Competitive Dance Program


For Ages 7 & Under: A student must be recommended by the instructor, approved by the owner, and placed in a mini competitive or precompetitive class.

For Ages 8 & Up: Student must take summer technique classes and audition for placement into our competitive groups at the end of summer.

For Tahitian Dancers only: Miss Kim will continue to place dancers into groups as she sees fit.

The Dance Academy’s Competition Theory

The purpose of competition is not to see how many trophies we can get or to win all the time. While we do push our dancers to be their personal best, our goal is to give the dancers performing experience and to learn from each experience how to become a better performer. Competitions are used as a learning experience, not for contest.


All Dancers are required to participate in 2-3 competitions yearly. Competitions take place spring/summer. Every other year, we participate in a national competition that is mandatory as well. On these years, we only participate in 2 local competitions before participating in summer nationals. Competitions are mandatory – no exceptions.

Competition Fees are due approximately 1 month prior to competition. These are the fees the competition company charges us to participate. 100% of these fees goes to the competition, not the studio. Individual Entry fees for group members are $40-$49 each. Entry fees for solos are $95-$105 each. Duets/Trios are $100-$120 spilt between group members.

Annual Studio Competition Fee of $100 is due at the beginning of each year to cover extra costs the studio faces for our competitive dancers which include but are not limited to: CD’s/DVD’s, extra rehearsals prior to competitions, paying your instructors to attend competitions, etc.

Class Requirements:

Classes: In addition to the dancer’s competitive subjects all competitive dancers are required to take a ballet class, a ballet technique class, a technique class, and a conditioning class. Dancers who only compete in tap are required to take a ballet class, a ballet technique class and conditioning class. Dancers who only compete in hip hop are only required to take the conditioning class. Dancers who compete in Tahitian only are not required to take any additional classes other than their Tahitian class.

Additional Performance Requirement: Stage Show members perform at our annual Tiny Tots In Mall Recital held the week before our big recital each year. If you are not a member of Stage Show, this is not required.

Additional Optional Performances – Throughout the year, other performance opportunities may arise. While participation is recommended to aid in the development of your dancer’s skills, it is not mandatory.
Conventions – All dancers are recommended and encouraged to participate in as many conventions as they wish. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that dancers participate in at least 1 convention a year to grow in their abilities.


Each dancer has 6 excused absences to be used anytime throughout the year EXCEPT the week before competition. After the 6th, each dancer may be allowed 2 extra absences depending on circumstances. Appropriate reasons to miss class would be contagious illness, death in the family, unusual homework overload, etc.

Once a dancer exceeds the number of allowed absences, action will be determined by the instructor and studio owner and may result in the removal of the dancer from this class.

Being Late to Class – Dancers should be ready to enter the classroom on time. Dancers coming from another class will be given a 3 minute courtesy window of time to use the restroom, get water, etc. Teachers are not responsible for retrieving dancers to start class on time. Any dancers seen in the building that are late for class without viable reason (injury, another teacher is keeping them late, etc.), will be considered as 1⁄4 of the way to an absence.

Arriving to the studio late: We realize that sometimes parents run into traffic, school functions run late, etc. that can make a dancer late in arriving at the studio. However, if a dancer misses more than 1⁄2 of the class time, it will be considered an absence.

Dress Code:

Dress Code consists of a solid black leotard, pink or tan tights, black dance shorts optional, and proper shoes. Once dancers reach the Teen Level, they may begin wearing, a tightly fitted solid black tank/cami/tee overtop their leotard. It MUST be fitted to the point we cannot distinguish the difference between the shirt and the leotard and MUST have NO PRINT on it. Competitive dancers are expected to be an example for all other students to follow by setting the standard for the to follow. If students break dress code, the parents will be notified so they can help us keep everyone in proper attire.

Classroom Behavior

Dancers should come to class ready to work and dance, not to socialize. Competitive Dancers are expected to be a positive representation of our studio at all time whether in our studio space or in other public venues. If at any time they fail to do so, they will be corrected by our staff accordingly. Parents are expected to support this. If any behavior problem persists, the student will be removed from our program.

Maintaining Competitive Status

Dancers need to continually grow in their abilities to remain a member of the class. If, at any time during the year, an instructor feels that a student is not keeping up with the rest of the class (whether it be in falling behind in technique, failing to practice choreography, attendance, behavioral issues), they have the authority to remove said student from that class. All students and parents will be notified ahead of time if the dancer is not working up to par and give a fair amount of time to change their habits.

Parent’s Responsibilities

These are our requirements for competitive dancer’s parents: *Parents must support all competitive dancers equally and make sure the kids support each other. We do not condone unhealthy rivalry between our own dancers.

  • All competitive parents must perform 1 volunteer job related to recital each year.
  • Parents should encourage and remind dancers to practice at home whenever necessary.
  • Parents must learn to trust our professionals with all things dance. Parents agree to put in the extra time to drive the dancers to all extra classes and competitions.
  • Parents must keep their accounts paid up to date.
  • Parents must be supportive of the studio and it’s instructors at all times.

This is our famous NO “DANCE MOMS” ALLOWED Policy. Constant complaining or negativity towards the studio or its instructors will get your child removed from the program. If you ever have a legitimate concern or issue to discuss, we are more than happy to discuss privately with you and the correct staff member.