HDC COMPETITIVE PROGRAM
Competition Company | Our competitive program is a company team designed for students who truly feel that dance is one of their utmost gifts, callings, and passions! With 5-12+ required hours (depending on age and level) of commitment per week, competitive dance is not for everyone! However, for those who are able to put in the extra effort, time, and focus, competitive dance provides one of the most rewarding experiences imaginable!
Requirements: Competition students usually compete a minimum of 2-4 dances, but may also be selected for small groups, special pieces, and solos/duets/trios at the discretion of the directors. The selected student is not required to participate in these special numbers! They are, however, required to participate in their regular class dances. The team competes in 3-5 weekend competitions, which consist of all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Competitions are held during the months of March-May, with nationals usually in July. Students will receive a list of competitions before Christmas, and they will receive the schedule for the competitions approximately two weeks before the event. Students are required to participate in the competition Showcase (dress rehearsal) that is held in February or March of each year. All team participants must be available for all competitions and are expected to attend all required classes and rehearsals with minimal absences. There are consequences for multiple, unexcused absences.
*In lieu of auditions, our company members are selected following their participation in our weeklong boot camp. We feel that watching students over the course of a week gives us a much better understanding of their commitment, attitude, dedication, and character than any 3 minute audition could tell us! We also feel that sometimes auditions are an unnecessary pressure and create a sense of division amongst our team. Instead, in order to be eligible for competition, students must simply attend boot camp. Following boot camp, those interested in competition or pre-comp will be notified of where they will fit best within our company!
Pre-competition Teams | Pre-competition allows students to perform in dance competitions without the full commitment to our competition program. This is perfect for students who have never dance competitively and want to get their feet wet! It is also perfect for those students who are involved in a plethora of extra curricular activities and cannot handle the time commitment that a competitive company demands.
Requirements: Pre-competitive students are required to take at least one recreational class with HDC per week. In addition, they will meet with their pre-competition instructor for a 1 hour choreography and rehearsal class per week. Pre-competition students will usually just compete one dance. The team competes in 3 competitions, which consist of all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (pre comp students are not required to be at the competition the full length of time). Competitions are held during the months of March-May, with nationals usually in July. Precomp students will receive a list of competitions before Christmas, and they will receive the schedule for the competitions approximately two weeks before the event. Precomp students are required to participate in the competition Showcase (dress rehearsal) which is held in February or March of each year. All team participants must be available for all competitions and are expected to attend all recreational classes and pre comp rehearsals.
*Pre-competition students may be selected for certain competitive company dances, such as hiphop or production.