I go to a competition school, and my school isn't like the schools that have been described. Not all competition schools are bad. We do have technique classes, and we try to focus on all the elements of dance in our competition dances. We don't just turn all the time because we are good at turns, or anything like that. I feel a little upset, because the impression I got from the other posters on this topic was that dancers from competition schools have no good technique whatsoever, and that's not true. I know that some of you probably don't mean it in a bad way, but that's just what I interpreted. I never really knew that people from professional schools felt this strongly against competition schools. People from competition schools can become professionals, even though they might not be classical dancers. Competition is also a lot of fun, and it gives us time to get to know other dancers from different studios. We also learn teamwork and committment.
I hope I don't sound rude, because I'm just trying to express how I feel. Being in a competition school is another way of dance education. Everyone dances because they love it, or at least they like it, and competition schools aren't that bad. I just hope that people don't think all competition schools are bad, because I would be very disappointed. I know that people can express their opinions, but I feel a little hurt, since I am a student at a competition school. I do know that there is a whole other world of dance out there. Also competition schools do have a variety of different styles of dance to choose from. Not all competition schools have bad technique. Teachers and dancers at competition schools are just as devoted as teachers and dancers in professional schools.