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Festivals

What are dance festivals?

Dance festivals (more commonly known as “comps”) are an opportunity for children to learn dances and compete against other children from other dance schools, showcasing their talent and ability in a friendly and fun environment.

Competitors are put into sections according to both ability and age (this varies from comp to comp slightly but the sections are generally as follows)…

Novice - where every competitor starts, you have to stay in novice until you are placed 1st or 2nd in this section. When you have achieved this you move into the open sections. These are arranged according age:

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Baby 5 yrs and under
Class A 6-7 yrs
Class B 8-9 yrs
Class C 10-11 yrs
Class D 12-13 yrs
Class E 14-15 yrs
Class F 16 yrs +

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can have up to 6 solo’s including Ballet, Tap, Modern, Song and Dance, Character and National.

You can also have a duet or a trio and there are 'group' sections for groups of 4 dancers or more - these are really fun to be a part of.

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We only accept people onto the comp team who do Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. This is very important. Children in the Rhythmic Rascals and Pre Primary classes can start comps as long as they understand when they reach Primary level all the above subjects must be attended. If you are part of the comp team you must be very committed, especially if you are given a duet, trio or a group as then you are letting your team down if you do not attend lessons/rehearsals.

Comps are hardwork but a lot of fun, the standard is very high and therefore a private lesson each week is needed to learn your solos or to improve them. Once one solo is learnt we can move on to learning another solo. Everyone on the comp team must also attend the 'Festival Class' on a Saturday afternoon, in this class their solo's will be performed, flexibility worked on, and also other advanced movements and tricks that can not be worked on in their weekly classes. We will also use this class to work on duets and group dances. Home practice is essential if you are on the comp team as is stretching and improving flexibility. Competitors at the festivals are very well limbered dancers. With the standard being so high at the comps you may not always win your section or even get placed 2nd, 3rd or 4th but it’s the taking part and doing your best and having fun whilst doing it that’s important and the more comps you do the better, more experienced and more confident you will become as a dancer and a stage palterformer.

You will need a costume for each dance, costumes again are of an extremely high standard at comps (not fancy dress at all), they are beautiful and often made from scratch or ordered from a dance costume company. They can be expensive but once bought they will wear this costume for a couple of years at each comp, until they grow out of it or the dance. We can then make a decision if to pass the dance down to someone younger and you can sell the costume on too (to get some money back for it) or you can keep the costume.

Private lessons are£14.00 per lesson (must be paid weekly at the start of each lesson). All private lessons are held in one of the schools venues in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.

 

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