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Children's Dance Theater is proud to have an award winning Competition team, THRIVE. Thrive 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. Our teams perform lyrical, contemporary, tap, ballet and acro styles as well as many others.

Auditions are in-person Saturday May 21st! 

The Teams

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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. Elite team members must be a part of the Conservatory program. There is a larger financial and time commitment. The Elite Team may be selective.


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For billing purposes the competitive season begins in August and ends April. The annual costs of competition are broken up into 10 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 will be included in your monthly tuition payments.

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.

Ask about joining our Next Step Booster club for fund raising opportunities.

Time Commitment

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All competition team members must complete 20 hours of dance instruction at CDT over the summer, or pre aprroved outside intensive or class, and be enrolled in ballet and jazz in the school year session.  If you are auditioning for the Elite Team, you must be enrolled in CDT Conservatory student in the fall. There are specific guidelines depending on your dancers placement level.

Debut team members begin in September for a weekly rehearsal on our team night, Wednesday. They are required to attend three events, two competitions and one competition/convention.

Elite team members must attend the mandatory choreography week in August. They attend weekly rehearsals on our competition team night, Wednesday. They are required to attend five events, four competitions and one competition/convention. There will be three optional competition that dancers may elect to attend for solo, duo, or trio groups only.


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