WHEATON STUDIO OF DANCE COMPANY CLASSES
Wheaton Studio of Dance has 4 Company classes: Minis, Petites, Juniors, and Seniors. Placement in Company is by audition only. Company dancers learn 2 routines, usually a jazz and a lyrical, and perform at local events and at competitions where they compete with other dancers from around the region!
Expectations for Company Dancers
All company students are required to take a jazz class, a ballet class (or combination class), a technique class, and their company class each week. Participation in Company is a challenging and rewarding experience for students who love dance!
Company classes participate in 6-8 competitions during the year. Competitions are generally in February-May and dates will be provided in advance. Dancers must keep the entire weekend open, because we do not know exact performance times or dates (Fri., Sat., Sun.) until the week before.
Competitions may take up an entire day, depending on what time performances are scheduled. Wheaton Studio of Dance has no control over the schedule. Call times for performances may be as early as 5:30 am or as late as 9:00 pm.
Competitions are held at area high schools and other performance venues in Maryland and Virginia. Locations are usually within an hour’s drive of the studio.
Competition Fees and Other Costs
In addition to recital costumes for their regular classes, company dancers will have 2 costumes. Expect to pay $65-$80 for each costume. Additional shoes, tights, and accessories may be needed.
Registration fees for competitions average about $30-$40 per routine. Company classes will perform 2 routines at each competition. Participation in Company costs approximately $500-$800 in additional costume and competition fees over the course of the year.
Company dancers may have the option of purchasing a studio warm-up suit for around $100.
Additional Rehearsals and Performances
Company classes perform at Westfield Wheaton Mall in December and at the “Taste of Wheaton” in May/June. Company students are invited to dance in the opening number at the June recital. They will perform in both the Thursday and Friday night recitals.
Additional rehearsals may be held during the year to prepare for competitions or other performances.
Wheaton Studio of Dance Company classes are a great opportunity for dancers to develop their performance skills! Auditions will be held in June and August.