The DSDW Competition Team

Team Handbook

The DSDW Competition Team Dancers join by invitation from Miss Debra only.  Our studio has a Mini Team, Junior Team and a Senior Team; dancers are placed according to age and technical ability.  There may be a cross-over between the Junior and Senior teams at Miss Debra’s discretion. 

Miss Debra chooses dancers for solo, duo, trio, small/large group and production opportunities based on technique, commitment, confidence, musicality, showmanship, and ability to learn material quickly and correct mistakes.

Meet the Team

Guest choreographers are invited to design numbers for our team dancers.  This year we are excited to welcome Valerie Salgado, choreographer from the hit TV show SMASH, as well as Lauren Froderman, season seven winner of “So You Think You Can Dance”!

All team members must enroll in Junior or Senior Team Workshop,  Jump & Turn,  Master Ballet Technique,  at least one Sunday Classical Ballet Workshop, and an appropriate Ballet/Jazz class.  Team members must also attend our Summer Intensive Program.   In addition, when DSDW offers master classes, all team members are required to participate.

We participate in different competitions each year.  Some locations are local, while others may require a hotel stay.  Fundraisers are held yearly to help defray all competition costs excluding competition entry fees.   If competition fees are not paid on time, late fees will be added by Wednesday February 27th 2019.  All team members are required to participate.  Dates and details are shared as early as possible so that families may plan accordingly.

Costume payments will have a late fee of $10.00 per costume if paid after the deadline of January 15th.   After February 15th, an additional $10.00 late fee will be added per costume.  There will be no refunds for costume payments for any reason.


  • All team members must agree to compete in all chosen competitions, including Nationals, if Miss Debra decides to enter.
  • All team members are required to attend any special events for the team; showcases, fundraisers, community service, etc.
  • Members must be in competition class from the first week of classes up until the June recital.
  • Team members that sustain an injury or illness will be excused from competition while still remaining a valued team member. Injured dancers must still attend all rehearsals, classes and competition.
  • A role on this team must be taken very seriously and professionally. This opportunity is one that will afford huge progress, great fun, a dance family for support and encouragement, and one that will make memories to last a lifetime!

We miss seeing these beautiful faces everyday! Wishing it was September 5th right about now!

Posted by Debra Sparks Dance Works on Monday, July 24, 2017

Debra Sparks Dance Works Newtown PA (215)579-5678

Debra Sparks Dance Works 51 Walnut Ave in Newtown, Bucks County, PA, offers Classical dance training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, and more. DSDW provides lessons for students of all ages. From Pre-School to Pre-Professional, there is something for everyone at DSDW. Dance students come from Newtown, Yardley, New Hope, Solebury, Upper Makefield, Lower Makefield, Langhorne, Richboro, Holland, Warminster, Warrington, Montgomery County, New Jersey, and surrounding areas.