Dancers and their families, should be aware of and prepared for the following:
Being a part of a team
Joining our intensive program is joining a family. You will be accountable to that family throughout the year. As a part of our family, you will be expected to make dance a priority. The following is expected of ALL intensive dancers and their families: attending class regularly, practicing at home, staying informed on studio events and policies by reading newsletters and emails, arriving on time and prepared for all dance events, and maintaining a positive attitude (parents and dancers) at all times when at the studio or a YAA event.
Competitive classes require a much higher level of commitment then Recreational or Triple Threat classes. Once you have committed to a class, attendance should take priority. Unlike team sports there are no substitutes to take your place and the team is only as strong as their weakest member. Dancers must attend all classes unless ill. Students who miss class put the entire team at a disadvantage, due to the fact that they must be taught the missed material while the rest of the class repeats what they covered the week before. This causes restlessness and boredom to replace interest and activity. As a result, if a dancer misses a competitive class, they will be expected to book a private lesson at their parent’s expense. If more than three classes are missed, a dancer may be asked to step down from that class. Dancers are expected to practice at home, for their own benefit as well as the benefit of their classmates. For younger dancers, parental encouragement and involvement in home rehearsal is required.
Dancewear and Grooming
A dress code will be enforced. Studio leotard and tights must be worn in all competitive classes. Dancers will also require quality dance shoes, which, depending on style, can cost up to $100.00 for new shoes. Part of being an accomplished dancer is learning to be well groomed. At competition and exams, part of your mark is on grooming and appearance. It is important to style your hair correctly when coming to class, not only to enable you to dance well, but also to give you practice for performances. Improper dance-wear can hinder your ability to learn efficiently and dance correctly. Your teachers need to clearly see arms, hips, knees, and feet so they can critique you accurately.
Costumes & Make-up
For each competitive dance, you will require a costume, costing upwards of $100.00, as well as performance tights, hairpieces, makeup and possibly special shoes. Competitive dancers are required to wear professional stage makeup to all performances. A makeup application tutorial will be given to teach parents and older dancers how to apply the makeup. You will need to purchase your own makeup all of which can be found at your local drug store.
Dancers will participate in 3-4 competitions a year. Fees for group members are approximately $45 per dance, per competition. Competitions run for a week at a time, from morning to night, so it is possible that you will need to miss school for 2 to 3 hours for each dance. Schedules will be released 1-2 weeks prior to each event.
Knowing When You Are Ready
Being a part of our competitive dance program can be a truly rewarding experience for students and their parents. However, it is not right for every family, and most certainly not something to which we would want you to feel pressured into committing.
Both dancers and their parents must be able to meet the requirements of the competitive program. A dancer may be technically and emotionally ready, but if their parents are not able to accept the time and financial commitment, it will not be a positive experience for their child. Students can benefit from taking Triple Threat for many years. Each year offers new routines, choreography and experiences. If a dancer wants to enhance their current class schedule, but the family is not yet prepared to take on the commitment of competitive dance, we recommend that they supplement with a ballet class, technique class and/or a secondary Triple Threat class. Students can also add a semester of Recreational dance to achieve additional performance and class time. If you have questions or are not sure if this program is right for you at this time, please set up an interview with Miss Meghann to discuss your options.
INTENSIVE DANCE STYLES AND REQUIREMENTS:
CORE CLASSES – These are the foundational classes upon which all other dance styles are built. Young dancers should build a foundation in these three styles before moving on to explore our other programs.
BALLET - Age 5 +
TAP - Age 6 +
JAZZ - Age 6 +
TECHNIQUE CLASSES – These classes are designed to supplement your performance classes by building your basic technique, strength, endurance and flexibility through repetition and routine.
CONDITIONING & FLEXIBILITY - Age 11 +
JAZZ TECHNIQUE - Age 8 +
TAP TECHNIQUE – Age 10 +
ACRO TECHNIQUE - Age 7+
SUPPLEMENTARY CLASSES – These classes can be added to a dancers schedule once a foundation in the core styles and technique classes is established.
BROADWAY (Song & Dance - Age 8+ / Musical Theatre Age10+)
Dancers wishing to pursue BROADWAY must also be training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet & Jazz Technique.
LYRICAL - Age 9 + Students wishing to take Lyrical will be required to also take jazz and 2 Ballet classes.
POINTE - Age 10 + Students wishing to study pointe must be recommended by a ballet instructor. They will be required to take 2 Ballet classes in addition to their pointe class.
MODERN/CONTEMPORARY – Age 13+ Students wishing to take Modern/Contemporary must be enrolled in Jazz/Lyrical & 2 Ballet classes
HIP HOP - Age 6 +
ACRO PERFORMANCE – Age 8+ Students wishing to take Acro Performance will be required to also take Jazz, Ballet & Acro Technique. Skills requirements must be met prior to acceptance.