CSDA Competition Team Information 2022-2023
Training and Teamwork … Feedback and Fun! The CSDA Competition Team Approach
Does your dancer want to take it to the next level and enjoy a healthy competitive dance experience? CSDA offers the opportunity for students of all genders, aged 8-18 to train and participate in a competition team. As with all of CSDA’s programs, dance education comes first and foremost. Our competition teams consistently place at a Platinum and High Gold overall level, earning Highest Score, First Overall, Choreography Awards and Judges’ Choice Awards. This is not a high-pressured “Dance Moms” experience–our training and team approach is challenging yet manageable and leads to a sense of development and teamwork.
Competitions offer an excellent opportunity for students to perform more and at a prestigious level, with a myriad of dancers that come from around the nation, with a larger audience. Competitions are exciting and fun! Evaluations and critiques from dance leaders around the country at competitions are invaluable. We are so grateful to share with our students our passion for the universal language that is dance, whether it be rehearsing for our next competition, or jamming at the team sleepover. We love to see our teams grow up together and make such special lifelong friendships.
Teams (ranges may vary, based on a combination of age and skill level)
Company D: Ages 8-12
Company A: Ages 13-18
2022-2023 Competitions – TBD – generally 3-4 per year
What are the Competition Team requirements?
Competition Team students must be enrolled for the following classes at CSDA and attend all classes and participate in all competitions and performances as well the end-of-year recital, unless ill, injured or in case of family emergency:
- Company D: 1 Jazz class; 1 Tap class (required if student has not already taken Tap for one year) OR Musical Theatre or Hip Hop class; minimum of 2 Classical Ballet classes; Company class; Lyrical class. 6 hrs/week minimum
- Company A: 1 Jazz class; 1 Tap class (required if student has not already taken Tap for one year) OR Musical Theatre or Hip Hop class; minimum of 2 Classical Ballet classes; Company class; choice of Lyrical, Contemporary Modern classes. 6-½ hrs/week minimum
How Do the Competition Teams Prepare for the Competition Year?
Competition team members are asked to participate in a one-week Company Intensive during the summer, in which the students work on all new choreography for the upcoming competition year and receive technical training in all forms of dance.
Required Intensives: Schedules and Fees for 2022-2023*
Monday June 27th-Friday July 1st
Company D – 12:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. – fee $575
Company A – 10 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. – fee $600
Already accepted to a competition team? Please bring a check or cash or mail a check for your child’s company’s intensive fee (noted above) to Candace Sheppard or CSDA and need to be mailed to 4000 Massachusetts Ave., Apt. 1130, Washington, DC 20016. Thank you and we’re looking forward to a great dance season!
What are the Competition Team Attire/Costume Requirements?
Competition students will be required to have the class and competition team attire and costumes for the choreographed piece(s) for which they are chosen. Company S students typically perform in one or two dances at competitions and require only one or two costumes. Company D and Company A will perform/compete in more than one dance requiring a minimum of two costumes.
How Many Competitions Do Students Participate In?
CSDA realizes that the students and families cannot commit to constant competition weekends. Family and school come first. Therefore, we have a meeting in the Fall in which the coaches and parents decide on which competitions and dates work for the team as a whole. We typically choose between 3-4 competitions/year. Competition season begins in January, so depending on our selections, your child would compete 3-4 times from January-May, less than one competition/month. The competitions are fun and educational for everyone!
Important Information for 2022-2023 Competition Team Families:
- Please block out the entire weekend of a competition. Although our team will likely only be competing one day, we won’t know the schedule until one week before the competition.
- Call time is one hour prior to stage/competition time. All dancers must be in full performance hair, make-up and costume including accessories as well as fully stretched, hydrated and ready to take the stage. Competition schedules frequently run early and there are no “re-do” opportunities on competition day, if our time slot is missed
- Parents: To avoid unnecessary stress and make competitions a fun experience for your child, be prepared. Make sure all costume pieces, accessories, hairstyling tools and items, clean tights and dance shoes are ready and nail polish and personal jewelry are removed. Remember a pair of backup tights in the dance bag is a necessity. If your dancer is getting ready onsite, then plan to arrive at least an hour earlier than your call time. Remember, call time means being fully ready to perform, not arrival time.
Costume and Competition Fees (estimated–subject to change – based on 3 competitions and 2 dances per competition)
Company D: Two routines/costumes @ $250/2 costumes + 6 competition fees @$95 each = $820
Company A: Two routines/costumes @ $250/2 costumes + 6 competition fees @$95 each = $820
Soloists and Duets (selected by studio faculty): Competition fee @$175; 1 costume per dance @ $125 each; flat fee for choreography and one-hour initial private lesson @$200 = $850
*In addition, weekly private lessons are required at $50/half hour, invoiced each month*
Company Class Attendance and Awards Ceremony Participation
There is a three-strikes-you’re-out policy for unexcused company class absences this year. The students work very hard and cannot be in unison, know choreography and be prepared for partnering, lifts, restaging and in general when they or their teammates are not at their company classes/rehearsals.
- An excused absence is for sickness, important family obligations (wedding, reunion, funeral, graduation, religious holiday, etc.) and required school events (concert performance, field trip, etc). Absences for social engagements count as unexcused.
If your child is sick, they should not attend class for their and their classmates’ health. If your child is injured yet able to make it to the studio, they should observe class to stay up-to-date with choreography and corrections. We need to keep everyone healthy and safe and appreciate your cooperation!
- All dancers and parents are asked to stay for the competition awards ceremonies. .