Rhythms Competition Team 2021-2022


What Is Competition Team?


Competition Team will be an opportunity for those students who really love to dance and want to be pushed further and work hard.  The group will be competing at three local dance competitions during the year.  We will also be going to a Nationals over the summer; because we don’t have all of the details for this nationals just yet, it will be encouraged but not mandatory.


For this upcoming year, we will have two groups:


ELITE TEAM: The first group is reserved for advanced dancers as students need to be dancing at a level that is ready to compete against other teams.  They will be working toward perfecting their technique and precision which is hard work.   This team will be for those entering grades 9-12.  Rehearsals will be on Monday nights, September-May.  There will also be one Saturday afternoon all-team workshop per month.


PREMIERE TEAM: The second group is for those dancers who are new to competition.  These dancers will be learning what it means to be part of a competition team.  They will work on their technique and learn some new skills.  They will also learn about the dedication and determination it takes to compete.  This group will be for dancers entering grades 6 and up.  Rehearsals will be on Tuesday nights, September-May.  There will also be one Saturday afternoon all-team workshop per month.


Cristina will be reviewing all the competition details at the end of the audition video.  If you have questions, you can email her at cgdancehero@gmail.com.



Who Can Audition for Company

Must be entering grades 6-12 in September 2021



Video Auditions - Due May 30th


Informational Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53BoQWS-KdU


Premiere Audition Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEBlE0RfbTI&feature=youtu.be


Premiere Audition Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8KR822o1gw&feature=youtu.be


Elite Audition Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qfE6Q1aHcI


Elite Audition Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuB4kJnb9Dw


Record yourself doing the dance and email it or send a link to it to the following address: CGdancehero@gmail.com  - Due May 30th


The team will be announced on in early June.




SUMMER REHEARSALS/CAMPS - required unless prior arrangements made with Cristina


Premiere Boot Camp: $300 not included in competition fees

July 12-16, 1:30-5:30pm


Elite Boot Camp: $300 not included in competition fees


August 16-20, 6:00-9:00pm


Nationals rehearsals  for 2020-2021 team only: July 16 & 23, 6-8pm


All-team (Premiere and Elite) weekend retreat: August 21-22 (all day)


Competition boot camp fee ($300) is not included in your competition fees. 



Regular weekly rehearsals will run from September-May.  


The ELITE TEAM  will rehearse on Monday nights.  Rehearsals will be 2 hours in the fall and 1 hour in the spring.  

The PREMIERE TEAM will rehearse on Tuesday nights.   Rehearsals will be 2 hours in the fall and 1 hour in the spring.  


Dancers will also be required to attend a once-a-month dance workshop on Saturday afternoons. Times and dates for these workshops will be announced this summer.


We will not have rehearsals during weeks when we do not have regular Rhythms classes.  We have budgeted for 30 rehearsals throughout the year so there will be some weeks without rehearsals.





Competition Calendar


Competitions do not yet have their calendars prepared for next year.  Usually we have this info by late June and will get you the info as soon as we have it.  We will also get you the dates for the monthly Saturday workshops as soon as possible.


Competition Team is a YEAR LONG COMMITMENT.  The 10 month competition fee is non-refundable.  If a student cannot finish out the year, you still owe this monthly fee.  We highly, highly discourage anyone from quitting competition team.  It is very difficult on the group as a whole and teaches your child that they don’t need to fulfill the commitments they make.



Competition Fees

The competition team costs $100 per month and will be paid August-May (10 months).  This breaks down to about:

65% competition fees

25% coaching fees

10% costume fees 


Your Competition Fees include:

  • weekly competition rehearsal fee
  • Three competitions with four competition dances for each dancer
  • admin fees, and staff event expenses
  • Minor costume fees ($25 per costume; we are again trying to keep competition costumes inexpensive)
  • Summer All Team retreat weekend at studio (August 21-22)

What your Competition Fees DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Travel Fees for hotel nights at competitions (may or may not be necessary).  
  • Summer Competition Boot Camp - $300 (required)
  • Solos, Duos, or Trios
  • Nationals

Fee Policies:

Competition is a YEAR LONG COMMITMENT.  If for some reason your child is unable to continue with company you will still owe your fees through May. 


The 10 month competition fee is non-refundable.  If a student cannot finish out the year, you still owe this monthly fee.  We highly, highly discourage anyone from quitting competition.  It is very difficult on the group as a whole and teaches your child that they don’t need to fulfill the commitments they make.




Coaches will focus on coaching and therefore won't be coming up with any fundraising opportunities.  If you want to create your own fundraisers, you are welcome to do so.  



Team Parents

We will be looking for parents to act as team parents.  These parents would be in charge of organizing food for some of the events, rides to competitions, and some special treats throughout the year.  If you are interested in being a Competition Team Parent, please email us to let us know.



Company Requirements and Expectations


  • Every competition dancer must enroll in at least 4 additional weekly dance classes at Rhythms; one class must be Technique class.  Or if you do a musical, you can take 2 weekly dance classes at Rhythms; one must be Technique class.  You must be signed up for your classes by September 1. 
  • Good attendance is a must.  If we feel that a student misses too many classes, there may be consequences.  
  • All students are required to attend all competition classes and competitions (except Nationals).  It is imperative that the dancers attend EVERY competition.  We cannot re-stage if a student cannot attend.
  • Dancers must sign up for Competition Boot Camp.  See details above.
  • A zero tolerance policy is taken when it comes to drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. Any Competition team members found using these substances, during a company trip or otherwise, will face severe consequences and removal from the Competition Team.
  • Competition team members are expected to be kind and considerate to every other student at Rhythms.  In company we are ALL friends regardless of which classes we take, how old we are, or what school we attend.
  • Students may be monitored on social media.  Anything that is not allowed inside Rhythms will also not be allowed on social media.  That means we do not say negative things about the studio or anyone at the studio online… even in a joking way.  Be respectful and kind even online.  You are also not allowed to post any photos or posts that are vulgar or dangerous in any way.  The coaches reserve the right to remove students from the company who we feel are not being appropriate online.
  • We believe that Competition Team members should be good role models for our other students and carry themselves in a respectful manner at all times.  They should be good representatives of Rhythms Performing Arts and represent our studio in a positive way.  This means that these students must participate 100% in all of their classes, be kind to fellow students, helpful to their teachers, and hardworking at all times.  Being a Company member is an honor and a privilege and should not be taken for granted.