Members of the Ballroom Dance Club at Georgia Tech Competition Team take the dances and techniques learned in lessons on the road to demonstrate their skill against other collegiate and amateur dancers around the country. Tryouts are held at the beginning of each semester and are judged on potential as well as current ability. New dancers with little experience can absolutely be a part of the competition team as long as they are willing to work hard and demonstrate the ability to learn the necessary steps and techniques quickly. To be on the team, members must have a partner (but you can try out without one and find a partner once you make the team) and attend a minimum of one competition a semester. The competition team is open only to Georgia Tech students, although Georgia Tech affiliates can become competition team affiliates, where they practice with the team and travel with the team to competitions that are not restricted to collegiate dancers. Team members start off attending choreography lessons, and once they demonstrate proficiency with Bronze choroegraphy, they begin attending technique lessons. If you have any questions, you can contact our competitive coordinator.
The full competition team policies are available here.
We expect you to attend all of the practices that you are supposed to attend (choreography until you demonstrate familiarity with the Bronze level routines and technique after that). We understand that sometimes things come up, and when such things happen, we expect you to communicate with your partner and the competitive coordinator in a timely manner to let them know that you won't be able to make it to a practice. We expect that you will take advantage of the open practices provided, as practice is the only way to continue improving, but we understand that there may be times that you cannot make it. Again, communicate with your partner so that he or she doesn't show up and wonder why you aren't there.
For competitions, we will respect your schedule and finances by giving you the opportunity to choose which competitions you want to attend at the beginning of the semester. In return, we expect you to consider your circumstances and choose the competitions you can absolutely commit to. We understand that things may change over the course of the semester, but because we handle registration, travel, and lodging for the entire team, we need to know about these changes three weeks before any competition, as we lock in registrations and travel plans after that date. Please be aware that if your circumstances change so that you will no longer be attending any competitions, we may ask you to stop attending practices for the remainder of the semester so that we can focus on the people who are competing.
* Comp team affiliates must also pay for entry to the competitions they attend