The Champ Program is open to dancers who have earned a 1st place in a Prizewinner soft shoe dance & a 1st place in a Prizewinner hard shoe dance (or who have been invited to move up by Esther if a non-competitive dancer.)
The Champ Program is geared towards dancers who would like to take competition seriously and/or eventually pursue a Teacher’s certificate or a Judging certificate for Irish Dancing.
Dancers at this level will begin to train for their “Grade Exams” (i.e. Teaching Exams). One of the ways they begin to prepare for the exams is to attend the Beginner/Advanced Beginner Classes whenever possible. By attending, not only do they learn the necessary material but they are also asked to help younger students and help with classroom management thus learning important skills for future teaching.
Dancers at this level will also begin to actively train for the “Majors” circuit (i.e. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship & later on, the North American National Championships & World Championships.)
Dancers who have reached the Champ level but do not wish to pursue a Teaching certificate or compete seriously are encouraged to stay in Open Prizewinner which is an “Open” level meaning dancers can stay there permanently and simply pursue dance as a hobby. They may also choose to join the non-competitive classes offered through The Lancaster Celtic Arts Foundation that focus more on performances.
Dancers who enter The Paloma Champ Program will be asked to compete at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships in solo competitions and possibly in team competitions as well. They will also be asked to begin taking their Grade Exams (i.e to pursue their teaching certificate.) Exceptions will be made on a case to case basis.
Please check the website for current class times and prices for Champ Program classes. Please note that Champ classes are very lengthy. The reason for this is to set aside one day a week for a long class instead of expecting dancers to come to the studio several nights a week but for shorter classes. This is with the understanding that the dancers are still practicing at home during the week and/or cross training in another sport. Before major competitions, dancers may choose to attend a class on a second night or book private lessons, as needed.
Dinner: During long, evening classes dancers are encouraged to pack a light dinner to eat during class. A light snack before class is also helpful and 2-3 water bottles for class are a good idea.
Homework: Major projects should be completed in the days before class as well as major tests studied for and/or books read. Dancers should only have daily homework on a Champ Class Night and are encouraged to bring it along to class and work on it during any downtime.