QUALITIES of a Competitive Dancer
We are seeking dancers who are talented, focused, driven, and excited to be a part of a well-respected and award-winning team. Please talk to your dancer about the importance of follow through, hard work and making dance their top priority. Your dancer should be confident about their desire to belong and consistently work at the level of our competitive team.
Options to COMPETE
We offer audition based competitive teams - including the ESSENTIALS and COLLECTIVE Programs. We also offer teacher assessment based teams - including the STARS and ENSEMBLE STARS Programs. These programs encompass a wide variety of skill and commitment levels, creating an opportunity for many dancers to find a home on our team.
For more information on the Backstage Dance Studio Competitive Programs, please complete our team information request form.
Audition Based Programs
ESSENTIALS: 6th - 12th Grade
This is designed for Intermediate/Advanced-Level dancers in grades 6-12 who are focused on building artistry, athleticism and perfecting their craft. This program encompasses our ballet-based styles and includes weekly training in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. Competitive opportunities may be available in Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theater and Modern. Classes required 4 days per week, plus Choreography Rehearsals, which may be held on Saturdays. Those in the ESSENTIALS Program will also have the opportunity to add in both Tap and Hip Hop technique classes and competitive pieces in those styles, but these are not required of the program. Groupings within the ESSENTIALS program may be based primarily around grade level.
Group names may include Custom Cut, Mezzo, Ensemble, Avant Garde and Elite.
COLLECTIVE: 2nd - 6th Grade
This is designed for our Intermediate-Level dancers in grades 2-6, This program consists of weekly training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and tap. Dancers in the program may have the opportunity to compete in Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Modern, Tap and Hip Hop. Classes required 3-4 days per week plus Saturday Choreography Rehearsals. Dancers are required to compete in a minimum of 2 group pieces.
2nd-4th Grade - Baseline
4th-6th Grade - Reckless
Assessment Based Programs
STARS: K-5th Grade
For our experienced beginner dancers in grade K-5 that love to dance and perform and want to take their training to a new level. This program requires classes in ballet, tap, hip hop and acro, training two days per week. Competitive opportunities available in hip hop and tap. Instructor approval is necessary to be invited into this program. Although not required summer classes are recommended in order for our instructors to assess each student.
K/1st Grade - Super Stars
1st-3rd Grade - Rising Stars
3rd-5th Grade - Shooting Stars
ENSEMBLE STARS: 6th - 9th Grade
For our experienced older dancers that love to dance and perform and want to train in a team environment. This program requires classes in ballet, jazz and contemporary, training two days per week. Competitive opportunities available in contemporary and jazz. Instructor approval is necessary to be invited into this program. Although not required summer classes are recommended in order for our instructors to assess each student. Please attend contemporary, jazz and ballet classes to be assessed for placement into this group.
6th-9th Grade - Ensemble Stars