My child has other activities in the fall. Can he/she join a competition team in November? No – we will not be accepting new team members for our competition classes after the regular dance season starts in September. Unlike our regular classes that start choreography in January, our competition choreography will start in September. Therefore, students who start in November will be two months behind by the time they join. Although competition classes will be closed in September, we accept new students in our recreational dance classes until January.
How many competitions will we be attending? Where and when are they?We will be attending 3 competitions per year.Competitionsaregenerallyin the early spring. Most are in March and April, but they may start as early as the end of February or as late as the beginning of May. Typically, competitions are held on Saturday and/or Sundays. We will announce the dates of the competitions as we know them, but specific day/times for dances are generally not announced by the competition organization until a week prior to the competition. We will be doing local competitions only.
Can I choose to only attend one or two competitions? No – every student will be required to attend all competitions with their group. We are focusing on teamwork, and there will not be time to rework choreography and spacing between competitions.
Can students leave immediately after they are done dancing at each competition? No - students are required to remain at the competition until the award ceremony for their particular category. Students are reminded that they are part of a team, and they are required to accept any awards as a team. Although they will be excused after their award ceremony, students are welcome and encouraged to stay at the competition to cheer on the rest of our studio’s teams.
How many dances will each team be performing? Each team will perform 1-3 dances for competition, depending on the ability level of the group as a whole. Should your child be placed on a team that is doing multiple dances, both dances will be covered in their weekly competition class. They will not need to attend an additional class (other than those listed above) if they are chosen to do more than one competition number unless it is a solo or duo/trio.
How will the teachers determine which dance style(s) each group will take to the competition? The teachers will determine which style(s) each group will compete with based on the ability level of the group as a whole. For example, if most of the students are geared more towards jazz, the chosen style will be jazz. If many of the students are suited for both jazz and lyrical, the group will perform two numbers.
Will students be required to attend extra rehearsals in the weeks before competition? Possibly, however, we hope to start early with choreography so that students will be as prepared as possible by the time competition season arrives. We shouldn’t need to schedule extra classes, but if we feel that the students require more practice, we will schedule extra rehearsal times prior to attending a competition.
Will I need to travel to one of the other Dance Expo/The Dance Network studios for classes? You will not need to travel to another studio for classes unless you are a student at the Plainsboro studio. Classes for East Windsor students will all be held at the East Windsor studio, and classes for Lawrenceville students in Lawrenceville and West Windsor are in West Windsor. If you are a Plainsboro student and would like to join a competition team, you are certainly welcome to do so. You will be required to travel to one of the other studios for your competition class only. The other two classes may be taken in Plainsboro.
Do you know on which days competition classes will be held? We will have a better idea of an exact schedule after auditions, but we can tell you that East Windsor competition classes will be held on Monday and/or Tuesday, and the Lawrenceville competition classes will be held on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays.
If my child auditions, is he/she guaranteed a spot on a competition team? Yes! We want every child to have the opportunity to grow as not only a dancer but a team member! We do understand, though, that each child is coming into auditions with a different dance background and ability level. Therefore, we will have different team levels that will accommodate all ability levels.
How are students chosen for solos/duos/trios? Solos and duo/trios will be offered by teacher recommendation and will be based on auditions.
My child has never taken dance classes before. Can he/she still audition? Yes! Please do! As stated above, we want every child to have the opportunity to excel. Some students may not have much experience (or any at all) in dance, and that is why we have chosen to offer different teams to accommodate different ability and experience levels.
What can we expect at auditions? Our auditions will begin with approximately 20 minutes of warm up exercises and stretches. Then, they will be learning across-the-floor combinations (kicks, leaps, jumps, turns, etc.). After that, they will learn choreography in different styles (jazz, lyrical, musical theater for example). Students do not need to prepare any choreography for auditions. They should wear comfortable, fitted dance clothes and jazz or ballet shoes if they have them.
My child can’t make it to the May audition dates! Will there be more opportunities to audition? Yes – we will be scheduling more auditions August. However, we would like to keep classes relatively small so that each child can get more individualized attention. This means that, although no one will be cut based on their audition, we will need to cap the classes at a certain point to keep them small. We recommend that you attend the earliest audition date that you possibly can to ensure a spot on the team. You are also welcome to attend auditions at a different studio if you are unable to attend them at your own studio. You will still be placed on a team at the studio you regularly attend.