Hello current competition team members!
I hope you are all having a wonderful extended summer. It has been so lovely to be back in the studio this week. Now grab a coffee because this is a big email. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. I know this will be a lot.
We have updated our website’s competition team page now as we are prepping for the 2020/2021 season. As part of this there is now a password protected page for the current team. Here I will post updates on schedules, competitions, what to expect at competitions and so on. You can find the page here: https://steffendance.com/already-a-student/competition-teams/
The password for this page is MaryPoppins2020. I ask that you not share this with anyone not on the team. For the moment the only information on this page is what we currently know about our postponed dates from the current season. As more information is required this will be filled in and a good place to go for everything you need to know.
Competition Team Auditions
Current Competition Team dancers do not need to audition for the 2020/2021 season. As we will be overlapping with the previous seasons competitions as we prepare for next year’s competitions all dancers will be automatically placed back in the team.
We are still in an unpredictable situation with COVID 19. We hope that the province will remain at it’s current alert level (or move to alert level one) which will allow us to continue dancing and for the competitions to move forward. Under the current alert level performance venues can have up to 50 people in the room including performers, backstage workers and audience. This will allow for the competitions to go ahead without an audience. I’ve made a point to send this information and applicable links to the competitions so that they can make informed decisions based on the Newfoundland’s guidelines. Please know that it is on our radar to plan a competition showcase so that parents can come watch the students in person as they may not be able to do so at the competition this year. Knowing that the situation is unpredictable, we will need to proceed assuming that competitions will go ahead as outlined below.
Here is the update on competitions:
Dance Quest has informed us that they plan to go ahead with no audience and to instead live stream the performances. They have told me that I will get more information on dates and venue within the week.
Wanna Dance is going ahead – October 23-25
View Dance Challenge is cancelled. The competition is now refunding 30% of the entrance fees with 70% being credited to next year. At this point please let me know if you wish to have the 30% e-transferred to you (password: DanceCompetition) or applied to your account to be used against regular dance class fees.
Elite Dance Productions is cancelled. This announcement came on Wednesday. They have offered a 100% credit to the 2021 competitions and have also extended this to the 2022 competition is we find ourselves in the same predicament come March. I have pasted at the bottom of this email the details of this credit so that you can read the details.
As we are still competing, we will need to get back into the studio to both refresh the dancers on their pieces and to prepare them physically for the competitions. I know many of the dancers have been taking online classes, stretching at home, and doing their best to maintain their technique. While this is wonderful, I will need to start having classes again with the dancers to prepare them for the intensive level of their competitions. Thus we will be starting competition team technique classes as well as competition team rehearsals.
Before I can plan, I need to know the following:
1. Do you plan on competing in the Fall? I understand that although the current government guidelines will allow for competitions to take place you may not feel comfortable doing so. Please know that if your decision is to not compete in the Fall you do so with our complete understanding. Your spot will be held (if you wish) for the 2020/2021 season competition team and you will still take technique class with the team.
2. Do you plan on competing with the team in 2021?
3. What is your availability during this summer for rehearsals?
4. What would you like us to do with the 30% refund from the View Dance Challenge?
Finally, the dancers should begin to consider whether they would like to take any of their current pieces into the 2021 season. So if Sally has a solo this year that she loves and feels confident in she can compete it both at Fall Dance Quest and Wanna Dance and 2021 Elite and View Dance Challenge. Please note that dancers cannot compete the same dance at two of the same competitions two years in a row. So those competed at Wanna Dance in the Fall cannot be competed at Wanna Dance in the Winter.
Once I have the answers to these questions from everyone, I will be able to formulate a plan for August moving forward. Please respond by July 18.
ELITE DANCE PRODUCTIONS CREDIT
We will be extending a 100% credit (no hold-backs) to all registered dance studios. Further details regarding these credits can be found below:
- 100% of credits refers only to monies already paid to Elite Dance Productions.
- If Elite Dance Productions cannot hold an event in 2021, the 100% credit of 2020 fees will be extended. This credit will be available for two consecutive competitive seasons, beginning on the date we are legally and safely able to hold an event. (i.e. if our first event takes place in 2021, the credits will be available for use in 2022 as well).
- Elite Dance Productions will not be increasing entry fees for the first competitive season back to regular operations. (i.e. if our first event takes place in 2021, our pricing will remain the same as it was in 2020).
- Credits may be used at any of our event locations within the previously stated time frame.
- Credits may only be used for workshop fees, competition fees, and observer passes.
- Credits will be placed in the studio’s name, and thus may be used at the studio’s discretion (i.e. if a registered dancer decides to quit dance between now and the event date, that dancer’s credit amount may be used towards another dancer).
We understand that studios may need to swap around dancer names, routines, event location, etc. in their registration. We will work together to make sure all of these changes are made as we get closer to our 2021 event dates.
Like most competitions, we also have a no refund policy. No refunds will be issued as per our Rules & Regulations as well as our participant waiver. Our one and only exception to this will be for graduating dancers of the high school class of 2020.
St. John’s, NL – March 26th-28th
Fredericton, NB – April 9th-11th
Sydney, NS – April 22nd-25th
Halifax, NS – May 6th-9th
As our credits will be available for use for two consecutive competitive seasons, we have included our 2022 dates below.
St. John’s, NL – March 24th-27th
Fredericton, NB – TBA
Sydney, NS – April 21st-24th
Halifax, NS – May 5th-8th