The SESD performance team will represent our studio at community performances and local festivals. Performing with our team will require extra work and dedication, but it will be worth the extra effort! We want to provide our community with the highest quality training and entertainment, which is exactly what our performance team will represent.

Listed below are eligibility requirements, audition and choreography camp times, Fall rehearsal dates, and other information to help you decide if our Performance Team is the right commitment for you and your dancer.

Pre-registration form is available at the bottom of this page. Please contact Katherine with any questions!



  • Student for 1 full season at SESD (Fall/Spring or Summer Session)
  • Enrolled in ballet and jazz or modern, or Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1

Commitments & Expectations:

  • Students who plan to audition are required to attend classes regularly over the summer as well as the Fall/Spring season. Excessive absences should be made up in another age/level appropriate class.
    • Please contact Katherine if you have questions or may be out of town the majority of the summer, we know everyone needs a vacation at times, and can try to work out a plan so your dancer attends enough summer classes in order to be eligible to audition.
  • Dancers who choose to participate in the performance team are expected to maintain a high level of professionalism in rehearsals as well as in class, and should strive to be positive examples for their classmates and other dancers.
    • Team members are expected to arrive for weekly classes and all rehearsals in proper dress code.
    • Negative attitudes will not be tolerated. Dance is a positive activity, and anything less than kindness and polite behavior could affect a team member’s eligibility to remain on the team.
    • Team members are held responsible for learning and retaining choreography. Videos will be posted online to review. It is each dancer’s personal responsibility to be sure he/she remembers and can correctly perform choreography.
    • Team members are expected to attend each performance and rehearsal listed below.
  • Rehearsal Attire:
    • Black leotard
    • Pink or tan tights
    • Black dance shorts or ballet skirts (wrap skirt for older dancers)
    • Tan jazz shoes and pink ballet slippers (same as required for class according to our “Class Attire” requirements)
  • Performance Attire:
    • SESD Jacket
    • SESD V-neck
    • Black leotard, pink and tan tights, black dance shorts
    • Tan jazz shoes, pink ballet slippers, sometimes tennis shoes
      • Leotard and shorts brand/styles TBA; tights and shoes same as required for class according to our “Class Attire” requirements.
  • Fees:
    • $5 Audition Fee (compensation for guest judges)
    • $60 Entire Year (Fall-Following Summer)
    • “Boogie Fever” entry fee TBA as information becomes available
    • Aforementioned performance attire
  • Team Rehearsal and Performance Expectations:
    • Dancers are allowed one excused absence per season (1-Fall 1-Spring) with advance written notice. Illness, family emergencies, and injuries will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Any weather cancellations will be made up ASAP.
    • Dancers are expected to attend all performances listed below.


  • Friday, August 18th
  • Doors Open 5:15, Please pre-register online by Thursday, August 17th, 8:00pm
  • Audition Times:
    •  Emeralds: 5:45-7:00
    •  Rubies/Diamonds: 5:45-8:00


Choreography Camp: August 25th-26th
Please note, depending on how many audition and how many pieces we may end up needing, these times may change slightly. Dates are set.

  • Friday Camp:
    • 5:30-6:15…Emerald—Pom
    • 6:15-7:15…Emeralds & Rubies—Ballet
    • 7:15-8:00…Ruby—Jazz/Hip Hop
  • Saturday Camp:
    • 9:30-10:30…Diamond—Jazz
    • 10:45-11:45…Diamond—Contemporary/Ballet
    • 11:45-12:45…Emeralds/Rubies review, Diamond lunch
    • 12:45-2:15…Group dance (“Eye of the Storm”)
      • Emeralds dismissed at 1:45

Fall Rehearsals: Please note, depending on how many audition and how many pieces we end up needing, these times may change slightly. Dates are set.

  • September 8th, 15th
    • Studio A:
      • 5:20-5:50 Emerald (Pom)
      • 5:50-6:15 Emerald/Ruby (Ballet)
    • Studio B:
      • 5:20-5:50 Ruby (Jazz)
      • 5:50-6:20 Diamond (Ballet)
      • 6:20-6:30 BREAK
      • 6:30-7:30 ALL-Group/Praise dance
        • Emeralds/Rubies dismissed at 7:30
      • 7:30-8:15 Diamond (Jazz)
  • October 6th, 13th
    • Studio B:
      • 5:30-6:45 Emeralds & Rubies (Pom, Ballet, Jazz)
      • 6:45-7:30 ALL-Group/Praise Dance
        • Emeralds/Rubies dismissed at 7:30
      • 7:30-8:30 Diamonds
  • November 3rd
    • 5:30-6:00 Emeralds Parade Choreography
    • 6:00-6:45 All groups Production Choreo
      • 6:45 Emeralds dismissed
    • 6:45-7:00 Dinner
    • 7:00-7:45 Rubies/Diamonds Parade Choreography
      • 7:45 Rubies dismissed
    • 7:45-8:15 Diamonds Ballet
  • November 18th (SATURDAY)
    • 10:00AM-10:30AM Emeralds Parade Choreography
    • 10:30-11:15 All groups Production Choreography
      • 11:15 Emeralds dismissed
    • 11:15-11:45 Rubies/Diamonds Parade Choreo
  • December 1st
    • 5:30-6:15 All groups Production Choreo
    • 6:15-7:15 All groups Parade Choreography
      • 7:15 Emeralds and Rubies dismissed
    • 7:15-7:30 Diamonds Ballet
  • December 8th
    • 5:30-7:00 All groups Production Choreo
      • 7:00 Emeralds and Rubies dismissed
    • 7:00-7:30 Diamonds Ballet

Fall Performances:

  • PG Elementary Color Run–September 23rd
  • NASCAR Day & Whitacker Farms Fall Festival–October 14th
  • *GSO Choreographer Showcase–November 17th (Diamonds Only)
  • Liberty Christmas Parade–1st Saturday in December
  • PG Christmas Parade–1st Sunday in December

Spring Rehearsals:

  • January 5th
    • 5:30-7:00 All groups Production Choreo
      • 7:00 Emeralds and Rubies dismissed
    • 7:00-7:20 Diamonds Ballet
  • February 2nd
    • Schedule same as above
  • March 2nd, 30th
    • Schedule same as above
  • April 20th
    • Schedule same as above
  • May 4th
    • Schedule same as above
  • May 18th
    • Schedule same as above
  • June 2nd
    • 10:00 AM-11:30 AM**Showcase Production Choreography

Spring Performances:

  • Production Number during annual Spring Showcase–June 16th


SESD Performance Team Auditions Pre-Registration

Once you complete the SESD pre-registration form, we will email you the choreography practice video! The choreography will be taught at the audition, but we encourage dancers to review prior to the audition date. Best of luck to your lovely dancers!
    *Dancers enrolled in Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1 need only take that class to be eligible to audition. **Dancers old enough for level 2-4 classes must enroll in Ballet AND Jazz/Tap OR Modern