AUDITIONS FOR 2017-2018 will be held April 17 - 28, 2017 (Approximate dates)
Currently working on all info! The info listed below is for last season! Check back soon!
AUDITIONS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED FOR THE 2016-2017 SEASON. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
RHYTHM DANCE CENTER PERFORMING COMPANY AUDITIONS 2016 - 2017
Dancers must be 7 years old by September 1, 2016 to be eligible to audition.
RDCPC DIRECTORS: Becca Moore and Dani Rosenberg
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We are excited to announce our upcoming Auditions for the 2016-2017 Season! If you love to dance and perform, we would love to see you at our auditions! Please read through all the info carefully. Please feel free to email us with any questions you may have. If you are new to Rhythm, or new to Performing Company, we strongly suggest you attend a Parent Q & A session. Rhythm Dance Center Performing Company requires talent, commitment, dedication, passion, hard work, an eagerness to learn, and a desire to perform and grow as a dancer. And what your child will gain from the experience in Company is priceless—as both a dancer and an individual. We have a very positive competitive philosophy and encourage you to read it!!
We will be casting 11 different performing Companies!
EDGE: Mini, Junior, Teen, Senior
FUSION: Teen & Senior
CONNECTION: Mini, Junior, Teen, Senior
There is also a Connection Tap Company, see more info in Connection section
MINI STARS: (only one level/group)
The audition and selection process requires much planning and thought, and your dancer should be very confident about their desire to be a part of our Performing Company. If your dancer decides to not participate after being selected for any of our Performing Companies, it is unfair to all involved. That spot could have been given to another dancer. Please talk to your dancer about commitment and how important it is to follow through. We are looking for dancers that are talented, focused, driven, and excited to be a part of a well respected and Award Winning Performing Company.
**AUDITION FEE** There will be a $50.00 Audition Fee for dancers that are not currently registered at Rhythm Dance Center. If you are accepted as a member, this fee will be applied to your first Company Deposit. If you do not make the Company, we will refund 50% of the fee. ($25.00) If you make the Company, but do not accept the invitation, the fee will not be refunded.
**IMPORTANT SCHEDULING NOTE** We follow Cobb County School System for breaks. We will close for Cobb Fall Break (Sept. 25 – Oct. 1) and Cobb Spring Break (April 3 – 9). If you attend another school system or private school, please know that you may need to be available for Competitions, Conventions, and Rehearsals that may be during your break if it is not during the same weeks as Cobb. WE WILL NOT CLOSE FOR COBB COUNTY WINTER BREAK (Feb. 20 – Feb. 26) OR FOR MLK (Jan. 14 - 16). ALL COMPANY DANCERS WILL NEED TO BE AVAILABLE DURING THE ENTIRE MONTHS OF JAN. and FEB. This is the height of our rehearsal, competition, and choreography time. If your dancer misses this during this time, it may affect their placement in Company. We feel the breaks the dancers have (Fall, Holiday, Thanksgiving, Spring) are very generous, and we will be requiring our dancers to be present during the busy months (Jan/Feb). We are not saying that you cannot miss a day during those months. However, planning a significant family trip or weekend during this busy time will impact the Company. This applies to MLK weekend as well. Please talk to us about any concerns you may have prior to auditioning. Communication is key.
All dancers wishing to be a part of Rhythm’s Performing Companies must audition. All current members must audition again each season. All Company and Tuition Accounts must be current in order to audition.
The Auditions will consist of two parts. The first part of the audition will consist of a Ballet and Jazz Audition. The second part is a call back audition.
AUDITION CLASS AND AUDITION CALLBACK DATES
We take into consideration level and age when selecting dancers. It just depends on the group of dancers at that time. It often changes from year to year. Your dancer could get called back to multiple callbacks.
Part One: Ballet and Jazz Class
All dancers wishing to audition for Performing Company will be required to attend the Ballet and Jazz Auditions within the appropriate age groups, no matter what Performing Company they wish to audition for. Dancers will be evaluated on their ballet and jazz technique during this audition. It is a two hour audition. The first hour will be formatted like a ballet class, with barre and center floor work. The second hour will be formatted like a jazz class, with across the floor progressions, and two jazz combinations will be taught. The first will be very basic jazz technique. The second will be more challenging with harder technical elements and style. The jazz combinations learned in this class will also be performed at the callback audition. This will give us an opportunity to see the dancers perform the combinations after having time to practice. It will also allow us to evaluate them on basic jazz technique. We are not looking for perfection, but we are looking for potential and it needs to be evident that the dancers have practiced and mastered the combos to the best of their best ability. Once all the combos are taught, we will post them on the audition page. Our instructors are not allowed to do private/group lessons to help with these combos.
After this audition we will ask you to come back to a specific callback audition. ALL DANCERS will be asked to come to a callback. On Monday, April 18th, the MINI CONNECTION callback audition list will be posted by 11:30 p.m. on the Company Auditions page: http://rhythmdancecenter.com/performingcompanyauditions. On Tuesday, April 19th, by 11:59 p.m. all other callbacks will be posted. This list will designate which callback audition your dancer will attend. There is a possibility you will have to attend multiple callbacks, depending on your age and level. We will take into consideration the Company you are interested in auditioning for when posting Callbacks. For example, if you are only interested in CONNECTION, we will not ask you to come to the EDGE Callback. However, if you are interested in EDGE, we may ask you to come to the EDGE, FUSION, and CONNECTION callbacks.
Part Two: Callback Auditions
The second part of the audition will be Callback Auditions. The CONNECTION Callback Audition will consist of Jazz and Hip-Hop. If your dancer is auditioning for the Connection Tap Company, they will also be required to tap during the callback. FUSION Callbacks will consist of Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop and Contemporary. EDGE Audition Callbacks will consist of Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop and Contemporary. All dancers will perform the Jazz Combinations they learned at Part One of the Audition. All dancers will also learn new combinations that will be performed in groups of 5-6 dancers. Dancers will be evaluated on technique, style, performance quality, appearance, and showmanship.
How to sign up for Auditions: Our Audition Entry Form is electronic and is now online on our website. Please fill out and submit this form ASAP and no later than Friday, April 15th. All forms submitted past April 15th will incur a $20.00 fee.
Submit a headshot: A headshot of your dancer should be emailed to email@example.com ASAP and no later than April 15th. This does not need to be professional. It can be a school pic, vacation shot, or one you snap quickly on your phone and then email to Becca. Most importantly, it should be a headshot...not a full body shot. The photos will be printed very small, so if you send a body shot, it will not help us. Do not stress or worry about this being an amazing photo. It is simply to help us know who everyone is!
Late Fee: ALL entry forms submitted AFTER April 15th, will have to pay a $20.00 fee in order to be considered. It takes a very long time to organize these forms, and submitting yours late will incur a fee. Thanks in advance for submitting yours in a timely manner.
What to wear: Dress the part!! A neat appearance is very important! If you look good and feel confident, this will definitely enhance your performance. Take a little extra time on your hair and wear something that makes you feel good! If you are older, make-up is preferred. If you are younger, blush/glitter and lip-gloss is great! We want to see you looking your best! Trust us – we WILL notice if you make an effort!
Ballet and Jazz Audition – We will begin with a ballet audition, so please arrive dressed and ready for ballet. ***NO T-SHIRTS or SWEATS (for girls) allowed in the room any portion of the Ballet and Jazz Audition. If you need to arrive early to warm up a bit on your own, please do so. **Socks are not an acceptable form of footwear
Girls: Solid Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, Hair in a perfect ballet bun. No bangs. Guys: Solid Black shorts and solid white or black fitted tank top, black ballet shoes.
Girls: Any color Jazz shorts/leggings and a very fitted cami/dance top/sports bra or leotard. We do not prefer tank tops and baggy shorts. Proper and body conscious dance wear is preferred and required.
Guys: Any color Shorts and a t-shirt/tank top. Any style Jazz shoes. Hair pulled back/up and out of face.
Girls: Any color Jazz shorts/leggings and a very fitted cami/dance top/sports bra or leotard. We do not prefer tank tops and baggy shorts. Proper and body conscious dance wear is preferred and required. Hair pulled back/up and out of face.
Guys: Any color Shorts and a t-shirt/tank top.
EDGE Callbacks: You will need any style jazz shoes, tap shoes, & sneakers. Bare feet are acceptable for jazz/contemporary.
CONNECTION Callbacks: You will need any style jazz shoes and sneakers. If auditioning for Tap Company, tap shoes will be required for callbacks.
FUSION Callbacks: You will need any style jazz shoes, tap shoes, and sneakers. Bare feet are acceptable for jazz. Guys: shorts, t-shirt, and appropriate shoes.
ALL EDGE, FUSION & CONNECTION Dancers: Bring Sweatpants/Hoodie/Sneakers for Hip Hop audition. This is required.
PARENT Q & A: We STRONGLY encourage you to attend a Q & A, prior to auditions if you are auditioning for the first time, or auditioning for a new Company. We will go over the audition process at the beginning of each meeting, then answer any questions you have
IMMEDIATE QUESTIONS should be addressed through email to Becca or Dani. You can find their email addresses at the top of this page.
RESULTS POSTED: Performing Company Audition Results will be posted on the website no later than Tuesday, May 3, 2016. 2016-2017 Fall Registration will begin on Monday, May 9th for Current and NEW students!
SUMMER INTENSIVE/CAMP INFO: If you audition and are chosen as a member of one of our 2016-2017 Performing Companies, you will be required to attend the following Summer Intensives. This is a mandatory requirement for all dancers. If you audition and make it, you will be REQUIRED to attend the following weeks for your designated Performing Company. Any concerns need to be addressed to Becca and Dani.
EDGE DANCERS: August 11-14, 2016 (Thursday & Friday will be after school – Sat. & Sun. will be full days) $350.00 ($300.00 if paid by 5/14/16)
FUSION DANCERS: July 24-27, 2016 (Sunday – Wednesday) $350.00 ($300.00 if paid by5/14/16)
CONNECTION DANCERS: July 19-22, 2016 (Tuesday - Friday) $250.00 ($220.00 if paid by 5/14/16)
MINI STARS: July 24-27, 2016 (Sunday – Wednesday) $250.00 ($220.00 if paid by 5/14/16)
RDCPC COMMITMENT EXPECTATIONS:
If you are invited to become a member of Mini Stars, Connection, Fusion or Edge, the Parent and Dancer will be required to sign a Letter of Commitment by June 4, 2016. Along with this letter, a non-refundable deposit will be required. All RDCPC Members will also be required to be registered for the 2016-17 Season by Saturday, June 4, 2016. After, Saturday, June 4, 2016 if we have not received your Registration for the 2016-17 Season, Company Deposit and Signed Letter of Commitment, your invitation to Company will be revoked and we could offer your spot to another dancer, should there be someone qualified.
DEPOSITS FOR 2016-17 PERFORMING COMPANY due by May 31, 2016
Mini Stars; $250 Connection: $250 Fusion: $350 Edge: $500
This deposit will be applied to your Company Account and will be used for Costumes, Conventions, and Entry Fees for the 2016-2017 Season.
WITHDRAWAL POLICY/PENALTY: If your dancer has to withdraw from Rhythm Dance Center Performing Company after July 19, 2016 (Connection), July 24, 2016 (Mini Stars and Fusion) or after August 11, 2016 (Edge) for any reason at all (no desire to dance, financial obligations, injury, too much school work, etc.) there will be a penalty applied to your account. Mini Stars & Connection: $250, Fusion: $350, Edge, $500. This penalty will apply effective of the date you withdraw. In addition to this penalty, you will be responsible for any and all fees that have already been paid out of the Company Account.
EDGE is Rhythm Dance Center's highest level performing company made up of distinguished dancers having outstanding technique, performance quality and style. EDGE represents Rhythm Dance Center at local and national talent competitions, conventions, and performances. These dancers have a focus and desire to fully commit themselves to the demands of Edge. We take great pride in our EDGE performing company and have high expectations of all members. We pride ourselves on training well-rounded, diverse dancers and provide our EDGE members with opportunities not found at any other studio in Atlanta. We feel the relationships developed with faculty and peers through dance are unmatched by most sports and disciplines.
EDGE - SUMMER 2017 Edge dancers will be attending a National Talent Competition and Convention during the Summer of 2016. Nationals will be required for all EDGE dancers. We will not decide until the fall where we will go for Nationals. In the past, we have gone to NYC, LA, Vegas, Orlando, Chicago, and other locations. If your dancer is a part of EDGE 2016-2017, attendance to Nationals will be mandatory. Parents will be required to attend with your dancer and pay for all travel expenses.
*Choosing dance as a priority over all other extracurricular activities
*Attendance to 5-6 Conventions/Competitions and Nationals (will require travel)
*Weekend Rehearsals and Weekday Rehearsals
*Opportunities to audition for solos, extra groups, and Guest Choreographers
*Classes with Guest Teachers/Choreographers at Rhythm Dance Center
*Attendance to EDGE Summer Intensive
*Participation in Holiday Show, Ballet Concert, Company Concert, Year End Recitals
Edge Minimum Requirements:
Mini Edge (Average Age 7-10)
-Will perform Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Production numbers at Competition and Conventions
-Required to be at the studio a minimum of three days a week taking classes in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Acro, Hip Hop and more-Approximate minimum yearly costs – Convention fees, costume fees and competition entry fees for required routines ($2800.00), Approximate Tuition ($280 per month), Guest Teachers ($25 per class) National convention & Competition entry fees ($600 - $700), and travel expenses (varies...weekend travel minimal, Nationals travel more significant.) Recital Costume(s): $80 per costume (Ballet and Contemporary performed in Recitals only) Junior Edge (Average Age 11-12) -Will perform a Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Production numbers at Competition and Conventions -Required to be at the studio three-four days a week taking classes in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary Musical Theater, Hip-Hop and more --Approximate minimum yearly costs – Convention fees, costume fees and competition entry fees for required routines ($3250.00), Approximate Tuition ($280 per month), Guest Teachers ($25 per class), National convention & Competition entry fees ($650 - $750), and travel expenses (varies...weekend travel minimal, Nationals travel more significant.) Recital Costume: $80 per costume (Ballet performed in Recitals only) Teen Edge (Average Age 13-15) and Senior Edge (Average Age 16-18) -Will perform a Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Production numbers at Competition and Conventions -Required to be at the studio three to four days a week taking classes in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary Musical Theater, Hip-Hop and more --Approximate minimum yearly costs – Regional convention fees, costume fees and competition entry fees for required routines ($3500.00), Approximate Tuition ($280 per month), Guest Teachers ($25 per class), National convention & competition entry fees ($650 - $750), and travel expenses (varies...weekend travel minimal, Nationals travel more significant.) Recital Costume: $80 per costume (Ballet performed in Recitals only) EDGE MONTHLY PAYMENTS: Minimum monthly payments for Edge will be approximately $250 - $300 per month to be paid on the 15th of each month August 2016 – March 2017. April 2017 a final balance will be due. This is in addition to your tuition payments. These payments are for your required groups, conventions, etc. Additional deposits will be due for Extra groups, solos, etc. FUSION INFO Fusion is an advanced level performing company made up of talented, well-rounded dancers that represent Rhythm at Competitions and Conventions. This Company is made up of Teen Dancers chosen through audition. Dancers must be entering 6th Grade to be eligible to audition for Fusion. There are two levels - Teen Fusion and Senior Fusion. A high level of commitment is expected of these dancers. Dance will need to be your first priority in order to maintain the level and expectations of Fusion. Fusion dancers will be at the studio three days a week taking classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary. Fusion competes for the first time in the late fall. The rehearsal schedule for FUSION is VERY heavy from August – October on weekends. FUSION Involves: *Choosing dance as a priority over other extracurricular activities *Attendance to 3 Competitions and 2 Conventions (competing at one) *Classes with Guest Teachers at Rhythm Dance Center *Opportunity to audition for ONE extra group *Attendance to FUSION Summer Intensive *Participation in Holiday Show, Ballet Concert, Company Concert, Year End Recitals Teen and Senior Fusion: Fusion will also compete a group Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary number. The two groups will compete a Hip Hop Production number together! Fusion will compete a total of 4 numbers and have the opportunity to audition for one small group. -Required to be at the studio three days a week taking classes in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary. - Approximate minimum yearly cost $2000.00 plus tuition, guest teachers, and travel expense. This estimate includes conventions, costume and competition entry fees for required routines. Monthly payments for Fusion will be approximately $225.00 per month to be paid on the 15th of each month August 2016 – February 2017. March 2017 a final balance will be due. This is in addition to your tuition payments. CONNECTION INFO CONNECTION is a select group of talented dancers chosen through audition to represent Rhythm Dance Center at talent competitions, conventions, and community performances. This elite group of dancers consistently wows audiences with their energetic and stylish routines. A high level of commitment is expected of these dancers to maintain the excellence of Connection. We feel the relationships developed with faculty and peers through dance are unmatched by most sports and disciplines. Connection Involves: *Choosing dance as a priority over other extracurricular activities *Attendance to 3 Competitions and 1 Convention *Classes with Guest Teachers (1-2) at Rhythm Dance Center (approx. $25 per class) *Attendance to CONNECTION Summer Intensive *Participation in Holiday Show, Ballet Concert, Company Concert, Year End Recitals Connection Minimum Requirements: -Will perform a Jazz and Hip-Hop number at Competition -Required to be at the studio two days a week taking classes in Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop and Choreography/Rehearsal time -Approximate minimum yearly cost $950.00 plus tuition, guest teachers, and travel expense. Three $250 Deposits are made: 5/31/15, 11/15/15, 1/15/16. Tap Company pays an additional $100 per deposit. The final deposit is due March 15, 2016. Connection Tap Company! We have an optional Tap Company for Connection. There are two companies. Mini/Junior Connection Tap Company and Teen/Senior Connection Tap Company. If you wish to be considered for Connection Tap Company, you will be required to audition in Tap at the Connection Callback Audition. This Company will be an additional required weekly tap class. This class will only be open to the dancers in the Connection Tap Company. You must be chosen for Connection in addition to being chosen for Connection Tap Company. These results will be posted at the same time as the other results. If you are auditioning for Edge and/or Fusion and get asked to the Connection Callback, you will be required to Tap as well. The additional cost for Tap Company is approximately $300.00. These payments are made in $100 installments with each of your three Connection deposits. MINI STARS INFO MINI STARS is our youngest Performing Company comprised of talented dancers ranging in age from 5 - 8 years old. These dancers are chosen by invitation through class observation by Becca and Dani, and through audition. Mini Stars represent Rhythm Dance Center at talent competitions, conventions, and community performances. Focus and an eagerness to learn is expected of these dancers to maintain the excellence of Mini Stars. This super talented group of dancers light up the stage with their never-ending energy and continually inspires the audience with their contagious enthusiasm! Mini Stars Involves: *Choosing dance as a priority over other extracurricular activities *Attendance to 3 Competitions and/or Conventions *Optional Classes with Guest Teachers at Rhythm Dance Center *Attendance to MINI STARS Summer Intensive *Participation in Holiday Show, Ballet Concert, Company Concert, Year End Recitals Mini Stars Minimum Requirements: -Perform a Jazz and Tap number at Competition -Required to be at the studio two days a week taking classes in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Acro and Choreography/Rehearsal time -Approximate minimum yearly cost $950.00 plus tuition and guest teachers SPOTLIGHT INFO: Spotlight is an accelerated program for dancers in 1st grade and up. It is ideal for dancers who are ready for a more focused classroom atmosphere. Spotlight instructors will provide them with challenging choreography and technique to be the best they can be. It provides an additional performance opportunity to perform their Jazz routine at one talent competition in the spring. Spotlight dancers are chosen through class and recital observation at the end of each season. Class requirements include a weekly Ballet and Jazz class. Dancers are also required to participate in a week long Summer Camp at Rhythm Dance Center. We have 4 different Spotlights - Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior. While Spotlight is not part of our Performing Company, it is a great stepping stone for those dancers who may be interested in our Performing Company in the future. It has proved to be a successful program for many dancers! Some dancers may be placed in Spotlight after auditioning for our Performing Company. Auditions are NOT required for Spotlight dancers, as many are selected in their classes and recommended by teachers. Thank you for your interest in Rhythm Dance Center’s Performing Company! We are entering our 24th Season of Dance at Rhythm and we LOVE our Performing Company, the opportunities we are able to provide for the dancers, and most importantly the opportunity to build relationships with so many amazing kids! Becca Moore and Dani Rosenberg Rhythm Dance Center Directors