What is the difference between Recreational and Competitive Dance?
Recreational dance requires fewer hours per week. At the end of the dance year (June), students perform in a stage recital. Recreational students can choose 1 or more styles of dance to learn. Competitive students must learn all the core dances, but have the option of adding additional disciplines like hip hop and musical theatre. Competitive students must attend 4 competitions in the spring, as well as recital. Every second year we attend the ‘nationals’, where our competitive team travels to the United States for an additional international competition.
Can Anyone Join Premiere Dance?
Premiere’s recreational classes are open to everyone under 18. Boys are also welcome and receive 50% off their dance tuition for the first year. Recommendations to audition for the competitive program will be made after an assessment of abilities is made.
Which Group will My Child Join?
Children are placed in groups based on age and ability. Placement is at the discretion of the studio staff.
How can a Child join the Competitive Team?
If your child is in our recreational program, their dance teachers will assess their abilities and may recommend they audition for the competitive program. Alternatively, appointments to audition for the program can be made through our front office.
What if We Have Conflicting Activity or Travel Schedules?
Then we recommend your child learns in our recreational program. The competitive program requires a full commitment from the students to attend classes and competitions.
Which Numbers Perform in The Recital
All recreational numbers perform in the recital. All competitive groups, including small groups, perform on each night of the recital. Only solos, duets and trios that earn a cash award at competitions (scholarships) will perform on one night of the recital to only those whom are graduating students.
What Can I Expect to Pay?
Recreational class fees are based on the amount of hours your child dances per week, and rates start as low as $30 per month. A costume will also be required for each dance number for recital, but costumes are capped at a maximum of $100.
Competitive fees are payable monthly and are also dependent on the amount of hours the student dances each week. Monthly fees are capped once the student dances from 10 hours up to unlimited classes per week. Competitive dancers will buy costumes for each dance number and must pay competition entrance fees for all competing numbers. Fees will vary from competition to competition, and whether the entry is a group, solo or duet. There are additional choreography charges for students that are offered extra choreography, which are always optional.
Ballet Syllabus in the Cecchetti method is also available to all students at additional cost. Examinations for certification are available at the end of the year for an additional fee.