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February 10, 2023
Mr. Brian Nieh, Classical Competition Connoisseur
February is Dance Competition Month. So is March, and April, and May. So really, it’s more like Dance Competition Season…
February is (almost) in Spring, and Spring is Dance Competition Season
There we go. Also, still Mr. Brian.
Anyways, we have dancers from our full-time and Young Artist programs competing in several dance competitions this season, including Leap, KAR, Starbound, Headliners, and Applause (dates at the end). Our students are competing in solo and duets, and small and large ensembles.
Dance competitions are a precious opportunity for student dancers. There’s the preparation side, where you work with your teachers to brainstorm and create a choreography that you’re invested in and are willing to perform and present to the world.
There’s also the practice side. Techniques need to be polished, and the dance practiced to the point of muscle memory. It’s commonly a time where dancers really put in the extra work and see significant improvements in both their skills and command of their dancing.
Of course, there’s the competition aspect, where you’ll be on stage, performing for your peers, judges, and dance-familiar audience members. This kind of test may seem daunting, but it’s really more of a testament to the hard work you put in and an opportunity for you to share your passion with the dance community.
Cherish the opportunity. Work hard. Enjoy the experience. I’m excited to see how well everyone does this season!