Our Award Winning Competition Teams!
Our Comp Crew program is an opportunity for dancers ages 7-14, as well as a Senior team for high school dancers, to work together with professional caliber choreographers to develop and compete dances in a wide variety of genres including ballet, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, tap and lyrical styles. Comp Crews compete at 2 competitions and 2 competition/conventions each year in the Chicagoland area.
Some of the goals for this program include developing a strong sense of unity, camaraderie, and competitive spirit as a team, while providing technical development and mentorship on a individual level helping each team member grow to become the best dancer/competitor he or she can be.
By joining Comp Crew, each student is committing to a year round program starting in our summer intensive in June and culminating at our all studio recital. Auditions take place in the late spring each year. The summer schedule includes choreography, technique, leaps & turns, and rotational classes featuring jazz, ballet and hip hop. In the fall, dancers continue their training with their team specific choreography class and additional technique classes. Each team will compete a minimum of two dances at each competition during the season. Dancers can choose to perform in additional specialty pieces based on their interests and abilities. All members can compete in a duo/trio or a solo performance.
Like our Engage Dance Theatre program, Comp Crew team members also participate in a Big Sister, Little Sister Program with the overall goal of bridging the gap between ages and levels and creating a family/team atmosphere. Each season ends with a fun party celebrating everyone’s accomplishments for the season!
Interested in trying out? Dancers can prepare for auditions with a variety of studio offered classes. A ballet technique class as well as a Primary Dance or Extreme Jazz & Hip Hop class are recommended. Information meetings will be held each spring to answer questions and allow parents and dancers a chance to get more information on what it means to be a Crew dancer!
Team dancers give back by participating in various events to support the surrounding communities, including the Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade, Johnny Appleseed Festival, and the Festival of Lights Parade.