Approached with a healthy attitude, competing can have many positive benefits.
Though we enter only a fraction of our numbers to compete, each year our students receive numerous awards and scholarships from competing in locally in Dance, Voice (singing) and Speech Arts. Caulfield School of Dance students have also been successful at provincial, national, and international competitions.
Even in competing performing group courses, the emphasis is on training over competing. We don’t just drill “numbers”. Our philosophy impels us to teach our students not just a dance, but how to dance, not just a song, but how to sing.
When attendance is good and every member in a group is practicing, performing courses (those preparing a group performing piece or “number”) can compete.
All numbers prepared in Performance Training Company rehearsal courses compete. All Professional Training Division performing courses (including the Half-Day training option performing courses) prepare at lest one performing piece for competition.
We will usually only enter each of competing group numbers for one competition. We will enter some numbers in two, and may enter some numbers in up to four competitions per year.
Families of the members of a group may enter other competitions independently (as when members of Company groups have entered numbers to complete in competitions in Whistler) with School permission, and the understanding that commitment to group events entered through the School will always take priority over all other events.
Solo, Duo, and Trio Competition
Students can prepare numbers from private and/or semiprivate instruction.
Students who wish to enter other competitions independently are welcome to do so with the understanding that group events must always take priority over solos events.