Competitive Division

The Core at Elite Studios

 The competition program at Elite Studios, The Core, is an exclusive group of dancers selected by Elite Studios Director and staff to train at the highest level. Dancers who wish to participate in the competitive division must be accepted into the program.The Core is divided up into individual companies based primarily on age and is enrolled in a set curriculum of classes designed to develop the most technical, versatile, and strong dancers.

The Core classes are taught by Core instructors only and are not open to the general studio population. The Core commitment is a vast one both timely and monetarily. It is expected that The Core not participate in activates outside of dance as the obligation is time-consuming but rewarding. The Core participates in a charity concert each winter, The Benefit, as well as 5 – 7 regional convention and competitions, along with many other activities.

The Core Curriculum

  1. Mini Core to Senior Core take a minimum of 5, at the youngest age, to 10 hours, at the oldest, of technique and style classes per week. The Core is required to take classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz technique, Pointe, Hip Hop, and Progressing Ballet Technique: a combination of pilates and ballet.
  2. Weekends are used for guest choreography and rehearsals for competition pieces.

The Core Commitment

  1. The commitment expected to be a member of The Core at Elite Studios is a vast one. Dancers rehearse 2 – 3 weekends out of every month and compete minimally 5 times throughout the season. Conventions/Competitions/Masterclasses are required of every Core dancer.
  2. The Core also carries a non-dance requirement. The Core at Elite Studios is built on the foundations of hard work, discipline, character, and humility. Each Core dancer is held accountable for their attitude and positivity.

The Benefit

The Core additionally hosts The Benefit, an annual charity concert showcasing The Core’s seasonal pieces and benefits a different charity each year. Charities represented in the past include A Cure in Our Lifetime, Dancers Against Cancer, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Ian’s Friend’s Foundation.

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