Are There Minimum Requirements To Be A Competitive Dancer?

As a part of our Competitive Team, dancers will be required to take a specially designed program. Included in this program are the following classes:

“Plie is the first thing you learn, and the last thing you master”

The grace, poise and technique taught in ballet is the foundation of all forms of dance. The students will work on turnout, balance and flexibility at the barre and in centre practice, as well as improving their strength and co-ordination.

“Want faster results? Simple. Work Harder!”

Building upon Ballet Fundamentals, this class will specifically focus on techniques that can be applied to all forms of dance: body alignment and placement, posture, co-ordination, and strengthening legs & feet. A portion of the class will be dedicated solely to working on proper turning technique. From chaines to fouettes, and everything in between – students will learn how to properly prepare and execute clean, strong turns.

“You better werk!”

Combining the technique from Ballet, the power from Strength & Conditioning and adding some style – the skills learned in this class will take your dancing to the next level. With a focus on flexibility, kicks, jumps, rhythm and co-ordination, Jazz teaches students how to apply the strict technique of Ballet to the more stylized forms of dance.

“All the world’s a stage”

In this new class, dancers will develop the essential skill of picking up choreography quickly and accurately, while learning how to sell it! Students will be taught that performance and stage presence is a crucial component of being a Competitive dancer – it is just as important as their technique training. Each week dancers will learn a new combination, in a variety of dance styles, including Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Street Jazz, Hip Hop, and Broadway. The focus will be on expression through body movement and facial performance in relation to the lyrics and concept of the combination. This is a great skill to hone not only as a Competitive dancer, but for the dance world beyond that as well! This class will prepare students for the Competitive stage, and future auditions.

“Look like a beauty, train like a beast!”

This class is designed to help students improve in all forms of dance. Focusing on strengthening and toning muscles, as well as improving flexibility, dancers will learn the techniques they need to push their body to its full potential.

In addition to the above classes, dancers have the option of adding on the following subjects to their schedule for an additional cost:

“A sore body today is a strong body tomorrow!”

This styles athletic nature and unique choreography seamlessly blend classical dance technique with acrobatic elements. Students will improve their flexibility, strength and control through balancing tricks, conditioning, partnering and tumbling.

Rhythm and timing are the key elements to this form of dance. Students learn to listen to the music more closely, pick up the beat, and dance in time. It’s like making music with your feet!

Fresh & Funky – Hip Hop is all the rage in the dance world! A combination of the latest moves and the hottest music give this dance form a style all its own.

“In life, as in dance, grace glides on blistered feet”

Only for the most experienced ballet dancers, Pointe offers an advanced level of training. Students will be selected by the teachers

Competitive ProgramFirst Year Full Time - Company A$185 / Month

  • Ballet Fundamentals
  • Technique & Turning
  • Jazz Technique
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Choreography & Performance
  • Included Also – Acro, Tap & HipHop

Competitive Program2nd Year Full Time - Company B-F$185 / Month

  • Ballet Fundamentals
  • Technique & Turning
  • Jazz Technique
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Choreography & Performance
  • Plus Add Optional Classes at Additional Cost

Additional ClassesPrice is Per Class$20 / Month

  •  Acro
  • Tap
  • Hip Hop
  • Pointe – By Selection Only

Pricing is based on 10 equal monthly payments, prices above do not include HST. Monthly payments can be made by post-dated cheques or pre-authorized credit card. All choreography, costumes, makeup and entry fees are extra. Discounts are provided if Full-Term or Half-Term payments are made over the monthly payment option.

Choreography Fees

Choreography fees are charged as a one-time fee per competitive routine and are split into two equal installments. The first installment is due during the first week of competitive practice, Monday, September 30th – Saturday, October 5th, with the balance due at the end of January.

Please note that participation in group routines are a requirement in order to compete in any solo, duet/trio of that subject, participating in duet/trio routines are a requirement in order to compete in any solo of that subject.

Costume Fees

Competitive costume deposits are due mid/late October. Deposits are $50 per costume. The remainder of the balance is due when costumes are ready to be picked up – typically, this is the end of February. Competitive students will be required to purchase separate costumes for the year end recital. Whenever possible, EDC will support the re-use of competition group costumes for the year end recital.

Additional Costume Fees

Additional competitive fees include any necessary tights, shoes, hair pieces, etc. that dancers may require for their routines.

Make-up and Jewellery

Competitive students will be required to purchase a specific make-up kit for competition. A make-up workshop will be held at the studio to teach students and parents how to apply competitive make-up.

Some competitive routines will require jewellery (tiara, headpiece, earrings, necklace, etc.). All jewellery may be rented (earrings must be purchased, not rented) from the studio and returned at the end of the competitive season. A replacement fee will be issued in the case where the pieces are not returned.

Entry Fees

Each of the five competitions we attend during the season charge “entry fees” – these fees, while payable to EDC, are what the competitions charge us in order to enter our routines at their event. In order to give families time to budget for this, we set up a payment schedule – fees will start being charged at the end of January, and continue, every two weeks (approximately) until the end of March. You will receive exact dates of required payments in October when you receive your competitive routine list.

Fundraising

All competitive fees including costumes and entrance fees may be reduced through fundraising. EDC will offer several opportunities throughout the year for both group and individual fundraising. Profits of group fundraising events will be distributed evenly against competitive costs while individual fundraising profits will go directly to individual students. Please note, that while individual fundraising is not mandatory, any group/team fundraising events are. Not only are these group fundraisers and team events a great way to raise some money for the necessary costs (such as props, costume trim, etc) they are a fantastic way to make this team feel more like a family!!! Team building and studio are extremely important to us – these events are a wonderful opportunity to show that!

Attendance

Attendance is extremely important for both competitive classes and especially competitive practice times. Students are permitted to miss no more than 2 practices unless extenuating circumstances apply. Students must be present for every competition. Failure to comply with attendance guidelines will result in a financial penalty (for missed classes and practice times) and expulsion from the team for missed competitions. If they are not able to compete due to injury, a doctor’s note is required.

Photos

EDC is proud to offer a unique and innovative way to store and showcase your dance photos. EDC offers digital scrapbook pages, which include group and individual photos. One page is included in your dance fees per class, and a variety of upgrades are available for purchase. Competition photos are not included and must be purchased separately. A customized leather album embossed with both logos is also available for purchase. These albums contain clear page protectors and are expandable allowing you to add photos to your scrapbook yearly. Samples of our scrapbook pages are shown below.

Competitive Proper Footwear for Class

  • Tap: Black Lace Up.
  • Jazz: Black Slip On.
  • Performance: Black Slip On.
  • Ballet: Pink Leather.
  • Technique & Turn: Pink Leather.
  • Tap: Black Lace Up.
  • Jazz: Black or Beige Free Forms or Beige Bare Paw.
  • Performance: Black or Beige Free Forms or Beige Bare Paw.
  • Ballet: Pink Canvas.
  • Technique & Turn: Pink Canvas.
  • Acro: Bare Foot or Beige Bare Paws.
  • Hip Hop: Non-Marking Indoor Running Shoes.
  • Pointe: Custom Fit Pointe Shoes.

Competitive Dress Code for Class

  • Body Wear: Body Suit
  • Tights: Pink Ballet – Mandatory
  • Additional (Optional): Dance Skirt
  • Body Wear: Body Suit
  • Tights: Pink Ballet – Mandatory
  • Additional (Optional): Dance Skirt
  • Body Wear: Body Suit
  • Tights: Pink Ballet – Mandatory
  • Additional (Optional): Dance Skirt
  • Body Wear: Body Suite or Dance Top with either Dance Shorts or Leggings.
  • Tights: Optional
  • Additional (Optional): Not Applicable
  • Body Wear: Body Suit or Dance Top with Dance Shorts
  • Tights: Footless – Any Colour
  • Additional (Optional): Not Applicable
  • Body Wear: Body Suit or Dance Top with either Dance Shorts or Pants
  • Tights: Optional
  • Additional (Optional): Not Applicable
  • Body Wear: Dance Top with Track Pants – Loose Fitting Tops ARE allowed. Absolutely NO Jeans or Pyjamas
  • Tights: Not Applicable
  • Additional (Optional): Hat
  • Body Wear: Body Suit or Tight Fitting Dance Top with Dance Shorts.
  • Tights: Not Applicable
  • Additional (Optional): Not Applicable
  • Body Wear: Body Suite or Dance Top with either Dance Shorts or Leggings.
  • Tights: Optional
  • Additional (Optional): Not Applicable