CKDA RHYTHM PIRATES
If your child is considering competitive dancing, please read all information below and review together.
All dancers selected to the company must enroll in jazz, ballet, technique and corresponding company classes. For example, if your child is chosen to the intermediate company, he/she must attend ballet, jazz and technique with their own age group as well as the intermediate team classes. Team classes may be held on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings and quite often on weekends. If your child is selected to more than one company, he/she may be required to attend more than one company class.
Attendance is of the utmost importance and excessive absences will result in dismissal from the team. There is a limited amount of absences allowed, whether excused or unexcused. This includes all weekend, holiday and called rehearsals. Please do not commit to company if you cannot give the time. Company is demanding on your time and your finances.
All ballet, jazz and technique summer classes are required for company dancers if they are in town. Company dancers are expected to work hard all year long. If your child doesn’t want to come to summer classes, they probably aren’t serious enough to consider company dancing.
Company dancers must keep their tuition current. Fundraising may be done to help with the cost, but all studio tuition must be paid before fees can be applied to competitions or conventions.
We will attend 3 or more competitions during the year. These are typically in the spring, but sometimes in late fall. This will require usually 2 nights in a hotel and your expenses while there. Team members are responsible for their stay in a hotel, competition/convention fees, costume and accessory fees, choreography fees, etc. Team dancing can be very time consuming and costly.
Please consider carefully if company dance is right for your child. Company dance can be very rewarding and offer wonderful benefits to your child not only in the friendships they will develop, but also in the challenges they will face individually and in learning to work as a team. I don’t want to discourage anyone from becoming involved in this type of dancing, but I do want you to understand exactly what you are getting into.
Required skills for Junior Company: At least one split, chaine’, jete’, single pirouette, basic understanding of steps.
Required skills for Intermediate: All of above plus both splits, double pirouettes, second and switch leaps, good understanding of steps.
Required skills for Advanced: All of above plus fouette’ turns, a la seconde fouette’ turns, switch second, excellent understanding of steps, placement, technique and musicality.