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What is Competitive Dance?
Competitive dance is a popular activity among dancers in which they perform permitted dance styles, such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern and tap before a common group of judges.
A dance routine may receive an individual award based on its final score, or based on its ranking in a particular category. Although the highest scoring dancers are ranked according to their overall scores, dancers are competing against themselves, and thus competitive dance is not so much about competing, but rather is an opportunity to receive valuable critiques from other dance professionals and watch and learn from other dancers.
What is a Dance convention?
Dance conventions are educational events hosted by professional dancers. They are held on weekends in large cities nationwide, typically in hotel ballrooms. Many conventions also hold competitions so that attendees can have their routines critiqued, but a student does NOT have to compete in order to attend a dance convention.
Most conventions also host an audition. By auditioning each student has the opportunity to receive scholarships to attend other dance conventions or classes from studios like The Edge, The Millennium and Broadway Dance Center. The audition is not required but is a great opportunity for every dancer to experience. Bethany Giurlani has received multiple scholarships from JUMP to attend a week long dance convention in LA and took classes from dancers like Twitch, Misha (who can be seen in the new hit film Step-Up Revolution) and Kenny Wormald (Footloose 2011).
Attending a dance convention is a great way for students and teachers to learn new techniques and styles of dance.