Requirements for competition
Criteria, Requirements and Commitment Policy
The purpose of the Competition Program at Dancenter
is to provide an enrichment program for those
selected students who excel in dance and have
demonstrated a sincere desire to commit themselves
to furthering their level of achievement in dance.
Students who exhibit the expertise, talent, discipline,
personality, stage presence, attitude and dedication
are selected for specialized professional training.
Participation in a competition program can be a
positive and motivating experience that will provide
new opportunities and encourage students to develop
their abilities to their fullest potential.
In order to maintain the integrity of our Competition
Program and provide a positive, fun and exciting
experience for our dancers, the following Criteria,
Requirements and Commitment Policy has been established.
We ask that you read these requirements carefully
in order to fully understand the commitment you
are making to the 2011 - 2012 Competition Team.
Being on the Competition Team will require a commitment
and dedication beyond that of our regular schedule
of classes. Additional time is devoted to outside
class, rehearsals and weekend practices.
Regular class and rehearsal attendance is MANDATORY!
Effective learning and progression cannot take
place with the absence of participating members.
All members of the Dancenter Competition Team are
required to take Ballet in order to be eligible
to compete in jazz. The following pre-requisites
are also required for Juniors, Maxis and Seniors:
· Jazz Technique AND a Ballet Technique
(if you are performing in a jazz number)
Students are expected to arrive to class ON TIME
and prepared for dance. Appropriate dance attire
and footwear are expected for every class. Hair
must be pulled back and secure. NO HALF-TOPS.
Students are not to bring food or drink (other
than water) into the dance studios.
Every student is responsible for his or her own
behavior. Class time is very valuable and must
be used to concentrate on the learning of dance.
Students are expected to maintain open and positive
attitudes with a willingness to work hard and learn
quickly. A student displaying disruptive behavior
will be dismissed from the class.
Students competing for Dancenter must compete solely
for our organization unless approved by the owner.
As you can imagine, competing for more than one
studio would be a conflict of interest and cause
some extreme scheduling problems.
All dancers are expected to arrive at the Competition
at least ONE HOUR BEFORE the scheduled performance
time. NO EXCEPTIONS! Competitions have been known
to run ahead of schedule and fees will not be
refunded for missed numbers. Your fellow dance
mates count on group effort and it is important
that everyone is conscientious of their responsibility
to be there on time.
Be respectful of the property of others. Pick
up after yourself in dressing rooms, lunch areas,
etc. and follow the rules stipulated by the event
hosts and hotels.
Parents and dancers are expected to be respectful
of other studios and each other at all times. Unfriendly
and rude behavior reflects poorly on the individual
and the studio and will not be tolerated.
Parental support is very much appreciated by all
the teachers; however, it is very important that
we respect all teacher decisions regarding costumes,
choreography, student coaching, score sheets,
etc. Please allow the teachers to focus on their
jobs by being supportive. Dancenter staff will
handle all communication between Competition
personnel and our studio unless noted otherwise.
Occasionally parents are asked to assist the instructor
with something outside of class. Please do not
assume that this gives the child "special
Parents are responsible for their student at all
times prior to and after their performance on stage.
Instructors are working with other students and
cannot be responsible for attending to students
who are not dancing. Parents are not permitted
backstage at competitions, unless requested by
Trophies earned by Soloists will be given to the
individual dancer. Duo/Trio trophies will be
evenly distributed to each dancer throughout
the competition season. Group/Line/Production
trophies will be displayed in the studio. Any
cash prizes awarded at a Regional or National
Competition will go directly to the team.
Thank you for being diligent in complying with
the above requirements. Working together as a team
will make this competition season a positive and
enjoyable experience for everyone.
TAKING THE HEALTY APPROACH TO DANCE COMPETITIONS
"Competition is healthy; but as dance agent
Tony Selznick says, "It's healthy only if
your self-esteem is not connected to your score,
AND if you're dancing for the right reasons." In
order to become a better artist, you must always
strive to look at the big picture. So, what's the
big picture? Part of the big picture is to remember
that dance is an art form, not a football game.
There are no winners and losers like in a sport
or a game. It you think competitions are about
awards and medals, then you're not dancing for
the right reasons."
By Don Mirault
Competition requires special teachers, special
students, and special parents. It requires time,
talent, dedication, and regard for each other as
team members. Our combined positive attitude guarantees
As we practice, travel to competitions, meet new
friends, and grow together, let us remember to
show respect for ourselves and for others by always
being supportive of our fellow dancers, parents,
and teachers. Teams whose members support one another
always stand out as leaders.
Thank you for your participation!