I feel it is *** and a scam. The parents or "sponsors" pay all this money to get their daughter(s) into the pageant, and I feel you pretty much pay your way in, that it didn't have anything to do with talent, poise, confidence, anything.
In the open call session, they spent about 2 mins with my kiddo and put her in the state finals based on that. Now, I think she is absolutely amazing. With thay said, I have a hard time believing someone can make it into a legitimate pageant based on that. We received the call that she made it to state within a few days.
We went to the first session and had to bring our first half of the sponsor money. They spent about an hour with the girls who got to go on a pretend stage and say their name, what city they're from, and what they wanted tl be when they grew up. They also got a chance to walk on the stage in their shoes they would chose for finals. Totally worth $240, right?!
I didn't enter my kiddo in any extra competitions because we just don't have the cash and also because these extra competitions weren't supposed to have anything to do with the final pageant. The 3 categories to win state were to be based on personal intro, interview, formal wear, and 10% for community involvement, which meant all you had to do was bring a school supply item. Over 3 days there were a series of workshops and practices. For the required practices, they were about 30-45 mins.
How is a 4,5,6 year old supposed to remember a dance routine they spent 30 minutes practicing one day and like 15 mins the next day? The workshops were spread out, so we had TONS of time in between. They had it at Hotel Murano in Tacoma (the financial district?), so there was really nothing to do in between. The final day of the show was the same thing--practice, break, formal wear comp, break, practice, break, then finally the actual show.
The other thing that pissed me off was that they gave away trophies for the optional contests during the finale, which I think they should've done at a seperate time because there were a lot of kids looking around like what in the heck is going on and why don't I get a trophy, as the same 5 girls keep getting trophies because their parents could afford to enter them in the alternate comps. Every girl DID get a trophy for competing, which was awesome, but over $600 for a $22 trophy is bs.
There were a ton of people there from NAM to help with all this stuff, but it was so impersonal. Pretty much the wholr thing was ***!
Reason of review: Pricing issue.