Children's Dance Theater is proud to have an award winning Competition team. Competition team can be a great opportunity for your dancer to push themselves as an artist, achieve amazing skill and learn the value of teamwork.

We have two teams, the Debut team and the Elite team. Within each team, dancers are broken up into 3-4 age groups, the Minis, Juniors, Teens and/or Seniors. Finally each dancer can elect to audition for a particular dance style, such as tap, jazz, hip hop & more.

Auditions are every year in May! Inperson group, and private auditions are offered.

The Teams


The Debut Team is great place for dancers to begin their competitive journey with less time and financial commitments. Dancers may remain at this level for multiple years depending on casting. The Debut Team is not selective.

The Elite Team is for dancers with 3-4 years competitive exeperinece and are ready to push themselves to extreme levels of skill and artistry. There is a larger financial and time commitment. The Elite Team may be selective.


Time Commitment


All competition team members must be enrolled in classes for the summer and school year session.  There are specific guidelines depending on your dancers placement level.

Debut team members begin in September for a weekly rehearsal on our team night. They are required to attend 2 competitions and have the option to attend the convention/compeititon event.

Elite team members must attend the mandatory choreography week in August. They attend weekly rehearsals on our competition team night. They are required to attend 3 competitions and 1 convention. There is one optional competition that dancers may elect to attend.



For billing purposes the competitive season begins in August and ends April. The annual costs of competition are broken up into 9 monthly payments. This covers the costume, rehearsal practice fees, and entry fees to the event.

There are other costs at the families responsibilities such as specific tights, shoes, make up kits, team jackets that are the parents responsibility to order if needed. Convention fees are billed separately 60 days prior to the event.

There may be other expenses such as event parking, many families elect to rent hotel rooms for events and of course dance swag may be important to your child.




If you have questions please email us  and make the subject line “Competition Team Auditions”. We may be able to make alternate arrangements. Dancers must be at least 5 years old

Team Placement for Thrive 2021-22

You Did It!  Welcome to your new groups

Senior Contemporary (Elite): Ciena Collazo, Lucia Mattioli, Abby Murren, Amber Olson, Mackenzie Oothoudt

Teen Contemporary (Elite): Cailin Bailey, Madison Forte, Kayden Kaleta, Emily Olson, Marissa Swift

Teen Tap (Elite): Abby Murren, Amber Olson, Emily Olson, Mackenzie Oothoudt

Teen Jazz (Elite): Cailin Bailey, Ciena Collazo, Madison Forte, Kayden Kaleta, Lucia Mattioli, Abby Murren, Emily Ols0n, Amber Olson, Marissa Swift

Teen/Junior Musical Theater (Debut): Angelina Bains, Ruby Laverdure, Ava Snyder, Piper Stiff, Peter Stockdale

Junior Jazz (Elite): Amelia Boccia, Lucy Bunker, Grace Henry, AJ Kindt, Leyna Kindt, Corinne Lazara

Junior Lyrical (Elite): Devan Bunker, Madeline Canfield, Charlotte Cullom, Amara Drazkowski, Fiona Henry, Alyssa Matsumoto, Natalia Puumala, Isabelle Ros, Arden Staples

Junior Acro (Elite): Devan Bunker, Amara Drazkowski, Alyssa Matsumoto, Natalia Puumala, Isabelle Ros, Arden Staples

Junior Lyrical (Debut): Olivia LaRue, Vicky Ramos, Laila Rodriguez, Zoey Scheifley, Shelby Taunt, Jayla Williams, Grace Yates

Mini Lyrical (Elite): Giana Anderson, Celia Berry, Tillie George, Ella Munzer, Ellie Tindall

Mini Jazz/Hip Hop (Debut): Bowen Barbour, Cassidy Cox, Elliott Cullom, Grace Kim, Camila Rocha Zerpa, Kemper Staples, Lillian Wright

Your Team Coaches:

Kilee Nathe, Tap
Chrystal Stankovitz, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical
Brit Shea, Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Tap
Tesee George, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Open, Acro, Musical Theater, Ballet and Modern

Guest Choreographers Stephanie Cox and Alashia Jefferson


Minis: Giana Anderson, Celia Berry, Cassidy Cox, Tillie George, Ella Munzer, Ellie Tindall

Juniors: Amara Drazkowski, Leyna Kindt, Corinne Lazara, Alyssa Matsumoto, Natalia Puumala, Arden Staples

Teens/Seniors: Cailin Bailey, Ciena Collazo, Madison Forte, Kayden Kaleta, Lucia Mattioli, Abby Murren, Emily Olsen, Amber Olsen, Mackenzie Oothoudt, Marissa Swift


Charlotte Cullum and Fiona Henry,
Madeline Canfield and Grace Henry,
Amara Drazkowski and Alyssa Motsumoto

Ava Snyder and Peter Stockdale
Mackenzie Oothoudt and Marissa Swift


Kayden Kaleta, Lucia Mattioli, and Cailin Bailey

All team placements are final and of the discretion of the Competition Director. If you have any questions or concerns, please email