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WHAT IS COMPETITIVE DANCE?

Competition class is different from the other combination classes at The Ballet Studio. Dancers not only train at the barre, but they further develope their flexibility and technique through extensive stretching and progressions across the floor. The competitive dancer is ready to take dance to the next level, which is showcasing her/his talent at Regional competitions. Our classes consist of serious dancers who have the dedication to attend class regularly. Although The Ballet Studio is a recreational school, a number of our competition dancers have been chosen to dance in professional groups on the east coast.

COMPETITION TUITION & FEES for the 2017/2018 Dance Season . . .

FEES PERTAINING TO THE 2017/2018 COMPETITION DANCE SEASON

JUNIORS (levels 1 and 2) $58.00/month - $116.00/payment

SENIORS (levels 1 and 2) $58.00 /month - $116.00/payment

LEVEL 2.5 $53.00 /month - /$106.00/payment

LEVEL 3 (one hour each Saturday) $53.00 /month - $106.00/payment for Sundays.

LEVEL 3 (two hours each Saturday) $99.00/month - $198.00/payment for Sundays.

Mandatory Guest Teacher Workshops and Ballet Classes - Our JUNIOR and SENIOR dancers must attend either of the two workshops (please see calendar on the competition updates page). The total cost is $80.00/per each four hour workshop. Dancers who would like to attend both workshops may attend the second for half the cost, which is $40. The workshops are important for our competition dancers, helping to strengthen their technique, along with attending regularly scheduled weekly classes. The fees for the workshops and classes are due by September 27th and are non-refundable. The schedule and registration forms for the workshops will be given out by Miss Sherri at the first class in September.

All students will be contacted via email throughout the season by our competition staff with updates about competition dates and locations.

Competition workshop information for the summer of 2017 is posted on the summer dance page and the studio calendar.

OUR COMPETITION STAFF

Miss Sherri Di Stefano - Competition Director, instructor, and choreographer for level 1, 2 and 2.5 dancers.

Miss Cara Jorgensen - Choreographer and instructor for students performing solos, and level 3 dancers.

Miss Amanda Ruzich - Choreographer and instructor for students performing solos, duets, and trios.

Miss Erika Houseworth Miss Kristin Ranke Brown - Choreographer and instructor for students performing solos, and duets.

3 PILLARS OF OUR COMPETITIVE PROGRAM

I. Technique: Body lines/placement, basics, control

II. Stage Presence: Expression/smile, eye contact, showmanship, and confidence

III. Performance: Timing to music, transitions, precision

TWO GROUPS OF COMPETITIVE DANCERS

JUNIORS (grades 2 to 6)

SENIORS (grades 7 to 12)

FOUR LEVELS OF COMPETITIVE DANCE ***** AGES FOR EACH GROUP MAY CHANGE EACH DANCE SEASON BASED ON THE NUMBER OF COMPETITION STUDENTS PER YEAR!

LEVEL 1 - This is for the recreational dancer who takes 2 dance classes weekly (which includes competition class). She/he wants to have fun, but also experience competition program. Dancers at this level will progress to level 2 based on teacher recommendation.

LEVEL 2 - This is for the competitive dancer who takes 2 or MORE dance classes weekly. The dancer is characterized by having strength in technique, stage presence and dance skills.

LEVEL 2.5- This level is for the competitive dancer, entering grades 6 to 11, and who wants to move into the smaller level 3 group, but will need to transition from level 2 to level 3 by working with a small group before making the move to level 3. Students in level 2.5 who are showing growth and improvement will move into the level 3 group based on the open spots due to the graduating seniors who are leaving the level 3. All Dancers in level 2.5 must attend a recreational class and the Wednesday competition class. The age of students moving into to level 3 are dancers who are in at least 9th grade, or who have missed the cutoff for 9th grade, but will be entering 8th grade (older 8th graders).

LEVEL 3 - This is for the competitive dancer who expresses the desire to attend more weekly classes (at least 4) and plans to focus primarily on dance as his/her extra-curricular activity. This dancer has also been a part of the The Ballet Studio competition program for a minimum of TWO FULL years. ALL level three dancers MUST participate in POINTE CLASS and/or BALLET TECHNIQUE CLASS AT THE BALLET STUDIO each week.

All level 3 first year students will begin in the large group, and then move into a small group consisting of 5 to 9 dancers based on the amount of openings in each small group and at the discretion of the instructor.

*A Calendar will be given out by the competition staff the first week of classes with dates and times for rescheduled classes due to cancellations on Easter, Memorial Day weekend, the day after the recital, and all 3 competition weekends.

SOLOS, DUETS, TRIOS and SMALL GROUP DANCES

Students in level 2, 2.5, and level 3 may perform a solo, duet, or a trio dance in one, two, or all three of the competitions. These dances will be performed only during competitions, not in the recital. Please see Miss Sherri for more information. These dances will be taught by Miss Kaitlyn, Miss Cara, Miss Amanda, Miss Alyssa, and Miss Victoria. The cost of each solo session is $200.00 per dancer for all 6 sessions, $100.00 per dancer for all 6 duet sessions, and $50.00 per dancer for all trio and small groups for all 6 sessions. Payment is due IN FULL by March 31st. Each dancer will have a total of 4 sessions in their solo, duet, trio, or small group dances in the summer, and then 2 additional sessions at the studio, with ALL dancers competing is solos, duets, trios, and small groups, during the dance season. In addition, dancers will practice these dances at the Community Center in the spring. Schedules will be made by each instructor after sign ups are complete.

NATIONAL INFORMATION

The Ballet Studio, if invited, may enter The National Competition for one of the three competitions in which we have competed. A decision to go to Nationals will be made by the competition staff after the regional competitions are completed. Participation in the National competition is not mandatory. Some dancers, due to prior commitments, may be unable to attend.

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AttenDANCE (it even has dance in it) Policy for ALL competition dancers...

Our competition staff will give this information to the students at the start of each new season

*Dancers will be contacted by someone from the competition staff after two UNEXCUSED classes are missed to let them know that they may only miss one more class before being taken out of the first competition. An UNEXCUSED absence is one OTHER than an illness,injury,or an important family function.

ATTIRE and DANCE SHOES

Dancers are to wear any color dance attire to class each week. Dancers may wear Suntan or black tights. Please do not wear sweatshirts, sweatpants, or baggy t-shirts. PLEASE DO NOT WEAR SOCKS IN PLACE OF DANCE SHOES! Instructors will let students know in September which shoes should be worn on a weekly to each class. If a specific dance requires another type of shoe for the competitions or recital, dancers will be instructed by mid October.

SPRING COMPETITION INFORMATION

All regional competitions are held in the spring. Please be advised that the directors of each event schedule the ENTIRE weekend for the competition. You will find out the day/days and times you will be performing one week prior to the event. Dancers must be available at any time once the schedule is set. Each organization charges a fee per dancer (per dance) to attend. All family members and friends may attend the competitions for no extra charge. All fees are non-refundable, and MUST be handed in BY THE DUE DATE. The tentative spring schedule will be given out as soon as it is received. All competition fees will be due by a specific date by February 1st as indicated by the competition staff. . Please do not include the fees with your regular dance tuition. All levels will compete in THREE competitions. All Level 2 and 3 dancers will do ALL of their dances in all THREE competitions. All Level 1 dancers will compete in all THREE competitions in the production number only. Level 1 dancers will perform the production number AND their other competition dance, which is learned during the season, in both recitals. This allows the Level 1 dancer to transition into the competition program gradually. There will be practices in March and April at the Community Center in Bordentown. A schedule wil be given out as the dates get closer.

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A REMINDER TO ALL OF OUR AWESOME DANCERS...

LOVE WHAT YOU DO! DO WHAT YOU LOVE!

Please visit our Competition Updates and Reminder page for important dates, information, and competition awards.


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