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Since the inception of our competition teams in 2011, our teams have won numerous awards on both the regional and national levels.  We were thrilled that our teams took first, third and 5th place overall at nationals this past June. 

 

Our competition dancers are dancers who like to challenge themselves and love the performance aspect of dance and want more performance opportunities than our recreational teams provide. However, we still believe in the same self esteem and confidence building in these teams...we just push them harder to dance their very best.  Compared to other competition companies, we are more low key.  Our dancers dance 1-3 nights per week max depending on age and skill level (we want our dancers to enjoy their lives and dance too). 


What is the difference between competing and recreational dancers/teams?

COMPETITION DANCE

Our Competition teams will compete against other dance companies and perform at various regional (Minnesota or Wisconsin) dance competitions beginning after the first of each year.  They dance all year long with breaks over Christmas, Spring Break and 1-2 weeks of break in the Summer.  (We work hard all year - practicing 3-4 hours per week - 1-2 days per week – which includes choreography and technique each week).  Comp dancers also perform in all of the shows at our recitals, instead of just one.  They will attend 3-4 regional competitions (last year all regionals were approximately within 20 minutes to 1 hour away) and 1 National Competition (the last 3 years have been held at Wisconsin Dells).  Competition dancers are more ADVANCED DANCERS who truly love the idea of challenging and pushing themselves to be the very best dancer they can be at all times.  Comp dancers get to watch hundreds of other dancers perform at the competitions, find a great camaraderie in their team mates, whom they rely on greatly,as we must always work as a team to strive to do well at our competitions.  We also learn a great deal and have a great time from watching competition teams at the events we attend!  This is a very energetic environment!  However, there is a much greater commitment to be on the competition team. 

In order to be a part of either the performing or competition teams, dancers must attend one of our audition camps and try out with a group in their age range.  (We need to see how dancers dance and work as a team as part of the audition process).   There is a separate try out for solo, duet or trio competition dancers.

During our Camp and Technique Classes, dancers will be taught proper technique, turns, leaps, jumps and we will ask them to do the splits each way to test their flexibility. We will teach them a short dance which they will need to perform for a panel of judges, along with the technique they learned at the end of the week.
 

Dancers will be judged on their technique, flexibility, enthusiasm, personality and style.  Dancers will be notified via e-mail their results a few days after try-outs.  Judges decisions are final. We hire only judges who have a strong foundation of dance/dance background and who know proper dance technique - to judge the competitions.  Dancers must receive a certain score in order to make the comp team and another minimum score if they want to make the performing team.

 

Our competition Audition information is available by clicking on the summer registration link on the left and once you get to the registration page, search for our Summer Audition and Intensives. 

To Obtain information about our competition or performing teams and/or to receive a copy of our competition policies, please contact Angeline Gard at pliedance@rocketmail.com or call 651-249-4656. 

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