great comp and convention!
This is by far, my favorite dance convention and competition we attend. The staff is positive, encouraging and so nice! Judging for the competition is extremely fair. They find something positive to say about each dance and dancer. Judges critiques are encouraging and helpful. The convention classes are fun and they give away so many scholarships and opportunities to the dancers, They also seem to value good training and technique, which a lot of the other west coast conventions/comps seem to be getting away from. We love NYCDA!!
NYCDA really needs to look at the size of the classes. Have been to many 10+ of their conventions. The most difficult is when they combine teens/seniors/ and then let college students attend as well. So many casualties and it makes it difficult to see what is being taught and to get any space to execute. Paying a lot of money and don't feel valued when not being given sufficient space and attention.
I have mixed feeling about NYCDA. I do feel that my child learns from the teachers there but I also feel it's all about the money. Over 300 kids in the junior and 400 in the teen room was crazy. In order to get to the front to see the teacher, you would need to take a few hits from other students, there were many girls that were hit in the eye or had their feet stepped on because it was so crowded. Joe tends to lecture the kids it's not about winning which I agree with but don't much emphasis on winning by showing videos of people winning and going to New York and seeing famous people. The closing show was way too long but I understand that they needed to announce all the winners.
The competition part was upsetting because they told our studio we would need to compete Thursday evening and then said the kids needed to return on Friday morning for the award ceremony. Surprise they had an award ceremony on Thursday night but most of the dancers had already left. Poor communication. The competition went way too late into the night, I think they forgot that these kids attend school all week and dance at their studios during the week only to do awards at 1 AM. Maybe they shouldn't have taken so many numbers and think about what's best for the dancers. Also, Joe told the kids numerous times that dance is not about competitions so why does he own/run 2 competitions? Very mixed messages this year, I'm hoping that it was an off year for NYCDA and they learn from their mistakes.
2016-2017 SEASON: Rough convention/competition for true minis with their
mini division being 7-10 years. Very little feedback (good or bad) on solo
audio critiques, which is always disappointing. However, I do think as my
dancer gets older, my opinion may change because older dancers at our
studio love it. She has attended past two years (as a 7 and 8 year old) so
it will be interesting to see how the next two years go.
AMAZING experience! It was definitely a convention I will attend in the
future. I learned many thing about dance, how to be myself as a dancer, and
even how to be myself anywhere! The faculty at NYCDA were incredible and
super fun! NYCDA makes dancers want to improve, to learn new things, to
grow as a dancer and a person, to be inspired by other dancers that
attended, and to be an artist! The only problem I had (which was super
minor and somewhat out of their control) was that that there was an
extensive amount of dancers that attended.
Great faculty and very professional. Absolutely love that they have
college scholarship opportunities for juniors and seniors. What a great
opportunity for them!
This is the cream of the crop. Attending NYCDA this past summer was an
inspiring experience beyond belief. I\'ve never left a comp/convention
this inspired. Top-notch faculty in the classes. The kids that go there are
excellent dancers, and you know that you have some serious talent and
competition around you which is unlike any other place. The opportunities
they give you with college scholarships and Broadway auditions is unlike
any other competition. Fair judging, but they\'re tough (A good thing).
Glad to say I\'ll be going back next year.
I love this competition!!! I highly recommend it to everyone for their
professionalism We went to that\'s entertainment and they were
HORRIBLE!!!! Rude and disorganized !! But this competition made us feel
welcome and definitely had a better flow with awards and overall event !
Rating is for the convention only - we did not compete. Facility
spacious, so despite the large number of students in each level,
plenty of room to move. Most teachers were engaging and gave
My dancer loved the Latin-inspired jazz piece they used
for auditions -
several from our studio taught it to their classmates
later in the week
because they wanted to keep doing it! We would
definitely go back, and hope
my studio considers competing next year.
Great faculty and people!! One of my favorites!!
My girls had a positive experience with NYCDA, overall. The teachers were
top notch! My only concern was with the room monitor for the Mini\'s
(Nashville). I did not know that there was a fee to watch my Mini (as I was
not asked to pay a fee to watch my youngest daughter). The room monitor did
not identify herself, but just kept asking me if I had a red bag. Long
story short, the monitor got a little bit forceful and rude (with even my 7
yo commenting about the monitor\'s behavior). After purchasing a red bag,
the staff explained that the bag is used instead of bracelets, to allow us
watch our children as they are being taught. Not a big deal...once
explained nicely. Perhaps a little better id of monitors and training on
how to approach others would have been better option.This was our first
NYCDA Convention, and I would love to attend another. I just hope my
youngest stops talking about \"that rude lady\".
Best convention with best teachers. 100% class act all the way!
Love NYCDA - We look forward to it every year. We really missed Joe in
Minneapolis this year!!
There was a lot of energy and learning. The teachers were wonderful!
So nice! Staff was great, nice venue, great crowd, great energy!
fantastic atmosphere focused on learning and collaborating in a comfortable
way while preparing dancers for the stress of a real-world audition.
Great experience overall. Competition and convention ran smoothly. Venue
(mobile convention center ,mobile al) was very nice and clean. Staff was
helpful. Judges critiques were very inspiring and helpful. Lots of awards
given which helps boost confidence of younger dancers. Video and photos
Outstanding classes with a top notch faculty!! Always on time and beyond
organized. This is a must attend each and every year!!!
Outstanding classes! My daughter said it was the most difficult convention
she has done so far, & she LOVED it!! She got helpful feedback from almost
every teacher & was able to come home & work on her own. The teacher that
made her day: Chloe Arnold!!! What a great spirit of a woman. My daughter
dances en pointe but she\'s a Hoofer at heart. Training with Chloe was
This is our favorite convention. We alway go to Philly to compete our group
number and the meadowland to compete our solos and duos. They draw the best
of the best and the competition is fierce.
Always enjoy NYCDA when they come to Nashville!! My daughter loves the
classes and I love the vendors!!! :)
We love NYCDA! The classes are challenging with great instruction in
ballet. The focus is on technique and the faculty really cares about the
dancers. Joe\'s parent forum is something I look forward to. He answers
the parents\' questions and gives great advice. We have been to nationals
three times and the opportunities are unlike any other nationals we have
attended - auditions, workshops and college scholarships. I highly
recommend this convention and competition. The judges critiques are very
amazing competition! Its great for beginners and professionals as well.
Staff was amazing, ran on time, rooms were not too over crowded, everything
about this competiton was great! Highly recomend!
have attended the last two years and my daughter has absolutely enjoyed
this convention. The combos are tough and challenging which provides for a
great learning experience. She remembers her combos from two years ago!
Teachers are very positive and really makes for a fun non threatening
environment. The only con I have is I wish the class sizes were smaller.
Typical for most conventions but the kids squish together to try and get
noticed but that ends up giving them no room to dance and end up kicking
each other. We will be back next year, still worth every penny!
As I write this review, I\'m incredibly torn. I love attending NYCDA.
It\'s run well, the judging is hard but very fair, I have only ever
encountered one teacher our girls didn\'t like, and their new venue for
Buffalo is so much better. Now here\'s where they didn\'t earn the
extra stars. It seems like the same kids are noticed and awarded every
year. They also happen to be the same kids who attend multiple cities. I
even spoke with a parent who said their studio director had taken
recordings of the audition combos from online and taught it to their
students before attending. Not surprisingly, they had a number of kids
receiving scholarships. I\'m all for the hardest working kids winning,
and I wouldn\'t say that is out-and-out cheating, but it is in a bit of a
gray area. My last complaint is about the general atmosphere. It wasn\'t
so competitive a few years ago, but it has gotten a bit cutthroat. On one
hand you have people saying it\'s all about having fun and the
experience. Then they lavish praise and attention on the kids who win. This
isn\'t even sour grapes as my daughter was there on a scholarship she won
last year. But she and her teammates noticed the big discrepancy in which
kids were chosen for things, and which ones felt like just a part of the
massive crowd. We\'ll definitely go back next year, I just hope some of
these things improve.
The instruction was good and the combos were lovely. But it was
inappropriately competitive for the younger dancers. Not all 11 year olds
are going to be auditioning for professional jobs, and even those who are
have years to learn the ins and outs of the business. No need to treat the
kids like little adults. There was no effort to make it fun - it was all
about work and getting ahead.
The rooms were very crowded, which we have
come to expect at conventions. So it was unfortunate that the instructors
told the kids they should never mark anything and should always dance full
out. A couple of dancers got kicked because people were dancing full out
way too close together.
Overall great convention, tough competition which we appreciate.
Getting so ready...cant wait to go!!!
Used to love this convention but
find out that
in the workshop
already knew the
including the audition
you have TWO
attended TWICE and is attending for a
third time in one season
what is the
bad for the
other kids in
disadvantage they were
name & even asked them to assist
telling the room how they already knew the combo anyway.These
teams will do
advantage at all
rather than honoring
NYCDA for allowing
now being able
audition combo. What
make sure we
one as what
dance gets such a bad
Heartbroken over the
downward turn this convention has taken.
Loved NYCDA. Can\'t wait to attend the Nationals in NYC! Love the
opportunities this organization gives to the dance world!
We had attended this in years past and it was challenging and fun
experience. This was the 1st attending again after 3 years and it was ok.
They say they are encouraging and positive experience, but I heard many
instructors calling out the kids in a not so positive, encouraging way. I
saw many confused faces on the students, who were struggling with the speed
that they were showing the combos.
NYCDA is a good organization overall, but the convention atmosphere has
taken a turn. This is our 3rd year coming as a mini. This year the room
was too small much less room enough for observers who paid $55 to watch. I
had to sit outside the room one of the days because it was so crowded.
Also, no one can see the footwork that the teacher is showing because it is
not set up well. The teachers themselves are great, but the atmosphere is
lacking. I would rather pay more and get the bigger room so that it is a
great experience rather than a fair experience.
We attended their regional convention and it was very good. Therefore,
attended their Nationals in NYC (made this our family vacation).
disappointed in the extreme overcrowding. I understand that
conventions can be crowded but this one crossed the line and
safety. The space they rented was not adequate for the
number of dancers
that attended. Even the area outside of the dance
rooms were so crowded
with people after classes let out that you were
working in a tight mob of
people, taking baby steps, pressed up against
others, until you were able
to reach the stairs. The rooms were so
overcrowded that is was not possible
to dance even close to full out.
Kids were being kicked and many looked frustrated. The stage was too low so
therefore, if you were not
tall, you could not see the stage. I feel
that this could have been
prevented by cutting off registration but I
guess in the end, it is all
about money. We won\'t be returning.
It was a fun convention. Good ballet. Did not like the Teens and seniors
being in the same room, it was too crowded
A truly great convention. Seemingly attracts the best of the best. My
daughter is looking forward to going to multiple NYCDA conventions next
We have attended twice and were impressed both times.
Been going to this convention in Pittsburgh for 20 years, always my
favorite. Love Joe!
Excellent reputation among high skilled young dancers in northeast
We have done this Philly convention for 4 years. Joe Lanteri was not
this year and boy was the atmosphere different! Usually the
exciting but this year it was blah. Joe\'s replacements
to know what they were doing nor were thy knowledgeable
enough to talk about the wonderful things NYCDA has done and hopefully will
continue to do. Quite disappointed this year.
Amazing competition and convention with very high quality instructors.
Could not ask for anything more!
The level of competition here is always amazing. And the class instruction
workshops are outstanding!
Always a favorite! Competition at NYCDA is always fierce, but no matter how
the results turn out, the dancers enjoy themselves and can\'t wait to
return in the next season.
Went to competition, ran smooth and judging seemed fair. Loved that special
awards were given out to many many dancers! Great stage!
New york is so great and the dancers are so committed i loved it
Would like to see tap qualified judges or at least one to judge tap.
Workshops too full!
Classes were fun for the kids.
I think one of the best conventions out there. The fact that they push
college as much as or more than commercial work is amazing!
reason I didn\'t give them 5 stars was due to their competition schedule
The venue we were at overbooked, so they were not able to
have competition on Friday night. They had competition on Saturday starting
at 3 or 4 and going until 1 am with two stages (one for solos/duets/trios
and one for groups). I had to run back and forth between the two stages and
even missed some of my dances because of it.
I understand that this
was most likely a one-time situation, but it was still
Besides that, love the faculty, love the message, love
Relatively new to the convention/competition world but have attended a
now with my daughters. NYCDA has been our best experience, nothing
come close yet (from both parent and child perspective). I felt it
most high-quality classes of the ones we have attended. The
not too large (full but the dancers could dance full
great stage and lightening for those
schedule was not insane (reasonable
Variety in that the classes didn\'t \"run together\" in
style and the teacher teaching
the classes knew that genre of dance
Very challenging but also fun
and encouraging,technique was
taught,excellent \"parent talks\"
Professional, ran on time
Excellent classes! Students favorite workshops.
Great convention! I love they judge on technique. We will definitely be
Great dance convention!! We were at the Pittsburg PA location. Joe Is
very down to earth and has great talks with the students and parents about
why we all spend our time and money on dance. Very positive experience
with Judging and fairness. Classes are great. They do go through the
routines rather quickly in classes, but the choreography is very creative
and age appropriate for mini level. We have already asked our teachers if
we can return next year.
One of our favorite conventions, be prepared for a technique focused
competition and convention. I love this for my daughter because their
audition is based on both a ballet and jazz combo reinforcing the need to
continue that ballet training and you are competing against the top dancers
in the area. If you have never attended an NYCDA I highly recommend you
add it to your list to try out.
Great well experienced teachers. They know what they are doing unlike many
newbie New York conventions.
NYCDA was a very big competition but without the chaos, had a good time.
One of the toughest competitions we\'ve attended with full workshops, but
its very organized and professional my daughter learned alot and enjoyed
herself. I loved shopping at the vendors :)
Very busy convention with high quality teachers.
some feel they favor contemporary, my impression is that they are
traditional (w the exception of Joey D).
Excellent convention & competition. Great learning experience and fun for
the kids! One of the best around!
This will be our first year attending but everyone I've talked with
absolutey loves this comp and workshop!
We really enjoyed this convention. The teachers were all exceptional -
passionate, serious and really pushed the kids to focus. The audition
process was a great learning experience as well. The assistants were really
Our favorite! The teachers are great, and the ballrooms are full but not
as crazy crowded as the other convention we usually go to.
Good convention. Very tough competition!
Great convention! Joe lanteri does a great job getting great teachers and
putting together a great experience for the kids, even though i believe it
is very contemporary driven. (contemporary, contemporary jazz, contemporary
ballet, etc.) however I feel the competition side suffers, awards is very
plain and dry. And like I said before about contemporary driven, the judges
are usually contemporary teachers/choreographers. Giving less chances to
the routines that are not contemporary of getting scored on par. Lets face
it we always root for the home team. But all in all this comp is good for
the advanced experienced solo dancers, and not so much the group performing
Great competition and convention!
We never miss this convention. We do not compete at this one because we
focus more on the classes and learning. We do compete at their sister
competition Onstage NY. Highly recommend both!!
Only attended the convention, but it was very good. Though crowded the
instructors did their best to split the group in half and have the front
section sit down every once in a while so the back could see. The
convention was run well and there was a very positive vibe throughout the
LOVE this convention! My kids walk away with so much and feel so
Enjoyed the convention just too crowded! Please split the kids up.
It\'s ok. Rude instructors, overcrowded rooms; not enough room for all
kids to dance at once. Didn\'t do the competition.
Liked NYCDA. Good classes and competition. Very crowded, especially in
the teen and senior room.
Haven\'t done competition, but the convention is great. My only wish is
that they would split the Teen/Seniors into two rooms as it is too crowded
and I think the kids would benefit more if there were 200 in the room as
opposed to 400.
Love the message that all the instructors send to the kids-large classes
but they had the kids change lines and used small groups. Great staff my
kids like every class and felt they learned alot
Can\'t comment on
competition as they do not allow independents to compete here .