What are festivals?

A fantastic opportunity for gifted dancers to showcase their talent in a competitive way. This can include solos, duets, trios, quartets, and group dances. Each dance is entered into a section, which will be judged by an adjudicator. Every child receives a certificate and comment sheet and if they are lucky enough, can be placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd and will be awarded with a medal.

Festivals are competitions that are affiliated to the All England Dance Festival Association and the Federation of Festivals for Music Dance and Speech. Their aim is to provide competitive opportunities for amateur dancers to perform, build confidence, learn from others and to demonstrate their artistic abilities before an audience and judging professionals.

The National Finals that take place every two years are held in July/August.

Who is chosen?

Festivals are of a high standard, so the students that we select will need to show the attitude and skills required for such a competitive environment. They will need to show the potential for this in their lessons and show work. A high level of performance skills are a necessity for festivals, therefore expressive, confident dancers will be selected. Students will also need to prove that they have a good work ethic to put into place both at rehearsals and the events. Parents will be approached if teachers think the students are ready for festivals.

Every dance that is choreographed has the music specially edited and is made to suit the child/children dancing.

The Commitment

Festivals do require a lot of commitment from both the students and parents. A lot of practice is needed to get dances to the standard required for such a high level competition. Festivals can also involve a certain amount of travelling and early starts. Therefore it is important that careful consideration is given before committing to these classes.

The Expenses

Entry fees range from around £3.50-£6.00 for solos, £3.00-£4.00 (per person) for duets, trios and quartets and £1-£2 (per person) for group dances per festival.

Private Lessons to learn the choreography (price per person) – Solos £30 per hour; Duets £15 per hour per person; trios/quartets £10 per hour; Group Dances £5-£10 per hour depending upon number of performers.

Costumes for group dances are available for hire for £25 for the year.

Costumes

For solos, duets, trios and quartets we will choose suitable costumes to match the theme and style and send you relevant information on pricing and sizing before we order for you to purchase. We request that you provide a costume carrier for you to store your child’s costumes safely between festivals.

Basic dance costumes range from £30-£80. This does not include, tights, shoes and other accessories or alterations and modifications. For example, if you are dancing ballet, you will be expected to have clean ballet tights/socks, satin ballet shoes with ribbons. If you are dancing lyrical modern then tan footwear and tan tights are essential. Other expenses include hair styling products and stage make up.

The Benefits

Teamwork: Duets and groups are only as good as the collective effort

Self-Discipline: Perfecting the routines requires dedication, concentration and commitment

Independence: Festivals require the children to look after themselves and their friends

Self Confidence: Performing and succeeding in front of a peer group audience builds confidence, enables them to measure themselves and grows self-esteem.

Creativity: The routine is unique to the troupe / individual and caters for their specific abilities; i.e. they showcase their attributes.

Fitness & Fun: Once the routines are established then they can be practised in and out of normal lessons. This provides an outlet for your child and hopefully will burn off excess energy!!

As you can imagine the rewards are proportional to the effort so practice and commitment is key especially if your child is part of a group.

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