Releve' Elite company

Experience the difference in training at Knoxville's leading competitive dance studio by joining our award-winning competitive team. Whether your child wants to push limits at competitions or train to become a professional dancer, our competitive program will help them achieve their dreams.

Expectations of a Releve' Elite Company Member

  • Must be physically fit with emphasis on healthy mind and body

  • Must be self-motivated and able to self-evaluate

  • Must have solid technical and performance skills

  • Strong desire to grow and develop as a dancer

  • Minimum of 7 classes per week

  • Occasional weekend rehearsals

  • Must have a sense of humor, bright smile, and positive attitude

  • Must have respect for the team and staff

  • Show support for the studio, teachers, and fellow dancers

  • Must have a supportive family base showing respect for teachers and students.

Commitment Level 


The Releve' Elite Company members are required to participate from August through Nationals, which is typically the end of June or beginning of July. This is a serious commitment and will not be taken lightly. Participants are expected to fulfill this commitment, and will be required to sign a parent/student agreement. Releve' Elite Company dancers take a minimum of 7 classes per week and train in all genres. The Releve' Elite Company attends 1-2 conventions, 3-4 regional competitions (Southeast Travel Required), and 1 national competition in the summer.

For an alternative team options check out our Performance Team for intermediate level dancers, our BDC Babies (ages 4-6) or our Pre Company (ages 6-9). 

Accepting new members for the 2022-2023 season!

If you wish to schedule an evaluation for your dancer please email

The Dance Competition Experience

The Releve’ Team is Backstage Dance Company’s award winning competitive performing dance team under the artistic direction of Talia Childers and Team Directors led by BDC’s incredible teaching staff.


All Team Member Placement is decided by both age and skill level.
Company members are selected by annual auditions or invitation only. Releve’ dancers have the opportunity to compete on a regional and national level in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop and Acro in solo, duet/trio, small group, and large group divisions. The company has had tremendous success over the years receiving numerous 1st place overall awards regionally and nationally. Many of the Releve’ soloists have won coveted regional and national dance competition scholarships and titles.



Dance Competition IS Dance Education

All of us at Backstage Dance Company consider participation in dance competitions to be a reflection of our dance studio's solid reputation for quality. Not simply in the way we train our students to dance, but on how we influence them as people. Competing against the finest teams allows our teachers and students the opportunity to be inspired by the talent across the country.  This is how Backstage Dance Company is continuously improving and evolving with the times while challenging ourselves to grow to new heights.  Students who wish to pursue dance professionally have an opportunity to grow and develop their performance skills through competition.  Competition allows the dancer to perform more frequently and teaches them the importance of thriving under pressure.

It is our goal to develop a genuine respect for dance as an art form in each of our Competition Dance Team members. With the right focus, the experience can be an excellent motivator of self-confidence. If the dancer feels good about their performance and understands that they are better each time, then they are truly growing through dance competition.

Hitting that stage and doing the best they can is what it's all about, what the dancer actually wins becomes secondary. At our dance studio, we instill an appreciation for other dancers and their dance studios.

Further information regarding pricing, attendance, dancer opportunities, etc. is available in our company handbook.


Who is eligible for Releve'?

Students ages 4 and up are eligible to audition for our dance companies. Memberships are by audition and/or invitation only. After your dancer auditions we will then evaluate what team would be best for them! Seeing as there are so many different levels of dancers we have different teams to accommodate everyone's skill level!  

We take many things into consideration when forming our teams; including attitude and effort in class, performance quality, dedication and attendance, audition performance, recital performance, competition performance/readiness, ability to pick up and retain choreography, age, maturity level, the overall aesthetic appeal of the group, personalities, and much more. We do everything we can to place the dancers where they will most excel and shine. For some dancers, this means dancing with a group slightly younger or older than their current age. For some dancers, that means dancing with a group slightly more advanced or less advanced than their current level. But we ALWAYS have their best interest at heart.


Although we do not have a set number of slots, or number of groups predetermined before the 2021-2022 season, not everyone will make a team.  Minimum skill requirements vary by age group.  Placement on a current or previous years team does not guarantee future placement.  If your child is not placed on a team, please do not take that as a sign that they shouldn’t continue with dance. It merely means that we did not have a group that fit their needs/level/etc. at this time. We are happy to discuss your child’s placement with you (or your child), and to recommend what classes they should take to prepare them for next seasons auditions.