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2022-2023 Competition Team Group Reel

Competition Class Information:

The Studio East Competition Team is a group of dancers age 5 & up who train between one to several days a week in preparation for performance opportunities and competitions.  It is an encouraging, supportive environment for dancers looking to take their training to the next level with the Studio East Family and have more opportunity for performances outside of our recitals.  Our competition team is divided into different groups based on age and skill level. These groups are decided through summer evaluation and prior competition placement. We offer many different classes and dance styles as well as solos, duets and trios. The program includes local and national competitions, performances, bonding activities, sibling family program, holiday events, teacher assistant program and the new teacher apprentice program coming in the fall of 2024. New ideas and more opportunities will be presented at the following meetings.

If you are interested in our competitive team, our informational meeting for new students is on Monday, June 17th from 5:30-6:00 pm at the studio. This meeting is for parents only. We are looking for dancers ages 5 and up that are interested. 


Our informational meeting for the current competition team  is on Monday, June 17th from 6:00-6:30 pm.  This meeting is for parents only. We have so many amazing opportunities coming this summer and fall. We are offering new classes and new teachers. Miss Ramona will continue to foster an amazing team of teachers  that have a wide range of knowledge, experience and passion. We are so excited to bring our dancer(s) the best dance program that balances technique, artistry, growth and a wide range of disciplines. This coming year, our team of teachers will be also focusing on dancer wellness in classes. Our team of teachers will be implementing a “dancer mindset” in classes. After years of teaching, owning, and networking, Miss Ramona feels it is important to shift and evolve as a studio in what is needed for our dancers to thrive, persevere and stay in the right “mindset” of competition and all things in life. The competition schedule for summer and fall will include exciting new classes and teachers.

We are planning on walking in the 4th of July Parade as well as dancers performing at Roc The Runway Fashion Show on Saturday, November 2nd. 

Under Miss Ramona’s direction, students have had the opportunity to dance in Disney World, in NYC, at the Pro-Bowl, on the USA Dance Team in Italy, in parades, fundraising events and more.  Students have gone on to dance professionally, open their own studios and make lifelong dreams come true. If you have reached out to let us know you are interested in the competition program, we will email you the schedule.

Summer Requirements: Classes begin Tuesday, July 9th - August 15th

Dancers interested in Studio East Dance Company Competition Team are required to be enrolled in summer classes. We realize dancers may miss some classes in the summer due to family vacations. Makeup classes are available in other classes during the summer for those who have to miss. We do not prorate summer tuition as we offer makeup classes. Enrollment for required classes will open on Wednesday, May 15th. All required class tuition prices are available through the parent portal on Wednesday, May 15th. Optional class pricing is subject to discounts and promotions based on class hours. Please email your optional class interest for pricing. If you are interested in a style of dance that is offered over the summer and you would like to enroll in the class for the new season, you will need to enroll in that class for the summer. Current Studio East Dance Company competition students will receive a discount on summer optional classes. We appreciate your loyalty and trust in the studio!!!

Breakdown of ages below is a guidline for summer. All students will learn and grow even if they are the oldest in the age group. Our experienced and talented teachers will use progressions and drills to keep everyone learning, growing and having fun.

Primary: Ages 5 - 7 years

Required classes are on Tuesday's from 4:30-7:15 pm. These classes include Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Tumble.


Optional Classes:


5:00-5:30 pm Additional Ballet

5:30-6:00 pm Additional Tumble

6:00-6:30 pm Hip-Hop

Secondary: Ages 8 - 11 years

Required classes are on Wednesday's from 4:30-7:00 pm and Thursday's from 5:15-7:45 pm. Classes include 2 Ballet Classes, Tap, Tumble Flex, Jazz and Dance Fundamentals.

Optional Classes:


4:00-4:30 pm Convention Combo (Free Class)

7:00-7:30 pm Improvisation


7:45-8:15 pm Contemporary

8:15-8:45 pm Hip-Hop

Pre-Company: Ages 11 - 14 years

Required classes are on Tuesday's from 5:30-9:15 pm and Thursday's from 6:30-8:45 pm. Classes include 2 Ballet Classes, PBT, Tap, Dance Fundamentals, Tumble Dance Arts, Contemporary and Jazz.

Optional Classes:


4:00-4:30 pm Convention Combo (Free Class)

4:30-5:45 pm Ballet

5:45-6:15 pm Tap

6:15-7:00 pm Tumble Flex

7:00-7:30 pm Improvisation

7:30-8:00 pm Dance Conditioning

8:00-8:30 pm Tumble Dance Arts


4:30-5:15 pm Pre-Pointe/Pointe

6:00-6:30 pm Hip-Hop

8:45-9:15 pm Tap

Company: Ages 12+ years

Required classes are on Wednesday's from 5:15--9:00 pm and Thursday's from 6:30-9:15 pm. Classes include 2 Ballet Classes, Jazz, Dance Conditioning, Tumble Dance Arts, Dance Fundamentals, Contemporary, Improvisation and Tap.

Optional Classes:


5:30-6:00 pm PBT

6:00-7:30 pm Ballet

7:30-8:00 pm Tap

8:00-8:45 pm Dance Fundamentals

8:45-9:15 pm Tumble Dance Arts


4:30-5:15 pm Pre-Pointe/Pointe

6:00-6:30 pm Hip-Hop

Students ages 11 years and up can apply to be a Teacher Assistant. Teacher Assistants will receive tuition credit for the summer and fall season. Students that have breaks during their class time, may be able to assist classes during that time. If your dancer is interested in this program, please email the studio.

New added Teacher Apprentice Program will be revealed soon. This is for dancers who have been a Teacher Assistant for a few years or show maturity and would like more guidance on how to teach their own class in the future. This is an exciting part of Studio East Dance Company as we give our students more opporutnites to be the best they can be. 

Season Classes begin Monday, September 9th, 2024

Season Requirements: See below (Subject to change due to enrollment and student needs and studio growth)

Schedule will be available in August.


Primary Team - Ages 5-7 years old - All age appropriate costuming, music and choreography

Core Classes - Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Tumble

Optionals - Hip-Hop and more

Secondary Team - Ages 8-11 years - All age appropriate costuming, music and choreography

Core Classes - Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Dance Conditioning, Dance Fundamentals

Optionals - Tumble Flex, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Improvisation, Dance Fundamentals, Pre-Pointe, Convention Combinations and more

Pre-Company Team - Ages 11-14 years - All age appropriate costuming, music and choreography

Core Classes - Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Dance Conditioning, Dance Fundamentals

Optionals - Tumble Dance Arts, PBT, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Improvisation, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Convention Combinations, Choreography and more

Company Team - Ages 12+ years - All age appropriate costuming, music and choreography

Core Classes - Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Dance Conditioning, Dance Fundamentals

Optionals- Tumble Dance Arts, PBT, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Improvisation, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Convention Combinations, Choreography and more

Guest Choreography - Studio East Dance Company will offer guest choreography for some classes, solos, duets and trios. These dances selected for this work will be taught choreography in the summer and fall or 2024.

Competition Season - Requirements for each team will vary depending on age and level. Our competition months are between February and June. Please keep this in mind when accepting a competition team placement. The competition meeting for dates of competitions is Saturday, October 5th at the studio. Competitions are selected by location, reputation, levels, age groups, price and more. Over the past 3 years, Miss Ramona has extensively traveled and networked with different competitions to broaden her knowledge and to bring Studio East families the best competition experience that aligns with the values of Studio East. Competition locations may be in the Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse areas.  Fun events may be planned as well. An exciting NYC trip to see the Rockettes for their Christmas Spectacular is being planned for 2024. All new ideas to make this afford to families. 

Conventions - Under Miss Ramona's leadership she has seen growth in dancers that attend conventions. Conventions offer a unique opportunity for students to grow in their artistry, technique and love for dance. Conventions are meant to expose dancers to different choreography, teachers and styles of dance. Miss Ramona has attended over 30 different conventions in around update NY.  Conventions will be offered to the team and one is required for Secondary - Company Teams. This will be discussed at the competition meeting.

Private/Duet/ Trio Lessons - Solo/Duet and Trio lessons are offered to both recreational and competitive students. These lessons will be by request of the student/families only. These lessons will focus on technique development, strength, artistic quality, flexibility and building confidence. This is a great way to gain individual attention, goal setting and progress. This is also a great way to get a head start on choreography for the season. Please email the studio if you are interested in enrolling your dancer. We base our availability on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Community Performances - Information coming soon.

Financial Commitment - Information will be discussed at the competition meeting.

Click here for Competition Team Shoe Requirements -- Subject to change for the 2024-2025 Season

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Class Description:


Contemporary dance is a genre that includes fluidity, versatility and freedom of expression. This style includes movement from modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. 

Classes will include warm up and progressions.

Convention Combo:

If your dancer loves learning up-to-date choreography, they will love this class. These classes will be taught by Miss Ramona and Miss Kenzie who have traveled to conventions all over the upstate NY area. These combinations will get your dancer excited and growing by offering choreography by leading professionals. All choreography is credited to the teacher and acceptable to teach. Sytles in contempoary, hip-hop. lyrical, musical theater, tap, ballet and more. This class is free as a way to say thank you and we appreciate you.

Choreography Class: Coming Fall of 2024!! What to learn the ins and outs of choreography? This class is for ages 11 and up. More information coning soon.

Dance Conditioning:

This class is a combination of deep stretching and body conditioning. Each class will focus on endurance, arms, abdominal, and leg exercises to strengthen the entire body. Strong muscles are vital for protecting the body and improving dance skills. Healthy muscles are important for safety and to let the dancers move more freely and keep the body strong. This class may incorporate therabands, tennis balls, stretch bands, ankle weights, yoga blocks, turning boards, and more.

Hip Hop:

Our dynamic hip hop classes provide students with the latest, cutting-edge, hip-hop choreography.


Dance improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations, including levels, shapes, and dynamics. This class will improve each dancer's ability to connect their training to their own interpretation and artistry. 


Our jazz classes enrich and extend students' technical skills through center and progression work.


An emphasis is placed on grace, fluidity, musicality, and expressiveness to capture emotion through movement. This style combines elements of ballet and jazz to create storytelling and expression.

Dance Fundamentals:

This class dives into the fundamentals of turning and technical sequencing of moves along with combining turns and leap. Leaps and turns focus on proper technique in pirouettes, leaps, jumps, battements, flexibility, extensions, and more.

Musical Theater:

This class will use music from favorite musicals, showcase dances, and acting, through the words, music, movement, and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. 

PBT: (Progressing Ballet Technique)

Certified instructors, Miss Ramona and Miss Jules will lead classes in this innovative body conditioning and strengthening class. Specific exercises are used to support weight placement, alignment, and posture. A small and large exercise ball is needed.


By teacher approval and invite only. Pre-pointe is used to strengthen the ankles and placement for an easier transition to pointe. Pointe work requires an immense amount of foot and ankle strength in addition to placement of body weight. Pointe shoes have a much smaller surface area to balance on; this area is called the box of your pointe shoe. Without proper training and strength, it is quite difficult to feel secure and comfortable once up on your shoes. Pre-pointe revolves around the basis of balance and strength. These goals are reinforced through the use of many releves, balance exercises, and steps that are commonly used on pointe, such as echappe and bourrée. Pre-pointe is a very important stepping stone in a dancers' education when thinking of pursuing pointe. This class ensures the proper alignment of strength that is so valuable when up on pointe.  


This class is designed for students with previous and continuing training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Approval for pointe shoes is required.


All tap classes will work on rhythm and musicality. Each age group will learn traditional, and rhythm tap that will focus on progressions for safety and success.

Tumble Dance Arts:

This is a new class that will fuse tumbling skills and dance technique. This class will include partnering, floor work, strength, and artistry.

Tumble Flex:

This class will work on tumble skills and flexibility. Progressions will be given so all students will learn and grow.

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