Competitive dance at RDC is about embracing the team atmosphere. Its about building positive social relationships and empowering our dancers in their every day life. We have a format that encourages our dancers to build lifelong friendships, provides them with quality training from experienced coaches, and gives them a safe environment to find success.
Dancers attend genre specific auditions
Parents will fill out a questionnaire
Parent and dancer attend an interview
Based on the outcome of the process above, RDC will then make team (and solo/duet) offers.
What does a Company dancers weekly schedule look like?
Dancers will have required classes relative to the teams they are selected for. Each team will have a weekly rehearsal (30-45 mins), and a weekly Company class. Company class is when the whole team comes into the studio to build their team relationships, and rehearse all their routines. They all get to know each other, cheer for each other, and know everyones name.
The season for Competitive dancers begins in August and typically goes until June.
What makes Competitive Dance different than Recreational Dance?
1. Commitment - Team dancers have limitations on how many classes they are permitted to miss (including their required recreational classes). They may have extra rehearsals, and additional performing opportunities. Commitment by each family, is paramount to the success of the whole team. Dancers must commit to attending the competitions, Showcase, and do their best to be available for other performances such as Parades and fundraisers.
2. Expense - Competition dance has some expenses that will stand out over the recreational program. Some examples include; more expensive costuming ($125-$200), travel expenses for Competitions, hotels, entry fees ($45-$65 per group routine) and a team jacket.
We will attend 3 competitions with at least one requiring an overnight stay due to distance. There will be opportunities for a 4th optional competition. All dancers in a group must agree to attend for the group to compete, we will not go to an optional competition missing any of our teammates.
3. Attitude - While it is important for all RDC dancers to represent the studio in a positive way, the competitive team sets an example to all students in the studio, and in the public. Coming into classes and working hard, being respectful, and helping others are a few of the attributes we hope to find in our team dancers.
Solos will be granted at the discretion of the studio director and other faculty of RDC. Selected dancers will be a dancer with at least one year of competitive dance experience, who shows promise in the chosen discipline, has a positive attitude, and is a hard working student. Priority will be given to dancers who train 5+ hours per week. To be offered a solo you must also be on the corresponding team in the same discipline.
If you have any questions or concerns please send us a message and we will be happy to assist/clarify in anyway we can.