At our studio, we offer three levels of commitment and performance for our students aged 6 and up, Technique, Performance, Competition and Intensive.
Technique program – is for our students that need to take classes for other competitive dances, or just want to learn dance for fun in a professional atmosphere. Dancers in this program may have the option to do exams (at the teacher’s discretion for ballet and Acro). There are no performances, no competitions or costumes, only dress code is required for class.
Classes available in class our technique program are ballet, Acro and jazz.
Performance program – is for our recreational dancers that do not want to compete in the city, and want to dance for fun and fitness. Dancers in this program will be performing in the Christmas show (costume required, based on their class dancewear, and some simple additions), one local festival as well as our year end show in May. Costuming is required for the competition and the year end show (deposits are non-refundable after costumes have been ordered).
Classes available in our Performance program are Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Acro. See our Disciplines page for a full description of what we teach during classes here.
Competitive program – is for our students that want to dance for fun, but also do some traveling in the spring for festivals and competitions. Dancers in this program will be performing in the Christmas show (costume required, based on their class wear and some simple additions), one local festival, two out of town competitions (usually in the Edmonton area), and our year end show in May. Costuming is required for the competitions and the year end show (deposits are non-refundable after costumes are ordered).
Classes available in our Competitive program are Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. See our Disciplines page for a full description of what we teach during classes here.
Intensive Program – is our highest level of commitment from dancers. Dancers must be a minimum of 8 years and have had at least one year of ballet (an assessment may be required for students new to the studio to show ability or previous dance experience). This is for the more serious dancers that want to dance for fun, but also want to perform and compete as much as they can. Dancers in this program will be performing in the Christmas show (costume required, based on their class wear and some simple additions), one local festival, at least three out of town competitions (most in the Edmonton area), and our year end show in May. Costume is required for competitions and the year end show (deposits are non-refundable after costumes are ordered).
See our Disciplines page here, as well as our Intensive program page here for more details.
Some frequently asked questions:
What is the difference between a festival and a competition?
Festival means that everyone gets a medal (usually bronze, silver, gold, sometimes high gold, diamond, depending on the festival and their marking system, some festivals have different names for marks, such as Superior, Excellence, etc). If everyone gets a medal, it is a festival. There are usually other awards such as Most Outstanding, Most Promising, Adjudicators Choice, Choreography. Most of the awards are up to the discretion of the judge of the day, some awards (like Outstanding awards) are actually based on the mark from the judge(s). Competitions mean that there is a placement, first, second and third, and not everyone gets a placement in larger categories, only the top three will take an award. We attend festivals for the most part, but we do also do competitions with a festival component (so everyone will get a medal based on their mark), with some students also recieving a placement on top of that.
Do you audition for competition or intensive teams?
We feel that all students will benefit and become better dancers by being on the big stages, so we do not audition. All festival class placement is based on the teacher’s discretion, however, and we will always place students where we feel they will shine the most, based on their individual abilities. Every student that competes will be required to sign a festival contract (committing to showing up to class on a regular basis, and attending all the entered festivals/competitions). If these are things that you cannot commit to, please do not sign up for competitions.
Do I have to decide when I register if I want to do Performance, Competition or Intensive?
For our new and/or younger students, you definitely don’t have to decide right away. Sign up for Performance if you are unsure. If you know right away that competitions are what you would like to do and you know you can commit to it, then definitely sign up for Competition. Some classes will have the option to make a final decision up until the end of October (pre-primary, primary, tap and hip hop will allow it). Jazz, ballet and lyrical students must make a decision by the start of choreography sessions, usually by the end of September. We will send out emails to remind you as these deadlines approach.