Performance Company Members: Please click here for detailed 2022-2023 Information

Elite Company Members: Please click here for detailed 2022-2023 Information

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2022 Auditions: Sunday, May 22

2:30-3:00 All Ages Check In

3:00-5:00 All Ages Audition

This is a closed audition; no observers

$15 Audition Fee that can be paid by check or cash the day of the audition (I can send you a Square invoice if you prefer, please let me know by Thursday)

There will be a ballet barre warm up, technique in the center/across the floor, and finally a choreography session

Please wear pink convertible tights and a black leotard

Please bring ballet, modern, and jazz shoes

Hair should be slicked back in a bun; dancers will be allowed to quickly take the bun out before the “choreography” session if they prefer

Dancers are not required to wear makeup, but are welcome to if desired

A water bottle is permitted, but dancers should only drink during designated water breaks

Don’t forget to SMILE!

Elite Company & Performance Company Information

Commitments & Expectations:

  • Performance Company: Will perform at community events (like Homeland Creamery market, Christmas parade, etc) and be featured in the “Production” opening number in our annual Showcase. Performance Company will also attend the JUMP convention in November, and will compete in ONE competition in the Spring. The focus of the “Performance Company” is growing as an artist and sharing our passion for dance with our community!
  • Elite Company: Will perform at  community events (like Homeland Creamery market, Christmas parade, etc) and be featured in the “Production” opening number in our annual Showcase. Elite Company will attend the JUMP Convention and Competition, as well as multiple competitions in the Spring.
  • Professionalism:
    • SESD’s Companies are pre-professional groups that represent SESD at community performances, festivals, parades, competitions, and our annual Showcase; including a featured role in our opening number. We strive to provide our community with the highest quality training possible, and the Company is a direct representation of that goal.
    • Dancers will receive training that will push them out of their comfort zone, challenge their minds and bodies, and create a sense of accomplishment as well as a desire to continue to learn and grow even more. Dancers will learn the importance of personal responsibility, respect towards one’s self as well as others, and many other lessons and values they can carry with them in their daily lives both now and as an adult.
    • Considering the level of professionalism expected, accepting a position in the Company will require extra dedication and possibly personal sacrifices. Being part of a team means each member relies on other teammates, instructors, and choreographers to be present and diligent.
    • Company members should be respectful to other dancers (on and off the Company) as well as their instructors and choreographers. An open and willing attitude is imperative.
    • Company members are held responsible for learning and retaining choreography. Videos will be posted online to review, and music files can be sent upon request. It is each dancer’s personal responsibility to be sure he/she remembers and can correctly perform choreography.
  • Eligibility:
    • Both Companies:
      • Student for one full season at SESD.
      • Enrolled in ballet, jazz, and modern at SESD. Strongly encouraged to enroll in Acro classes.
      • Attend entire Summer Session (choreography camps and technique classes listed above).
      • Auditions will be held prior to summer session, and Company selections will be made pending audition results.
    • Performance Company:
      • Company membership is open to second year Level 2 students and above.
    • Elite Company:
      • Company membership is open to rising level 3 dancers and above.
  • Policies:
    • Attendance:
      • Technique Classes:
        • Regular attendance is required.
        • Members are expected to arrive for technique classes on time and in proper dress code.
        • Members should be absent from weekly technique class no more than 6 days per semester. Excessive absences in technique classes could result in dismissal from the Company and Dismissal Policies will implemented.
        • Fall Rehearsals begin the same week as Fall Technique Classes; Company members MUST be in attendance when our Fall season begins.
      • Rehearsals:
        • Members are expected to arrive on time and in proper dress code.
        • All Rehearsals are mandatory.
        • The only excused absences for Summer Choreography Camps and weekly rehearsals in the Fall/Spring are emergency, illness, passing of a loved one, or graded school event.
        • Even in the event of an excused absence, the rehearsal prior to a performance or competition should not be missed and Company member may not be permitted to perform in the upcoming event if Director deems it most beneficial to the Company as a whole.
        • If Company member is absent from too many rehearsals or events, Company member may be dismissed from the Company and Dismissal Policies will implemented.
      • Inclement Weather/Studio Closures:
        • Any rehearsals cancelled due to inclement weather or un-scheduled studio closure will be made up in a timely manner.
        • Rehearsals will not meet when SESD is closed for holidays.
    • Behavior:
      • Negativity of any kind will NOT be tolerated. Company members and parents should remain positive and uplifting throughout all rehearsal, events, and everything in between. Any behavior deemed inappropriate by Director will follow this protocol:
        • 1) Director will privately discuss behavior with Dancer.
        • 2) If no improvement, Director will contact Parent regarding behavior.
        • 3) If no improvement, Dancer will be placed on Probation and will have a 2 week period to remedy behavior.
        • 4) If behavior has still not improved, Dance will be removed from the Company and Dismissal Policies will be implemented.
    • Dismissal Policy:
      • In the event a Company Member withdraws or is dismissed from the Company at any time, no fees will be refunded, a $300 Re-Blocking Fee will be charged and collected. There may be an additional $60 fee per costume if another set needs to be purchased for an understudy, or if the Company Member’s costumes will fit an understudy, all costumes will be forfeited to SESD.

Important Dates (2022-2023):

  • Mandatory Parent/Dancer Interest Meeting: April 29th at SESD
  • Company Auditions: May 22
    • $15 Audition Fee
  • Choreography Camps: Summer Session