Sooner or later in your dance training, someone will approach you about the possibility of being on a team. That brings up the question of how do you know when you're ready to be on a dance team?
Deciding to be part of a dance team is a commitment. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Cost of Being on a Dance Team
The cost of being on a dance team can be considerable. Most teams compete in several states and at a nationals of some sort. You have to consider the cost of additional costumes, competition fees, extra studio time, and travel expenses.
A Dance Team Requires Time
Most dance teams practice or rehearse 3-6 times a week. They make it look easy during performances, but there are many hours spent in the studio perfecting that 3 minute routine.
A Dance Team Is A Family Commitment
It's not just you that joins the dance team, but your family as well. Your parents have to be willing to get you to and from all those extra practices and to travel with you for competitions. This means time away from other siblings or sometimes dragging them along.
Joining A Dance Team Is Joining a Family
A dance team truly does become like a family and no friends that you ever have in your life will be as close as your dance friends. There is a special bonding that takes places in the studio and on stage that nothing else can compare to.
Being part of a dance team can be an extremely rewarding experience. It's something not to dismiss right away nor is it something to jump into without thinking long and hard. Talk to other members of the team as well as the teacher/coach to see if it's the right fit for you.