A few quick notes before auditions steal your attention away. :)
-Regarding awards from TOP!
We have discovered that we are short several medals from Talent on Parade! We are currently trying to solve the issue, but until we have a solution we will not be distributing any more of the awards. If you already picked yours up
please double check to make sure you didn't have too many or not enough medals. Keep in mind that medals are only awarded to each group that placed first through fifth in the top 10! If you do have an extra medal or are missing one, let me know ASAP and then bring the medal to the front desk the next time you are at the studio!
-There will be NO Sunday Rehearsals this week!
As mentioned in previous newsletters, Company as a whole will not be attending Nationals this year. However, solos, duets and trios are invited to attend (see side column for more information). Please let me know ASAP if you would like to go to either the TOP Nationals or Cathy Roe Nationals as the competition may fill up before the payment due dates!
The Fees for both competitions are listed in the side column along with the due dates for payments!
- And now, the Audition Information you've all been waiting for! (Please note! The grade level you should audition with is the grade that you WILL BE entering in the Fall of 2016- NOT your current grade level!)
Click on the links below to view audition information specific to each group or visit our studio website where you can find them all under the Performing Groups Tab!
(In continuing with our "go green" effort at the studio we will NOT be printing brochures for everyone- you will instead have all of this information at your finger tips any time you want it on the studio website!)
Please be sure to read the block below for information about Auditions on Sunday May 22nd!
Company Auditions & More! May 22nd!
Our Audition Process Has Changed! Here is the information you need to know! (ALL of the Performance Team Information is NOW available for you to reference ONLINE on our
We are having ONE AUDITION this year, there will not be an additional audition in the fall. So we will be casting all the Specialty Routines (ones that rehearse on Sundays) at this time Sunday, May 22, 2016.
-Acceptance and placement into Company Jazz and Tap Classes will be announced when fall registration comes out (packets distributed the week of June 13-18). Placement into Specialty Company routines will be announced in July.
-In addition to placement into Company Classes, Specialty Routines and Star Performance Team, we will also be evaluating students to start Pointe Class in the fall AND dancers selected to represent Center Stage at YAGP next season.
-At the request of the Company Director, some dancers may be asked to stay for the next audition (i.e. some 7th graders may be asked to stay for the 8th & up audition)
Audition Day Information (Grades are determined by the Grade you are entering in the Fall of 2016!)
1:00-2:00pm: All Kindergarten-4th grade (and 5th-6th graders only interested in Star Performance Team)
2:00-3:15pm: 5th-7th graders plus ALL dancers auditioning for Pointe Class
3:15-3:30pm: ALL dancers auditioning for Pointe Class
3:30-5:00pm: 8th grade & up
5:00-5:30pm: Dancers auditioning for Pre-Pro
Those students wishing to be considered for YAGP for 2016-17 should attend the audition appropriate for their grade level and will be evaluated based on the criteria outlined in the
YAGP Audition Information.
Fees for Nationals!
Talent On Parade Nationals: Due 5/23
Solos: $110 (add $30 for TOP Entertainer)
Duets: $65 each dancer
Trios: $56 each dancer
Cathy Roe Nationals: Due 5/26
Solos: $120 (add $25 for ultimate title)
Duets: $67 each dancer
Trios: $67 each dancer
Groups: $50 each dancer
Group Routines Attending Nationals!
Talent on Parade:
-The New Girl
-It Can Wait
-Rule The World
Our Company Team as a whole attends nationals every other year, with this being our year not to attend. However, our pre-professional company is attending Talent on Parade's Overland Park nationals.
All solos/duets/trios are also invited to attend. It is being held at the Overland Park Convention Center
Our pre-professional group will also be attending Cathy Roe in Mason, Ohio from
July 6-10. I am really excited about this!
Any solo/duet/trio is also invited to attend this nationals. Many of our dancers received invitations to participate in their companies.
If your dancer received an invite and would like to attend please make sure you contact the competition ASAP to sign up! They are filling up FAST!
To access the
go to the
parent info page on the studio website, click on the Company Information Block and enter the password:
In case you missed this in previous newsletters...
We love our dancers, we love having them perform and we know you love watching them!
In past years, we have held a free solo/duet/trio showcase the Saturday morning of recital weekend for families to have a final chance to see their dancers perform their competition solos.
However, with the number of company solos, duets and trios we have this year, our Saturday morning Solo Showcase would be over 3.5 HOURS LONG! That would mean most of your dancers would be performing Friday night, Saturday Morning, Saturday Matinee and Saturday Evening- with NO BREAK TIME on Saturday AND doing all of that after a week of rehearsals and late nights! Everyone, parents included, would be exhausted!
While we have no doubt that everyone would step up to the plate to make it happen, we don't want to put our dancers, their families, or all of our staff through that grueling schedule and we know we have to make a change for the good of everyone!
We've brainstormed MANY alternatives to what we've done the past few years, such as renting the hall another day and having the Solo Showcase on Sunday-but the rental fees for Hendricks Hall are just too much for a free performance and we didn't think everyone would want to spend another $10 per ticket. We've also considered limiting the number of routines we have available in the show-but how do you choose which dancers will perform? By drawing from a hat? How do we make that fair? We know that for many of you the benefit of the Solo Showcase is having a time for your out-of-town guests to see you perform-so having it on another weekend entirely (at a less expensive venue like Heckart Hall in Sedalia) really doesn't solve the issue. So, after debating this all year long, and keeping the well-being of our dancers foremost in our minds, we have reached the decision that there will NOT be a Saturday Morning show in hopes that this will allow everyone to more thoroughly enjoy the excitement of the entire weekend!
We know there will be some disappointment (and also secret relief even if no one wants to admit it!), but try to see this as a positive change!
Here is your chance to sleep in, to actually spend time with your family that has come in for the performance, to have a yummy breakfast or just to simply take some time to relax and refresh before you bring it on full force for the show!!!
We truly do care about each and every one of you. We honestly believe this is the best course of action to take for the well being of our studio families and we thank you in advance for supporting this difficult decision!