Auditions/Placements, Company Expectations and Commitment – Dance

Mt. Zion’s Dance Company begins in July and culminates the following May. Mt. Zion has only one Dance Company, but it is possible for students to be selected for and invited to participate in more than one routine. Although we encourage and look forward to having each of our students accept all of the opportunities offered to them, we recognize the level of commitment required by both our parents and students in order to do so. As such, please review the rehearsal, performance, and financial expectations carefully prior to making a commitment. Each participant is critical to the success of the program and once registered, changes to a routine is not easily made.

Congratulations on your placements! We are looking forward to working with your student as we present these amazing pieces that they will be learning in the 2018-2019 season. If you have any questions, please email us at info@mtzionarts.org. Company families will be receiving a packet with detailed information on the coming season at the Company Parent Meeting on Tuesdsay, July 31st, at 7:30pm in Auditorium A.  The contract, signed by both the student and the parent, along with registration paperwork and first payment is to be turned in to the studio no later than August 3, 2018. 

Click Here for a List of the 2018~2019 Placements

Each company member will be a part of the production number this season. The choreography will be taught in their company classes with additional group rehearsals scheduled through out the dance season.  Additional information regarding these rehearsals will be available at the Company Parent Meeting on July 31st.

Details for the Assistants and Rehearsal Directors required training class will be available at the Parent Meeting on July 31st.

Company Acceptance and Commitment Fee
Company Acceptance and Commitment Fee

Each Company Member must provide a signed contract stating that they understand the expectations and requirements of being part of Mt. Zion’s Dance Company. The contract, signed by both the student and the parent, is to be turned in to the studio along with their $125 ‘refundable’ commitment fee no later than August 3, 2018. The $125 commitment fee will be refunded if all company attendance requirements are met as detailed below.

Commitment Fee Attendance Guidelines
  1. Summer Classes – summer classes are mandatory and exact dates will be announced during the Fall of the prior season for each subsequent season. Click Here for the Summer Schedule.
  2. September Choreography Workshops – Choreography workshops held the first two weeks of September are mandatory (immediately following the Labor Day holiday).  The exact schedule will be provided in late August (some routines may rehearse on Saturday).
  3. September thru May
    • All absences MUST be excused.
      • An excused absence is an absence provided in advance either in writing or phoned in at the desk.
      • If a student is running late, ill, or is going to be missing class the front desk MUST be contacted.
      • Please do not take excused absences for granted. If a student does not need to miss, DON’T!
    • No unexcused absences will be allowed. If a student or parent does not make the front desk aware of a ‘same day’ absence or any absence, the company member will be evaluated and the company commitment fee will not be refunded the following June.
    • Company Routines (regularly scheduled classes and extra rehearsals).
      • 5 excused absences will be allowed from each routine.
      • 3 tardies equals an absence.
    • Technique Classes (i.e., non-company, required classes).
      • 6 excused absences will be allowed from each required technique class.
      • 4 tardies equals an absence.
  4. Performance Participation Requirements
    • Students must meet all performance requirements.
    • Dress rehearsal participation is mandatory to perform in an upcoming event. If a Company Member does not attend a dress rehearsal, they will not be able to perform in the subsequent event.
    • Students must be in class the week prior to a scheduled competition/performance in order to perform in the subsequent event.

Understudies are an integral part of Mt. Zion’s Dance Company. If a student is listed as an understudy they are still considered a company member for Mt. Zion but will only be performing in their company dance at the current season’s recital. The student will be watched closely not only in their company class but also in their technique classes and evaluated monthly to see their progression. If the teacher sees the growth needed to participate with their team at competition, they will then get bumped into the dance. Also, if at any time there is a student absent in class or has an injury, the understudy will fill the place of the student who is missing. We take this position as an understudy seriously and look forward to helping each child achieve their goals!

Company Member Expectations
Company Member Expecations

Mt. Zion’s Dance Company is designed to not only provide training in dance but also instill excellence in character. As such, company members are expected to conform to the following norms:

  • Treat others with respect starting with other company members and teachers.
  • No drinking of alcohol and no smoking of any kind.
  • No swearing in class, in or around the studio, or at any of the venues.
  • Nooooooo gossiping or attitude problems.
  • The studio will be checking Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media for any inappropriate language or content.
  • Teamwork, hard work, and good character are fundamental expectations in order to be part of the company.
In Class Expectations
  • Be on time for class.
  • No gum chewing at any time.
  • No food (outside of a snack or water) is allowed in the classroom.
  • No talking in class.
  • No talking back or arguing with the instructor.
  • Treat the classroom as if you were on stage.