Competitive

ESD Performance Division Competitive Team

*Ballet training is mandatory for all students who wish to be part of ESD’s Performance Division Competitive Team. Dancers must be 6 years of age or older for the ESD PD Team.

Competitive Performance Division Team:
Our ESD competitive Performance Division (PD) team is a rewarding team experience for the dancer who loves to perform and train at a higher commitment level.  To provide the best possible training, students who would like to pursue the competitive PD team are assessed by our faculty and placed into the division and classes that are best matched to nurture them to grow in their talent and potential.
ESD holds a high expectation that all families who participate in Performance Division commit to practicing at home on a regular basis.  There is a high amount of parent involvement required, which makes Performance Division a fun family activity.  PD students must maintain 90% attendance in their regular classes and 100% in their additional competitive rehearsals. The dancers commit to the team from September-May and perform at 3 or 4 festival competitions in the Calgary & surrounding area in April & May as well as perform at the year end recital and may have opportunities for additional performance experiences.
The team is divided into 2 divisions, which allows for more of our dancers to be involved, at a level that best matches their commitment and ability.  All Performance Division Team members must meet the ballet and jazz technique pre-requisites, with the exception to Hip Hop.
Apprentice Team-

Apprentice Team Requirements:
Beginner 2 & Junior 1/2 dancers-Must be taking at least 1 weekly ballet class & 1 additional class of your choice
Junior 3-Must be taking at least 2 weekly ballet class & 1 additional class of your choice
Teen- Must be taking at least 1 weekly ballet class & 1 additional class of your choice
Pre-Inter, Intermediate & Senior Dancers- Must be taking at least 2 weekly ballet  and 1 additional class of your choice.

Company Team- This program is very beneficial for dancers highly invested in dance, who aspire to make dance a career choice or to take their talents to the highest level possible during their training years.

Within the Company Competitive Performance Division the students are required to train in core classes consisting of:

• 2 or 3 Ballet classes per week (determined by level placement)
• 1 Jazz competitive class per week
• 1 Lyrical competitive class per week
 1 Turns & Jumps per week (Pre-Inter and up)
 1 Contemporary competitive class per week (Intermediate and up)

Additionally available to our Company dancers that want to train as much as possible, we offer the opportunity for a single flat rate to add unlimited classes to the core class requirements. These additional classes are offered to Company dancers when you are taking 6 or more classes in: Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Acro, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Jumps & Turns.

Solo’s, Duet’s, Trio’s & Extra Groups
In the fall, the ESD faculty will invite students who are taking a regular weekly ballet class and whom we believe has the commitment, drive and skills to audition to be part of our Performance Division Team.  Once the dancer has successfully completed the placement/observation process, ESD faculty will work with your requests, to place your dancer in a dance discipline and category we feel is best for the dancer.
*Students will only be placed in a dance discipline in which they are currently enrolled and training in.
Ex: If your dancer does not currently take a tap class, they will not be placed in a tap number.

Performance Division Competitive Ballet Classes
* Must be registered in TWO Cecchetti Ballet Technique classes
Junior Performance Division Competitive Ballet – Saturday 10:00-11:00am
Pre-Intermediate Performance Division Competitive Ballet – Saturday 1:30-2:30pm
Intermediate Performance Division Competitive Ballet – Saturday 12:30-1:30pm
Senior Performance Division Competitive Ballet – Saturday 11:00-12:00pm

PERFORMANCE DIVISION COMPETITIVE JAZZ
* Pre-Intermediate Competitive Jazz  – Thursday 6:15-7:15pm
* Intermediate Competitive Jazz  – Monday 7:45-8:45pm
* Senior Competitive Jazz – Thursday 8:00-9:00pm

PERFORMANCE DIVISION COMPETITIVE LYRICAL
* Pre-Intermediate Performance Division Competitive Lyrical – Saturday 12:30-1:30pm
* Intermediate Performance Division Competitive Lyrical – Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm
* Senior Performance Division Competitive Lyrical – Saturday 1:30-2:30pm

PERFORMANCE DIVISION COMPETITIVE MODERN/CONTEMPORARY
* Intermediate Performance Division Competitive Modern/Contemporary – Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm
* Senior Performance Division Competitive Modern/Contemporary – Tuesday 7:45-8:45pm

Performance Division Competitive Hip Hop
* Monday 6:45-7:45pm