Recreational Dance Vs Competitive Dance

Recreational Dance vs Competitive Dance:  


Dance is an art form that can be enjoyed both competitively and recreationally. Whether you’re a beginner or have been dancing for years, there are many different types of dance styles to choose from.  

Are you having a hard time deciding whether to join dance recreationally or competitively? Competition dancing and Recreational dance programs offer two distinct experiences for dancers.  


The intensity level of competition dancing is much higher than recreational dance programs as it requires more skills, discipline, technique, and commitment from the dancer to succeed. Recreational dance programs tend to be less intense as they focus on having fun while learning basic moves rather than perfecting intricate choreography. While competitive dance focuses on the competition side of dance recreational dance programs focus more on winter and end-of-the-year recitals.  


Recreational dance requires fewer hours per week. At the end of the dance year (June), students perform in a stage recital. Recreational students can choose 1 or more styles of dance to learn. Competitive students must learn all the core dances but have the option of adding additional disciplines like hip-hop and musical theatre. Competitive students must attend a certain number of competitions in the spring, as well as a recital. Normally at the end of the competition season, we attend the ‘nationals’, where our competitive team travels to the United States for additional international competition. 


In competitive dancing performance feedback is provided by judges who evaluate each routine based on certain criteria; this can be helpful for a dancer to understand areas of improvement and build upon existing skills. Recreational dance programs typically do not have such feedback from qualified judges, but still offer a great opportunity to learn and practice. 


Lastly, while competition dancing is often associated with higher costs due to the need for extra training and resources such as costumes, recreational dance programs can often be done for a minimal cost.  


In conclusion, both competitive and recreational dance programs offer unique experiences for dancers. While competition dancing requires a higher level of intensity and commitment, recreational dance provides an opportunity to practice and learn basic moves in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Each type of dance has its own benefits and no matter which style you choose, it is sure to be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. 


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