Auditions

2019-20 Avant Dance Company Auditions:  Saturday, September 7, 2019

Dancers age 5-7 check in at 12:15 pm.    Audition from 1:00-1:45 pm.
Dancers age 8-12 check in at 1:30 pm.  Audition from 2:15-3:15 pm.
Dancers age 13 and up check in at 3:00 pm.  Audition from 3:45-4:45 pm.

There is a $10.00 Audition Fee.

What to Wear:
Dancers are to wear all black (leotard or top & shorts or leggings).
Bring ballet shoes, jazz shoes, and sneakers.
Girls hair should be in a bun or short hair pulled away from the face.

Process:
Dancers check in at the assigned time, fill out the audition form, receive a number, and warm up on their own in Studio B.

Dancers will be given a jazz combination, a turn combination, a grande allegro, and adagio or balance combination.  Flexibility will also be assessed.  A panel of teachers will select apprentice dancers,  company dancers, and elite company dancers.    Avant Dance strives to make the audition process as professional as possible so that dancers become comfortable with the audition process as it is an essential part of the dance world.

Training:
Avant Petite Company dancers (age 5-7) 
are required to take a minimum of 1 ballet, 1 lyrical/jazz, and 1 tap class per week in addition to company classes on Fridays.  Elite Petite dancers are required to add an acro and musical theatre or hip-hop class.

Avant Mini Company dancers (age 8-10) are required to take a class in ballet, tap, lyrical/jazz, acro, hip-hop, and musical theatre in addition to company classes on Fridays.  Elite Mini dancers need a minimum of 2 ballet classes weekly and a contemporary class.

Avant Junior Company dancers (age 11-12) are required to take 2 ballet classes, tap, jazz, contemporary or lyrical, acro, hip-hop, and musical theatre in addition to company rehearsals on Fridays or Saturdays (depending upon casting).  Elite Juniors need 3 ballet classes and a leaps & turns class in addition to the above requirements.

Avant Teens & Seniors  (age 13-19) are required to take 2 ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, acro, leaps & turns, hip-hop, and stretch class in addition to company rehearsals on Saturdays.  Elite teens need an additional ballet and contemporary class  weekly.


The Avant Dance faculty may choose a company and an elite company in each age group.  Only Elite Company members are eligible to audition to perform solos, duos, and trios at the convention/competitions.  Dancers not selected for the elite company may be elevated to elite membership through hard work and technical advancement. 

All company dancers age 7 & up are required to attend Showstopper convention November 9-10, 2019 in Houston.  Company dancers will be performing about once a month locally, will compete in at least 2 local competitions, and will attend at least one other convention in the spring.  (to be determined)


Final fees for all conventions and competitions are due 45 days prior to the event, with deposit payments paid monthly beginning in September.  In addition to the prices (listed online for each venue) there is a studio administration fee.  A list of fees will be available at the audition.  Dancers with tuition payments not in good standing will not be eligible to compete with the Avant Dance Company.