Students from Grade 1 level (new for 2022, previously only offered from grade 3) and upwards are able to participate in competition solos/duos/trios, if selected by the teacher as being ready for competition work.
To be eligible to participate in competition work, students must also be enrolled to sit their exam, & enrolled in conditioning (grade 2 ballet & upwards only). Students will not be considered for competition work unless they are also ballet exam students.
Students will need to attend 2 extra private lessons to learn their solo/duo/trio and regular Saturday competition lessons to be able to participate in competition work (please check relevant timetable to see rehearsal times). Dance styles to choose from for competition work are: classical, contemporary, lyrical, neo-classical, Demi-character. Teachers will ultimately decide what style best suits a student, however we do let students indicate which style their preference may be.
A new prerequisite for 2022 competitions is that students must be able to do their right and left splits completely to be considered for competition work. Please ensure your child stretches safely at home to achieve this, we hope this encourages students to work hard in their conditioning lessons & arrive early to lessons to stretch.
Level 3 contemporary classes and upwards may also be offered opportunities to compete with troupes at competitions. These practices are done in class time so rarely occur any extra rehearsal time.
Competitions that we participate in are:
City of Bunbury Eisteddfod approx mid June will be in school term
Mandurah Performing Arts Festival, July school holidays
RAD Festival of Dance 2nd June - Monday 6th June 2022 (selected students only)
Potential save the date - precomp showing @studio, Sunday 15th May 10am
Please check each relevant competition website if you would like to get an idea of dates that competitions are held.
The cost for solos/duos etc can be found on the website on the "Dance Fees" page. On top of the charge for the dance is entry fees, and also the cost of a costume. Students are required to organise their own costumes, please ensure all ideas are checked by with your teacher before making any purchases.
An example of how participating in comps would look like with 1 solo:
2x 1 hour private lessons to learn the solo, sessions scheduled by the teacher
Attend competition practice every Saturday until the end of term 2. Rehearsal times can be found on the timetable
Once off flat fee for a solo = $180, which is invoiced later into term 1. Each competition that students are entered into also requires a small entry fee; i.e. approximately $20 per competition, also invoiced
Organise a costume, teachers can provide some direction with this - please do not make any purchases without checking that it is suitable first
2022 competition solos are now finalised and no more requests will be accepted for students wishing to participate in competitions.