While dancers all over the world are sharing the heartache of canceled classes, shows, and projects, our hearts hurt especially hard for a group of dancers we at Dance Spirit couldn't admire more: comp and convention kids. Determined to challenge your artistry and learn from cutting-edge faculty, you dancers normally brave crowded ballrooms and nonstop schedules all year long. But just because you might not be in one of those crowded ballrooms for a while doesn't mean that part of your dance life has to grind to a halt.
Many conventions and competitions, forced to cancel upcoming tour stops, have taken some of their extraordinary offerings online. They're streaming classes, holding Instagram dance "competitions," and even putting on entire virtual convention weekends. We've compiled a roundup of such events, along with all the information you need to participate. Keep that dance spirit alive, and we'll keep this list up to date.
Artists Simply Human
What: A two-day virtual convention experience with Beginner and Advanced level classes
When: April 10-11, or April 25-26
Where: Visit ASHDance.com/Register to register
Cost: $59 Early Bird, $69 Regular for two days of classes in one level. $99/$109 for two days of classes in both levels. Studio discounts available; Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Faculty: Braham Logan Crane, Jojo Gomez, Dusty Button, and more
Break The Floor
What: "Break The Floor: Live," dance convention and competition with scholarship auditions and two class levels: Mini/Junior and Teen/Senior
When: April 18-19. Competition routines must be submitted by April 10
Where: Visit live.breakthefloor.com for more info and to submit routines
Faculty: Travis Wall will be hosting the two-day event. More faculty to be announced
What: "Virtual Movement Experience" dance instruction videos for dancers and teachers
Where: Watch and download the videos at www.dupreedance.net/the-virtual-movement-experience
Fly Dance Competition
What: A virtual competition with the chance to win overall titles and scholarships, as well as a live improv competition and online convention experience
When: For the competition, register and submit a video of your routine by May 1st, May 13th, and June 1st for the next three events. Conventions will be held every Saturday in May. The live improv competitions will be held May 3rd, May 17th, and May 31st.
Where: Register for a virtual convention at www.FlyDanceCompetition.com/virtual. Enter the virtual competition at https://www.flydancecompetition.com/reg. Enter the improv competition at www.FlyDanceCompetition.com/improv
Cost: $30.00 per routine entered. $52.00 per dancer for the day-long virtual convention.
Faculty: Mollee Gray, Fik-Shun, Brittany Pent, and more
Heat Dance Convention
What: "Heat From Home" classes. Each class includes a dance challenge; dancers can post videos of themselves performing the choreography on their Instagram using #HeatFromHome and tagging @HeatDanceConvention. Winners are announced three days later and win a full convention scholarship, half scholarship, and HEAT merchandise.
When: Classes are announced and posted on Heat's IGTV every week.
Where: Heat's Instagram
Faculty: Cat Cogliandro, Heather Morris, and more
What: "HC @ Home," combos and class videos available for download. Includes "Broadway Babies" program for 5-7 year olds
When: Weekly; as announced on HC's Instagram
Faculty: Mitchel Federan, Kristin McQuaid, Lindsley Allen, and more
What: "Vibe Live," a series of Instagram Live Q&As with Hollywood Vibe faculty and Dancer of the Year winners
When: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6pm PST
Where: Hollywood Vibe's Instagram
Faculty: Kent Boyd, Adrian Lee, and more, as announced on Instagram
Imagine Dance Challenge
What: Weekly TikTok dance challenges, with selected winners receiving Imagine merchandise
When: New challenge posted every Wednesday
Impact Dance Adjudicators
What: A virtual dance competition for both solos and group numbers. Once you submit a video (either in the studio or onstage) of your routine, three IDA judges will provide a score sheet and feedback. Overall winners in each age category will win cash prizes and be featured on IDA's website.
When: Solo entries must be submitted by April 8th. Group entries must be submitted by April 17th.
Where: See additional rules and register at www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/virtualcompetition
Cost: $30 per entry
New York City Dance Alliance
What: NYCDA Virtual Dance Experience, featuring live classes from NYCDA's convention faculty
Faculty: Chloe Arnold, Grace Buckley, Joey Dowling, and more
What: "Rev-Virtual," an online convention experience with live-streamed classes and the chance to win scholarships
When: Apr 11-12, Apr 18-19, Apr 25-26, May 2-3
Where: Register and attend at dancerevel.com/virtual
Cost: $79.00 per dancer for a 2-day virtual convention
Faculty: Derek Mitchell, Jaimie Goodwin, Zach Venegas, and more
What: #ShowstopperClassics, throwback episodes of Showstopper's American Dance Championships
When: Episodes posted every Thursday at 8pm EST
What: A live virtual competition for solo and group routines. All routines will receive audio feedback from Starbound judges. Cash prizes and/or gift certificates will be awarded to the highest scoring solo, duo/trio, and group routines, and overall scores will be awarded.
When: Deadline to register for the April 17-19 competition is April 13
Cost: $35 per routine
Where: Check Starpower's Instagram for challenge announcements