our performance companies
“Contemporary” Youth Ballet Company
Director Allison Watson-Festner
Students commit to being a team member of the Contemporary Youth Ballet for the season, which runs typically June through May of the following year. The regular schedule of classes and training vary in the Summer months. Classes during the Summer include the Contemporary Ballet Dallas Ballet Summer Intensive, Summer drop-in classes, and needed rehearsals for performances. Contemporary Youth Ballet performs in the School’s Holiday Production featuring works from The Nutcracker, as well as ballet, tap, hip hop, and contemporary works in Contemporary’s Holiday Review. Dance Planet, an annual dance festival held in Dallas, sponsored by The Dance Council North Texas; The School’s annual Spring concerts, a Fall Fundraiser which offsets the cost of costumes and performance fees, and a Spring Youth Company Concert. Some competitions are attended, however, it is not the main focus of the company.
YAGP training and coaching is available to select students in a boutique environment.
Additional detailed information is outlined in the School’s Contemporary Youth Ballet company packet available in the Spring.
The Contemporary Youth Ballet Company is open to students ages 10 through 18 years, and acceptance into the program is by audition, usually held in the spring of the previous year. New students to the school may be evaluated for Contemporary Youth Ballet upon entrance into the school.
“Contemporary” Youth Tap Ensemble
Director Keira Leverton
The Contemporary Tap Ensemble Company performs at various festivals and competitions throughout the year. Students must attend their weekly tap class in addition to weekly ensemble rehearsals and practices.
The objective of Contemporary Tap Ensemble is to provide the tools dancers need in order to become proficiently skilled and knowledgeable in the art of tap dance, while fostering a lifelong appreciation for this indigenous American art form. This is achieved by enhancing their knowledge of tap history, increasing their tap vocabulary, introducing them to the many styles of tap, including historical and contemporary forms, and helping develop student’s individual expressive voice, as well as, their ability to play a successful role in an ensemble. Classes will include technical exercises that will challenge the dancers’ physical, intellectual, and musical abilities.
Contemporary’s Tap Ensemble builds teamwork and self-esteem. Company members are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous and professional manner. It is important that members engage teammates in a positive and constructive way. Students commit to being a team member of the Contemporary Ballet Dallas Tap Ensemble and work towards achieving goals together through prepping for performances in the DFW metroplex.
The Contemporary Youth Tap Ensemble Company is open to students ages 8 through 18 years, and acceptance into the program is by audition, usually held in the spring of the previous year. New students to the school may be evaluated for the program upon entrance into the school.
“Contemporary” Youth Hip Hop & Jazz Team Company
Directors Ranyia Leach & Danielle Hecker
The Contemporary Hip Hop & Jazz Team Company is a performing and competitive company that is comprised of talented dancers interested mainly in hip hop styles and culture. These cutting edge Hip Hop dancers perform in community events and attend competitions and conventions throughout the DFW Metroplex.
Company members gain responsibility, self-confidence and the ultimate performing experience. The Contemporary Hip Hop Company is a great program to help dancers reach their optimal dance ability! These dynamic performing teams learn a variety of Hip Hop styles mixed with choreography that is fresh and new. The Company performs at charity events, festivals, sporting events, and makes several public appearances across the DFW Metroplex and surrounding communities.
Each dancer is required to have a minimum of one year of formal hip hop training as well as 2 hrs a week of training. Members attend mandatory weekly rehearsals and classes, will perform at competitions, and may include 1-2 conventions throughout the year.
The Contemporary Hip Hop Company provides young dancers the opportunity to learn important skills and to develop the poise necessary to become outstanding performers. Crew members learn discipline, technique, and teamwork, and give back to the community by providing high energy family appropriate entertainment.
Contemporary Hip hop company members should always be on their best behavior as they represent the School, as a whole, at all performances and public events. All members should act in a and appropriate and supportive manner to team members, directors and other schools.
The Contemporary Youth Hip Hop Company is open to students ages 9 through 18 years, and acceptance into the program is by audition, usually held in the spring of the previous year. New students to the school may be evaluated for the program upon entrance into the school.
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