While Turning Pointe Dance Studio does not consider themselves a “competition school” we do however participate in select professional ballet competitions that offer scholarships and opportunity for students with aspirations of becoming professional dancers. Our Mission with our competition program is not to win awards but to help advance the careers of our young dancers. Those competitions may include Youth America Grand Prix, Connecticut Classic, as well as others. Dancers are carefully selected by Turning Pointe Dance Studio faculty. This program is by invitation only.
Dancers that compete must fulfill all Intensive Division requirements (see Intensive Division) plus the following additional requirements:
-They are required to take a Contemporary dance class, a Jazz dance class, Floor Barre, and Dance Conditioning in addition to their ballet requirements.
- Dancers will also meet with the Artistic Staff to discuss a more individualized schedule plan and follow their recommendations which may include additional private lessons and added ballet classes with lower or higher levels to properly prepare them for the high demands of our competition program.
- Dancers are expected to attend all weekend and evening rehearsals. The time, passion, and commitment that goes into being part of this program is intense. Dancers may need to sacrifice vacation time and other leisure activities. Rehearsals begin in August and will continue weekly until the competition in complete.
-Dancers and Parents are asked to trust TPDS staff in regards to all choices and decisions made. TPDS artistic staff will choose classical variations, contemporary choreographer and choreography, music and costumes for each dancer. The teachers and choreographers selected to work with our dancers are among the finest and most experienced available. They are selected because of their professionalism and knowledge of what is technically and emotionally right our students.
- Our competition program is a privilege that dancers and their parents must appreciate and respect. Participation in the program is restricted to dancers who are ready to make achieving their personal best a priority. Dancers are to be as dedicated to their academic studies as they are to their dance training. If participation in this program affects your grades or the expectations and goals set by your parents, we cannot allow you to continue in the program.
- Competition dancers are expected to respect our school, its teachers, and its choreographers. They must present themselves in a professional manner at the studio as well as at competitions. They must support each other, this includes parents. They must carry themselves in an utmost respectful,friendly and kind manner with fellow students at our studio as well as students from competing schools. Gossiping and poor attitudes will not be tolerated.
$750 Contemporary Choreography fee
(This fee is paid directly to the choreographer. This includes an unlimited amount of rehearsals.)
$50 per hour for Classical Variation rehearsal time. This will vary between 15-25 hours from start to finish. These fees are to be paid directly to the rehearsal coach. Time is tallied up at the end of each month and you will be sent a monthly “classical rehearsal invoice”.
Competition participation and registration fees can be anywhere between $200-$350 per competition. TPDS Artistic Director will complete all registering and parents are responsible for reimbursing Turning Pointe for all fees.
Pointe Shoes- Parents should be prepared to purchase more pointe shoes more than usual while considering the safety and proper technique of their child.
Accommodations- Parents are responsible for booking all of their own travel and accommodations. They will be responsible for costs affiliated with hotel accommodations of one coach/teacher for one night that will be split between the competing families attending that particular venue.
Costume fees- Circumstances will vary.
$50 per costume rental fee for alterations and cleaning of a current TPDS costume.
$100 rental fee for classical costumes being newly designed. These costumes will remain property of TPDS. These professionally created tutus range from $500-$1500. A $100 rental fee is minimal and quite an honor to get to wear something so special.
Contemporary solo costumes will be purchased outright by parents. Parents will be responsible for covering the cost of what the costume costs and they will get to keep the costume. These range between $100-$250.