What is the difference between a Competition Team and a Recreational Class?
The difference between Recreational and Competitive Dance is the depth of dance technique and the rate they learn it. Recreational Dance is a great way to start a love for dance. It focuses on basic technique and simpler elements of dance. The main stress in class is to explore creativity, have fun, and to improve physical activity in a structured environment. Competitive Dance focuses on teaching higher level technique and provides opportunities for your child to grow and develop as a dancer at an accelerated rate. The class has fun and builds a love for dance but also teaches the students discipline, hard work and higher physical activity in a very structured class. Being on a team takes dedication and commitment. It is for those students who make dance a priority over all other activities.
Recreational classes learn technique and one routine to perform at the Winter recital and one routine to perform at the Spring recital. They may also perform at community events. They are required to purchase one costume per year. Competition team members are required to attend 2 classes a week, will learn 2-4 routines and compete at 4-5 competitions along with recitals and community performances. They will purchase a separate costume for each routine and a team jacket and bag. There are extra fees for competitions.
How is Competition Team going to benefit my child?
Competitive Teams teach your child skills they will use throughout the rest of their lives. Dance is so much more than movement and skill in a structured environment. It can teach strong characteristics to help your child succeed in both dance and in life. I have listed a few that we teach and encourage our students to have.
Hard work, Dedication, Leadership Skills, Physical Health, Confidence, Passion, Self-Discipline, Communication, Perseverance, Time Management, Respect, Team Skills, Unity, Creativity, Overcoming Fears, Problem Solving and Positive Self Image.