Team TDC

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Each year team candidates will be selected through a standardized audition process.  Evaluations and placements will allow each dancer’s passion for dance and the ability to be showcased.  Our goal is to elevate and inspire each individual dancer’s abilities to help create a confident, empowered and well-rounded student.

We are excited to offer Mini – Senior jazz/contemporary/lyrical/musical theater teams, Ballet, Acro, Hip Hop and, Tap Competition Team.  All competition teams will have the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers from all over the United States. The Artistic Directors of TDC, as well as the designated Team Coaches, will oversee each team.

 

Team Coaches

Tia Brown

Laura Lobo

Alyssa Kosan

Hope Fellows

Abbie Soltis

Based upon the student’s desires, abilities, and commitment level, after a conversation with the parent and child, the artistic directors and team coaches will collaborate on what the best path is for the dancer.  This decision will be based upon their maturity in technique as well as performance. The artistic directors, as well as designated team coaches, will oversee the solos, duets, trios, and small groups. Those selected for a solo, duets, trio, or small group will be required to complete a minimum of 30 minutes of private rehearsal with an appointed team coach or artistic director.

Dear TDC Families and Dancers,

We are very excited to announce it is time to start considering auditions for Team TDC! 

We are still working on dates for holding auditions at The Dance Center.  Please fill out this google form if you are interested in being considered for the audition. Your interest will be discussed with your teachers; level, attendance, placement, etc. will be taken into account.  The front desk will then reach out to you with audition information.

We will be placing dancers for multiple team levels of Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro, Ballet, Musical Theater Jazz, and Tap.   Please know acceptance and commitment, to one or multiple teams, is for the entire year: June-August choreography sessions (TBD), and fall class season August 2022- June 2023 (including recital).  This helps our team members to understand and learn the importance of teamwork, growth, and responsibility. 

If this is something you are interested in for your dancer please be sure to read the upcoming paragraphs.  Please make sure you are able to say YES! to the following.

 

1. Can you commit to the following class requirements and weekly attendance?
Spark Level  (By Invite)- 2 general technique classes (ballet/ jazz) per week and one team class. Spark level will compete one dance at three competitions and attend one optional convention.

Mini Level (By Invite)- 1 ballet class per week, 1 jazz class per week, 1 turns/jumps/strengthening class per week combined with team rehearsal classes per week.  Mini level will compete one dance at three competitions and attend one optional convention.

 

Petite Level Jazz or Lyrical- 1 ballet class per week, 1 class associated with the genre of their team for each team they are placed upon, 1 team rehearsal class per team genre, 1 additional technique class (strongly recommend two ballet classes per week and/or two jazz classes, or contemporary), and 1 turns/jumps/strengthening class per week if offered, if not offered- then one additional technique class in ballet, jazz, lyrical or contemporary.  Each genre will compete in one dance.

 

Junior Level Jazz, Contemporary / Lyrical - 1 ballet class per week, 1 class associated with the genre of their team for each team they are placed upon, 1 team rehearsal class per team genre, 1 additional technique class (strongly recommend two ballet classes per week and/or two jazz classes, or contemporary), and 1 turns/jumps / strengthening class per week if offered, if not offered- then one additional technique class in ballet, jazz, lyrical or contemporary.  Each genre will compete in one dance.

 

Youth Level Jazz, Contemporary / Lyrical - 2 ballet classes per week, 1 class associated with the genre of their team for each team they are placed upon, 1 team rehearsal class per team genre, 1 additional technique class (two jazz classes, lyrical, or contemporary), and 1 turns/jumps / strengthening class per week if offered, if not offered- then one additional technique class in ballet, jazz, lyrical or contemporary.  Each genre will compete in one dance.

Tween Level Jazz, Contemporary / Lyrical - 2 ballet class per week, 1 class associated with the genre of their team for each team they are placed upon, 1 team rehearsal class per team genre, 1 additional technique class (strongly recommend two jazz classes, lyrical,  or contemporary), and 1 turns/jumps / strengthening class per week if offered, if not offered- then one additional technique class in ballet, jazz, lyrical or contemporary.  Each genre will compete in one dance.

Teen Level Jazz, Contemporary, or Lyrical - 2 ballet class per week, 1 class associated with the genre of their team for each team they are placed upon, 1 team rehearsal class per team genre, 1 additional technique class (strongly recommend two jazz classes, lyrical, or contemporary), and 1 turns/jumps / strengthening class per week if offered, if not offered- then one additional technique class in ballet, jazz, lyrical or contemporary.  Each genre will compete in one dance.

Senior Level Jazz, Contemporary, Open/ Specialty, or Lyrical - 2 ballet class per week, 1 class associated with the genre of their team for each team they are placed upon, 1 team rehearsal class per team genre, 1 additional technique class (two jazz classes, lyrical, or contemporary), and 1 turns/jumps / strengthening class per week if offered, if not offered- then one additional technique class in ballet, jazz, lyrical or contemporary.  Each genre will compete in one dance.

Acro Team (multiple levels Acro 2 and up) - 1 ballet or jazz class per week, 1 or more acro classes per week, 1 turns/jumps / strengthening class per week if offered, if not offered- then one additional technique class in ballet, jazz, lyrical or contemporary, 1 acro team rehearsal class per week.  Each Acro team will compete one piece at convention and competition.

Ballet Team (multiple levels Ballet 1/2 and up) - Minimum of 2 ballet classes per week, 1 additional class of pointe or contemporary, 1 team ballet class per week.  Each Ballet Team will compete one piece at convention and competition. All Ballet Teams will be competing at an additional Convention/Competition called Youth America Grand Prix (held in January- March).  Each Ballet team will compete one piece at convention and competition.

Tap Team  (multiple levels Tap 2 and up)- 1-2 tap classes per week, 1 tap team class per week, 1 ballet or jazz class per week.  Each Tap team will compete one piece at convention and competition.

Please note: 
All competitions and conventions release their schedules approximately 7 days prior to the scheduled dates.  Please note competitions have started as early as Thursday PM (not frequently), Friday AM, or Friday afternoon.  We will not be able to regulate when your dancer will compete.  

Competition Schedule- It is our goal to release our competition schedule as early as possible (August 2022 for the whole season).  We await the release of all dates from competitions and conventions and then we are able to select and plan our season.  As soon as we are able to put the plan in place we release the schedule, so you may coordinate your schedule around these competitions as early as possible.

 

2. Can you commit to the following financial aspects of team? (Hotel, travel, and food excluded)
Fees: Team Acceptance Admin Fee
A fee of $150.00 will be processed with each team member’s acceptance to team TDC and is non-refundable.  This fee will help to cover a very small portion of costs and team coaches’ travel/needs for all five competitions and conventions.  Please note that all team coaches may not be able to attend all conventions and competitions.  Just as the dancers do, we are a team of coaches as well and work side by side.  There will always be an adequate number of coaches at each required competition and convention but 

 

1 Convention per Year (approximately:
$25.00 registration fee
$280.00 class fee for all classes (Sat and Sunday)=
$65.00-75.00 per competition piece entry fee

3 Competitions per Year (approximately):
$25.00 registration fee
$60.00-70.00 per competition piece entry fee

Choreography fee per group dance: $135.00-$200.00 per piece (approximately)

Team jacket (does not have to be replaced every year): $150.00

Team Costumes: $100.00-150.00 per piece.  We attempt to keep the price as low as possible for the quality of costume necessary.

 

NON-REFUNDABLE TEAM COSTS:
All competition fees, team fees, group choreography, costumes, solo choreo/small/group duet are nonrefundable (for any reason inclusive of medical leave, moving, and injury). 

Competitions (nonrefundable):
For competition, we are required to pay in full months ahead of time to reserve our space. Thank you for paying your competition fees on time as we have already paid for your child’s registration. We are not refunded from the competition companies for any reason. 

Choreography (nonrefundable):
For choreographers, they are under contract and paid per child for a group choreography and your child’s fee (or solo/duet/trio fee). Your choreography fees combine to meet their minimum (especially if they are flying in). This means not showing up to choreography or deciding not to participate on a team after your initial acceptance, even at the start of the year, still results in paying the choreographer for your child in whatever they have previously committed to do. 

When your child accepts a space onto a team (if offered) and commitments to “extras” like a solo/duet/small group, ensure it is a sincere YES for the duration of the year. 
If the listed team commitments are manageable for your family and your dancer we would love to hear from you! 

 

3. Save the Date for your required summer intensives!  

We will save a space for your dancer in the appropriate intensives if they are accepted to team.
6/13-6/17 Ballet Intensive (Ballet Level 1+)
6/20-6/24 Mini Level Jazz/ Lyrical Intensive
6/22-6/24 Turns and Jumps Intensive (level 4 and up)
7/11-7/15 Mini Level Ballet Intensive 
7/11-7/15 Ballet Variations Intensive (level 4 and up)
7/18-7/22 Ballet Variations Intensive (level 3-3/4 or by invite)
7/22-7/24 Tap Intensive
7/26 -7/30 Beginning/Level 1 Multi-Genre Intensive.
7/26-7/28 Acro Intensive (levels 3 and up).
8/1-8/5 Jazz and Contemporary Intensive (Levels 1+) 
8/1-8/5 Mini Level Ballet Intensive

If your dancer is not able to attend the summer intensives requested for team members, due to a scheduled family vacation, we request team students make-up the equivalent number of hours missed from each intensive in summer classes or private lessons.  If you are away dancing at an intensive during the time of TDC’s intensive, those intensives void each other, and makeup class time is not requested.

 If you are able to commit to the requirements for a Team TDC we would love to hear from you and we will discuss your interest amongst the team coaches and your teachers!  

 

4. Solos, Duos, Trios, and Small Groups
AUDITIONS- FOR NEW SOLOISTS OR CURRENT SOLOISTS REQUESTING AN ADDITIONAL SOLO DIFFERENT FROM THE GENRE THEY ARE CURRENTLY COMPETING IN THE 2021-2022 SEASON WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SAME TIME AS THEIR SCHEDULED AUDITION - SEE 5. BELOW).  

All individuals interested in a duo/ trio/ small group will audition with their level as well- see below.

As directors with MANY years of experience in competition, we strongly recommend auditioning for an additional piece only after participating on Team for one year.  This will allow the dancer to have a better understanding of the time and team commitment without additional rehearsal and performance pressures.

If you are considering auditioning for a solo, duo, trio, or small group please be sure you can say YES! to the following:

1. One 30-45 min additional rehearsal per week outside class for a jazz, contemporary, tap or hip-hop solo.  Ballet solo private lessons one 1 hour private per week or 2 thirty min privates per week.

2. Choreography Fee:
A. Solo $450-$900 on average depending on choreographer
B. Duet $200-$400 per dancer depending on choreographer
C. Trio $150-$400 per dancer depending on choreographer
D. Small-Group prices vary depending on choreographer, usually around $200.00-400.00
E. Studio rental for choreography $20.00 per hour for 3-5 hours.

3. Costume Fee ranging from $125.00-$500.00 for costume, embellishment, and headpiece.

4. Commitment to regular rehearsal with the assigned team coach and possibly additional private lessons if needed for dancer or dancers to be ready to compete.

5. Commitment to attendance in all weekly classes.

6. Additional Convention and Competition Fees: (approximate)
A. Solo $120.00-$155.00 per competition / convention
B. Duet $65.00-$85.00 per competition / convention
C. Trio $65.00-$85.00 per competition / convention
D. Small-Group $65.00-$75.00 per competition/convention

If you are a current team soloist:
We will evaluate, award, and make solo recommendations based upon your competition season Feb 2022-May 2022.  You will not need to schedule an AUDITION TIME. The most honest audition we can hold for our current team members is an evaluation of the solo competition experience on stage.

For new solo consideration, we would like you to perform a 45-second piece for the directors to evaluate.  This 45-second routine should be your current recital dance, part of a current team dance, or current solo/duo/trio.  Extra rehearsals are not necessary for this audition. Please bring your music with you on an iPad, iPhone, tablet, or other devices.  Dancers do not need to audition with a partner or group, even if their first choice is a duet/trio/ small group. Dancers will be evaluated and offered an additional piece that the directors feel compliments them best (solo, duo, trio, or group).

5.  Audition Times

April 27, 2022 (Wednesday) at Carmel Rancho Studio 5 with Tia, Laura Lobo, and Hope
Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary Team TDC Auditions
(any new solos, as well as duos and trio interest, will be auditioned at the end of the audition window) 

6-7pm Levels 1-2 
7-8pm Levels 3-4
8-9pm Levels 5-6 

April 25, 2022 (Monday) at By the Sea with Abbie and Alyssa
Preschool, Kinder and Beginning Level Audition for Team TDC
(any new solos, as well as duos and trio interest, will be auditioned at the end of the audition window) 

5:30-6pm 

April 28, 2022 (Thursday) at By the Sea with Tia and Hope
Ballet Team Auditions (Ballet 1/2 and above)
(any new solos, as well as duos and trio interest, will be auditioned at the end of the audition window) 

6:30-7:15pm 

April 30, 2022 (Saturday) at Carmel Rancho Studio 5 with Laura Lobo, Hope, and Alyssa
Acrobatic Team Auditions
(any new solos, as well as duos and trio interest, will be auditioned at the end of the audition window) 1-1:45pm (Acro 2 and above)

Saturday, April 30th at Carmel Rancho Studio 4 Alyssa and Laura Lobo
Tap Team Auditions
(any new solos, as well as duos and trio interest, will be auditioned at the end of the audition window) 11-11:45am

*Please note: We do understand Saturday, April 30th is solo recital photos.  We ask that you please schedule your solo photos around your audition time.  We understand both are very important and look forward to your participation for both events.

We look forward to hearing back from you through the Google Form, embedded in the start of the email, by April 1, 2022 so we are able to plan accordingly.  We hope this has answered all of your questions and we look forward to the opportunities ahead with Team TDC.