Dance on Broadway is so excited to welcome you to the second season of our competition team. I’m Sydney, and as Competition Coordinator, I am thrilled to lead you through another year of growth, change, and opportunity.
Our team had an exciting first year. The dancers did extremely well at each competition, earning multiple top placements, special awards, and recognition for their hard work. Additionally, the friendships with their teammates grew and they gained discipline, perseverance, and mutual respect. Every Dance on Broadway instructor is so proud of these students, and it’s been a pleasure to watch them grow.
As we begin our second year, I intend to strengthen the familial environment we’ve built together and foster their growth as dancers and young people. They will learn what it means to be a part of a team and how to best support one another. This includes cheering for their teammates as they perform their routines, helping their friends when they’re feeling down, and creating a Dance on Broadway family that continues long after their competition years. Our dancers are team players: mentally strong, emotionally resilient, and endlessly supportive. I look forward to witnessing their personal and communal growth.
Please read through this handbook to further understand the team commitments and expectations. It’s going to be an incredible year!
Competition Team Coordinator
PLATINUM SOLO - AVA
about competition team
Why join the competition team?
Joining the competition team is a way for dancers to make lifelong friends and develop their discipline and teamwork skills for the future. Not only will they learn to handle criticism, take corrections, and work toward becoming better dancers, but they will also have so much fun!
Classes and Rehearsals
All team members take technique classes. The requirements are determined by their company placement. Every routine will have its own 30 minute rehearsal. Classes and rehearsals run September through June.
Solo: One dancer (eligible at 9 years old)
Duet: Two dancers
Trio: Three dancers
Group dance: Four or more dancers
Production: A routine with the entire DOB team
Mini Team (ages 5-7)
Mini Team members are required to take at least 2 combo classes, 45 minutes in length. In addition to having a small group dance, they are also eligible to be in the production routine and duets and trios.
Silver, Gold, and Platinum Companies (ages 8-18)
Silver, Gold, and Platinum Company members must take at least one ballet class. They also must take technique classes for the styles they will be competing in. For example, if they are in a jazz group dance, they must take jazz technique. However, if they are in two jazz dances, they only need to take one jazz class. This goes for hip-hop, contemporary, etc.
What styles will the group routines be?
The Mini Team (ages 5-7) consists of one group dance of jazz/hip hop. The Silver Company (ages 7-10) has jazz and hip hop routines. For the Gold and Platinum companies (ages 9+), we have jazz, hip hop, and contemporary group routines. We also have a production routine that includes everyone on the team, and this is in a jazz/hip hop style.
Can my dancer do a solo, duet, or trio?
All dancers are eligible for a duet or trio, and dancers 9 years or older are eligible for a solo. However, please be aware that some of these will rehearse on weekends. If your dancer is only available during the week, we will do our best to accommodate.
Technique Class Requirements
Mini Team: Two combo classes, and they can choose between Ballet/Tap, Ballet/Jazz, and Jazz/Hip Hop.
Silver Company: One ballet technique class, and one class for every group routine they are in (i.e. if they are in a jazz group, they need to be in a jazz class.) We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that they also take one other technique class and Leaps and Turns.
Gold Company: One ballet technique class, one jazz class, and one contemporary and/or hip hop (depending on what routines they are in.) We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that they also take one other technique class and Leaps and Turns.
Platinum Company: One ballet technique class, one jazz class, one contemporary and/or hip hop class (depending on what routine they are in) and Leaps and Turns. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that they take a second and/or third ballet class, and take a pointe class.
These will all be in the Chicagoland area. A breakdown of the schedule will be released 7-10 days before each event. The teams that are required to attend that competition are listed. However, dancers can attend more competitions than required if everyone in their routine agrees.