Competition information will be posted as it becomes available

Hello Competition Dancers and Families,

I hope this message finds you all well and I hope you are all staying safe and healthy.  I am writing to update you on the current status of competitions.

Sadly, Wharton Event Management (Festival Du Ballet and PEAK) are going out of business.  They are in the process of working with their legal team to dissolve the business.  They will be refunding fees paid at 55% for the 2020 season.  Once we receive those refunds we will credit your individual accounts.  They have NOT provided a timeline as to when we can expect to see the refund.

Synergy Competition
 is still working out details on how they may move forward.  Currently they are looking at refunding graduating dancers only and providing credit for future competitions to all other dancers currently registered.  They are considering having fall competitions, but this remains unconfirmed.

Dream Team
 has cancelled all events for this year and are reviewing their options for graduating dancers and the application of credits for future competitions.  Please note they have not confirmed any details or committed to any one process at this time.

Star Talent
 is looking at the possibility of running events later in the fall, but has not committed to any process for credits or refunds at this time.
This is a challenging time for competition companies and many of them have communicated  they have a 50/50 chance of staying in business.  Most of their operational expenses are prepaid and they have no recourse for refunds from many of their vendors.  Providing future credits for paid fees will actually impact their cash flow  for the coming season and they are still reviewing to see if they could remain afloat by offering the credit option.

I will update you again as new information becomes available.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Take Care.
Laura Choroszewski

Panorama School of Dance






Absolutely NOT, competitions are becoming increasingly competitive as the skill level of dancers continues to grow.  The dance world has exploded over the past few years and dance training has become more rigorous and demanding in order for students to achieve the required level of skill to be successful in the competitive environment.  Many studios require students to audition for competitive teams and allow only the highest caliber of dancers the opportunity to compete, thus making competitions highly competitive events.

At Panorama Dance we believe in a more inclusive wholesome approach to dance and do not run an audition process for dancers wanting to compete.  However, dancers who do not take the art seriously, are not willing to practice independently and do not cope well in stressful environments should not participate in competitions.

Typically students must be recommended by the teacher to participate in the competition. If you are wishing to participate but have not been recommended by a teacher please discuss with the office to determine your eligibility and best fit. Studio Director approval is required for all competitive dancers.

group solo/duo/trio dance genre minimum trainiNg requiRements bY style minimum trainiNg requiRements bY hours of dance
Group Ballet Ballet 2 hours/week
Group LyricaL or jazz Ballet plus LYRICaL or jazz 3 hours/week
Group Hip hoP Hip hoP 1 hour/week
Solo/DUo/trIo Ballet Ballet 1.5 hours/week
Solo/DUo/trIo LyricaL / jazz / contemPorary Ballet plus LYRICaL / jazz / contemPorary plus: must bE participating in at least one competitive group – providing appropriate group offered at primary studio location 2.5 hours/week JuniorS 3.5 hours/week IntermEdiate 4.5 hours/week Senior
Solo/DUo/trIo Stage Ballet and/or stage And/or jazz aNd by teacher approval As aboVe
Solo/DUo/trIo Tap Tap anD one other form of dance As aboVe
Solo/DUo/trIo Hip hoP Hip hoP 1 hour/week

Yes, it is recommended that students do no more than 3 solos/duo/trio. There are circumstances where students may be able to handle the increased demand required for the preparation to compete and a further dance may be entered. Please consult with the studio regarding your individual circumstance.

Note: solo/duo/trio in the genre of ballet/lyrical/jazz/contemporary the student must be participating in at least one competitive studio group (where there is an appropriate competitive group class available for the dancer).

All group routines will be entered in 3 competitions (entry fees and costume fees are included in your monthly fee for the class – self-formed groups will be charged for their costumes and competition entry fees).

The studio will decide in September which competitions they are participating in. Each year we try to enter in as many Surrey based competitions that we can, however, competition dates need to be considered against other studio events (RAD mock and regular exams, dance extravaganza, etc.) and studio closures.

This at times means we need to travel for competitions to other areas of the Lower Mainland.

NOTE: All competition choreography and entry fees are NON REFUNDABLE.

Yes, however entries into studio-supported competitions will be completed prior to any requests for entries to other events. The studio will provide teacher coverage to assist students on stage at the studio supported events (3) and teachers are not required to participate in competitions outside of those chosen by the studio for the year.

Parents hold the responsibility for supporting dancers (warm-up, playing music etc.) at any extra competitions they have chosen to register in.

All competitions level the dancers differently. Generally, the principles applied are age, years of dance, hours of dance per week, and the number of dance styles being taken. We are not able to enter dances at levels lower than what the criteria for the competition outlines.

All dancers fitting the same criteria will compete at the same level. False entries can result in studio disqualification from the competition. Please note that errors/omission do occur and it is your responsibility to check the schedule closely when posted. Please notify the office immediately if your

False entries can result in studio disqualification from the competition. Please note that errors/omission do occur and it is your responsibility to check the schedule closely when posted. Please notify the office immediately if your dancer’s entry is incorrect.