For Ages 7 & Under
A student must be recommended by the instructor, approved by the owner, and placed in a mini competitive or pre-competitive class for the summer to audition for the instructor. The instructor has the final say as to whether they are ready to be in that group or need to move to another group for the year.
For Ages 8 & Up
Student must take summer intensive classes and audition for placement into our competitive groups at the end of summer.
For Tahitian Dancers only
Miss Kim will place dancers into groups as she sees fit.
While studying in our Company Classes will provide a much higher level of dance training as well as the opportunity to perform at competitions and get feedback from other professionals in the industry on their craft, here’s what makes TDA different. Our goals are to provide them with a place to call “second home” where they develop life long relationships with both piers and mentors, and to work closely with our Company kids to help them become strong, appropriately independent, responsible people in society no matter where life takes them. Here are just a few of the things you’ll see develop in your dancer.
You’ll never have a closer friend than those you make in dance class. There’s something about going through the experiences of getting praises and criticisms together as well as changing in tight spaces, climbing on top of each other in choreography, lifting one another, and hanging out for long rehearsals that has been proven in studies to bond kids tighter than other activities.
Problem Solving Skills
Dancers know how to think on their feet. It could be a costume piece falling off, a prop falling down on stage, or just plain forgetting the steps. They have to know how to cope on the spot with so many different situations. These skills push forward into any career they choose in the future.
We spend a great amount of time stressing the importance of the team. We have good days and bad days as a team. It takes the whole team to do well or not so well. We spend time bonding as a team from our 6 year olds mixing with our 17 year olds. We are 1 Company that works together.
The Ability To Accept Criticism As Well As Praise
We always praise the kids for a job well done. But nothing gets better if they don’t know to fix it. Our dancers learn to accept criticism as a good thing that leads to improvements and makes them stronger in the end. A great life skill to have in any given career choice.
The Value of Hard Work and Dedication
Everything takes practice. Nothing is just handed to anyone in life. Dancers learn this in Company classes when it takes practice, rehearsals, and 100% all the time to get where they wanna go. They’ll find they want to push themselves to get that next jump or trick which will translate to a great work ethic in everything they do.
Responsibility & Discipline
Our Company classes have rules and more structure than our recreational classes. This helps the kids grow faster in their craft. They learn to discipline themselves to these rules and think nothing of it in no time. Along with that, we will give them responsibilities at appropriate ages that alleviate them from parents. Dancers will be responsible to be dressed correctly, have their shoes, and even begin to prepare for a performance without mom or dad’s help as they get older.
Counseling And Mentoring
Our job doesn’t stop at, “point your toes!” Many times, we dance instructors find ourselves taking on the roll of “bar tender for teens”. They love to talk to us about things. And that is what we are there for in the end. It is not unusual to take 5 to address a school problem or a boyfriend issue, or just to have a group hug because someone had a bad day.
All Dancers are required to participate in 3 competitions yearly. Competitions take place spring/summer. Every other year, we participate in a national competition that is mandatory as well. Competitions are mandatory – no exceptions.
Due approximately 1 month prior to competition. These are the fees the competition company charges us to participate. These fees goes to the competition, not the studio. Individual Entry fees for group members are approximately $50 each per group member. Entry fees for solos are $100-$120 each. Duets/Trios are approximately $50 per dancer.
Annual Studio Competition Fee
$100 is due at the beginning of each year to cover studio competition costs which include but are not limited to: Props, extra rehearsals prior to competitions, paying instructors for competition weekend, etc.
Additional REQUIRED Performance
Those in Jazz Line/Production perform at the Piston’s Game yearly February/March. The performance offers a fundraising opportunity that is optional, but performance is required.
Additional OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED Performances
We have many additional performance opportunities that will arise during the year. Our competitive dancers are EXPECTED to be examples for the rest of the studio and to participate whenever possible. Most performances require little or no financial responsibilities and are quite fun! They include but are not limited to : The Christmas Extravaganza, charity events, fair performances.
Conventions are a great way to grow your dance skills and learn something or gain new perspective on something from a new instructor. There are many free or inexpensive opportunities for these throughout the year as well as top notch high cost opportunities with famous choreographers.
All dancers level Jr. and up or those competing at the Secondary level or higher are REQUIRED to participate in 1 convention per year. Younger dancers are encouraged to participate in 1 per year.
Attendance To Class and Competition
Each dancer has 6 excused absences to be used anytime throughout the year EXCEPT the week before competition. After the 6th, each dancer may be allowed 2 extra absences depending on circumstances. The extra absences will only be excused for extreme circumstances. Appropriate reasons to miss class would be highly contagious illness, death in the family, unusual homework overload, etc. Dancers should not miss for: a cold, monthly cramps, headache, etc.
Once a dancer exceeds the 6-8 absences, action will be determined by the instructor and studio owner and will either result in removal of the dancer from the class or required private lessons to catch them up.
Absences in Technique Classes: Once your dancer has exceeded your 6-8 absences in technique classes, your instructor may determine that they are not keeping up with the class and may move them down a level for the rest of the year.
Missing a competition is only excused due to EXTREME PHYSICAL ILLNESS OR INJURY.
Being Late to Class Or Competition
Dancers should be ready to enter the classroom on time. Dancers coming from another class will be given a 3 minute courtesy window of time to use the restroom, get water, etc. Teachers are not responsible for retrieving dancers to start class on time.
Arriving to the studio late: We realize that sometimes parents run into traffic, school functions run late, etc. that can make a dancer late in arriving at the studio. However, if a dancer misses more than ½ of the class time, it will be considered an absence.
THE THREE STRIKE POLICY: Competitions run ahead of schedule, and it is incredibly stressful on all students, parents, and instructors when a dancer is late for competition. If you are late for competition 3 times, you will be removed from the team. This is cumulative, not yearly.
Observing Dress Code
Dress Code consists of a solid black leotard, black dance shorts, pink or tan tights and proper shoes. Once dancers reach the Junior/Intermediate level, they may begin wearing a tightly fitted solid black tank/cami/tee overtop their leotard. It MUST be fitted to the point we cannot distinguish the difference between the shirt and a leotard and MUST have NO PRINT on it.
Competitive dancers are expected to be an example for all other students to follow by setting the standard for them to follow. If students break dress code, the parents will be notified so they can help us keep everyone in proper attire.
Classroom & Elsewhere Behavior
Dancers should come to class ready to work and dance. Socializing is for between/after dance classes. Dancers are expected to be respectful to their instructors at all times. Each instructor has there own way of dealing with behavioral issues in class and will alert the parents if there continues to be an issue.
Dancers are expected to always be kind to one another as well as other dance teams from other schools while at competitions. There is a competition etiquette sheet all receive before our first competition explaining unspoken proper behavior at competitions and our expectations for both parents and students. All are expected to follow.
Competitive students are expected to be a positive representation of our studio at all times whether in our studio space or in other public venues. If at any time they fail to do so, they will be corrected by our staff accordingly. Parents are expected to support this. If the problem persists, the student will be removed from our program.
Maintaining Competitive Dancer Status And The “Everyone Gets A Trophy Syndrome”
Society today has done a disservice to the younger generations by taking away differentiation and declaring that everyone is always a winner; that everyone is equally special. In life, we know that this is not true. Someone is always more qualified for the job. Not everyone can be an NBA Allstar or a Pop Superstar. The same is true in any art, including dance. We do not operate under, nor do we promote the “everyone gets a trophy” standard. This does not mean that a group cannot have dancers with different strengths in it. We frequently have groups with some who are better at jumping, others who are more flexible, and some who are better turners amongst the class. And they all blend together beautifully. But it also means the every group member must work hard to maintain their spot in the group. And if they don’t, they could and will lose it.
If, at any time during the year, an instructor feels that a student is not keeping up with the rest of the class (whether it be in falling behind in technique, failing to practice choreography, attendance, or behavioral issues), they have the authority to remove said student from that class. All students and parents will be notified ahead of time if the dancer is not working up to par and given a fair amount of time to change their habits assuming this is the student’s desire. Sometimes students just change their mind – especially at a young age. And we want them to enjoy what they’re doing. If that means doing dance at the recreational level again, we want to move them there so they still love dance.
Everyone has a right to attend recreational classes, but those selected should consider it an honor and privilege to be in our company classes and understand that breaking of the above guidelines by either parent or student will result in removal from our competitive dance program.
By auditioning for any Company Class, both student and parent agree that they have read thoroughly and agree to all the above polices and guidelines and will follow them to the best of their ability with the understanding that if they fail, it can result in removal from our competitive team.