Through participation in competitions, we hope to instill in each student a genuine respect and appreciation for dance as an art form. We hope to motivate students by exposing them to the highest caliber of talent and encourage each dancer to do their best every time they perform. For us, competition is an education.
We consider participation in competitions not simply part of our students’ training as dancers; it’s also an important part of how we influence them as people. With the right focus, the experience gained in competition can be an excellent source of self-confidence. If the dancers feel good about the performance and understand that they become better each time they go on stage, they are truly growing through the competition experience.
Hitting the stage and doing the best they can is what it’s all about. Whether they win (or which award they win) is secondary. Most of all, we encourage our dancers and families to have fun!
Accepting new team members for our 2019/2020 season!
We are forming the following Competition Teams for our 2019-2020 season:
Shimmering Star Team (Ages 7-9)
Shooting Star Team (Ages 10-13)
Team Requirements: Students will be required to take 1 ballet class and one elective class of their choice. They will also be required to take one competition class each week. In this class, they will work on special skills and learn to work as a team. This is where they will learn their choreography for their competition dance.
Specialties: In addition to a team dance, students may choose to learn a trio, duo, or solo routine. Consideration will be given to the student’s preference on style and instructor, but final decisions will be made by the team directors. Each dancer will need additional rehearsals for specialty routines, and it is strongly recommended that every specialty routine schedules a ½ hour with an instructor at least once a month.
Team Placement: If you and your child decide that competitive dance is a path you would like to explore, you must attend a placement class. These classes will help to determine which groups your child is placed into. There will be a placement class on Thursday, September 5th at 5:30pm. If you cannot attend this class, please let us know and we can schedule a private assessment for your child.
Competition/Convention Schedule: We will be attending 2 mandatory competitions this upcoming season. There are also several optional competition opportunities. In addition, we will be attending one convention in November. Dance conventions are full day or weekend dance intensives where you train in multiple styles with multiple teachers who are currently recognized in the world of dance. Conventions are a great way to break out of your comfort zone, try new things, and learn from teachers and styles that may not be offered to you every day. All Shooting Star team dancers are required to go to one convention. Rising Star dancers are strongly encouraged to attend but it is not mandatory.
Highlights from 2018/2019 Season
Hall of Fame Dance Challenge
I Found Myself – High Gold and Costume award
In My Blood – High Gold
Diva Dance Competition
I Found Myself – Ultimate Diamond and Student Choreography Award
In My Blood – Ultimate Diamond
Wings – Gold
I Found Myself – Gold and Special Judges Award “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”
In My Blood – Gold
Elite Dance Challenge
Wings – Elite Gold, 3rd Place Overall
I Found Myself – Elite Gold and Student Choreography Award
In My Blood – Elite Gold, 6th Place overall, Title – Emerging Artist Miss Senior Elite
Dance to Inspire
I Found Myself – Platinum
In My Blood – Platinum, 2nd Place overall
For more information please contact:
Holly Rondeau – DTDC Competition Director firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 981-8839
Hayley Rondeau – DTDC Assistant Director email@example.com (508)344-9815