How it works
Competitors are put into sections according to both ability and age (this varies from comp to comp slightly but the sections are generally as follows).
Novice – where every competitor starts, you have to stay in novice until you are placed 1st or 2nd in this section. When you have achieved this you move into the open sections. These are arranged according age.
You can have up to 6 solo’s including Ballet, Tap, Modern, Song and Dance, Character and National.
You can also have a duet or a trio and there are ‘group’ sections for groups of 4 dancers or more – these are really fun to be a part of.
|Baby||5 years and under|
|Class A||6-7 years|
|Class B||8-9 years|
|Class C||10-11 years|
|Class D||12-13 years|
|Class E||14-15 years|
|Class F||16+ years|
Levels of Acceptance
We only accept people onto the comp team who do Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. This is very important. Children in the Rhythmic Rascals and Pre Primary classes can start comps as long as they understand when they reach Primary level all the above subjects must be attended. If you are part of the comp team you must be very committed, especially if you are given a duet, trio or a group as then you are letting your team down if you do not attend lessons/rehearsals.
Hard work but lots of fun!
The standard is very high and therefore a private lesson each week is needed to learn your solos or to improve them.
Once one solo is learnt we can move on to learning another solo. Everyone on the comp team must also attend the ‘Festival Class’. In this class their solo’s may be performed, flexibility worked on, and also other advanced movements and tricks that can not be worked on in their weekly classes.
We will also use this class to work on duets and group dances. Home practice is essential if you are on the comp team as is stretching and improving flexibility.
Competitors at the festivals are very well limbered dancers. With the standard being so high at the comps you may not always win your section or even get placed 2nd, 3rd or 4th but it’s the taking part and doing your best and having fun whilst doing it that’s important and the more comps you do the better, more experienced and more confident you will become as a dancer and a stage platerformer.
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