Spiral Dance offers a more intensive program for those students who show a strong natural ability in dance.
Registration for all competitive programs is done by invitation after our competitive auditions.
A Background in dance is needed to be eligible. Several years of experience in both Ballet and Jazz are basic requirements, additional styles are an asset.
Spiral Dance has many different programs, below is an outline of the different ages and levels of competitive programs. Our basic requirement for a student entering a competitive program is that they have Ballet, Jazz Technique, and Jazz Choreography. Other genres of dance are added as the level/age increases. See below for a full outline.
JUNIOR: ages approximately 6-8 years: Minimum class requirements: Jazz Technique and Jazz Choreography and Ballet Technique. Optional Acro classes.
PRE-COMPANY III: ages approximately 8-10 years: Minimum class requirements: Jazz Technique, Ballet, Jazz/Lyrical/Tap Choreography, with optional classes in Hip Hop and Acro.
PRE-COMPANY II: ages approximately 9-12 years: Minimum class requirements: Jazz Technique, Ballet, Jazz/Lyrical/Tap Choreography, with optional classes in Hip Hop and Acro.
INTERMEDIATE TEEN: Bridging program between recreational and competitive for ages approximately 12-15 years: Minimum class requirements: Ballet, Jazz Technique and Jazz Choreography Optional classes include Contemporary Choreography and Hip Hop.
PRE-COMPANY I: ages approximately 12-14 years: Minimum class requirements: Jazz Technique, Jazz/ Lyrical/Tap Choreography, and Ballet. Optional classes include Hip Hop, and Acro.
APPRENTICE: ages approximately 14-17 years: Minimum class requirements: Jazz Technique, Jazz/ Lyrical/Stage Choreography, Modern and Ballet. Optional classes include Pointe, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro and Contemporary.
COMPANY: ages approximately 15-18 years: Minimum class requirements: Jazz Technique, Jazz/ Lyrical/Stage Choreography, Modern and Ballet. Optional classes include Pointe, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Acro.
WHAT DO THEY COMPETE IN?
All of our Choreography classes, which are specific for each group as stated above, will be put into competition. These include Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Stage, Hip Hop, Tap, and where applicable Contemporary and Acro. At the Apprentice and Company level, dancers can be invited to participate in the creation of a Ballet Contemporary Group number for competition.
For groups Pre-Company I and lower, we choose to reserve our ballet classes to focus on the continued task of building a strong technical ballet base for our dancers. As our dancers compete in all other genres, we feel it is important to maintain their ballet classes for training. Only as the year gets closer to Spring is when a shift in one of the students ballet classes happens and a choreography group number is set for Recital. This allows the dancers to showcase the improvement in their ballet training.
It is important that students and parents understand clearly the demands and expectations of being in a Competitive Training Program.
For details on the Competitive Absentee Policies click link HERE.
Spiral Dance competes in 3 private competitions and at the upper levels one festival per Dance Season.We like to travel to an out of town competition, every second year. We also participate in Dance Conventions. These are optional, however if you are able to participate they are very inspirational. Information about upcoming conventions and professional dance performances will be found in our monthly emails and on the Calendar of Events. Aside from competitions, the students can expect many other performing opportunities within the community, for example Special Fundraising Gala’s, Youth Showcases, Hospital and Senior Performances, and Sporting Events.
A non-refundable $50.00 costume deposit is due payable to Spiral Dance by Sept. 15th. Parents can arrange with the office to have monthly costume deposits processed on their account to balance out the fee over the dance season. Costumes for each group number can range from $55.00 to $150.00. Competitive Costume invoices are typically sent home by February. The amount owing will include the cost minus your deposit. Recital Ballet costumes will be send home by May/June.
Spiral Dance has a parent run Fundraising Committee who host a variety of fund raising events. These events are geared to assist with off setting costume fees, as well to build the Scholarship account. Scholarships are presented at each Year End Recital in honour of individuals who either rose above and beyond in their growth, and leadership skills. It is a prestigious honour to be nominated. Parents interested in assisting with the Fundraising Committee are encouraged to let the office know. Many hands make light work! As well, our parent committee is filled with fun, energetic and enthusiastic parents. Your fundraising idea’s are always welcomed.