YDA’s Competitive Performance Dance Team provides enthusiastic and talented youth with an opportunity to study dance more intensely and perform before live audiences in both a competitive and noncompetitive environment. Performance opportunities are provided through attending competitions, community and charity events. In addition the dancers also perform in their own Gala Performance and the studios year end recreational dance recitals.
Students enrolled in the program attend multiple classes in various disciplines including Ballet, Jazz, Stretch & Strengthen which are mandatory and depending on the student additional classes in Modern, Bollywood, Acro, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theater and Hip Hop are also studied.
The program is designed to improve technique, self discipline, poise and build self-confidence in young dancers; all qualities which are beneficial to a child’s development.
Dancer’s and their families also build lasting friendships through this program as students spend multiple hours in the studio together throughout the year.
It is open to any interested dancer between the ages of 6 to 19 and acceptance is by invitation or audition only. Auditions for new members are held in the spring of each year.
Our team is divided into four levels. The annual program fee includes all lessons in studio, teacher supervision at the competitions, entry fees for the competitions, costume(s) and team tracksuit. Fees may be paid over a six-month period (September-February). Students have the option to attend additional classes and will be invited to participate in further performances throughout the season. Additional fees will apply.
Mini (ages 5 – 7 years) – Minimum commitment is 3.5 hours per week and one routine. Students will perform at
four competitions throughout the season and two live productions in a local theatre. Successful applicants will
participate in weekly ballet, jazz, tap and acro/stretch classes.
Junior (ages 7 – 9 years) – Minimum commitment is 4.5 hours per week and one routine. Students will perform
at four competitions throughout the season and two live productions at a local theatre. Successful applicants will
participate in weekly ballet, jazz, tap and acro/stretch classes. Additional options may be available.
Part-Time (ages 8 years and up) – Maximum 5-6 hours per week and two routines. Students will perform at
four competitions throughout the season and two live productions at a local theatre. Disciplines covered
at the base level include ballet, jazz, conditioning and student’s choice of acro, contemporary (ages 10 years and
up) hip hop, musical theatre or tap.
Full-Time (ages 8 years and up) – Minimum commitment 7.5 hours per week and four routines (Grades 1-3)
and 8.5 hours per week and five routines (Grades 4 and up). Students will perform at three to four competitions
throughout the season and two live productions at a local theatre. Disciplines covered at the base level include
ballet, jazz, conditioning, lyrical and student’s choice of acro, contemporary (ages 10 years and up), hip hop,
musical theatre, pointe or tap.
Our in-person audition date is scheduled for Sunday May 28th at our Newmarket location and is divided
into groups based on age.
Generally, we try to schedule most of a dancer’s classes at the studio closest to where
they live; Aurora, Newmarket & Stouffville. Depending on the team they are accepted onto they may have class options at multiple locations.