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!  


Petite Protégé

  • PreK and Kindergarten students
  • Must be in PreDance (PreK) or Ballet/Tap Combo (Kindergarten) for the 2017-2018 season
  • Students in Petite Protégé also take an advanced class on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:00 pm
  • New students must take a summer dance camp or dance class, in order to be assessed for Petite Protégé
  • Students who were in a dance class during the 2016-2017 can contact Cheryl Morris to let her know you would like your child to be considered.
  • This level does NOT go to dance competition.


  • 1st and 2nd grade students
  • Must be in Ballet/Tap Combo or J1 Ballet and Jazz/Tap Combo for the 2017-2018 season
  • Students in Protégé also take an advanced class on Fridays from 4:15-5:10 pm
  • New students must take a summer dance camp or dance class, in order to be assessed for Protégé
  • Students who were in a dance class during the 2016-2017 can contact Cheryl Morris to let her know you would like your child to be considered.
  • This level may go to one dance competition. 


If you would like more information or have specific questions, please email Cheryl Morris, Director of Dance, at



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 take two dance classes, camps or master classes this summer. Two master classes count as one of the required classes, so a dance camp or dance class will also need to be taken.


Required Fall Classes


Mini Company:

  • Ballet/Tap Combo OR Ballet and Jazz/Tap Combo
  • Mini Company Leaps and Turns Class
  • Weekly Rehearsals (one day per week)
  • Summer Company Intensive


Junior Company:

  • One Hour of Ballet
  • Tap and Jazz at their level
  • Leaps and Turns Class (level to be determined at auditions)
  • Weekly Rehearsals
  • Summer Company Intensive


Senior Company:

  • Ballet (1-3 hours per week, dependent upon level)
  • One Hour of Jazz
  • Tap (30 minutes - 1 hour, dependent upon level)
  • Leaps and Turns Class
  • Weekly Rehearsals
  • Summer Company Intensive


Optional Classes


Mini Company:

  • Hip Hop
  • Beginning Musical Theatre


Junior Company:

  • Hip Hop
  • Lyrical (5th grade by permission only)
  • Production Company


Senior Company:

  • Hip Hop
  • Lyrical
  • Pointe (with instructor approval only)
  • Production Company




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 $22 per half hour. Missing more than the allotted absences may result in dismissal from the company.


Fees and Tuition


Fee Per Dance: $300.00


This fee includes the Summer Company Intensive, rehearsal time, 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 10 payments.  The first $30 payment is made as a deposit in the summer, after auditions.  The remaining nine payments are billed monthly, beginning in September and ending in May.


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:


1st-2nd Grade $68.00


3rd-6th Grade $112.00


6th-12th Grade $158.00


Time Commitment


Classes and rehearsals each week during the school year.


Summer Company Intensive (held in August - times and dates announced after auditions)


Extra rehearsals as needed the weekend before a competition.


Competition Weekends (TBA, we will attend 2 competitions sometime January-May.) Dancers must be available the whole weekend. The competitions announce the dates for next year’s competitions over the summer. 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.


Parent Meeting (Late August)




Auditions for the 2017-2018 season will be held on Wednesday, June 21 at 6:00 pm.  There will be a parent meeting on June 19 at 6:00 pm. To sign up to audition, go to your account and look for the "Summer One Day Classes and Auditions" tab and find the auditions on June 21.  Make sure you go through the entire checkout process, even though you won't owe anyting.  If you will be unable to audition at that time, please email Cheryl Morris, Director of Dance, at 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. We welcome parent ideas and participation in the fundraising process. Come to the parent meeting with ideas!


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 $60 per student.  The solo entry fees range from $100-130 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.


Dance Material


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 for more information. 

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