The CDC Competition Philosophy

The purpose of the Competition Program at the Carlsbad Dance Centre is to provide an enrichment program for those selected students who excel in dance and have demonstrated a sincere desire to commit themselves to furthering their level of achievement in dance.

Students who exhibit the skill level, performance quality, attitude and dedication are selected for specialized professional training beyond the basic curriculum. Participation in a competition program can be a positive and motivating experience that will provide new opportunities and encourage students to develop their abilities to their fullest potential.

Taking the Healthy Approach to Dance Competitions

“Competition is healthy; but as dance agent Tony Selznick says, “It’s healthy only if your self-esteem is not connected to your score AND if you’re dancing for the right reasons.” In order to become a better artist, you must always strive to look at the big picture. So, what’s the big picture? Part of the big picture is to remember that dance is an art form, not a football game. There are no winners and losers like in a sport or a game. If you think competitions are about awards and medals, then you’re not dancing for the right reasons.” - Don Mirault - Renowned dancer/choreographer

Some Things To Remember

Competition requires special teachers, special students and special parents. It requires time, talent, dedication and regard for each other as team members. Our combined positive attitude guarantees success.

Winning is everything, when you define “winning” as doing your personal best. Students should compete against themselves and not be critical of others. This means concentrating on improving their own capabilities and growing as a dancer.

As we practice, travel to competitions, meet new friends and grow together, let us remember to show respect for ourselves and for others by always being supportive of our fellow dancers, parents and teachers. Team members that support one another stand out as leaders.

We all strive to bring out the best in all our students. In turn we build their self-image and develop perseverance skills. Having the feeling of achievement gives children the confidence to attack other challenges in the future. This feeling of accomplishment alone is worth much more than any trophy or medal! We need to measure our achievements according to ourselves and not others. Carlsbad Dance Centre is dedicated to making this elite program a positive experience for all. We are very proud of all of our students and appreciate all our wonderful families.

“Quality is not an act. It is a habit.” ~ Aristotle

“Practice it like you perform it!” ~ Miss Jana