An eisteddfod is a festival of performance, music and literature. Essentially it is a festival in which contestants compete and are ranked according to their performances, in other words eisteddfods are a forum for competitive dancing. In such festivals, dance competition is the main focus.
Students perform several different dances in front of judges who perform several different dances in front of judges whom evaluate and score each routine. This style of dance has come to be viewed as a sport, demanding high levels of dedication, strength, stamina and flexibility.
In a dance competition or eisteddfod, dancers show off and compare their skills with other dancers of the same level. The competitors are required to perform at least one dance from a particular division. As competitors move up in skill level, they are required to perform more dances in the category level.
Judges of competitive dancing are usually former professional dancers. They sit at the front of the dance floor and watch all competitors.
WHAT IS COMPETITIVE DANCING?
Competition offers a higher level of dance training for your child. Dancers can start Competitive Dancing at around 4 1/2 years old . During the first few classes of the dance year students work on basic technique and steps that will be included in their dance routine. This time is treated like an audition and allows the instructor to get a feel for the student / group’s dance abilities. This helps the teacher any necessary adjustments to technique, students and routines.
Once the dance teacher understands students and their abilities, they will work with them over the next few months learning challenging choreography, perfecting their performance and their presentation of the dance. Dynamic Moves Dance Studio will select competitions for students based on their level of competitiveness and ability.
At these competitions students will have their routines judged against other routines from other dance schools locally and across New South Wales.
WHAT IS THE COST OF COMPETITION?
Dance competition costs can vary depending on the number of competitions being competed in, number of private classes required, costume costs and more.
First of all, students must take a minimum of three dance classes per week.
Secondly, competitive dance costumes are more elaborate than recreational level costumes. They must be more durable and have original designs as part of a competitor’s mark is based on their appearance. As a result the cost of a competitive costume can be around $135- $195.00 per student/group.
Finally, there are competition entry fees which range from $38.00 to $40.00 per student/group, per competition. These fees will be collected once final confirmation of which competitions the student will be partaking in have been made.