Artisan Competition Team is designed for dancers to grow technically and competitively while gaining the invaluable lessons of good sportsmanship, friendship, team unity, and a deeper love for dance.

 

Our Premier Team Requirements:

  • Two Group Routines performed at three regional competitions in Central Ohio

  • One Ballet Class/Week

  • One Contemporary Jazz Class/Week

  • Must attend weekly rehearsals (3 Miss Maximum)

  • Appropriate classroom behavior (dance attire, hair up, listens & applies corrections)

  • Attend our competition team audition on August 20th, 3-5pm - Please email if you have a conflict.  We will find a make-up time for your audition

  • Mandatory 2017 Choreography Workshops: August 25th, 5-7pm & September 8th 5-7pm

 

What are we looking for at the audition?!

 

  • Clean single pirouettes

  • Strong arms, transitioning arms from the first position

  • Pointed feet on all extensions

  • Leaps with straight legs

  • Strong ballet technique

  • Personality!

 

 

Our Traveling Team Requirements:

  • Two or Three Group Routines performed at three regional competitions in Central Ohio

  • Two Ballet Classes/Week

  • One Contemporary Jazz Class/Week

  • Must attend weekly rehearsals (3 Miss Maximum)

  • Appropriate classroom behavior (dance attire, hair up, listens & applies corrections)

  • Attend our competition team audition on August 20th, 3-5pm - Please email if you have a conflict.  We will find a make-up time for your audition

  • Mandatory 2017 Choreography Workshops: August 25th, 5-7pm & September 8th 5-7pm

  • Must attend Fall Dance Convention (TBA)

  • Must attend Nationals in Sandusky, Ohio (Dates TBA)

 

What are we looking for at the audition?!

 

  • Clean double and triple pirouettes

  • Strong arms, transitioning arms from the first position

  • Pointed feet on all extensions

  • Leaps with straight legs, and a full split in the air

  • Strong ballet technique

  • Fouette & A La  Seconde Turns

  • Musicality

  • Personality!

 


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SOLOS/DUETS/TRIOS

 

So You Want a Solo (or Duet or Trio)?

If you’re a dancer who hits the competition circuit, you’ve noticed a trend: Each year there are more and more solos at dance competitions. These soloists are dancers who have the guts to get onstage by themselves, are confident about their abilities, and aren’t afraid to accept the judges’ criticism. Most important, they are the dancers who are technically and emotionally ready for the experience. Or are they?

Dancing a solo can be wonderful and motivational experience, but it can also be devastating. We all have seen dancers who lack confidence attempt their first solo, only to end up running off stage. Humiliation and embarrassment—two pretty nasty feelings to have as a result of doing something we’re supposed to love—take the place of the expected exhilaration and pride. In some cases, the disappointed dancer questions whether she wants to continue to dance. All this for a solo?

 

I’m Ready! (I Think)

 

You’re absolutely determined not to be embarrassed onstage, but how do you know when you’re ready to take on the challenge of a solo—and succeed?

Take a close, honest look at yourself and your dancing. You’re ready to solo when

  • you have made a serious commitment to yourself and to dance;

  • you’re willing to go into the studio or your bedroom, on your own, to focus extra time on your solo;

  • you are willing to take your solo apart count by count and make sure you know what's up technically (where your arms are on every count, what the best angles are, and so on);

  • you are willing to rehearse your solo full-out all the time in order to build stamina;

  • you are technically ready.

 

OK, I Know I’m Ready—Now What?

 

When you finally get the opportunity to have that stage all to yourself, make sure that the audience and judges can see how much you love to dance. Focusing on the floor is a sign that you’re scared or lack confidence—look right at your audience and make them feel like they know you by the time your performance is over. If you are a true dancer, the satisfaction of an excellent performance will be all the motivation you need to work harder to get better and better. Don’t judge how you feel about your performance by the size of the trophy or the color of the medal.

 

Walk, Don’t Run

 

Take a close look at your goals and motivations, and talk to your teachers. They can offer an objective assessment of whether you’re ready to solo. Trust their judgment, do what you know you can do, and get ready for a positive performing experience!

 

The Bottom Line

 

Each solo will require a separate entry fee at competition of  at least $100.  You will also need a separate costume for your solo at around $50-75.  You will be required to schedule a ½ hour private lesson weekly until up to and throughout competition season. This is not only an emotional and physical commitment but a monetary commitment as well.