Saratoga Springs Company Audition Dates & Details

Lifehouse Dance Company 2019-20 Placement Auditions
Lifehouse will be holding Company Placement Auditions for students interested in being in a company for the 2019-20 season. Company is for students ages six and older who have a passion for the art form and want to pursue dance with a higher commitment level. Company students have the opportunity to participate in our annual fireside production and have opportunities for lead roles in our performances.

What is the time commitment for company students
● Students ages 6-8 can plan to dance twice a week for a total of 2 ½-3 hours. ● Intermediate students ages 9-14 can plan to dance 2-3 times a week for a total of 5-9 hours depending on skill level. ● More advanced students ages 11 and older can plan to dance three times a week for a total of 8-10 hours.

About the Audition
Learning how to audition is an important skill for a dancer. Experience in auditioning increases the student’s confidence to know what to expect and how to feel at ease during a situation that can cause anxiety so that they can do their best and their nerves don’t interfere with putting their best foot forward. Auditions will take place on Friday, August 2
at our Saratoga Studio. An audition form/questionnaire is attached to this email. Auditions will take place at the times listed below. Students should come to the audition time based on their age. Students should come in ballet attire-pink tights, a solid colored leotard and ballet shoes. Students on pointe should bring their pointe shoes. For the jazz portion of the audition students may bring dance shorts to wear over their leotard. This is a closed audition. Parents should drop off their students. If you will be gone for the audition, please fill out the attached form and bring it to the studio office before July 28. The form can also be emailed. Both a parent and the student must sign the form. It is a binding contract for the year. Please read carefully.

Contract
Company students are required to sign a one year contract. They must commit to their company from August 1 , 2019 – June 14, 2020. A student quitting mid-year causes consequences for the entire group of students and their teachers. It affects the quality of the performances and disrupts the cohesiveness of the group. The only acceptable reasons for getting out of your company contract are 1. A serious injury that will require months of rehabilitation and rest 2. An unexpected move out of the area. Parents and students should discuss this together to make sure that both are committed for the entire year. Students who drop out before June 14 will be required to pay two months of tuition after they stop coming to class.

Mandatory Parent Meeting
A parent meeting will be scheduled for all company students in September. They will take place during the student’s normal class time.
Is my child ready for company?
If you would like to the studio’s feedback on whether your child is ready for company, please feel free to contact us. We can get recommendations from their past teachers.

Audition Schedule in Studio B

*Please come 30 minutes prior to your start time to check in and warm up.
9:00-10:30 am Ages 11-18
10:30 am-12:00 pm Ages 8-10
12:00-1:00 pm Ages 6-7
There are many exciting plans underway for the 2019-20 dance companies at Lifehouse. We hope you will join us! Please feel free to call or email any questions.
Best Regards,

Nesha Woodhouse Director Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy
*Please fill out audition form below and bring to the audition. (You can Also find a copy of this in your email.)

Company Placement Audition Form 2019-20
Name of Student: Age: ________
Parents name: Grade: ________
Audition number:
E-mail:
Phone number:
Please circle the number that best represents your desires for dance. There is no wrong answer. I understand that for younger students, this may not be relevant.
1-Dance is something I enjoy doing as a hobby. I have lots of other interests I would like to pursue. 2-I love dance and am willing to fulfill the requirements of being on a Lifehouse Dance Company. 3-I would like to pursue dance seriously. I am willing to spend some time outside of class stretching and refining technique. 4-Dance is my first priority as an extracurricular activity.

1. Any goals or information you feel would be helpful for us to know: (use back if necessary)

______________________________________________________________________________ 2. List other activities that you participate in outside of dance: (sports, music lessons , etc.)

___________________________________________________________________________ 3. For new students describe your prior dance experience. If you are on pointe, how long have you been taking pointe classes? (use back if necessary)
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I understand that by signing this contract, I am committing myself to my Lifehouse Dance Company from August 1, 2019 – June 14, 2020. I understand that if I break the contract, I will be responsible for tuition for 2 months, after I stop coming to class. I am committed to being respectful, committed, supportive in and outside of the classroom while at the studio to my teachers, directors and fellow company members.
Student’s Signature _____________________________________________________________ Parent’s Signature______________________________________________________________________