Center Stage has one of the most respected competition teams in Ohio. We attend three regional competitions every season and one national competition every other summer. Our competitive team requires dancers to make a larger commitment to their dance training. Ballet and Body Placement classes become mandatory at the competition level for any student dancing in our Jazz, Lyrical, or Contemporary group routines. Dancers in competition typically spend more days and hours at the studio every week than our Recreational and Prep Team dancers. We truly believe that becoming a competition dancer helps put students on track for success and a faster pace of progress.
We begin each dance year with our Summer Company Camp. Dancers will come one or two days per week through the month of July and take classes in every style of dance. Throughout these four weeks, our teachers will observe each student in class and determine the appropriate group dance(s) for that individual student based on level and age. Dancers will turn in an audition form in which they detail the number of group dances they would like to be considered for, as well as what styles they would like to dance in. Once groups are posted on our website, competition dancers start to learn their new dances and they will continue to work on these routines until January. After group routines are finished and clean, we spend the remaining months of the year working on style, technique, confidence, and going over judges’ critiques from competitions.
Our competition dancers also attend conventions and master classes throughout the season, which gives them a chance to take from some of the best teachers and choreographers in the industry. They can make connections and relationships with these teachers, which will give them an advantage in the dance industry after high school if they wish to continue onto a dance career. Our faculty can also offer an abundance of knowledge and advice for dancers to help prepare them for any college dance audition. Our students are constantly challenged through new choreography, being taught proper dance technique, and working on improvisational skills. Through this process, they will gain a new appreciation and love for the art of dance.