About the Team
If you are thinking of joining our Performance Team but want to know more information, this is the place to go. Gotta Dance has a wonderful history of performance and competition teams and our newest ensemble of dancers are ready to add to our growing story! We realize joining a team of any kind (especially in the field of dance!) requires a significant commitment of time and money. The faculty of Gotta Dance have come up with a team curriculum that includes many enriching and varied performing opportunities while still leaving time in your child's schedule to enjoy other important and enriching aspects of childhood. It will NOT require rehearsals 5-7 days a week, multiple weekends in a row of performances, or out-of-state travel. We are very excited to show you what we have up our sleeve next year and hope you will join us!
The aim of the Gotta Dance Performance Team is to provide each student with a well-rounded dance experience. We carefully consider each event we choose to have your child participate in to ensure it is not only something they will enjoy but, most importantly, that it is something they will learn from. Competitions will teach a child a lot about hard work, sportsmanship, and striving for a goal, but performing at a nursing home, children's hospital, or fundraiser will teach a whole other set of valuable skills like compassion, community, and charity. Most importantly, we want each of our dancers to understand that our program is meant to not only develop their dance and performance skills, but to help them grow as strong, active members of the community.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the team. If you have any additional questions, please call or email the school.
Are there any costumes I need to buy?
We want the goal of this team to focus on the performance aspect of dance. Because we will be performing throughout the year, we will need costumes. In order to try to keep the costs down for everyone, we will re-use costumes whenever at all possible.
We will also be keeping the costs down through fundraisers or by only requiring a plain leotard and shorts for some performances at smaller venues.
What types of events will the team be participating in?
Some examples of places we perform are:
- amusement parks & carnivals
- holiday events
- nursing homes and hospitals
- community events & parades
How much traveling is involved?
Our aim is to keep our performances local. Most will be within 20 minutes of the dance studio although, one or two may be within an hour and a half drive. The few shows that are farther than that will still be in New Jersey...usually at shore points or amusement parks in the state.
What are the weekly class requirements?
Our Performance Team must be enrolled in ballet, tap, and jazz, in addition to a weekly Performance Team class (held on Thursdays).
While not a requirement, many of our Performance Team members also take theatre dance, acrobatics, lyrical/contemporary, pointe, and/or hip hop to help them to become a more well-rounded dancer and performer on stage.
Are there auditions?
No. The goal of this team is to encourage EVERY dancer to be the best he or she can be. Over Gotta Dance's 30+ year history, we have learned that each student, regardless of previous dance experience, has strengths that can contribute and help our Performance Team grow into a well-rounded group.
We do, however, require that to be on the team, he or she must have good attendance and be ready to work hard each week. That includes being able and willing to take correction from any teacher, choreographer, or judge he or she is working with. We want to encourage a good, positive attitude wherever we go.