Dance Co offers a competitive division for students looking to take their dancing to the next level. Dancers in our competitive program train with a team of well-matched peers, fostering a true feeling of team spirit! Commitment and class hours are higher than the recreational division with additional performance and competition attendance required. Mentored by our inspiring faculty, our competitive division dancers are constantly challenged to perform to the best of their abilities. Regardless of their level, our dancers are constantly moving forward with their training and achieving their goals through hard work and a passionate dedication to dance.
Our competitive classes are designed for the more serious dance student. The competitive Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop classes are based on two classes a week per discipline. Students prepare for competitions in choreography classes and develop their skills in technique classes. All competitive students are required to study Ballet in addition to their other classes (with the exception of Hip Hop and Tap). Competitive Hip Hop and Breakdance students are strongly urged to study both disciplines in conjunction, in order to strengthen all aspects of this style. Tap students are required to train in Ballet, Jazz or Exam Foundations to round out their training.
Auditions for this program occur in May of each year, with additional opportunities for assessment and placement on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance into the program is re-evaluated by audition on a yearly basis. These auditions allow our faculty to re-evaluate each dancer’s placement and determine where they will best learn and perform the following year. If you are unable to attend these auditions, please register in one of our summer schools or weekly classes for evaluation. Be sure to note your audition request on the summer registration form.
For more details on competitive division and requirements, please contact the Dance Co Office.
Sneak Peek Performance
Each year, Dance Co is proud to present a special “pre-show” in February. All of our Competitive, Intensive and Company groups as well as solo/duo/trio dance routines perform in this event. These special shows are a great opportunity for the dancers to perform their routines on stage for an audience prior to their competitions. It will allow time to get feedback from the performance and go back to the classroom to make any final changes and corrections prior to performing at the dance competitions. We think that this opportunity will be of great benefit for the dancers and lots of fun too!!
Dance Festivals & Competitions
Each year our Competitive, Intensive and Company dancers perform group and solo/duo/trio dance routines in a number of dance festivals and competitions between February and May. Dance festivals and competitions are great performing opportunities for Dance Co students. They also serve as goals that the dancers may work towards and give dancers a sense of their standing among their peers. Attendance is mandatory. Festival and competition dates are tentative. The events may extend past what is advertised, however we will provide the finalized dates and times as soon as they are available to us.
Recital & Showcase
Dance Co’s year-end Recital performances occur at the Gateway Theatre in Richmond each May. In addition to Recital performances, Dance Co is pleased to present Showcase, a special honours performance of routines selected by Dance Co’s Director and faculty. Showcase details are released each spring.