This weekend marks our competitive teams first competition of the season. The value of competition is more than just going on stage and dancing. So with this upcoming weekends competition ahead of us, we wanted to let our dancers and dance families know what Competitive Dance means to us (just in case your dancer is interested in it for the future).
Competition Team 2010-2011
Performance: It gives dancers the opportunity to perform. This helps them become more comfortable on stage and in front of an audience. Which, can carry through later in life when doing presentations in school, work, and even events. Performance is also something we can't fully teach in the classroom, being on stage is a whole different feeling. This is why we have a winter showcase and spring gala, these moments on stage are important for the growth of a dancer and their confidence. Competition dance gives these dancers more opportunities to become comfortable on stage and in front of people.
Team Work: Throughout the season, the dancers become close, they learn how to work as a team, work through problem solving and learning from one another. They have to trust in one another to be there for each other on and off stage.
Space Awareness: In the competitive dance world, there is no stage "dress rehearsal". The moment you hit the stage you are performing the number. Because of this our dancers learn to be aware of spacing, the space in general, and how to correct themselves to the space. As a group you have to feel where each other are, without always looking at each other.
Growth: The growth we see in these dancers is huge. Having the extra time to work on group numbers, to work on solos, duos, trios, and to work with other dancers really helps elevate their training. These dancers also perform in many styles of dance, giving them more versatility as a dancer.
Sportsmanship: As with any sport, we encourage our dancers to be supportive of not only their teammates but other dancers in attendance. This is one of the most important things at a competition, supporting & encouraging others. It makes us better humans. Our team has been recognized on several occasions at competitions for their sportsmanship & support.
Responsibility: Our teams rehearsal less than 5 hours a week. We believe in them and their training outside of competition. We recommend these dancers put in time outside competition rehearsal, take notes of corrections and write down their choreography, so that each time they come back to practice we can move forward and make them even better. It is a responsibility of being on the team to do the homework and work outside practice. This helps build a stronger dynamic and gives the coaches the ability to make each dance better.
For us, competition is not about a trophy or the next competition. We have a bigger picture in mind for our dancers overall training, their future, and the opportunity to be able to perform. This helps build their confidence for future auditions, presentations, interviews, and so much more.
Premiere Team 2016-2017
Currently at Gasper's School of Dance, we have an advance level group, intermediate level, and G Crew (open level). The future of our competition team will actually be named the Gasper's School of Dance Performance Team, with more community performance opportunities in addition to three competitions.
If you are interested in our competition / performance teams, you can watch them online this weekend at Triple S (link at the top of the page -- Schedule Below). Or join and support our dancers in town:
April 13-15, 2018 at Ovation Dance Challenge at the Civic Center (Schedule release to of April)
May 3-6, 2018 at Midwest Starz at The Civic Center (Schedule released in April)
Triple S Dance Competition (Grand Forks, ND -- Watch Online)
All times are approximate, it could run ahead or behind. Try tuning in 20 minutes before time listed below. We will post results after the weekend.
Friday, February 16, 2018
#46 6:47pm Business of Love (Jazz / Solo) - Alex K
Saturday, February 17, 2018
#94 8:45am Nocturne (Lyrical / Duo) - Drew N, James K (Premiere Team)
#103 9:17am Breathe (Lyrical / Duo) - Elisabeth E, Tegan L
#119 10:13am Sophisticated Lady (Jazz / Duo) - Drew N, James K (Premiere Team)
#123 10:27am Hiccup (Jazz / Trio) - Elisabeth E, Tegan L, Camille M
#133 11:02am A Lovely Night (Musical Theatre / Duo) - Emma K, Camille M
#138 11:29am King Kong (Hip Hop / Duo) - Drew N, James K (Premiere Team)
#147 12:01pm La La Land (Open / Duo) - Emma K, Mateo L
#198 4:01pm Glory (Lyrical / Small Group) - Prima Team
#211 4:53pm Kung Fu (Ballet / Small Group) - Prima Team
#221 5:35pm No Church in the Wild (Jazz / Small Group) - Prima Team #240 7:01pm Jelly's Last Jam (Musical Theatre / Small Group) - Prima & Premiere Team
#245 7:21pm Chainz (Hip Hop / Small Group) - Prima Team
Prima Team: Elisabeth E, Emma K, Tegan L, Mateo L, Camille M (Grace T - injured)
Premiere Team: James K, Drew N