Below are some FAQs regarding our Competition Dance Team. If you have additional questions, please contact Mariana's Dancing Studio and we'll be happy to help.
HOW ARE THE COMPETITION DANCERS SELECTED?
There are different ways to join:
|CAN ANYONE TRY OUT?|
|Yes, anyone can try out.|
|HOW MANY CLASSES DO COMPETITION TEAM MEMBERS NEED TO TAKE?|
Many competition students take more than the 5 minimum classes as they realize that to become a good competitor one needs lots of practice and experience.
MINI COMPETITION TEAM
Many times competitors realize the importance of deep training and so they add on classes to the minimum requirements for optimal training and performance level.
|WHAT ARE THE COSTS INVOLVED?|
|HOW IS IT DETERMINED WHICH TEAM A DANCER JOINS?|
|The instructors decide what team, level, and category a dancer will compete in. There are different skill level categories and age categories, too.|
|WHAT IS INVOLVED IN ENTERING A SOLO?|
|CAN THE DANCER PICK THEIR OWN SONG FOR THEIR SOLO/DUET/TRIO?|
|Students can suggest song choices for their performance and discuss their preferences with the Instructor and Director. The instructors will guide the student with their expertise in the field and consider the student's desires to the best song choice possible that will showcase the dancer in his/her best light.|
|WHEN IS COMPETITION SEASON?|
Competition Season starts as early as the end of February and typically runs until May for Regional Competitions. We do our best to NOT compete during April Vacation. National Competitions take place in the early Summer - end of June, beginning of July.
|WHEN DO I GET A COMPETITION SCHEDULE?|
Probably the most asked question!
|DO THE DANCERS HAVE SPECIAL REHEARSALS?|
Yes. Typically on the Thursday or Friday before Competition weekend all team members come for one special practice(just once before each Competition).
Sometimes an extra rehearsal is needed and added before competition weekend, on a different time than the regular class time.
|HOW MANY COMPETITIONS DO YOU ENTER?|
Mariana's Dancing Studio enters between 3 and 5 competitions a year.
The size of the competitions may vary. Some are very big, some are smaller. And yes, if you commit to compete you need to commit to all competitions we are participating in.
A total of three (3) competitions are the required ones for all Team members. The other (1 or 2 depending on the year) are optional for duets and solos mostly.
|MY CHILD WANTS TO COMPETE WITH A SOLO/DUET, BUT NOT WITH A TEAM. IS THAT POSSIBLE?|
|It is possible, however the tuition rate for private training is higher, due to the fact that the student would not be taking the same classes as the competitive teams. Please consult with the Director about solo entries independent from teams. Not every solo entry request will be granted; decisions are based on a number of factors.|
|DO I NEED TO BE PRESENT AT EVERY COMPETITION?|
|No. Even though it is wonderful for parents, friends and family to witness competitions, you do not need to be present, as long as you make driving arrangements and inform the Studio Director that your child will not come with an adult. Our Staff watches out for the competitors.|
|WHAT KIND OF COMMITMENT IS EXPECTED FOR TEAM MEMBERS?|
All Competition Team Members need to commit to the following requirements:
|WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A DANCE COMPETITOR?|
There are so many!
On a personal level, these are some (but not all) of the benefits of competing:
There are many more benefits to competing. We encourage you to consult with the Studio Owner or Teacher if this is of your interest, and talk to dancers who are competing already! You will find out how exciting it is!