What is Competitive Dancing?
Competition offers a higher level of dance training for your child. During the first month of classes students work on basic technique and steps that will be included in their routine. This month is treated like an audition and allows the instructor to get a feel for the group’s level. After that month any adjustments to the group will be made, and any students that do not make the cut will continue in recreational level dancing.
Students will spend the next couple of months learning challenging choreography and then perfecting the performance and presentation of the dance. Our troupe is planning on traveling to four competitions this year in Toronto, Peterborough, Ajax, and Kingston,. At these competitions students will have their routines judged against other routines from other dance schools across Ontario and even the United States.
What is the Cost of Competition?
There are additional costs associated with competitive dancing. First of all, students must take a minimum of three classes per week. These classes depend on the style of dance chosen. (See Below) Secondly, student’s costumes are more elaborate than recreational level costumes. They must be more durable and have original designs as part of a group’s mark is based on their appearance. As a result the cost of a competitive costume is around $200.00 per group. Finally, there are competition entry fees which range from $30.00 to $35.00 per group, per competition. These fees will be collected once it is confirmed which competitions the studio will be attending - usually early November. (Keep in mind that our studio does offer the chance to do fundraising throughout the year in order to subsidize the cost of competition – ask us for more information).
Are three classes a week required for ALL Competitive Students?
In order for you to get the most out of your dance training and improve at a rate that will allow you to be competitive, it is essential that students take 3 minimum of three classes a week. Over the years we have found that this is the perfect amount of time to train when beginning competitive dance. This allows you body to be prepared for the competitions, (such as improve flexibility and technique). Should you want to try more than one competitive class, it is suggested that you also increase your technique classes. Speak to one of our office staff for more information and guidance as to which classes would be best suited for you.
I really want to compete in jazz.
Why do I have to take ballet – or the other suggested classes?
As all other styles of dance depend on the basic technique of ballet, it is essential that all competitive students take ballet class. The only exception to this rule is for competitive hip hop – but even then it is strongly suggested that ballet be one of your three weekly classes. With jazz we also suggest a stretch and technique to work on your flexibility, which is another important component of competitive dance. As per above we have found that one class a week does not provide enough training for a student to be competitive, and that by training in other styles (such as ballet), it creates a strong, technical and well rounded dancer.
I’d like to compete with a solo. How do I get that opportunity?
Competitive Solo’s duets trio’s etc. are at the discretion of the Studio Director and Instructors. Students must have at least on year of competitive dance experience, and show promise in their chosen discipline. Overall technique, work ethic, flexibility, and personality on stage are also taken into consideration. Priority goes to senior students (aged 13 ), and those students taking 7 classes per week. Sign up and selection takes place in June for the following year’s competitive season.
Once again, competition is a very exciting and rewarding way to enjoy dancing. Students cherish the extra opportunities to perform, become part of a team, and love the added technical challenge that these advanced level classes provide.