Students from Grade 1 level 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 a weekly private lesson to be able to participate in competition work (private comp lesson times are avail below). 1-3 solos can be rehearsed in a 20 min private lesson. 4+ solos will require 2 private lesson slots weekly. Duo/trios will share a private lesson slot.
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.
FOR 2023 - to be considered for competitions, students must be able to do their right and left splits completely. 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
Elite Eisteddfod, Busselton, 30th May-5th June
Mandurah Performing Arts Festival, July school holidays
RAD Festival of Dance, long weekend at the start of June
We generally have a pre-competition showing in May at our Denning Rd studio where students can have a "dress-rehearsal" with an audience prior to comp season getting underway
The fee structure for competitions in 2023 can be viewed under "CLASS FEES". Please note that there are fees to participate in each competition which will be invoiced prior to each competition.
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 a weekly 20 min private lesson at the same time each week (missed lessons will not be refunded). Competition lessons run for terms 1 and 2 only.
Organise a costume, teachers can provide some direction with this - please do not make any purchases without checking that it is suitable first