Rockport Dance Conservatory Students Off to Dance Competition
The students on the Rockport Dance Conservatory Competition Team are putting the finishing touches on their numbers for this years Dancer's Inc Regional Dance Competition.
On March 14th and 15th nine RDC students will travel to North Berwick to compete, presenting solos, duo/trios, and small group numbers. The 2014 Competition Team includes Moira Pieri, Sydney Fields, Sadie Mills, Piper Pavelich, Annika Charland, Kelsey Guinn, Carrie Long, Paige Chester, Elise Mahar, Cecil Tinch.
What are Dance Competitions? There are many dance competitions throughout the USA and Canada. These competitions have similar formats each with their specific rules and special offerings. Competing numbers are entered into a category based on their age and experience range, and are judged on technique, style, showmanship , and precision. They are critiqued in comparison to other numbers in their age/level division.
What are the benefits of Dance Competition? The benefits of dance in general--strength, coordination, flexibility, discipline, commitment, and teamwork--are all magnified in a competition program. Students work hard to get choreography clean and performing style strong which means more hours in the studio. Team spirit is enhanced with a strong sense of accomplishment and camaraderie.
Rockport Dance Conservatory focuses on cultivating the balance of the benefits with some of the negative drawbacks. RDC still promotes dance numbers high in artistry and good technique rather than "tricks" and flash. Proper sportsmanship, group support, performance ability, and creative exploration are reinforced. Though everyone would like to have their dances win, it's more about the good attitude and the dancers' individual growth. Getting away from your home environment, especially a smaller community, allows dancers' to see what is out there in abilities, choreography, and styles.
RDC does not require students to participate in Competition. Many ask on their own and class students are asked if they are interested since it does require more commitment.