TECHNIQUE INTENSIVE (TI) PROGRAM
Young Dance Academy’s Technique Intensive Program is designed to encourage and promote dancers with a strong work ethic and an intense enthusiasm and talent for the dance arts. Dancers are accepted into the TI Program by audition only. Dancers audition once per year and are required to participate in selected technique classes in ballet, jazz and tap during the regular dance school year and continue their dance education throughout the summer months. The TI Program is now in its sixteenth year at Young Dance Academy.
We are proud to continue to help raise well-rounded, highly skilled dancers that are taught to be disciplined, responsible, respectful and supportive as they represent Young Dance Academy. Dancers are taught from the youngest age to work together as a team while continuing to strive for individual goals. We make every effort to require what we feel are the best opportunities for the group as a whole, while also offering additional options for those who are eligible and can afford the extra expenses of optional opportunities.
We count on and subsequently appreciate the confidence and support you place in us to help our program grow to be the best it can be. It is important that you take the time to understand and trust that our decisions are based on years of thought and experience. Our goals are to continue to improve, grow and change to make each dance season our best! Based on years of past experience we make changes to improve our TI Program each season.
IMPORTANT: Criteria for the Technique Intensive and Competitive Programs is subject to change at any time during the season at the discretion of the director.
EXPECTATIONS/GOALS OF THE TI PROGRAM
For dancers in the TI Programs, practicing outside of class time is not optional. Week to week practicing is required of all dancers in our TI Program.
It has always been our goal with the TI and Competitive Dance Programs to offer our dancers experiences and opportunities that help them to grow not only as dancers, but also as individuals. This is true for all whether or not they choose a future in the field of dance after being involved in the TI and Competitive Dance Programs.
AUDITIONING FOR THE TI PROGRAM
Besides a strong work ethic, intense enthusiasm and talent for dance, those auditioning must meet the following criteria:
1. Must be between the ages of 7 and 18 years of age.
2. Must have had formal dance training. It is recommended that dancers age 9 and older have a strong ballet background, although it is not required.
3. Must attend auditions on the scheduled audition dates below:
Dancers Ages 7-10* – Tuesday, May 30th from 4:30 – 6:00pm
Dancers Ages 11-12* – Tuesday, May 30th from 6:00 – 7:30pm
Dancers Ages 13 and Older* – Thursday, June 1st from 6:30 – 8:30pm
*Age listed above is the dancer’s age as of JANUARY 1st, 2018 (not necessarily their current age)
Technique Intensive Program auditions will be held at Young Dance Academy on the dates and times listed above. Those auditioning must fill out the form at the back of this packet and turn it in at the front desk prior to the audition. Forms may be mailed to the studio prior to the audition dates. It is preferred that we receive the audition registration forms prior to the audition dates to plan accordingly for the number of dancers we anticipate.
Female students auditioning should wear proper dance attire – black leotard and pink tights with proper shoes for ballet, jazz and tap. NO crop tops, shorts or street clothing of any kind. Female dancers should bring their Pointe shoes if they have had training in pre-Pointe or Pointe technique. Hair must be pulled back in a bun or French twist.
Male students auditioning should wear a solid, plain (no print), black or white fitted T-shirt and black fitted pants or shorts. Bring proper shoes for ballet, jazz and tap.
HOW THE AUDITION IS RUN
The audition will consist of learning and performing various combinations and techniques in the following genres: ballet, jazz and tap. The audition is treated much like an actual dance class. You will be evaluated on your technique, attitude and enthusiasm, how well you take direction and our past experiences with you as a dancer if applicable. The panel of judges for the audition will be members of Young Dance Academy’s staff.
RESULTS OF THE AUDITION
Audition results for the 2017 – 2018 dance season will be emailed to each auditioning dancer on Monday, June 19th, 2017.