September 2017-August 2018
Parents and students must understand the commitment of time, energy, and added costs to be a part of the competitive team. These requirements are outlined below.
We will be available for all competitions and the Competitive Showcase.
Junior competitive students will be registered for three local dance competitions. Intermediate and Senior students will be registered for four local dance competitions. The following competitions are mandatory to attend. All competition dates must be kept available until specific times are received by the hosting event. Many competitions fall on evenings or weekends, but some will occur during the day requiring the student to miss school or parents to miss work. The competitions for the 2018 season are as follows:
Dance Power Burnaby ~ Michael J Fox Feb 27-Mar 4 (Intermediate and Senior students only)
Synergy Surrey ~ The Bell Centre April 9-15
Peak Invitational North Vancouver ~ Centennial Theatre April 22-28
Dream Team ~ Surrey Arts Centre May 3-6 (not ballet)
Festival du Ballet ~ Surrey Arts Centre May 13-16 (ballet only)
The Competitive Showcase is an opportunity for students to have a practice performance in front of an audience prior to the first competition. Specific Date and Location will be announced further in the Fall. Hopefully, we will book somewhere for a weekend at the end of January or start of February. Parents will have to purchase tickets for this event.
We will pay for all competitions and costumes.
Competition fees vary depending on the company. They range usually from $30-$75 per competition. Each competitive student will require a costume for each group, solo, duo, and trio that is performing. There will be a $10 Competition Administration Fee added to each event that the dancers attend, including the convention. Costumes for group competitions are paid for with registration fees. Costumes for private or semi-private lessons will be paid for separately. Some students may choose to purchase from a local retailer while others may order from a costume company and be invoiced by The Arts Connection for the orders.
We will be available for community events.
As our studio grows and develops, we want to reach out more to the community and get involved. Should there be any opportunities to perform outside of recital and competitions, the competitive students will be the first to be invited to do so. The Arts Connection staff understands that fair notice is required for things to be added to your schedule, and we will do our best to give lots of time to make schedule arrangements. As we will do our best to give proper notice, we ask that you will do your utmost to be available when you are asked to participate.
We understand that solos, duos, and trios choreographed for competition will not be in the year end recital, but groups are required to attend.
This will help keep the show at a reasonable length. As per the above, competitive students will have multiple performance opportunities through their competitions and possible community events that may arise. These competitions and possible extra performances are considered to be in lieu of the year end recital.
Good attendance and arriving on time is REQUIRED
Students who miss three or more classes may be asked to withdraw from the competitive classes. This ensures that all students are getting the most out of their classes and the choreography can be rehearsed with full groups. Students who consistently arrive late to class or are arriving ill-prepared to begin dancing on time may also be asked to withdraw at the teacher’s discretion. All students must arrive at the studio 15 minutes early and be fully equipped to dance at the time class is scheduled to start. If you are going to be away, you must inform your instructor ahead of time to make arrangements to get caught up if need be.
Dancers are expected to be prepared for class every week
Students must take personal responsibility to be prepared for class each week. This includes wearing the proper attire, hair appropriately tied back and off of the face, warming up before class, and bringing the correct footwear. If students are not meeting the proper criteria they may be asked to leave and come back when they are ready to dance. Dancers must also remember and practice their choreography each week. Students will be allowed to film choreography at the end of each class and use this footage to help recall choreography and rehearse. We encourage practising throughout the week; just like schoolwork repetition and practice improves learning and recollection. It is the student’s responsibility to put in the time to remember and practice the choreography their teacher has given them.