Sutherland Studio of Dance is a competitive school and therefore there is an expectation that our dancers come to class more than once a week (depending on level) as well as perform and compete regularly. Our recommendation is to compete once a month. For dancers in the Beginner/Novice categories where stamps are counted for progression it is best to make a competition plan with the teacher in order to ensure that the dancer masters the basic dance principals over a period of time.
Competitions should be chosen to reflect a challenging level of competition. The terms Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Premier denote the level of competition offered and in reality usually does not reflect where your dancer is in their progression. Our studio philosophy continues to be quality of technique over the number of dances known.
Please Leave Your Valuables At Home: Money, Watches, Jewelry, Cell Phones, IPods etc.
Water: Dancers may bring a Water Bottle (please no pop, juice) to class with their name on it. Please do not share.
Dancewear: Dancers are required to wear Dancewear. The Teacher must be able to see bodylines and muscle engagement for development of good posture, muscle control and muscle development. Parental support and co-operation is required to ensure that your dancer follows the Studio Dress Code. Your child MUST be dressed properly for class and have the required equipment with them for each class. This is part of the self-discipline needed to be a Dancer.
Primary / Beginner Highland: An introduction to highland dance based on basic dance principals and music appreciation. Two or more seasons are usually needed at this level.
Ballet for Highland Dancers: This class is offered to assist Highland Dancers with their dance training. Hair neatly groomed, off the face in a Bun.
Highland Dancing: Highland classes are offered from Primary 4 – 6 yrs and Beginner to Championship Level.