers for their
I\'m willing to offer something
Let me compose it, and offer it here (or a link
Anyone else think this idea might be worthwhile?
understand that this forum is for exactly that purpose;
however, we all
have our own notions of what went wrong...
perhaps a short list of major
night give us all and better base from which
It is an absolute joke to even classify Marvonna as a dance competition.
arrived to no programs because they had not arrived yet and we would
getting them as soon as they got to a venue which was a complete
because we NEVER got them. Then they announced that they could not
their computer system synced up to do judging so they had to go
school\" which meant writing on paper. This allowed the judges
watch the routines hardly at all. Then because they couldn\'t
how to add to get scores together our kids sat on stage for
an hour waiting
for awards that were already 2 hours late. They
scrambled and asked STUDIO
OWNERS to come help add up scores...not a
conflict of interest at all. Then
those same studio owners were up on
stage handing out awards. The awards
were all wrong. Overalls were not
correct. The announcer started calling
our adjudications that were not
even in their rules online so no one knew
what they were receiving. When
asked the director said from stage she would
explain after all awards
had been giving out like that would make a
backstage help or stage managers. You had to check
each routine with the
sound woman who had no idea what she was doing
because the original
sound person just didn\'t show up. Also wrong
trophies were given
because the trophy company they ordered from messed up
The judges were never introduced and
didn\'t even know their credentials so who even knows who they
were. They wore Marvonna merchandise from the store instead of
professional. For all I know they could have been random friends
owner since she couldn\'t get any of her staff to show up to
also meant they had no idea how to score ANY of the kids that
I seriously hope anyone who looks at these reviews
take them into
GREAT consideration. I have never dealt with
unprofessionalism in all my life.
This was the most disappointing competition we\'ve ever experienced! It
also happened to be the most expensive. The information on the website was
vague at best. But, did state that the competition was to last from Friday
until Sunday. Then, TWO days before the event we finally receive the
schedule stating the competition is actually a ONE day event. We arrive at
the convention center, where there are NO signs to direct us and find that
we are on the expo floor, on the bottom level on a concrete floor. They
set up chairs in rows on the floor in front of a poorly constructed excuse
for a stage. The \"judges\" were elevated between the make shift stage
and audience, making it very difficult to see the performances. There were
no programs or any sort of printed schedules. We had NO way of knowing
when our dancers would go on or why the competition was running THREE HOURS
BEHIND. They offered no explanations or apologies. The awards were a joke!
They made NO sense at all and were nothing like what is listed on the
Marvonna website. The \"dressing room\" was an area of curtains to the
right of the audience where anyone and everybody walked through at
anytime. No privacy what so ever! Left with a very tired and disappointed
dancer. This is one very unsatisfied dance mom.
I\'ve never been so disgusted by a dance competition and I\'ve been
competing for 10 plus years. This competition had no program so we had no
idea when we were supposed to be on stage because the competition was
running 3 HOURS BEHIND! Awards that were supposed to be at 9:15 started at
11:30. I didn\'t get home until after midnight! The dressing room was
blocked off by curtains and men would walk into our dressing room and you
could easily see straight into the dressing room from the balcony across
the convention center. They had no \"working\" computer system so we
had to wait an hour for them to add up scores before awards even started!
They gave out the wrong awards and some kids didn\'t even get an award
for their solo or group numbers! There were no stage lights and the stage
was very shaky and small. The music messed up for several of the dances and
wasn\'t loud enough to hear. The judges look at their writing more then
the dancers and the director of the competition was very disrespectful.
This competition was very unorganized and not fun at all.
Hands down the worst competition we have ever attended. I can confirm all
of the complaints from all the other posters for this event. I would also
like to add there was literally a dance teacher standing up in the audience
coaching a dancer who was on stage doing her solo. She went through the
whole routine doing this as the dancer mirrored her. It was that easy for
dancers to see the audience. Then, that teacher was helping the Marvonna
staff during award ceremonies? Seriously? Another thing that bothered me
was the lack of security other than the doors being locked after a certain
time. I wasn\'t expecting to be there as late as we were so I just had
snacks and didn\'t go to get dinner for my dancer until late...around 11.
I came back with her food to find ALL doors locked. I pushed a button to
try to get the staff to let me back in with no answer. Luckily a parent
was leaving and he was able to let me back in. I do not have one good
thing to say about this competition. No programs,horrible set up,
ridiculous and confusing scoring and I have no confidence that the scores
were correct. My dancer didn\'t even want to keep her boxed trophy.
Very unhappy dancer and mom here!!
1 star is too high! I also hate giving a review under the name Marvonna
because I\'m sure they will change the competition name soon, if they
even do comps again at all! This was by far the worst competition I have
ever seen. EVER! No stage lights, no program books so no one had a clue
who was competing against who, and in what level, sound system that was
horrible and the person running it never turned her microphone off so the
feed back was awful, awards were scheduled for 2:15 and started at 5:30,
and the 9:15 awards started at 11:45. The director of the comp even said
\"be sure to listen carefully when we call your name, as I\'m sure we
have goofed up somewhere\"!?!?!? Wrong trophies were handed out, and
some they did not even have. Wrong top overalls were called. The judges
did everything by paper and were looking down way too much, and were raised
up in front of the stage so no one could see, as guests sat in chairs and
not stadium seating! Kids sat on the stage for an hour at least to wait to
get the results. No apologies were given by Marvonna for the chaos. The
line ups were sent out late. The staff was not kind. Disaster!!
If there were an option to give negative stars, I would. My daughter dances
with the studio that was scheduled for 8+ back to back dances in the last
hour of the show. What many of you don\'t know is that the competition
was scheduled that way to begin with! We did not receive the breakdown
until Thursday and immediately noticed that our dances were scheduled so
close it would necessitate changes in the wings. My daughter\'s solos
were just 8 minutes apart. In 7 years of competing, this was the worst
experience we have ever had. No programs, mislabeled trophies STILL in
their boxes, no way of knowing if adjudication is correct and other studio
owners \"helping\" to tabulate scores, horrible sound system that gave
feedback in the middle of some dances and was barely audible during others,
unstable stage with TAPE ALL OVER IT in an expo hall when a performing arts
center is in the same complex, MEN IN THE DRESSING AREA because it was
merely a set of curtains, and unfriendly and incompetent staff. However --
THANK YOU to all of the other parents, dancers, studio owners, and dance
teachers in attendance. I was very impressed with the way that everyone
handled what was a very miserable day, pitching in where necessary and
trying to be as positive as possible for our girls and boys and fellow
WARNING: WORD ON FLOOR OF COMPETITION TONIGHT WAS THAT THIS WAS THE LAST
MARVONNA COMPETION. Which explains all the information reported in the
previous reviews of this competition. I will add a bit more. The venue was
in an open exhibit hall. Curtains were used to create an open dressing
area in the back of the hall. Unfortunately a balcony overlooked the hall,
which made the dressing area visible. It appears that the organizers gave
out their leftover trophies, because they all had the same rating on them.
I am sure that they never ordered programs. The competition was changed
from a 3 day to a 1 day, 2 days prior to the start date. The judges did
not appear to be watching the dancers, and 2 of them were wearing matching
sweatshirts that appeared to be from a dance studio. And as mentioned
before, one studio was forced to perform the last 8 dances. Several of
these dancers were injured during the last dance, and event coordinators
ignored them as they lay on the floor. And then the woman who announced
the awards had the nerve to carry a chair onto the stage and sit because
she was tired. And finally, there were no instructions on parking for this
event. The parking deck across from the entrance to the Convention Center
was locked up when we returned at midnight, leaving my daughter and I to
wander through a poorly marked maze of stairwells and corridors to get to
our car. Not only did all of today\'s dancers deserve more respect, but
this was a dangerous situation to put dancers in. Shame on Marvonna. Not
sure how you can live with yourselves after today. And I did not give this
competition even one star. It seems that this site will not allow you to
give less than one.
Where to even start... This is how NOT to run a competition. The owner
didn\'t bother to double check her own reservation with the venue, there
were no programs available whatsoever (Kinko\'s anyone?), no runners
and/or stage manager(s), and they went completely out of order without any
regard for studios with multiple numbers. One studio was left, and the end
of the night, with 5+ dances back to back with girls literally changing
costumes in the wings. This was after running almost 3 hours behind
schedule... Not to mention their computers wouldn\'t sync, so they
recruited instructors from another COMPETING studio to help tally scores
and hand out awards. (Conflict of interest??) The sound tech had a VERY
negative attitude, the awards that were given out did not match those on
the website, and due to having to having to do it all by hand, MANY
awards/overalls were either incorrect or missed completely.
years as an instructor behind me, I can easily say this was by far the most
unprofessional experience. I wouldn\'t even call this a learning
experience; it was a flat out waste of time, energy, and money.
STUDIOS BEWARE: There werent any programs available so we were on our own
to stay on track, there was no stage manager (you had to check in dances
with the sound technician up front), awards system based on something NOT
on their website listed in their rules, judges who were writing more than
they were watching, ran three hours behind schedule, teachers from other
studios assisted running the awards ceremony because they were short
staffed, and skipped around so much that they left one studio running back
to back dances with the same dancers (they were literally stripping side
stage). The most unprofessional and most unorganized event I have ever been
to in my 10 years of teaching! Don\'t waste your money!!!
If I could do negative stars I would. The most unorganized,
unprofessional, mistake ridden experience we have ever experienced. Not to
mention running three hours behind and keeping us there until past
midnight! The scoring was not even what was reflected in their rules and
they had assistance from other dance studio people to tally scores. How
unethical is that? Sure they had computer problems but seriously?!?! Thank
goodness for our wonderful studio for their hard work and we will just
chock this up as a learning experience!
STAY AWAY!! One of the owners quit saying, \"questionable
practices by my partner\". We felt we were being extorted by
the son (as
it turns out he\'s a criminial with multiple aliases) to
go to the
convention Kickstart. Good thing we couldn\'t because all
quit the convention! There are many other reputable
companies out there to
give your hard earned money.
This is my favorite competition!
Very professional, great staff and super organized!
Weird vibes around this comp........
My first Marvonna...Awesome!! Sooo professional and I can\'t say enough
about Marianne and the fabulous staff that was so friendly and helpful. The
opening group act was beyond all expectations. I dearly loved little Alicia
giving out trophies. The competitors entered in this were so talented.
I was recently at a Marvonna dance competition in Louisburg, NC and was
quite impressed with their operation. The Marvonna folks seemed to really
have their act together. Everything started on time, was well paced and,
from my viewpoint, went glitch free over two full days. Really looking
forward to the next one!
We compete with them every year and the atmosphere is very professional.
Love it! My daughter had the best experience this week-end in Louisburg,
NC. I can\'t say enough about Marianne and the professional staff that
was present. Thank you for putting the minis in the afternoon instead of
bright and early in the morning. The awards, scoring, and stage was
great!!! Can\'t wait til Supply, NC in June....
I enjoyed Marvonna dance competition in Louisburg NC. The judges were fair
And the scores were based on knowledge from judges and precision in
It was a great competition with some wonderful talent !!!
Loads of Technical Issues, Weird Scoring System, no category awards. 2 of
the judges on the panel had clogging backgrounds, only routines that
clogged scored high. Jazz routines scored very low then when we received
our video critiques, the judges said nothing. I have 3 videos of almost
silence with the occasional \"nice\" \"good job\". Very
disappointing for a competition that has been around for 15 years.
Started earlier than they had told us, then ran 45 minutes behind schedule.
Hey there We are truly sorry that we ran over 45 minutes, when we schedule
the shows the system will tell us of any possible conflicts that we may
have. Unfortunately on the actual day of the show we can not foresee any of
the problems that may arise. Due to this sometimes we will run a little
behind. We also experienced a few computer issues the day of the show and
handled them as quickly as possible. We did in fact start on time with what
the itinerary said that was sent to the studio. I know originally we said
noon because we couldn\'t get into the facility to set up until that
morning. After we received more entries we felt it best to start sooner so
you guys didn\'t have to stay later. We truly appreciate each one of our
contestants,parents and teachers and we are making improvements on a daily
basis to make things better for you guys. Thank you so much for your
comment and we hope to make it 5 stars next year!
Had a blast! Fun and organized.
Thanks so much!! We did to! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with
us, and look forward to seeing you again!!
Love taking my daughter to Marvonna, they are amazing. The staff is always
helpful. Love how they recognize all the dancers.
Thank you so much!! Marvonna was created 15 years ago for this very reason.
To make sure all dancers were treated fairly based on the level of dance
they entered. After all dance competitions should also be a learning
experience for the dancers. We also make sure are staff never treats anyone
like a number, we try to treat you as if you are guest in our home! Ill be
sure to pass your kind words on to our staff this weekend. We are very
thankful for the 5 stars and hope to see you again!!
So much fun! They are the best. Can\'t wait for Nationals!
Wonderful competition that recognizes dancers at every level. The owners
and staff are friendly and helpful. The judges are fair and knowledgeable.
My daughter always has a positive experience!
I honestly can not say enough good things about this competition!! We just
spent the weekend with these guys, and it was an amazing experience.
Everything as usual ran smoothly and on time. We have never had an issue
with this competition the directors are amazing the back stage manager was
so nice and attentive which made the day so much better. Are scores were
exactly what i thought they should have been. Im sure the judges were top
par as usual but we haven\'t gotten the critiques back yet. We will have
them monday and I will stop back buy and leave another comment. THIS is how
you run a competition! EVERYONE on staff is so nice and professional!! Even
the sound guy knows how to run a competition the music is always right for
each type of dance (for example loud for the cloggers soft for the lyricals
and tap and BUMPING for the hip hop!!) We will be back and i strongly urge
everyone else to join them as well!! Love Maryann and Lavonda as well GREAT
GREAT GREAT competition!!
Judges appeared to be knowledgeable, ran on time
Changing my review. Although we did have a positive experience at
Marvonna\'s comp, they tried to shake us down with their convention
Kickstart (which never happened). Weird vibe around this competition.
I love this competition!! The only issue was understanding their scoring
because it was so different!! :)
Fun competition. Only wish that they would change their national weekend
to another weekend it is the same time as another national that we enjoy
competing so we always have to choose between.
Always a fun competition. We attend every year and everything always goes
smoothly and the staff is grrat.
Awesome competition! Great, fun and caring staff! Had a wonderful time!
some reason.. didn\'t seem as stressed and chaotic as most
We just tried it for the first time last month and I am so glad we
They ran on time and most of the time ahead of scheduled which
fantastic. Excellent critiques, with specific feedback about what
improvement and what to do and work on. The best we have ever
actually. Our parents were so pleased. Overall, a great
experience and we
will surely be back!
Best competition my studio has ever entered. The staff is very friendly and
accommodating and make the day fly by. The show ran on time. (actually
finished a little early) The judges were very knowledgeable and fair. I
will be going back!