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.

Company Auditions for the 2019~2020 Season will take place during our June Dance Camp. Company Members are expected to attend Dance Camp if their schedule permits. If you are unable to audition during Dance Camp, please contact us no later than Friday, May 31, 2019 to sign up for our alternate audition. New this year, all students interested in auditioning for our Dance Company must sign up on line (click here) and complete an audition form (click here).

Company Placements will be available by 5pm on June 28, 2019. Two meeting times have been scheduled for our parents on Tuesday, July 9 and July 16, 2019 at 7pm in Aud A (both meetings are identical and you only need to attend one of the two sessions). Company families will receive a packet with detailed information on the coming season at these meetings.  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 July 19, 2019

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.

We have been waiting to announce our summer plans but we believe we have developed a plan to have ‘safe’ events this summer.  Specifically, we will be social distancing, implementing strict cleaning protocols, and limiting indoor gatherings as required by occupancy codes.  Auditions will occur at the Mt. Zion Community Center in Waterford, a 60,000 square foot facility with excellent ventilation and plenty of open space.  However, as always, if you or someone in your household has an underlying condition or is at risk, please be sure to contact us and we will do our best to find an alternate solution for your son/daughter.

Dance Company auditions will take place the week of June 22nd.  We will be sending out the audition form and an advance copy of the audition choreography so you can prepare prior to the audition.  Please click here to register to audition.  The registration deadline is June 12, 2020, so that we can eMail you the audition form and choreography you need.  We will be auditioning the students in small groups based on the technique they are interested in.  In order to maintain our social distancing, we are also in need of parent volunteers to help with this event.  If you are available to help, please sign up on Sign Up Genius at the same link as the audition.

Please sign up to audition based on your age and your technique of interest (i.e., if you are 12 and interested in both Hip Hop and Jazz, you would sign up under Senior Company in both the Hip Hop and Jazz time slot).  For those interested in being considered for Elite Company, new this year, a short interview is being included as part of the audition process.  Each interview session will be ten minutes so you will need to sign up for an interview time slot when you register for the audition.  A follow up eMail will be sent June 15th with the choreography you need along with your audition form.  Please come to the audition prepared with your choreography, a completed copy of your audition form along with a head shot/school picture.  The audition will have a one-time fee of $35 per student.

Company Placements will be available by 5pm on July 3, 2020. Two meeting times have been scheduled for our parents on Thursday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 7pm (both meetings are identical and you only need to attend one of the two sessions). Company families will receive detailed information on the coming season at these meetings.  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 July 17, 2020

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 July 17, 2020. 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. Dance Camp is mandatory for all Company Members.  Click here for details.  We are waiting on direction from the state but we are hoping to have Conditioning Classes Aug 10th thru Sept 4th.  More details to follow.
  2. September Choreography Workshops – Choreography workshops held the two weeks of September are mandatory (immediately following the Labor Day holiday).  This year’s workshops will occur Sept 8 thru Sept 11, 2020.  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.