SDC Competitive Programs

Do we train our dancers to win dance competitions? NO. Do we train our dancers to win at life? YES.

Picking a home dance studio and program that matches your morale, goals, and commitment level is so important. To us, being in one of our competitive programs means much more than just being proficient in dance and winning trophies. We aim to inspire the person first and the artist second. This means working on being a better person, learning how to be a team player, making new friends, learning to step out of your comfort zone, student- teacher mentorships, performance opportunities, and more! Dance teaches life lessons. It’s all about the journey. 


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After being in the competitive youth dance industry for 25+ years, we have witnessed something we love turn into an industry that is unhealthily competitive, not child or developmentally appropriate, with leaders misusing power, and more. While we have been tempted to completely pull out of the competitive dance industry, we continue on because the performance opportunities, feedback, goal-oriented progress, (and more) are truly so valuable for growth as a dancer and person. Along the way, we aim to educate our Team dancers and families on the SDC mindset and the “WHY” going into these events.

The SDC staff are advocating and working to better this industry, one SDC step at a time! The whole SDC staff are all official Youth Protection Advocates of Dance (YPAD) certified members, all choreography and costumes are age-appropriate, and your team leaders find not only safe, kid-friendly experiences, but also experiences that will help each dancer learn valuable life skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their life.

Dancers will compete 3-4 times per year, and get to perform at community events in the following styles:

  • Hip Hop

  • Jazz

  • Tap

  • Lyrical/Contemporary

  • Musical Theatre

Team dancers 9th-12th grade can apply to be an SDC Ambassador.



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The SDC Ambassadors Program is for a select group of students from our Crew and Team. We  will work to create a unique, collaborative environment in members get to participate in exclusive leadership opportunities.


Ambassadors must display the SDC culture in and out of the studio; including inclusivity, gratitude, respect, and all the Summit pride.



Together we will learn to value and exemplify the positive atmosphere that Summit provides. You don't have to be the most technical dancer to have the heart of a leader. SDC Ambassadors will help shape the future of Summit.



Opportunities include:

  • Helping plan for special events

  • First to be considered for camp and assisting (if applicable)

  • Decorating the studio

  • Leading after-hours activities (like Parents Night Out)

  • Participating in collaborative meetings with fellow Ambassadors

  • Spreading extra SDC pride

  • And SO MUCH more!