Competition and Exams

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Recreational

Beginner to advanced levels of all disciplines are offered to students interested in studying dance technique for their own personal enjoyment. All students in this program learn the same dance skills offered in the competitive program. Exams are offered but not mandatory. Students receive a studio report card and year-end certificate, as well as special award ribbons upon completing the dance year. All students are given the opportunity to perform in our annual spring recital.

Competitive

The Competitive program is offered to students age eight and over, who demonstrate strong technical dance skills, and are ready and willing to take their dance studies further. Students enter this program through the audition process, and can compete in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theater and Acrobatics. Certain enrolement guidelines apply. Exams are mandatory for ballet, jazz and contemporary students. Students must be able to handle criticism in a positive way, as they will be judged and graded by various dance professionals on performance, overall ability and technical skills. Class work focuses heavily on both technical skill and performance skills, and can be very challenging. These students can expect to be called in for extra rehearsals as competition dates draw nearer. These students must travel out of town to compete against other studios throughout the province at least twice in a dance year. Parents of competitive students can shoulder all extra expenses, or join the fundraising committee already established. Students in this program are given several performance opportunities over and above recital. Competitive students receive a studio report card and year-end certificate as well as special award ribbons upon completing the dance year. They will also receive a year-end Competition Certificate, and any individual awards received or won during competition (medals, pins, ribbons, plaques, trophies), are theirs to keep. Choreography, Special Award, and High Score trophies or plaques for either individual or group routines remain the property of the studio. Soloist awards may me given to the individual at the discretion of the instructor.