Gymnastics | Dance
Competitive dance or gymnastics can be a fun, rewarding and exciting experience for the whole family! Attending dance competitions or gymnastic meets gives parents and other family members a chance to show their support for the child as they enjoy watching the child’s progress and development. We are proud to offer programs that benefit our students with character building, physical fitness, time management skills, team mentality, and personal best attributes!
Students are typically evaluated for team placement in April and may join a competitive program in June. Students with previous dance or gymnastic training can be evaluated upon enrollment.
Byrd’s is a member club of USA Gymnastics, the national governing body of Junior Olympic gymnastics in the United States. Our competitive gymnasts are chosen from our recreational gymnastics classes which serve as a building block to our competition teams. There is no off season for competitive gymnastics. A commitment to year round training is essential for your gymnast to reach their full potential in a competitive program.
Our Hot Shots program allows young gymnasts to acquire higher level skills and learn to execute those skills with greater precision. These gymnasts are introduced to learning routines and performing them in front of spectators and judges. The Hot Shots participate in two gymnastic meets held at our gym, one meet in January and one in March. There is a nominal time and financial commitment for the Hot Shots program.
USAG COMPETITIVE GYMNASTICS
We offer USAG competitive programs for levels 3 through 7. These gymnasts train between 9 and 14 hours per week, participate in three to four meets in the Kansas City area, and attend at least one meet that is outside the Kansas City area which requires travel.
All gymnasts with qualifying scores may participate in the Kansas State Championship Meet which may be held outside the Kansas City area.
Byrd’s Dance Team is a competitive, invitation-only dance team. Students are recommended by their dance teachers to join Dance Team.
Members participate in regional dance competitions; focus on improving their dance technique and performance level; and make a year round commitment to dance training. Dancers are required to attend at least one dance convention each year where they will take classes from Master Teachers.
There are two placement groups for Dance Team: Hip Hop Crew and Stars Dance Team. Students compete in large or small groups. Within each group, the teacher or choreographer places dancers in the routines for which they are selected to compete. Costumes, entry fees and convention fees are additional expenses incurred by Dance Team participants.
Dancers attend three to five regional competitions throughout the year and may travel outside the Kansas City area to attend Nationals.
HIP HOP CREW-generally range from ages 5-12, compete in one to two routines. First year members typically compete in one routine in order to learn the role of a dance team member. This level dancer is focusing on developing strong skills such as performance, technique and memorization. Hip Hop Crew members must take one Hip Hop class and one performance based class per week.
STARS DANCE TEAM-generally range from ages 7-up, compete two to four routines. Stars Dance Team students are also highly encouraged to participate in at least one solo, duet, trio, or small group. This level dancer should show a high interest in dance and demonstrate dedication in perfecting their talents. Core classes are required in Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary. Additional technique and rehearsal classes are also required.