Ambiance Dance would like to encourage all students to participate in the performance team. However, please first consider that this is a team sport and requires a big commitment from both the students and parents.
At Ambiance Dance we believe various performance opportunities including competitions and community events are an integral part of developing children’s performance skills in the dance industry. All students are encouraged to participate in the troupe and performance team to gain stage experience, work in a team sport situation developing their sense of belonging and most of all gain, the confidence that comes from such an experience.
We DO NOT audition as we believe in inclusivity not exclusivity, but we do have some pre-requisites that need to be met which will be discussed further in this document. We also ask that all Performance Team students sign a student agreement form to ensure their commitment to the team for the year.
Eligibility requirements for the Performance Team must be met. You must participate in all age-appropriate General classes as well as the Exam classes should they be required. See below for clarification.
★ 6yrs/U require the General Jazz & Tap classes. Ballet & Exam classes are highly recommended. The 6yrs/U Performance Team do a Jazz Troupe ONLY.
★ 8yrs/U to 16yrs/U require General Jazz & Tap in addition to the relevant graded Exam and Ballet classes. We generally do 8, 10, 12, 16yrs Performance Teams in a mix of genres. These age groups will perform in Tap, Jazz and/or Lyrical Troupes. (This is always dependable on the teams’ abilities to learn and master content. Staff will not add more routines if they are not learning/mastering current content).
★ Open Age/Senior Troupe requirements are at the Directors discretion.
★ Acro Performance Teams will be on offer in 2022. Due to the specific skill set within these routines they will be done outside of the normal Performance Team time allocation and only open to Acro students that do dance classes and have the required skills.
★ Students can dance up in older age group troupes if invited but MUST dance in their own age group first. We are mindful of burn out so what works for one student may not always be the same for another and selection is at the discretion of staff.
★ All troupe participants MUST be taking a class in the corresponding subject to be considered for troupes. For example, if students want to participate in Lyrical or Contemporary troupes, they must take Exam Ballet and Contemporary/Lyrical classes. For Tap Troupes 8 years and above Exam Tap must be taken.
★ Performance Team members are only allowed to miss up to two troupe classes per term and must come to all additional requested rehearsals.
★ To be fair to all students, if students are missing from class, they will be patterned out of the sections worked on during that lesson. Constant lack of attendance, especially in Troupe classes, places a large amount of stress on the rest of the team. Consequently, you may be asked to withdraw from a troupe class if constant absentees are recorded.
★ A Competition Fee of $49 will be charged to the Term 1 or 2 invoice. This fee will include an Ambiance Team competition shirt for the year and one troupe entry fee.
★ Costumes are required for each different routine and are worn throughout the year at each performance. Prices of troupe costumes range from $70 to $150; typically $70 - $80 for the younger age groups. Occasionally ADC can reuse costumes from previous concerts; these are purchased at discounted rates. Hair, shoes and makeup requirements are similar to that of the concert.
There may be extra rehearsals scheduled on the weekends closer to competition dates to ensure that all routines are polished and a high standard. This can include Fridays and Sundays. They will be minimal if students practice what is required of them outside of class. All extra classes and rehearsals are charged for accordingly (reduced class rate) and will be invoiced for at the end of the term.
Please Note: Teachers/Director reserves the right to deny students competition participation if they feel it is appropriate to do so; all choreography and costuming design remains the intellectual property of Ambiance Dance Company and must not be used if students choose to leave the studio unless written authorisation has been given from the Director.