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Our studio does not do national. Owner thinks it is a money grab and just a added expense to a already expensive season. The only national we do is for Highland dance which is a true national. There is only one Canadian Championship each year and the best dancers go as they usually are the provincial reps and are competing to rep Canada at the World's in Scotland.
For me nationals (Jazz and such) it is just another competition, and really do not care if the studio goes or not.
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Our studio plans an optional Nationals every other year, where students can compete solos or small groups. My daughter loves the competition and travel with friends, but her favorite part is the workshops associated with NYCDA. She enjoys learning from industry experts in New York City, as well as the Broadway audition experience. Although there is no real qualifier even for the more "prestigious" nationals like The Dance Awards and NYCDA, I can stomach it slightly more if there is a training component. 😉
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Reply with quote #28
We go to Nationals. And I enjoy it as does DD. I agree with what others have said though- it's really regional and very misleading and clearly a moneymaker for those holding the competitions. Hey DD's production number last year placed 3rd place at World Championships! Does that really mean that dance was the 3rd best in the World? Of course not. But it sure looks good on the studio's web page. I totally get that.
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I have mixed feelings on this. DD's current studio doesn't do nationals and I'm totally fine with that. We went to one for 2 years with the old studio. The competition was same old same old so I could have done without that but dd was asked both years to a special dance company and that was really worth it.
As far as people saying nationals is a lie that's not really true. It's that dance competition's nationals - the culmination of that competitions regional comps - bringing together dancers from different parts of the country. The only place that I've seen nationals hyped as a big thing was on that crappy Dance Moms reality show.
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Our old studio never went to Nationals, and it is an experience that I've wanted for my daughter - not just the dancing, but also the opportunity to bond with dance friends and their families. It always looks like a lot of fun when friends from other studios are posting pictures of their "vacation" at Nationals. Now that my daughter is a little older and much more serious about her training, however, the whole thing bugs me. It WILL conflict with summer intensives and other opportunities that she has earned and wants to pursue this summer. You would have a hard time convincing me that some meaningless "National Champion" title will mean more to her future than a week or more of dedicated training. We're going to Nationals this year, but I suspect it will be the last.
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Our studio only goes to The Dance Award. Competitive dance is already expensive as it is and I have no intention of letting DD dance professionally. So personally I am not sure a few grands are worth it for the experience.
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We have gone one year. My daughter took a solo because she was picked for one of a competitions national companies and was part of a big production that performed on the closing days.
Like others, it felt like a bigger regional. I was only willing to participate because it was in driving distance AND she begged. The production was a great experience for her. She stays in touch with the girls she met. She learned a great deal. That piece was the real lesson. The competition aspect was less of an impact. I am inclined to say I would never travel for one and if it was required of me, it would be a deal breaker. I would rather put the money in her 529 for college.
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Reply with quote #33
This is the first year DD's studio is doing nationals but it's only a handful of dances and solos or duet/trios if they choose to do them. It's so hard with the older girls graduating, families on vacation, etc.
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Never been to nationals. Never intend to attend them with a studio. If my DD's team in HS earns a spot, then yes, she will go, but not at these nationals where you have to earn just a gold or silver to attend.
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No I think it’s a waste of time and money in my opinion. We only do nationals every other year. I’m not looking forward to spending a week in Gatlinburg TN this June.
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We do Nationals every other year. When my DD joined, it was the "off" year and we were disappointed about not experiencing it in her first year. This July will be our 3rd nationals and I suppose it's nice to bond with our dance families. It's just a lot of monies to do so and I find it ironic when we attend one in another state, to compete with studios from our area on Long Island. If it had more studios from various states engaged in event, I might find it more worthwhile. We shall see if this year will be the best Nationals yet lol. So far, there are pros and cons to the two we have attended.
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If you view it as a prolonged, fun time with your dance family, then, sure, it's worth it. But, as already stated above, it really is just a glorified regionals. I didn't find the talent pool to be any deeper. We are not doing a nationals this year, and I'm pleased. Instead, I took my two dancers to Nuvo. We are here this weekend and having a blast. The talent is amazing, the classes are good. My kids already want to return next year.
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I agree that nationals in the commercial dance circuit is a lot like another regional, however - it tends to be bigger, in a fun location, and in my opinion, a great culmination to the dance season. If the nationals has a dance-off or a showcase competition, THAT in my opinion is the true nationals with only one winner.
The nationals that my daughter's high school team attends are more like a true nationals. Her team attends both USA Nationals and NDA Nationals. At the regional, only about half of the entries qualify to move on to nationals, and they will announce those during the awards. Then at the nationals, there are usually about 20-25 dances in each division. The first day is the preliminaries, and about 3/4 of those entries are cut and are done on day 1. Only about 5-6 will move on to the finals. There are usually lots of tears, and lots of cheers, in the lobby after the preliminary awards. Then during the awards for the finals, they will announce 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and finally, the winner. To win is a REALLY big deal. At NDA, for instance, it's at Universal Orlando Hard Rock Live (we just returned from this), and they are given medals, banners, a giant trophy, leather "National Champion" jackets, get to shop in a winner's only gear store, and be brought out onto a balcony for the crowd below to cheer on. It's pretty cool - but kind of a bummer when you get second. However, if you think about it, you won over 25 teams at that nationals, all who qualified at their own regional somewhere in the country where half of those entries were eliminated. If commercial competitions were to be more like a true nationals, it would definitely have to be more regulated. There are just too many fish in the pond for that to happen.
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Not at all. I see no difference between regionals and nationals. Same thing. We went to a nationals last year just had 2 nationals in 2 different cities. Not quite “Nationals”