The competitive program has 3 intensity levels (Level 1, 2 & 3) and is more intensive than the Recreation program. This program comes with a full year commitment from September to June. The fees for the competitive program classes are based on how many hours you dance. Additional fees come in the form of festival entries and costumes. All dancers that would like to be part of the competitive program must go through an audition process to be considered. All dancers must re-audition every year for placement in this program so we can ensure that each group is a good fit. There are 3 potential levels (all with different age groups) for the competitive program. If placed in one of these after auditions, students will participate in mandatory classes.
If you are interested in Level 1, 2, or 3, please contact our office for more information!
Level 1 dancers are invited to the program and attend a trial class to see how they perform with their group. They commit to 1.5-4 required hours per week (more if desired) learning technique in many disciplines as well as choreography that will be performed in competition and recital. Level 1 Competitive Program dancers are invited to dance in the program as young as age 4 and can continue in the program until 1 year after graduation from high school.
Students will receive confirmed program placement after the trial classes. Dancers in Level 1 have the opportunity to perform on stage at competitions/festivals and year end recital. Festivals/competitions typically take place March through June and our Level 1 dancers participate in 2 competitions per year.
The Level 1 program is a higher commitment than recreational dance in terms of hours, participation, attendance and investment. Schedule/fees are customized to each student based on their desired weekly class schedule beyond the mandatory hours.
Level 2 dancers commit to 3-12 hours per week learning technique in many disciplines as well as choreography that will be performed in various places. Level 2 Competitive Program dancers are invited to dance in the program as young as age 4 and can continue in the program until 1 year after graduation from high school.
Students will receive program placement after the auditions. Dancers in Level 2 have the opportunity to perform on stage during multiple performances, competitions/festivals throughout the year. Festivals/competitions typically take place March through June (3 events for level 2) and our level 2 dancers also perform in the community at events such as the Lilac Festival and Stampede Breakfasts, as well as one dance convention each season.
The Level 2 program is a higher commitment (above Level 1) in terms of hours, participation, attendance and investment. Schedule/fees are customized to each student and their dancing goals beyond the mandatory intensive Level 2 schedule. Our Level 2 dancers will also be required to take in house ballet exams and will be invited to participate in additional workshops and Acrobatic Arts exams if they desire.
Level 3 dancers (Challengers) are 8+ years of age and commit to 4+ extra hours per week on top of Level 2 mandatory hours. This is the professional division of our Competitive Program. It is for the serious dancer that is committed to learning and growing in the art of dance working towards a career in the industry!
This is for the dancers who want to:
• be pushed more in technical work and artistry
• do more conventions and workshops
• dig deep both mentally and physically
• be exposed to internationally acclaimed choreographers
• to do the WORK!
This unique opportunity at Alive Danceworks will connect like-minded dancers to increased technical training, more guest teachers, and meaningful work with a variety of choreographers.
In addition to the added class hours, the level 3 dancers commit to 2 in town dance conventions per year, one additional competition each season beyond the level 2 commitment (4 in total) and reach out for travel opportunities to further their education.