2022 Company Details

COMPANY DESCRIPTIONS

JUNIOR COMPANY (3rd-6th Grade Dancers)
Dancers in 2nd grade who have mastered the following skills may be asked to audition for our Junior Company:
- Battements with straight legs, pointed feet, and correct arm placement
- Single pirouettes with correct passe position, high releve, straight supporting leg, arms in first (close to consistent double pirouettes with correct passe position, high releve, straight supporting leg, arms in first)
- Clean sautés de chats (leaps), two runs, legs straight and close to a full split, chest lifted, correct arm placement
- Working towards straight leg splits both right and left
- Stage presence and performance (eyes up and appropriate facial expressions at all times)

 

TEEN COMPANY (6th-9th Grade Dancers)
Dancers in 5th grade who have mastered the following skills may be asked to audition for our Teen Company:
- Battements and tilts with straight legs, pointed feet, and correct arm placement
- Consistent double pirouettes with, correct passe position, high releve, straight supporting leg, arms in first (close to consistent triple pirouettes with correct passe position, high releve, straight supporting leg, arms in first)
- 3 turns in second position with a clean double pirouette, correct body position and alignment
- Clean sautés de chats/ chaine jetés with correct leg and arm alignment
- Straight leg, right and left splits
- Stage presence and performance (eyes up and appropriate facial expressions at all times)

 

SENIOR COMPANY (High School Dancers)
**High School dancers must be able to master all Teen Company requirements listed above in order to audition for our Senior Company**
Dancers in 7th or 8th grade who have mastered the following skills may be asked to audition for our Senior Company:
- Battements and tilts with straight legs, pointed feet, and correct arm placement
- Battement into a leg hold with straight legs, pointed feet, and correct technique and balance for 16 counts
- Consistent triple pirouettes with, correct passe position, high releve, straight supporting leg, arms in first (close to consistent 4+ pirouettes with correct passe position, high releve, straight supporting leg, arms in first)
- 16 counts of turns in second position with a clean double pirouette into an advanced leap, correct body position and alignment. Turns must be on the correct counts. 
- Clean sautés de chats, chaine jetés, side leaps and turning disc with correct leg and arm alignment
- Straight leg, right and left splits
- Stage presence and performance (eyes up and appropriate facial expressions at all times)

 

NATIONAL COMPANY

Dancers will be placed in National Company dances based on skill level only. Age will not be taken into consideration for placement. Skill level will be determined on the day of the audition, not after. All dancers must willing to accept their placement regardless of age. Not all dancers will be placed in every style (for example - a dancer may selected for our National Company an only be placed in a hip hop National dance) Attendance during our 2020-2021 season will be taken into consideration when placing dancers on our National Company. 

These skills/qualities will be consistently monitored up until the audition:

  • Right and left splits
  • Pirouettes/Turn Sequences - number of pirouettes and correct technique/correctly completed turn sequences
  • Consistency on stage during competitions
  • Performance quality and stage presence during the previous competition season 
  • Work ethic and attendance during the previous competition season
  • Consistent application of corrections in classes and rehearsals

NEW TO COMPETITION?

If you are interested in auditioning for the Competition Company we would like to recommend that you email Kara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to auditions. We are happy to do an evaulation and assess your dancer's skill level and where they would fit best within our studio programs. If your dancer is not ready for the Company program we will provide feedback as to what steps to take.


AUDITIONS

Audition fee is $50 and $45 registration/enrollment fee due upon registration.

The dancers chosen for the 2021/2022 Company will be announced on Monday, July 5th. Individual companies and competition dances for the 2021/2022 competition season will be posted on the website by Friday July, 16th. 

If a dancer is unable to attend the auditions, or is asked to join the Company after the June auditions the $50 audition fee will not be waived. If a dancer is unable to attend audition classes in May, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an alternate time to learn the choreography before the June audition dates. 

AUDITION SCHEDLUE - CLICK HERE


SUMMER CLASSES

All Regional and National Company dancers are required to attend 20 hours of summer classes, but encouraged to take ALL of the classes. Summer is a great time for dancers to really focus on their technique. Please be sure to purchase classes through our online STORE


COMPANY BACK TO DANCE NIGHT!

REGIONAL AND NATIONAL COMPANIES -- SAVE THE DATE -- Wednesday, September 1st - 5:00-8:00pm -- Details TBA


TRAINING CAMP

Training Camp for our Regional and National dancers is August 4th and 5th. Training Camp features classes in jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, stretch & strength, turns and leaps and more, taught by professional choreographers. Training Camp is required for both Regional and National Companies. This year we will be bringing in DJ Guthrie's in-house LUX experience for our dancers. We are excited to share this opportunity with our dancers!

Training Camp fee of $325 is due July 1st.

** SPECIAL NOTE** Please keep August 2nd and 3rd and the weekend of August 27th-29th availble for a second, potential Professional Choreography weekend and Master Classes. 


PROFESSIONALLY CHOREOGRAPHED DANCES

During Training Camp and our additional August dates listed above, we will have choreographers set some competition numbers on our Company dancers. These dancers will be selected by the faculty during the 2021/2022 Company Auditions. The dancers selected are required to attend any scheduled rehearsals during Training Camp. There is a one time choreography fee required to participate in a professionally choreographed dance. Both Regional and National Company dancers are eligible to be selected for choreographed dances. 

Choreography fees range from $250 - $400 and are due August 1st.


WEEKLY CORE COMPANY CLASSES

**Dancers are allowed one absence per class, per month**

Regional and National Company dancers will be dancing two-three days during the week and Saturdays. All of our Company dancers will be enrolled in the CORE class requirements. All other classes dancers wish to enroll in are listed under Additional Class Options. Company dancers do not participate in online enrollment, the faculty will enroll them in the appropriate classes after auditions.

Tuition is due by the 5th of each month September - June. Tuition will be automatically debited from your account. Any tuition not received by the 7th of each month will be subject to a $15 late fee.

CLASSES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 7TH

Junior Company CORE Class Requirements - REGIONAL AND NATIONAL

1 HOUR

BALLET

45 MIN

STRETCH & STRENGTH

45 MIN

TURNS/LEAPS/PROGRESSIONS

45 MIN

JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY COMBO CLASS

3.25 TOTAL HOURS PER WEEK = $135 PER MONTH

 

 

Teen Company CORE Class Requirements - REGIONAL AND NATIONAL 

1 ½ HOUR

BALLET

45 MIN

STRETCH & STRENGTH

45 MIN

TURNS/LEAPS/PROGRESSIONS

45 MIN

JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY COMBO CLASS

3.75 TOTAL HOURS PER WEEK = $155 PER MONTH

 

 

Senior Company CORE Class Requirements - REGIONAL AND NATIONAL 

1 ½ HOUR

BALLET

45 MIN

STRETCH & STRENGTH

45 MIN

TURNS/LEAPS/PROGRESSIONS

45 MIN

JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY COMBO CLASS

3.75 TOTAL HOURS PER WEEK = $155 PER MONTH

 


 ADDITIONAL CLASS OPTIONS

Company Dancers may choose to enroll in any of the following classes in addition to their CORE Class Requirements. Please be sure to mark which classes you'd like to enroll in on your Parent Consent Form.

1 HOUR OPEN TUMBLING CLASS This class is designed for dancers to practice and perfect tumbling and acro skills frequently used in choreography. This class will be split based on skill and will be run similar to an open gym. 
45 MIN TRICKS & ACRO PROGRESSIONS (REQUIRED FOR NATIONAL COMPANY DANCERS)

This class is a technical class for students who want to take their skills to another level. Students will work on the correct execution of leaps, jumps and tricks in progressions. Dancers will work on acro technique as well as strength and flexibility.

45 MIN

HIP HOP & JAZZ FUNK COMBO

Students will focus on hip hop and jazz funk techniques and choregraphy. Style will vary weekly. **NEW** We will be bringing in rotating guest teachers for this class. If you enroll in this class you are agreeing to a $10 increase in your enrollment per month
30 MIN TAP TECHNIQUE (REQUIRED FOR NATIONAL COMPANY DANCERS)

Students will focus on tap techniques and choreography to all types of music styles from traditional to contemporary.

30 MIN

PRE-POINTE CLASS

This class is required of dancers on pointe, open to Company dancers age 9 and up. See SPECIAL NOTE below.
30 MIN

POINTE CLASS

This class is required for all dancers en pointe. See SPECIAL NOTE below.
1 HOUR COMPANY BALLET (REQUIRED FOR NATIONAL COMPANY DANCERS) This class is designed for students wanting to take an additional ballet class during the week. This class will be on a night separate from regular Company classes!

30 MIN

STABILITY & FLEXIBILITY (REQUIRED FOR NATIONAL COMPANY DANCERS) This class is designed to help students improve their flexibility and core strength. 


SPECIAL NOTE:
In order to be considered for pointe classes next year, you must take the scheduled summer pointe classes. All dancers 9+ will be considered for pre-pointe or pointe class, however, only dancers ages 11 and up will be evaluated for pointe shoes. If your dancer is under the age of 11, or not chosen to purchase pointe shoes at this time, they may still participate in a class, but in their flat ballet shoes. If you are interested in pre-pointe or pointe class for next year you must email Miss Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 1st and she will advise which classes to take during the summer. Dancers en pointe are required to take Company Ballet on Thursdays.


ADDITIONAL CLASS TUITION SCALE

We are pleased to offer discounts for dancers taking classes in addition to their CORE class requirements. 
When using the tuition scale below be sure to include your CORE requirements into your total hours per week.

Total Hours
Per Week

Total Tuition
with Base Price

3.25 hours $135
3.5 hours $145
3.75 hours $155
4 hours $165
4.25 hours $175
4.5 hours $185
4.75 hours $190
5 hour $195
5.25 hours $200
5.5 hours $205
5.75 hours $210
6 hours $215
6.25 hours $220
6.5 hours $225
6.75 hours $230
7 hours $235
7.25 hours $240
7.5 hours $245
7.75 hours $250
8 + hours $255

 

 


REHEARSALS & REHEARSAL FEES

MOST rehearsals will be on Saturday's between 8 am and 6 pm, however some dances may rehearse during the week. A detailed schedule of the rehearsal times will be given at a later date.

REGIONAL COMPANY

  • Regional Company dancers are allowed to miss two rehearsals per semester.
  • If a dancer misses a rehearsal they are expected to watch the video and be completely caught up/prepared when they return.

NATIONAL COMPANY

  • National Company dancers are allowed to miss one rehearsal, per dance, per semester.
  • If a dancer misses a rehearsal they are expected to watch the video and be completely caught up/prepared when they return.
  • If a dancer fails to come prepared to a rehearsal more than once, they will be removed from a portion or all of that particular dance.
  • No refunds will be given if a dancer is completely removed from the dance. 

Rehearsal fees are paid per dance, regardless of how often, when or where the dance rehearses.

Rehearsal fees are $125 per dance and will be split into 2 payments. Rehearsal fees for dances #1-4 are due September 15th. Rehearsal Fees for any dances not paid in September are due October 15th.

*Some rehearsals may begin in July or August. Any dances beginning rehearsals in July or August will incur a $20 rehearsal fee per dancer. 


PRODUCTION

All Company dancers are required to participate in the studio production number. Please keep in mind that when you are filling out your registration form, the production number is NOT included in the "total of # of dances you are willing to participate in." For example: If you mark that you would be willing to participate in 3 dances (and you are placed in 3 dances) the production will be added to this. Your total would be 4 dances.

PRODUCTION REHEARSALS

Dancers will be learning the production choreography throughout our new season, however we will be having full-day rehearsals on the following Sundays. Attendance is mandatory. We will provide a more detailed schedule for the Sunday rehearsals at a later date.

  • SUNDAY REHEARSALS TBD
  • October - TBA
  • November - TBA
  • December - TBA

REGIONAL COMPANY

  • 3 Regional Competitions in the Kansas City area
  • 1 Regional Conventions in the Midwest
  • All fees will be due three-four months prior to scheduled competition dates.
  • The dancers will be required to travel on Friday of Conventions so that we can rehearse dances at the hotel on Friday evenings. It is recommended to stay overnight at the hosting hotel due to classes being held on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • It is a possibility that our dances may compete on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday.
  • We will receive the competition schedule approximately one week before the competition date.

Estimated Convention Fees = $250-$300
Estimated Competition Entry Fees = $45-65 ($110-$135 for solos)
A $35 directors/processing fee will be charged for each convention and competition attended

**SPECIAL NOTE** AWARDS CEREMONIES ARE A TEAM ASPECT THAT IS MANDATORY. ANY DANCER WHO DOES NOT STAY FOR THEIR AWARDS CERMONY WILL BE REMOVED FROM A PORTION OF OUR ALL COMPANY PRODUCTION. ILLNESS AND FAMILY EMERGENCIES ARE EXCUSED. 

 

NATIONAL COMPANY

  • 3 Regional Competitions in the Kansas City area (with the Regional Company) 
  • 1 Competition that may require travel outside of the Kansas City area (National Company)
  • 1 Convention in the MIdwest (with the Regional Company)
  • 2 Conventions that may require travel outside of the Kansas City area (National Company) 
  • National Final Event in Summer of 2022 - likely outside of the Kansas City area!
  • All fees will be due three-four months prior to scheduled competition dates. The dancers will be required to travel on Friday of Conventions so that we can rehearse dances at the hotel on Friday evenings. It is recommended to stay overnight at the hosting hotel due to classes being held on both Saturday and Sunday.It is a possibility that our dances may compete on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday. We will receive the competition schedule approximately one week before the competition date.

Estimated Convention Fees = $250-$300
Estimated Competition Entry Fees = $45-65 ($110-$135 for solos)
A $35 directors/processing fee will be charged for each convention and competition attended

**SPECIAL NOTE** AWARDS CEREMONIES ARE A TEAM ASPECT THAT IS MANDATORY. ANY DANCER WHO DOES NOT STAY FOR THEIR AWARDS CERMONY WILL BE REMOVED FROM A PORTION OF OUR ALL COMPANY PRODUCTION. ILLNESS AND FAMILY EMERGENCIES ARE EXCUSED. 


COSTUMES

General costume fees range from $100 to $275 per dance.
Custom made costume fees range from $200-$350 per dance. 

Typically Tap and Hip Hop costumes are much less expensive than Contemporary and Jazz costumes. Custom made costumes tend to be more expensive due to extra labor. 

Costume fees will cover costumes, headpieces and accessories. Rhinestones will be an additional $10-$25. You will be responsible for rhinestoning your dancer's costume or you may pay one of the Faculty members to help you.  There will be an additional fee if you choose to have someone else rhinestone your dancer's costume!

Costume fees will be broken down into 4 seperate payments:

  • June 15th - A costume deposit of $300 per dancer is due for dances #1-3
  • July 15th - A costume deposit of $200 per dancer is due for dances #4-5
  • August 15th - A costume deposit of $100 per dance is due for dances #6+
  • October 2021 - January 2022 - Once each costume is finalized, dancers will be billed for the remainder of their costume expenses. You will receive an email when your costume fee has been applied to your account. Balances are due upon receipt.

SOLOS, DUOS & TRIOS

JUNIOR COMPANY

  • Junior Company dancers may participate in 1-2, teacher approved, solos/duos/trios
  • Combination of extra dances may be: 1 solo + 1 duo OR 1 solo +1 trio
  • If the faculty feels the dancers are not ready for a particular style of dance or for the challenge of something like an extra dance, we will make other suggestions as to what would be a better "fit" for the dancers.
  • There is a chance that we will not allow some dancers to participate in extra dances. If this situation occurs we will provide an explanation as to why we feel those dancers are not ready to compete extra numbers.
  • Extra dance requests may begin on June 1st - no sooner.
  • Extra dance requests will be accepted until August 1st - no later. 
  • Dancer must be enrolled in the combo class of the style they wish to perform a solo, duo or trio.
  • Solos/duos/trios will not be competed at any Convention that we attend as a studio (exception is Tremaine Cash Awards)

TEEN COMPANY

  • Teen Company dancers may participate in 1-3, teacher approved, solos/duos/trios
  • Teen Company dancers may participate in 2 solos max 
  • If the faculty feels the dancers are not ready for a particular style of dance or for the challenge of something like an extra dance, we will make other suggestions as to what would be a better "fit" for the dancers.
  • There is a chance that we will not allow some dancers to participate in extra dances. If this situation occurs we will provide an explanation as to why we feel those dancers are not ready to compete extra numbers.
  • Extra dance requests may begin on June 1st - no sooner.
  • Extra dance requests will be accepted until August 1st - no later.
  • Dancer must be enrolled in the combo class of the style they wish to perform a solo, duo or trio.
  • Solos/duos/trios will not be competed at any Convention that we attend as a studio (exception is Tremaine Cash Awards)

SENIOR COMPANY

  • Senior Company dancers may participate in up to 4, teacher approved, solos/duos/trios
  • Senior Company dancers may participate in 2 solos max 
  • If the faculty feels the dancers are not ready for a particular style of dance or for the challenge of something like an extra dance, we will make other suggestions as to what would be a better "fit" for the dancers.
  • There is a chance that we will not allow some dancers to participate in extra dances. If this situation occurs we will provide an explanation as to why we feel those dancers are not ready to compete extra numbers.
  • Extra dance requests may begin on June 1st - no sooner.
  • Extra dance requests will be accepted until August 1st - no later.
  • Dancer must be enrolled in the combo class of the style they wish to perform a solo, duo or trio.
  • Solos/duos/trios will not be competed at any Convention that we attend as a studio (exception is Tremaine Cash Awards)

 


COMPANY EXTRAS

Dancers may be required to purchase the following items:

  • Company Jackets - $100-$125 (Highly Recommended)
  • Company Makeup - $25
  • Eyelashes - $5-$10
  • Chokers - $35-$40
  • Earrings - $11-$15 per pair
  • Shoes - $50-$85 per pair
  • Tights - $15-25 per pair (dancers must have multiple pairs on hand - tights with holes will not be allowed on stage!) 

CONCERT DATES & FEES

The Company Concert will be held in January of 2022 and the Spring Concert will be in June of 2022. Specific dates are TBA. Each family must be willing to pay a Concert fee for each show to help pay for the rental of the facility, programs, etc.

January Concert fee is $55 due October 1st.
June Concert fee is $55 due February 1st. 


 COMPANY FEE SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN

MAY

  • Summer Classes purchased through our online store

JUNE

  • 14th - Audition Fees Due
  • 15th - $300 costume deposit due ($100 per dance - dances #1-3) 
  • 15th - Pre-Pointe and Pointe Summer Class Tuition - $25

JULY

  • 1st - $325 Training Camp fee due
  • 15th- $200 costume deposit due ($100 per dance - dances #4-5) 

 AUGUST

  • 1st - Choreography Fee for any professionally choreographed dances due
  • 15th - $20 Rehearsal Fee for any dances rehearsing in July/August
  • 15th - $100 costume deposit per dance ($100 per dance - dances #6+) 

SEPTEMBER

  • 1st - Monthly Tuition
  • 15th- $125 rehearsal fee due for dances #1-4

OCTOBER

  • 1st - Monthly Tuition
  • 1st - Convention and Entry Fees Due for any January Competitions
  • 1st - $55 January Company Concert Fee due (per family)
  • 15th- $125 rehearsal fee due for any dances not paid in September

NOVEMBER

  • 1st - Monthly Tuition
  • 1st - Convention and Entry Fees Due for any February Competitions

DECEMBER

  • 1st - Monthly Tuition
  • 1st - Convention and Entry Fees Due for any March Competitions

JANUARY

  • 1st - Monthly Tuition
  • 1st - Convention and Entry Fees Due for any April Competitions

FEBRUARY

  • 1st - Monthly Tuition
  • 1st - $55 June Concert Fee due (per family)
  • 1st - Convention and Entry Fees Due for any May Competitions

MARCH

  • 1st - Monthly Tuition

APRIL

  • 1st - Monthly Tuition
  • National Finals Convention and Entry Fees Due

MAY

  • 1st - Monthly Tuition
  • 1st - Solo/Duo/Trio Showcase Fee Due

 


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