FAQs about the Competition Team
Each year, competition invitations go out in October and practices start in November.
1. What are the requirements for being considered for the team?
Dancers must be 5 years old, have a good attendance record, and show that they are excelling and want more of a challenge. One must be enrolled in a regular class to be considered for that style of dance for competition (i.e. if you take tap, you can only be invited to tap). Typically, new students selected have 1-4 years of dance experience.
2. My child meets those requirements. Why weren’t they invited?
It should be noted that (at this time), there is not a competition line for every age and every style. This is the reason why we don’t host auditions; there isn’t a spot for everyone. In some cases, there are only a certain number of spots that can be filled in a group. If previous year competition students return, there may be fewer spots open to new students in groups. Ask the teacher what your dancer needs to work on. There’s always next year.
3. What are the time commitments?
Competition lines meet once weekly with extra rehearsals before competitions. We attend 2-3 regional competitions in the spring and occasionally one nationals competition in the summer. Competition dancers perform in local events like the Arts Festival, the Recital, etc.
4. I’d like my child to be in a solo, duo, or trio, what should I do?
One needs to be at an intermediate-advanced level to have the private lesson and to represent the studio at competition. If there is a competition group for your child’s age, they need to be a member of it for a year, first. They must be in the habit of practicing at home. There needs to be good communication between the dancer and teacher. Dancers need to show that they can apply corrections and talk to their teacher with questions/concerns.
We do like knowing the aspirations of our students so we can give opportunities. If you’d like to tell the director of your child’s goal, ask what your child needs to work on and ask in the spring. In the spring, the director/teacher can recommend classes for the fall (ie if technique is lacking, take ballet) that can help you reach the goal. Student progress can be assessed in class and on stage, in time for the fall competition invitations.
Getting a solo, duo, or trio (or group) invitation needs to be earned. It is ultimately the teachers’ and director’s decision whether your child is ready and with whom they should be paired. Do not be discouraged, but keep working!
5. What are the benefits for competing?
It’s a great experience for your dancer. They get to learn and be inspired by dancers from all over the state or the country. That inspiration becomes motivation for your dancer to set goals, reach for them, and achieve. They instill within themselves a sense of worth ethic and dedication that is applied in the studio and in every day life. Lastly, we frequently hear from parents that competing has helped boost their child’s confidence. They gain performance experience and friendships that last a lifetime.