Company and Pre-Company
Leigh’s School of Dance had the first established competition program in Olathe, and we want every dancer who would like to experience competitive dance to try it regardless of level.
Team dancers gain more than just strong foundation of dance skills. They learn responsibility and form lasting friendships. In our program, students are not defined by a trophy, but by the effort they put into their training, practice and performance. Our award winning staff recognizes that in order for students to achieve their goals, they need positive encouragement and support.
- COMPANY members attend at least 2 regional competitions a year and a nationals contest. Some travel may be involved. Company members train at the studio for 2-4 days a week, taking required (leveled) technique classes. They practice group routines on Sunday afternoons.
- PRE-COMPANY members aren’t required to travel, spend fewer hours training in the studio (just one required night a week for technique and routine practice) and they attend fewer contests. Pre-Company is perfect for dancers (and parents) who would like to try dance competition, but don’t have a lot of time to invest. Dancers experience the fun of competition regardless of their level!
MORE THAN A COMPETITION TEAM. Miss Leigh’s love for performance is legendary. Sharing the joy of dance and being able to give back to the community has held a special significance for her since she first opened her doors in 1970. That’s why we believe it’s important for our team to carry on Miss Leigh’s legacy and spread that same love and joy by performing locally for nursing homes, Kids TLC, churches, Johnson County Community College, the Johnson County Fair and other community events.
We strive to offer our dancers a well-rounded training, preparing them for the future through these local opportunities and through periodic occasions to perform on a grander scale. In the past, Leigh’s School of Dance team members have danced at the Hamners’ Variety Theater in Branson (where Joe Tinoco’s Magnificent 7 entertains)…on performance cruises…and even onstage at Disneyworld!
MANDATORY DANCE CONVENTIONS. Company members are required to attend at least one convention each year as a team. For Pre-Company members, attendance is optional, but strongly encouraged.
Dance conventions are typically 2-3 day events with a major emphasis on workshops taught by a variety of renowned choreographers from around the country. The training is invaluable for the students—and fun, too! They gain even more self-confidence, practice technique and are exposed to a variety of dance styles. Plus, their ability to pick up choreography—a skill they’ll need as they audition for high school and college dance teams in the future, or even professional work someday—can markedly improve.
Conventions offer students additional opportunities to seek new challenges—ways to reach the next level and their own personal best. This strikes at the heart of Miss Leigh’s mission to heighten the hopes, dreams and future possibilities for all of our dancers.
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED in joining any of our competition teams, please contact Competition Director Tasha Spalding.