New Changes at Groove for 2016-17

New Changes at Groove for 2016-17

Dance Informa's Laura DiOrio reports on Groove's new additions to their 2016-17 Tour.

Dance Informa's Laura DiOrio reports on Groove's new additions to their 2016-17 Tour.
Groove Dance Competition, a reputable organization since 2011, is making new changes in the 2016-17 season to accommodate even more dancers. Starting this year, Groove will offer three levels of competition: Novice, Intermediate and Competitive. In addition, Groove will host two National Finals and even more regional competitions this season. 

While the Novice and Competitive levels previously existed, the third Intermediate level has been added in the hopes that dancers are able to compete against others who train for similar amounts of time. 


"Our Novice level is still intended for a dancer new to the competition scene, perhaps this is their first or second year competing, and they train no more than three hours per week," explains Jennifer Swanchara, an assistant director at Groove. "Our newest level, Intermediate, is geared toward dancers who train between four and five hours per week. Lastly, our Competitive level is intended for dancers who are familiar with competing and train for six hours or more per week."

This season's two National Finals – one held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, July 7-10, 2017, and the other in Ocean City, Maryland, July 17-21, 2017 – will both offer Groove's full two-level convention, in addition to several other exciting events. The GrooveFest Gala and Beach Bash promise to let participants let loose and have fun with their fellow dance friends during the Nationals week. The Parent Dance Battle gives dancers' parents a chance to perform in a pre-choreographed routine, and all pooled entry fees go to the charity of choice for the Battle's winner. Finally, The JAM concludes the National Finals and is a battle of the best group dances from the entire event, with a top prize of $1,000 cash.

Groove is also expanding its regional competitions and in 2016-17 will tour to additional cities, including Charleston, S.C.; Chicago, Ill.; Concord, N.H.; Detroit, Mich. and Lancaster, Pa. 

Swanchara says that Groove is constantly looking for ways to improve events and hopes that these new additions will prove to be beneficial. 

"We constantly strive to produce top-notch events and provide the best environment to inspire constant growth of each individual dancer," she adds. "Our hope is to continue creating positive and memorable experiences for everyone involved at our events, including the dancers, teachers, directors and their extended family and friends."

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By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa.