Petite Protégé and Protégé
Do you have a young dancer who LOVES dance and wants MORE? We will be assessing students this summer for our NEW Petite Protégé and Protégé classes. These advanced, invitation only classes, will give dancers extra time in class, further challenge them and serve as a stepping stone to the Relevé Dance Company!
If you would like more information or have specific questions, please email Cheryl Morris, Director of Dance, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Relevé Dance Company
Dance competitions can be a wonderful experience for dancers! Having the opportunity to compete in something you love can be very rewarding. At ArtWorks Academy, development of proper technique is the foundation of our dance program. By developing strong dancers first and then preparing them for competition, they will be successful in competitions, classes, and any other dance endeavors they may choose.
To prepare for competition, dancers need to develop strength, flexibility, and proper dance technique. We do not aim to simply teach a dance for competition and have the students perfect only the steps required for the dance. We want to develop dancers who compete. For this reason it is important that our team members continue to study their dance technique in ballet, tap, and jazz. We also require a Leaps and Turns class, which is intended to help student develop strength and flexibility as well as improve their turns and jumps for competition.
To be competitive with other dancers their age, younger students need to be in class at least two days a week. Students in 6th grade or higher should be dancing three days a week. Adding the optional classes may have students dancing one more day a week.
Required Summer Classes
Students selected for Relevé Dance Company must enroll in the required Relevé classes on Tuesdays/Thursdays in the summer. These classes will include technique and choreography. They may also choose to enroll in classes and camps offered on other days, which will be beneficial, but not required.
Required School Year Classes
Students must attend required classes and rehearsals. Company members are allowed four absences from rehearsal each school year. They MUST be in attendance for the two weeks prior to competition. If a company member misses two or more weeks in a row, they will be required to schedule a private lesson with the instructor at the rate of $25 per half hour. Missing more than the allotted absences may result in dismissal from the company.
Fees and Tuition
Fee Per Dance: $350.00
This fee includes class time during the school year (Summer Session is charged separately), entry fees for two competitions, costume, tights, and shoes IF shoes other than those required for technique classes are required. (i.e. black jazz shoes rather than tan, etc). This fee is broken down into two payments. The first half is due in August and the second half in January.
Monthly Tuition: Tuition is dependent upon the number hours your child is in class each week. Tuition for the minimum required classes is as follows:
Mini Company - $84.00
Junior Company - $112.00
Senior Company - $135.00
Dance Conventions: We will attend the OKLA Dance Connection convention on October 27, 2019. The fees range from $70-$125 depending up on the age and level of the dancers. We will also enter 1-2 numbers in their showcase. This is an opportunity to have competition judges critique our dances without the pressure of a full competition.
Master Classes: As the opportunity presents itself, we will bring in outside teachers to work with the dancers. When possible, we will do this at no extra charge to our families. Otherwise master classes are usually $10-25 per dancer.
This year we are adding a Fall Showcase for Relevé. We will perform our competition pieces, plus a few extra things like student choreographed pieces, for friends and family. We plan to use this as a team fundraiser through a silent auction and tickets or donations. If you would like to help with this, please let me know! We are still finalizing a date with the theater.
We will attend two competitions in March, April or May.
Dancers must be available the whole weekend. They do not provide a schedule for the competition until 10 days before hand. Depending on the size of the competition, students may perform Friday night, or at anytime on Saturday or Sunday. Studios cannot make requests for certain days and times.
Auditions for the 2020-2021 season will be held on Tuesday, May 25 at 5:00 pm (7-9 year olds) and 6:00 pm (10-18 year olds). To sign up to audition, go to your account and look for the "2021 Summer Auditions and Master Classes" tab and find the auditions on May 25. Make sure you go through the entire checkout process, even though you won't owe anything. If you will be unable to audition at that time, please email Cheryl Morris, Director of Dance, at email@example.com and she will arrange another audition time for you.
The audition will include some basic technique work and stretching, and a couple of small combinations across the floor as well as one longer combination. Students will dance in groups. We will evaluate each dancer on flexibility, technique, ability to learn combinations, and performance.
Parents will fill out an audition form for each student. Dancers may participate in 1-4 group dances at competition. Prior to the audition, decide how many dances in which you will allow your dancer to participate. You will need to note this on the audition form. We will then place students in dances where we feel they will be the most successful.
We attempt to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to fundraise for their competition fees. Fundraisers are parent organized. We do Butter Braids and Blue and Gold each year. Other options include car washes, rummage sales, parents' night out, craft markets, Scentsy, bake sales, etc. If you are interested in organizing a fundraiser, please let Cheryl or Bethany know.
Solos and Duets
If your child would like to perform a solo at competition, they are required to take a weekly private lesson. Preparation for competition will be done during the lessons. Lessons are $85.00 per month for 30 minutes. The costume fee for a solo or duet is $80 per student. The solo entry fees range from $100-150 per student PER competition (we attend 2-3 competitions.) The duet entry fees range from $60-$90 per student PER competition. Please speak with Cheryl if you are interested in a solo or duet.
Please Note: If a student misses a private lesson, the teacher will make up ONE lesson per year. If the teacher misses a lesson due to illness, vacation, etc., that lesson will always be made up. Any student absences beyond one absence will not be made up. You cannot skip a month of lessons and not pay. Your payment is holding your child’s spot. We have a waiting list for lessons and every lesson, whether or not your child is present, must be paid for.
It is the policy of ArtWorks Academy to always present students with material that is age appropriate. This will be strictly enforced with our competition dances. We carefully consider the music, costumes, and choreography for each dance.
Please email Cheryl Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.