Some qualifiers are perhaps closer to dance schools than others maybe, for us our nearest was an hour away. If this is the same for others it possibly reduces the number of group dances.
Some dance schools are smaller, some new to this so don’t have as many entries.
Some schools maybe aware of sections that always have less entries so may create dances for those sections- just a thought.
For the sections I watched I witnessed some beautiful and strong dancing and did agree on the whole with placings.
Good luck to those who did make finals, i hear the southern regionals were very good too.
Sorry to those who are disappointed too, my experience of adjudication is always like this. I was just proud my dc did their best. Dance has got to be one is the hardest things to judge, unlike other sports where it’s down to clear goals etc.