Welcome to the 25th Annual Dance Championships, the dance competition industry's premiere local dance competition. Since 1989, we have been featuring quality, competitive dance throughout upstate New York.
Has today’s economic recession had a negative effect on your family budget and compromised your ability to meet the high-priced demands of our national competitors? We, at the Dance Championships, believe that you shouldn’t have to compromise the quality you’ve come to expect for your investment. Since we are a family-owned and operated business, we can afford to satisfy your high expectations while saving you 37 to 55 percent off the national averages. Furthermore, for those who register on or before the early registration deadline, we’ve frozen entry fees for the third year in a row. We understand the major impact that a minor increase can have on your continued participation in competitive dance.
Highlights for 2013
The Dance Championships is a family-owned and operated business that has been entertaining children and families in upstate New York since 1988. The Dance Championships continues to deliver on its core principles of family convenience and affordability while providing dancers valuable performing experience in an organized, energetic and fun environment. "Dance competitions were becoming increasingly cost prohibitive and most ran behind schedule," says parent and competition co-founder, Gary Kilborn, "In response, we constructed this competition with special attention to the sacrifices made by parents and their children."
The Dance Championships continues to provide the most affordable experience within the dance competition industry. For a comparative analysis, click here. There you will find a complete list of national dance competitions along with their published entry fees and the significant savings offered by The Dance Championships. Furthermore, there is no pre-qualifying workshops or obligation to attend future regional or national finals.
The Dance Championships is renowned for its ability to stay on time. This very important, but often ignored, virtue is a signature of our careful and considerate scheduling for each event. We begin with a weekend program that schedules adequate time for each routine. We also evaluate the age of the children competing and adjust the schedule accordingly; young children generally do not compete late in the evening and especially late on Sunday when out-of-town families need to return home. The names of competitors are also carefully scrutinized to reasonably accommodate costume changes. Finally, judges are scheduled a break no more than three hours apart, keeping them mentally fresh and engaged.
Dance competitions used to thrill competitors and the audience alike with difficult routines in crowded dance categories and suspense regarding final placement. In recent years, such thrill has been tempered by a dizzying number of new dance categories, skill levels and placement options. These dance categories offer little competition and predictable results. The Dance Championships preserves the intensity of competition and the glory of victory by organizing into traditional dance categories with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention placement.
The Dance Championships is owned and operated by individuals who live in the local dance community, thereby allowing all studio directors, teachers, dancers, parents and friends direct and immediate access to the competition organizers. This level of accessibility highlights an unrelenting commitment to providing the most personal and responsive customer service in the dance competition industry.
By listening carefully to the concerns and comments of participating studio directors, teachers, dancers, parents and friends, The Dance Championships has satisfactorily adapted to the evolving preferences of our loyal customers.
Each city has its own unique personality; The Dance Championships compliment these differences by localizing our efforts to improve and strengthen the local dance community. To celebrate the diversity in local offerings and to encourage the support of local dance studios, our website and competition programs identify participating studios and indicate recital dates and locations as well as a link to your studio website, where available.
Throughout the year, we will be updating our website with helpful information, including competition forms and other documentation, results and photographs from each of our events, stage dimensions and layout, driving directions, participating studios and recital dates and locations and other multimedia. Please register online to receive the most up-to-date information as it becomes available and visit our Facebook page to ensure you receive all current information and announcements!
If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to starting new friendships and working with you soon.