Q: What is Competitive Dance?

A: Competition is when dance schools compete against each other and are adjudicated by professional dancers and choreographers. At a dance competition, students put their skills to the test by performing dance routines on a stage in front of a panel of judges. The judges calculate scores based on costume, technique, and performance. Students compete for medals, trophies, special awards and scholarships.

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Q: Why should my child join the Competitive Dance Team?

A: Competition is a very exciting and rewarding way to enjoy dancing! Dancers experience being part of an encouraging atmosphere where teamwork and sportsmanship is taught, confidence is built, and self esteem is boosted. At Front & Centre’s dance studio in Toronto, your child will:

  • Enjoy a team of fun, talented dancers in a structured, positive environment
  • Learn challenging dance choreography and work toward perfecting performance & technique
  • Work with the studio’s top choreographers (and possibly guest choreographers)
  • Participate in one to four dance numbers and perform at two amazing dance competitions in local cities such as: Niagara Falls and North York
  • Have the opportunity to win dance scholarships and awards
  • Perform the top scoring dance routines at the year-end recital at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto

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Q: What is the cost of Dance Competition?

A: First of all, students must take the required classes as outlined. The cost to add Competitive Dance (including costumes & entry fees) will range from $1192 – $3751 (tx incl) depending on how many numbers your child is invited to compete on. We’ve done what no other studio does….we’ve included registration, costumes AND competition entry fees into our class tuitions to make it easier for you to know what your total costs are! No hidden costs or surprise charges throughout the year!

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Q: Are Payment Plans Available?

A: Absolutely! Our friendly Front Desk Staff would be glad to help set you up on an easy payment plan!  Payment plans are not available for online registrations.

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Q: How is the Competitive Division Structured?

A: Our Competitive Dance Division consists of teams with dancers ranging in age from 9 to 18 years. Teams compete in divisions Novice, Junior and Inter Levels. Dancers will compete mainly in large and/or small groups and select dancers will be asked for trios and solos. Each Team of dedicated dancers are chosen to represent the studio at three local competitions annually and will compete in a variety of dance forms including:  Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballet, Acro and Jazz (dance forms your child may compete in depend on which routines they are selected for.

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Q: Where will the Competitions be?

A: We attend 3 amazing dance competitions per season in local cities such as Niagara Falls and North York.

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Q: What will the Audition consist of?

A: The audition is a dance class consisting of a warm up, progressions across the floor and a short combination. We will be looking for the dancer’s technique, work ethic, knowledge of dance vocabulary, ability to pick up new steps and style, showmanship and how well they work with their peers.  Call us for Audition dates.

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Q: What is the time commitment? What if we have conflicting activities or holidays?

A: Competitive Dancers are required to attend all mandatory competition classes as well as the competition showcase in February.  Competition parents/dancers are required to commit themselves fully on weekends during the month of March & April (possibly May) when competition season is in full swing. Competition parents/students will also be committed to attending competition meetings as well as hair and makeup tutorials. If you have conflicting activities or holidays we would encourage you to not join. We give ample amount of notice with the calendar and cannot make exceptions. For mandatory dates please refer to the Year at a Glance here. Competition dates are released at our annual competition meeting held in September.

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Q: What is the basic timeline/schedule for the year?

A:  The basic timeline is as follows:

AUGUST: Mandatory Summer Intensive Camp Toronto – typically occurs over 4 days at the end of August.
SEPTEMBER through DECEMBER: Train & learn competition routines.
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER: Make-up and hair workshop.
JANUARY through FEBRUARY: Clean up and polish the routines, fit costumes.
MARCH: Group dress rehearsal, Competition Showcase and photo day
MARCH through MAY: Additional rehearsals & competition season.
MAY OR JUNE:  Year-end Recital @ QEW Theatre in Toronto – typically held the end of May or during the first 2 weeks of June.

For a more detailed schedule, check out Front & Centre’s Year at a Glance.

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