Our Dansu Dance Company is for a group of dedicated, enthusiastic dancers who share a passion and drive for the art of dance. Company dancers will rehearse and perform several times throughout the year in addition to their regular classes. Dancers who are in middle and high school are welcome and encouraged to audition.
See below for more specific breakdowns, but the average hours in class a week are:
Spring (April-May) - 1-2 hours more than current schedule
Summer (June-August) - 3 hours plus two full week camps
Fall (September-December) - 4-5 hours
Winter (January-March) - 6-8 hours leading up to the performance in early March
General Studio Dance Classes
Middle Schoolers - Must be enrolled in at least two technique classes per week (starting the Fall after acceptance). Ballet or Modern must be one of the two. Additional classes are recommended, but not required.
High Schoolers - Must be enrolled in at least three technique classes per week (starting the Fall after acceptance). Ballet or Modern must be one of the three. Additional classes are recommended, but not required.
Summer - Must be enrolled in at least one technique classes per week either Ballet or Modern (starting the Summer after acceptance). Additional classes are recommended, but not required.
Company Technique and Choreography Classes
*Rehearsal times are subject to change based on studio, instructor and dancer availability*
Spring - One-1-2 hour class that meets once per week until the Spring Show on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:55
Summer - Two training camp weeks (tbd based on student availability) that meet from 9:00am-12:00pm to advance technically and learn choreography, and One-2 hour class that meets once per week during our 8-week Summer Session
Fall - One-2 hour class that meets once per week until Winter Break
Winter - One-2 hour class and that meets once per week, and Saturday morning rehearsals (2-3 hours) until the Company Concert in early March.
Performances and Events
Company Members will be expected to be available and any extra rehearsals leading up to a performance or event.
Scheduled Events (optional unless noted):
Summer Tour (NYC 2022, Chicago 2023)
July 9th/10th - Art Fair on the Square Performance
September 9th & 10th - The Firebird Ballet Performance
November 19th-20th - Dance Masters of WI Workshop (required)
December 16th-18th - A Nutcracker Masquerade Performance
February 19th, 2023 - Dance Masters of WI Workshop (required)
March 4th, 2023 - March Company Concert (required)
✔ Company Members will be enrolled at the unlimited rate for both Summer and School Year Sessions
✔ Company Members are responsible for food and accommodations for our June Tour
✔ November and February Workshops - Dance Masters of WI
Included with tuition at no additional charge:
✔ Company Leotard
✔ Company Jacket
✔ Classes and Workshops on our June Tour
*All dancers interested in joining our 2022-2023 Company must attend the Audition on Saturday March 19th at 10am-12pm*
The audition process encourages the dancer to reach a higher standard for themselves. They are encouraged to consistently work to improve their dance technique. This is educational for those students wishing to pursue dance in college or as a career. Auditions are a part of most dance companies, and knowing what to expect is vital to the dancer's success. Even if a dancer has no desire to pursue a dance career, the audition process will help students prepare for interview situations such as college admissions and job placement.
The audition process is also important because it allows the Artistic Director the opportunity to see the potential dancers dancing side-by-side. This enables the Artistic Director to make choreographic decisions for the coming year.
Begins at 9:30am. Dancers will check in with staff and turn in:
Registration Form (print and bring in)
What to expect:
Once registration is complete the audition will be PROMPTLY at 10am. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to audition. There will be a short ballet center warmup and an adagio and allegro combination taught and shown in small groups. After a short deliberation break, dancers will be taught a contemporary combination that will include improvisation. Finally, dancers will demonstrate technical elements showcasing their strength and flexibility including pirouettes, battements, leaps, splits, etc.
Audition Dress Code:
Girls - Black Leotard or Company Leotard from the current season, Tan or Pink Adaptatoe or Footless Tights. Ballet Shoes. Hair completely off face and neck either in a bun or something acceptable if has short hair
Boys - White form-fitting T-Shirt, Black Bike Shorts or Leggings
Everyone auditioning will receive a notification via email no later than 48 hours following the audition.