DE Ensemble Team (Age 8 & Up)
Ages 8-12 – TBD
Ages 13 & up – TBD
Dancers are auditioning for either Prep Dance Ensemble, or Junior & Senior Dance Ensemble. Placement is based on age, and additionally on dance ability.
(Please be sure to read both Ensemble descriptions, which include commitments and requirements below.)
PREP DANCE ENSEMBLE
(Approximate Ages 8-12)
This is an introduction to dance ensemble for those who are interested in performing more along with competing. Dancers will compete in 1-3 competitions a year and participate in other workshops and extra performances. They will be required to take a one hour 15 min ballet class and a one hour 15 min. jazz class. Choreography classes may be added to their schedule as well on either Friday or Saturdays. Other dance subjects are recommended but not required. Although it is not as much of a commitment as our other dance ensembles, we do have a strict absence policy and expect the dancers to be serious and committed to their team. There will be additional costs including: tuition, competition fees, workshops, warm-up suit, etc. Dancers will be required to take 2020 summer classes to participate in ensemble (3 full nights of the Tuesday night intensive classes or the Wednesday Just for Fun classes).
JUNIOR & SENIOR DANCE ENSEMBLE
(Approximate Ages 11 & up, depending on ability & spot availability)
These dance ensembles require a very strong commitment and we are looking for dancers who are serious about dance and willing to make a full commitment. There will be many extra rehearsals, performances, and competitions, which take place week days/nights and weekends. The required dance classes for these ages will be a 1 hr. 15 min. ballet class, 1 hour 15 min. jazz class on Tuesdays, a stretch/technique/conditioning class on Fridays, Ballet technique on Saturdays, and optional Musical theater class (must take in order to do certain extra dances). They will also have choreography classes on either Friday or Saturday or possibly both days. For those who would like to compete in tap, lyrical, and hip hop, you must take those classes as well during the week. Choreography classes will be held on Fridays & Saturdays from September– May and will consist of focusing strictly on their dances they will be competing in. There is a strict NO ABSENCE policy for dance ensemble members which will be strictly enforced!! There are additional costs involved: tuition, competition fees, company costumes, workshops and possible travel costs for competitions. Dancers will be required to take 2020 summer intensive classes to participate in ensemble (Recommended to take as many classes as possible as their placement into dances will be partly based on their summer attendance). You will need to pay the unlimited price of $275 for summer classes.
ENSEMBLE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS (ALL AGES)
Dancers will do an approximate 30 minute ballet barre and perform across the floor jazz and ballet combinations. They will be taught a short combination which will be performed in small groups. We will be watching the girls for their technique, personality and appearance. Please dress accordingly in a leotard and tights, NO SHORTS OR T-SHIRTS! Hair should be neat off their face in either a ponytail or bun. Dancers should wear ballet shoes for barre and then can change into their jazz shoes. Dancers do not need to prepare anything themselves for the audition.
Please remember, placement of dancers into ensemble is not only based on ability but also the availability of spots. Dancer’s performance in class throughout the year and their seriousness and absence record is taken into consideration as well. Dancers will receive notice by the end of June as to whether or not they have been placed on to ensemble.
PLEASE NOTE: DANCERS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE SUMMER INTENSIVE CLASSES. (We recommend them taking as many as they can.)
View our summer classes page for Summer intensive class dates and times!
**ALL DANCERS MUST BE REGISTERED FOR THE 2020-2021 DANCE SEASON BEFORE AUDITIONING**
DE Performance Team
Who? Open to all dancers in a Primary 2 dance class or older. This is open to dancers who are interested in dancing more often (this is separate from our competitive dance ensemble). Dancers must be enrolled in a 1 hour combo class (ballet/jazz or jazz/tap class) or in a 1 hour ballet or 1 hour jazz class.
What? An opportunity for dancers to challenge themselves in a fun setting with more performance opportunities. Dancers will perform at local community events throughout the year. This performance team typically does not compete, but we made add 1 competition and 1 workshop this year for those that are interested. The style of dance will be a jazz based style and may include lyrical, hip-hop, or musical theater.
When? Performance team class will tentatively be held on Fridays 4-5 or 5-6 depending upon the age breaks. This class is in addition to their regular class during the week. Participation will also involve additional time commitments. We will try and get a schedule out ahead of time. Please note good attendance is needed for this class (especially leading up to a performance).
Where? Performance teams will participate in extra events in the community and charity events throughout the year, along with performing at the annual recital. We may add a competition to their schedule this year, as well.
How? You can register online for the performance team class in addition to your other required classes. Look under Performance Team when searching online for the class. NO AUDITION IS REQUIRED!!!
**In addition to the performance class, there will be basic performance pieces, team jacket or sweatshirt needed and an extra costume for recital. Dancers will all need jazz shoes.**