To be honest lately I’ve seen several posts distinguishing between “convention studios” and “competition studios” which, no offense, kinda makes me roll my eyes because convention-competition hybrids are still very much competitions, and it seems like a kinda pretentious way to be like, “Oh, they compete, but they’re not a COMPETITION STUDIO.”


I don’t define “competition studio” as “usually competes in [x] genre” which seems to be the main way people distinguish between competition studios and so-called convention studios (the general understanding seems to be “competition = jazz/MT/tap/hip-hop and convention = mostly contemporary”).

I define competition studios as studios that compete. Full stop.

Just because there are different methods of execution doesn’t mean they’re not all working for the same thing: the scholarships, the overall high scores, the titles, the honours, the bragging rights.

Some studios make choices that are (subjectively) better with how they approach competition. Some opt for only 60 minutes of ballet per week and 10+ hours of rehearsal. Some go for a highly ballet-focused curriculum. Some do a new solo for every event they attend, some use the same ones. Some go to very high-end competitions whereas some will go to the cheaper competitions like Luv2Dance and Thunderstruck that are designed to give out as many overalls as possible.

There are some choices that are obviously better but I think defining some studios, Club for example, as “not really a competition studio” I think comes from “competition studio” having a bit of a stigma around it. It’s not that it’s not a competition studio, it’s just a BETTER competition studio.

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And sometimes when you’re on,
You’re really fucking on,
And your friends, they sing along
And they love you.
But the lows are so extreme
That the good seems fucking cheap,
And it teases you for weeks
In its absence.

But you’ll fight, and you’ll make it through,
You’ll fake it if you have to,
And you’ll show up for work with a smile.
And you’ll be better, and you’ll be smarter,
And more grown up, and a better daughter,
Or son, and a real good friend.
You’ll be awake, you’ll be alert,
You’ll be positive, though it hurts,
And you’ll laugh, and embrace all your friends.
You’ll be a real good listener.
You’ll be honest, you’ll be brave.
You’ll be handsome, and you’ll be beautiful.
You’ll be happy.