Special training and competing groups

Our school currently has four special training groups and a competition group. The aim of the education is to provide children and young people with a high level of dance education, which creates an opportunity for them to develop as dancers in a safe environment with peers. Our training groups practice various types of dance in a variety of ways, both in the group's own closed lessons and in open lessons. We offer the most versatile dance basic training in the country. The age and level of the dancer is always taken into account in the lesson planning.
We organize additional courses and camps for our special training groups during the semester. We also aim to expand the dancers’ skills to various areas of the performing arts, such as theater, music and circus. The basic element of training is to provide skill, knowledge and well-being to young dancers.

The special training group offers dancers the opportunity to perform all year round in various productions of our school. Performances are arranged in the school's student performances, smaller productions and in the annual dance work of Dance Theater Pikkarainen. The groups also act as the school’s representative team at various dance events and competitions.

Applying to 2022-2023 Special training and Competing groups is open - apply until 17.6.2022!


Application time 1.6.-17.6.2022.

Audition dates:
Special training Groups Mon 20.6.2022 at 17.00 - around 20.00
Competing Groups Tue 21.6.2022 at 17.00 - ca 20.00

Auditions are organized in our Mannerheimintie premises (address Mannerheimintie 6 B, 4th floor, 00100 Helsinki). 

Application form at the bottom of this page.

Special training group Sunlight

Special training group Sunlight

Special training group Twilight

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Level 1 (Preparatory)

Starting from 7 years
Majors: Classical Ballet, Showdance (Performing Arts), Tap, Street Dance
The student has three classes of their own according to their level. These groups are determined by the school. The student can choose 1-3 additional classes from the school's open schedule. Compulsory classes are held Mon-Sat and can be held at any of our school locations. Classes will be announced to the group in writing after the selection.

Level 2

Starting from 10 years
Majors: Classical Ballet, Showdance (Performing Arts), Tap, Street Dance
The student participates in four classes of the group's own according to their level. These teaching groups are defined by the school. In addition to the required classes, the student can choose 1-6 additional classes from the school’s open schedule. Compulsory classes are held Mon-Sat and can be found at any of our school locations. Classes will be announced to those selected for the group after the selection session.

Level 3

Starting from 13 years
Majors: Classical Ballet, Showdance (Performing Arts), Tap, Street Dance
The student participates in five classes of the group's own according to their level. These teaching groups are defined by the school. In addition to the required classes, the student can choose 1-6 additional classes from the school’s open schedule. Compulsory classes are held Mon-Sat and can be found at any of our school locations. Classes will be announced to those selected for the group after the selection session.

Competing groups 

Classes:
The program of the competing group (formation or small group) includes one choreography lesson and two technical lessons (60-90 min) per week. In addition to these, the student can choose additional hours from the institution's open syllabus, for which a fee is charged according to a separate competition group price list. The competition group is applied for separately each year, and the competition group cannot be combined with other special training programs in our school. In the competition group, the student can apply for a formation, a small group or both. If a student is selected for two programs (eg competition group / formation and competition group / small group, or special training program and competition group / formation), he / she will be granted a 15% discount on the competition group fee. 

Age groups season 2022-23:
- Children: Competitors who turn 12 years during the competing year or are younger (born 2011 and younger)
- Juniors (groups): Competitors who turn at least 13 years and at most 16 years during the competing year (born between years 2007-2020) 
- Adults 1: Competitors who turn 17 years during the competing year or are older (born 2006 and older)

Studying

Students commit to the group's activities for one year at a time, in the middle of the school year the student cannot resign from the group. At the beginning of the first semester, the student has a 14-day probationary period, after which he or she can cancel his or her participation in the group. However, a canceled student must pay compensation in accordance with the hourly rate list for the first period. Classes are located at all of our fixed locations. Participation fees for events and competitions are not included in the tuition fees. The student must have genre-specific equipment for the lessons and the student must acquire the clothing of the representative group, including trousers, a hoodie, two t-shirts and a training bag. The equipment is ordered and provided with the logo of the educational institution by the school. Each group has its own outfit.

Guidelines for all our representative groups:

Students selected for the groups must have training equipment suitable for each genre. At the beginning of the season, common class costumes are chosen for the ballet groups, which the student must have in such an amount that they are used during the lessons. In the ballet class the student also needs leotards and slippers. In the upper levels a skirt is also used, in the lower ones that is not obligatory.
During Show / Jazz / contemporary dance lessons the outfit is free, but we recommend the use of slippers or covers for the ball of foot.
During the tap lessons, the accessories must not interfere with the visibility of the movement, ie the t-shirt and tights / sweaters are a good outfit. However, tap shoes are needed right from the first hours.
In street dance genres accessories are freely selectable as well. We recommend dance sneakers as shoes. Shoes used outdoors cannot be worn during a dance class. Indoor shoes are often too frictional and may leave marks on dance floors. Such cannot be used during classes.
In addition, everyone should have representative hoodies and pants. If last year’s fit, they work well.

Season 2022-23 prices:


Special training groups
Preparatory: 1550 €/season
Other: 1700 €/season
Payment can be split to 1-10 parts according to student's wish.

Competing groups
Formation: 1200 €/season. 
Small group: 1200 €/season.
Payment can be split to 1-10 parts according to student's wish.

Application form


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