What is SJDC COMPETITION TEAM?
We are so excited to be introducing a Competitive Dance team TO SJDC
We are wanting to create a Junior Team (Ages 7-10), Intermediate Team(Ages 10-13) and a Senior Team (Ages 12+)
AUDITIONS: Auditions for the following season are held each October. Our 2023 Competition team has already been selected for the year.
REQUIREMENTS/PREREQUISITES TO BE ON THE TEAM:
-Dancers must be enrolled at the studio in at least one jazz/contemporary class with SJDC (if you are doing a solo/duet, you should be enrolled in the style you're competing in).
-Dancers who are part of the group teams must be able to attend the allocated practice times weekly (Junior/Intermediate 6:15pm-7:15pm - Mondays 6pm-7pm & Inter/Senior Mondays 715pm-815pm) **unless you are a soloist/duet dancer, your instructor will contact you separately to set up a time to learn your choreography
-Dancers must be able to attend our “Comp Bootcamp Week” at the studio Jan 30th-Feb 3/2023
**if you are a soloist/duet this bootcamp is not mandatory but you may be requested during this week to start your choreography
WHAT IS A COMPETITION TEAM?
Dancers will learn group dances in Contemporary and Jazz, with opportunity for groups in Tap and Hip Hop. Dancers will also be allowed to do solos/duets/trios in certain styles. Dancers must know this is a commitment to this for the full season and attendances to practices will be crucial.
As your dancer excels in their technique, dance competitions are a good way to challenge yourself, gain stage experience and confidence in performing. It is also a good way to see where you are at in your training in comparison to studios around the country. Dancers compete against other dance studios & dancers in various styles.
We, as a studio, will travel around competing solos, duets, trios & groups that are learned and practiced outside of class and performed on stages competing against other dancers in New Zealand.
We typically travel to Napier, Auckland, Upper Hutt, Wanganui, Palmerston, Taupo & Tauranga. We roughly do 3-4 competitions throughout the year.
Attendance: Attendance is mandatory for Competitive Team members and we expect that members are always on time and never miss more than 3 lessons. Dancers must know this is a commitment to this for the full season and attendances to practices will be crucial. Competitive dance team members often miss school dances, field trips, and other social events because their dance team comes first. **If dancer misses more than 3 lessons, their position on the team maybe be reconsidered as it if very difficult to choreograph and keep the caliber of the team up to par if dancers are constantly missing.
· Attitude: We are looking for dancers with consistent focus and positive attitudes. We recruit dancers that are engaged in the learning process, who are always listening and responding to teacher feedback by showing us constant improvement. We also look for dancers who can set an example of positive behaviour in the studio.
· Initiative: We choose dancers who work hard to reach their goals and are supportive of their teammates in their effort. Competitive Team dancers go above and beyond what their teacher asks.
· Technique: We want dancers who take their corrections and feedback seriously because we want to see you improve and keep up to your teammates. The best dancers are versatile and precise. Dancers should be working at home as well as in the studio to keep up their technique.
-Ownership/Responsibility: It is a dancer’s job to make sure they’re working on and remembering choreography from week to week. If you are taught steps, you must be trying your very best to remember and improve them each week and not rely on the teacher to constantly remind you of the steps. Dancers must also take pride in their uniform and getting themselves ready at competition and be warmed up and prepared.
-Teamwork : In Troupes & duets/trios, dancers need to work as a team and include everyone and be each other’s hype person. Dancers who work together dance better together and want to see our teams do this in and out of the studio and classes.
**If dancers aren’t committing to these qualities throughout their rehearsals, this can also mean a reconsideration of your place on the team as we are looking for full commitment.
There will be a “bootcamp” week Jan 30-Feb 3/2023 the week before classes start at the studio to learn your group dance choreography.
There will be 1 practice a week for an hour that will be apart of our timetable this year.
Dancers should enroll in the styles that they are wanting to compete in in our regular timetable as well.
SOLOS/DUETS: If you are wanting to do a solo/duet, please tell your instructor. These practices will be organized separately with the instructor choreographing the solo. You will get a max up 4 lessons to learn your choreography. Once you learn a solo, duet/trio, you are expected to practice it on your own time as well as studio time as we may not always have the space/time to fully clean it. But we will be happy to run it within your classes or just before.
GROUP DANCES: Dancers will need to be committed to the groups and if they are unable to attend more than 3 practices we kindly suggest they do a solo instead.
Solo - $40 per hour of choreography (up to 4 lessons)
Duet/Trio - $20 per dancer per hour of choreography (up to 4 lessons)
Groups: $150 for the full year (covers choreography, rehearsals, and all group dances)
Costumes - roughly $20-40 per dance
Competition Entry Fee - can vary from $5-$15 per dance
**all fees will be paid separately to your regular classes apart from the group fee, which will be attached with your regular class invoice
Travel fees: These vary depending on competition which you'll want to take into consideration accommodation & transport.
WHAT DO WE NEED FROM YOU?
We will be releasing expression of interest forms for the 2024 season in October.