©2019 by Trilogy School of Performing Arts.

Trilogy Dance Company

(TDC)

AUDITIONING FOR TDC

It is of the utmost importance that each dancer and parent read and understand the competition team requirements PRIOR to making a decision to participate on a competition team.

Every interested student will be required to audition in order to place them on the correct team and/or determine if they are ready to be a competitive dancer. Dance teams will be divided based on technique, age, ability, attitude, maturity, motivation, commitment, and strength. Please note that neither age nor friendships will be the main determinant of placement. We will be looking for ballet and other dance techniques, knowledge of dance terminology, flexibility, musicality, performance quality, and properly executed leaps, jumps, and turns, or applicable techniques.

 

Being part of the TDC Family means:

 

Friendships

You’ll never have a closer friend than those you make in dance class.  There’s something about going through the experiences of getting praises and criticisms together as well as changing in tight spaces, climbing on top of each other in choreography, lifting one another, and hanging out for long rehearsals that has been proven in studies to bond kids tighter than other activities.

 

Problem Solving Skills

Dancers know how to think on their feet.  It could be a costume piece falling off, a prop falling down on stage, or just plain forgetting the steps.  They have to know how to cope on the spot with so many different situations. These skills push forward into any career they choose in the future.

 

Teamwork

We spend a great amount of time stressing the importance of the team.  We have good days and bad days as a team. It takes the whole team to do well or not so well.  We spend time bonding as a team from our 6 year olds mixing with our 17 year olds. We are a #1 team that works together.

 

The Ability To Accept Criticism As Well As Praise

We always praise the kids for a job well done.  But nothing gets better if they don’t know to fix it.  Our dancers learn to accept criticism in a positive form which then leads to improvement and makes them stronger in the end.  A great life skill to have in any given career choice.

 

The Value of Hard Work and Dedication

Everything takes practice.  Nothing is just handed to anyone in life.  Dancers learn this in Company classes. it takes practice, rehearsals, and 100% all of the time, to get where they want to go.  They’ll find they want to push themselves to get that next jump or trick which will translate to a great work ethic in everything they do.

 

Responsibility & Discipline

Our Company classes have rules and more structure than our recreational classes.  This helps the kids grow faster in their craft. They learn to discipline themselves to these rules as it quickly becomes routine.  Along with that, we will give them responsibilities age appropriately. For example, dancers will be responsible to dress correctly, have their shoes, and even begin to prepare for a performance without mom or dad’s help as they get older.

 

TIME & FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS

  • All Dancers are required to participate in 3 competitions yearly.  Competitions take place in the Fall/Spring.

  • If a student is unable to perform at a competition, there will be NO refunds offered for their competition entry fees.

  • Competition fees are due approximately 5 weeks prior to competition.

  • Fees are approximately $55/dancer in each group; $105/soloist; $65/duet or trio member.

  • Competition costumes normally run between $80 - $110.

  • TDC Jacket and Bag approximately $110

 

Class Requirements

  • Ballet

  • Leaps and Turns

  • Jazz

  • Lyrical requires two ballet classes

  • Specialty requires two ballet classes

 

Attendance To Class and Competition

6 excused absences per class are allowed throughout the year – including technique classes.

Dancers may be excluded from sections of the dance if they miss during choreography sessions too frequently.

Surpassing 6 absences will mean removal from the class.

We do not excuse surpassing 6 absences for conflicting long term school activities, however, we are happy to work with your schedule temporarily and supply alternate technique classes to allow multiple activities when possible.  Choreography classes do not have this option. Excused absences include SEVERE & CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS (stay home with the flu!), significant and tragic family events ( funerals, graduations, etc.), finals week (only if needed), single night school events that have a grade riding on attendance, etc.

In order for an absence to be excused, A PARENT MUST CALL IT IN.

Dancers may be choreographed out of certain sections of a dance due to absence.  This is not a punishment for missing but rather out of necessity to continue forward progress.

Competition attendance is ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY.


 

Being Late to Classroom or Competition

  • Be on time

  • Don’t be late (Of course we understand during bad weather or the occasional traffic back up)

  • Missing ½ the class or more will be considered an absence

  • Competitions tend to run ahead of schedule, and it is incredibly stressful on all students, parents and instructors when a dancer is late for competition. Dancers must arrive to the competition venue at least 2 hours before their first scheduled performance

  • Classroom & Event Behavior

  • Attend class ready to work.

  • Socialize before and after class only.

  • Always be respectful to instructors.  Instructors will alert the parents if any issues persist that aren’t manageable in class.

  • Dancers should always be kind to one another as well as other dance teams at competitions.

  • TDC has a zero tolerance policy for any bullying or mean girl activity on the team. Comp dancers should be positive representatives of our studio at all times whether in our building or in public venues. Our staff will correct any dancer that fails to do so at all times. Parents are expected to support this.

  • Working together as a team

  • Gossip is forbidden

  • Displaying good sportsmanship at all times to everyone

  • Keeping positive attitudes regardless of awards

  • Showing team spirit by wearing TDC apparel at awards.

  • ALWAYS respecting TDC staff and other adults in charge.

 

If any problems persists, the student will be removed from our competitive program.

 

Maintaining Competitive Dancer Status And The  “Everyone Gets A Trophy Syndrome”

Society today has done a disservice to the younger generations by taking away differentiation and declaring that everyone is always a winner; that everyone is equally special.  In life, we know that this is not true. Someone is always more qualified for the job and everyone is replaceable. Not everyone can be an NBA Allstar or a Pop Superstar. The same is true in any art, including dance.  We do not operate under, nor do we promote the “everyone gets a trophy” standard. This does not mean that a group cannot have dancers with different strengths in it. We frequently have groups with some who are better at jumping, others who are more flexible, and some who are better turners amongst the class.  And they all blend together beautifully. But it also means the every group member must work hard to maintain their spot in the group. And if they don’t, they could lose it.

 

If, at any time during the year, an instructor feels that a student is not keeping up with the rest of the class (whether it be falling behind in technique, failing to practice choreography, attendance, or behavioral issues), they have the authority to remove said student from that class.  All students and parents will be notified ahead of time if the dancer is not working up to par and given a fair amount of time to change their habits assuming this is the student’s desire.

 

Parents Responsibilities

Competitive dance requires a positive atmosphere from all involved. Cooperation between parents is expected at all times. Please show respect for our teaching staff, the other parents, and all of our dancers, as well as, our competitors. A positive and enthusiastic outlook extends to your child. Negative comments and feedback can be harmful to the progress and education of our students, and will not be tolerated

  • Parents must support all competitive dancers and make sure their kids support each other.  We do not condone unhealthy rivalry between our own dancers or jealousy amongst our parents.

  • For our younger dancers, parents should encourage and remind dancers to practice at home regularly and extra whenever necessary.

  • Parents must learn to trust us as the dance professionals with ALL things dance just as you trust your doctor with all things medicinal.  Please do not offer dance corrections to your child or anyone else’s child. Let the instructors handle that and be the cheerleader we need you to be for our dancers.

  • Parents agree to put in the extra time when needed by driving their students to and from extra practices, performances, and activities.

  • Parents must keep their accounts up to date.

  • Be kind and say positive things to ALL DANCERS FROM ALL STUDIOS at competition.  It makes a huge difference to any dancer.

  • Please clean up after yourselves and teach your children to do the same both in our studio and at events.  It shows great disrespect to throw trash around and leave it there. We don’t want to be “that studio”.

  • *No “DANCE MOMS” allowed.  Constant complaining or negativity towards the studio or it’s instructors will get your child removed from the program.

  • If what you’re about to say isn’t nice, don’t say anything at all. We don’t build up our own kid by tearing someone else’s down

  • If there is a misunderstanding and feelings are hurt between your student and an instructor, go immediately to that instructor to talk it out.  DO NOT discuss with other parents

  • It’s never okay to post negative comments about our studio, our dancers, or other studio’s dancers on Social Media.

 

THE AGREEMENT

Everyone has a right to attend recreational classes, but those selected should consider it an honor and privilege to be in our company and understand that breaking of the above guidelines by either parent or student will result in removal from our competitive dance program.  

 

By auditioning for any Company Class, both student and parent agree that they have read thoroughly and agree to all the above policies and guidelines and will follow them to the best of their ability with the understanding that if they fail, it can result in removal from our competitive team.

 

The studio director may dismiss any student at any time throughout the competitive season for the student or parent failing to meet Trilogy standards on any guideline listed above with no questions asked.

 

This contract is entered into by and between (Parent/Guardian) ___________________________, (Student) ___________________________, (Financially Responsible Individual) _____________________________, and the Trilogy School of Performing Arts. The terms of this contract shall begin      , 2019, and continue through June, 2019. By signing this contract, all persons are bound by the terms of the contract

 

Student Signature: ____________________________________________________________

 

Student Signature: ____________________________________________________________

 

Parent Signature:__________________________________________________________