It is not required, though was highly stressed by our old director. We even had a class called, "dance for gymnasts'. It was kind of boring, and the girls who took it were pretty much forced to by their parents, but I took it seriously and benefited A LOT. I'm now known for being one of the best dancers in the gym, even other teams notice. The class is still offered, but the new director doesn't really push it. Although during the team gymnastics camp, the girls had to do dance with the ballet instructor.