J & D Dance Academy is home to two competitive dance teams -- Premier Company for middle school students and Senior Company for middle and high school students.
Our competitive dance teams are designed for students who truly love all of the things that come with dance, from the classroom to the stage, and who want to take their training to the next level. It’s for our students who want dance to be their primary activity, and who look forward to coming to classes and rehearsals each week. It’s a perfect fit for students who are eager to learn, who want to be challenged, and who want to see how far they can push themselves. Through our competition teams, we try to give them every opportunity to do so. Our expectation is that our competition dancers will come to class and rehearsals each week, ready to work, that they will remember the choreography from the week before, and that they will be open to feedback and corrections. We expect that they will have a positive attitude in class towards their teammates and all of their instructors, and that they will always try their hardest. In return for their 9-month commitment to the team, we will do everything in our power to make the handwork fun by being supportive, encouraging, inspiring, by building trust and a strong sense of community and belonging
We see competitive dance as something comparable to a team sport they may play in school. Not every kid on the soccer team will turn pro, and not every dance student will go to Broadway, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try our hardest to reach our goals. Similar to sports, through competitive dance they will learn the importance of teamwork, the value of discipline, and the joy that comes from working on something for a really long time and finally mastering it. There are certainly days when it’s hard, challenging or maybe even seems impossible. Your dancer may get frustrated they can’t do a certain trick or that it’s taking them longer to learn choreography. This is totally normal and we will do our best to help them stay positive and confident, while making sure they aren’t feeling unnecessary pressure or stress. And at the end of the season, when they look back on September, it’s a guarantee they will see all the progress they made.
That’s what it’s all about.
All Company dancers will participate in a minimum of three group routines as follows:
- Senior Company will be doing a contemporary routine and musical theater or jazz routine.
- Premier Company will be doing a contemporary or lyrical routine and a musical theater or jazz routine.
- Both companies will join together for a full team production routine.
All Company dancers are welcome and encouraged to add additional routines. These routines may be small groups, duets/trios or solos and placement will be determined by the Studio Director and Choreographers.