Center Stage has one of the most respected competition teams in Ohio. We attend four regional competitions and one national competition every season and we are 2009-2016 National Champions! 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 four-week long Summer Dance 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 a tryout sheet in which they detail the amount 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 in the month of August, 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 workshops throughout the season, which give them a chance to take from some of the best choreographers in the industry. They can make connections and relationships with these teachers, which will give them a leg up in the dance industry after high school, if they wish to continue on to 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.
General Competition Requirements:
Must attend at least two weeks of our Summer Dance Camp
5-18 years old with previous dance experience
Two ballet & one body placement class taken each week
if dancer is in a jazz, lyrical, or contemporary (requirements
may differ depending on age of student)
Must take additional technique classes in the styles that they have group dances in
Attend at least one dance convention/workshop every year