Our award-winning competition team is entry by invite/audition only. Our competition team take part in dance & performing arts festivals, dance competitions & conventions, youth platforms and our bi-annual show. Find out more below about the types of teams we run, and opportunities we take part in.
All competition dancers must take part in the following classes as a minimum requirement to be considered for our ballet/modern troupes:
Mandatory – Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Advised – Acro
Age 8-10 – 3+ hours a week, Age 11-13 – 4+ hours a week, Age 14+ – 5+ hours a week
Dancers should not replace a regular class with joining a troupe, and will only be invited if they show enthusiasm, dedication, and regular attendance of all their classes.
Our comp team are not permitted to train at another dance school, or be part of another local dance team. This is part of dance school etiquette – you should not train at one school and compete for another. Dancers who also compete in different but complementary hobbies such as gymnastics or musical theatre clubs are supported where possible to enjoy both hobbies. We also support pre-vocational dance programmes that benefit our dancers, such as The Place/Laban CAT Scheme, Central Ballet Associates, Ceyda Tanc Youth Company, Rambert School Associates etc. but please sign these off with our teachers so we are aware of any split committments you may have.
Our troupes are named after iconic pioneers of jazz dance. Dancers work on all modern-styles including jazz, modern, lyrical and as they get older, contemporary.
Our elite team is for exceptional dancers, and those who show the most dedication and passion for dance. This team work together weekly on technical jazz, lyrical & contemporary styles, and is for dancers aged 12-18. Dancers will take part in many competitions, and events.
Our principal Miss Jackie selects student who show ballet promise to be part of our classical groups for Festivals & Competitions. Dancers rehearse weekly on Saturday mornings and benefit from extra ballet coaching.
BDC Youth is our contemporary youth company for pre-vocational dancers aged 14+ run as an associate company to the school. Dancers focus on contemporary dance technique and create choreography for film & local performances.
Our Street Crews rehearse weekly with professional dancer Alice Rhodes who had an incredible career working with artists such as Pharrel & Rhianna, as well as with professional hiphop dance company Boy Blue Ent. Our auditioned crews, explore styles such as hiphop, street and commercial.
A snapshot of the types of events you can find our competition team performing at each year. Dancers will also compete with solos, duets and trios.
U.Dance/ Youth Platforms
Southern Dance Awards
Brooks Academy Show