CS Company 2017-18
Encourage, Inspire, Be Positive, Uplift
May 2, 2018

Hi Company Families!

I can't believe our competition season is almost over!  As we head into our final weekend of competing, just remember that our ultimate goal is to be our best every time we perform!  

I also wanted to remind everyone that we should cheer for all of our dances and dancers!  No matter the score, we want to support our teammates and cheer loud and proud at performances and awards. Here's to another AWESOME weekend!  

Extra Note! This competition is at the Music Hall in downtown Kansas City, so plan on allowing extra time for parking and for getting inside and up all the stairs to the stage and dressing rooms!

Company Auditions! 
Everyone interested in being a part of Principal Company, Corps Company or Pre-Company must attend. Details below!!! Audition forms are due May 9th!
  • Company Auditions are May 12th- the Audition Form and more information about the audition, times, what to wear, etc... is below!
  • Pre-Audition Question and Answer Meeting for NEW Dancers: Monday, May 8th at 7:30pm! 

  Here's a final round of COMPETITION reminders! Read the blocks below as well!
  • You MUST be at the competition 2 hours prior to the time listed on the the schedule for your routine (or when the doors open if you perform less than 2 hours after that time)! This will give you time to get ready and also ensure we are ready if they are running early. Competitions can run or early or late.  Be prepared!  
  • ABSOLUTELY NO VIDEOS OR PHOTOS CAN BE TAKEN! If anyone is caught, our routine will be disqualified and they will be asked to leave the competition by their staff. Be sure to tell any friends or family members who may be attending the competition! 
  • A NEW list of REQUIRED HAIRSTYLES can be found below and on the company webpage! Only a few routines have changed styles, but please be sure to check!
  • PLEASE watch these tutorials on YouTube on how to do a slick high ponytail, high bun and the new double Dutch braids! You can also find links to them on the Company Webpage!
  • Team Captains- the new list for VIP is below! Please read the block below on Team Captains so you know what to expect during awards and who the team captains are- they will change each competition!  
  • The schedule for VIP is Available on our Company Webpage and on the CS Company Team App! See block below!
  • Directions and a map to VIP (located at the Kansas City Music Hall) can be found on the CS Company Team App- click on the Events icon, then on the day of the event (May 4-6).
Kansas City Music Hall,  301 West 13th St.,  Kansas City, MO 64105 

Save the date! Company Auditions  will be held Saturday, May 12th! Everyone interested in being a part of Principal Company, Corps Company or Pre-Company must attend. More 
details/ times TBA.

If you have any questions, please send me an email or give the front desk a call at 660.747.6133!

Here's to a wonderful weekend of dance! 

Kristen, Company Director

Click on the link below to view the costume/accessories checklist for each routine to ensure you have every item you need for the competition! 

The schedule for the VIPCompetition is available on the Company Web Page and Company Team App!

Doors will open Friday at 7:30am, and Saturday &
Sunday at 6:30am.

Dancers will need to arrive 2 hours before their scheduled time! 

Extra Note!  This competition is at the Music Hall in downtown Kansas City, so plan on allowing extra time for parking and for getting inside and up all the stairs to the stage and dressing rooms!

New hair list for VIP!!!  Only a few routines have changed hairstyles, but be sure to check the list by clicking on the link below or on the Company Webpage!

Be sure to watch the video tutorials on how to do double Dutch braids, a slick high pony and a high bun!

Double Dutch Braids in Bun
Double Dutch Braids with tails wrapped in a bun!

Team captains are assigned for each group and are responsible for getting awards for their dance!

Captains will need to be sure they know their teacher's name, name of our studio (Center Stage Academy of the Performing Arts), and the number of their routine! 
They will meet Miss Kristen outside of the dressing room after the awards to give her any pins, medals, ribbons, trophies they receive. If they can not find Miss Kristen or another CS Staff member at the competition, they should bring the awards in to the studio and give them to the front desk! 

Awards should not be passed out on stage!  They will be handed approximately a week after the competition at the studio. We will send an email out to let you know when they are available to pick up!

Captains will be different for each competition!
Here are some important competition notes!

1). Quadruple check your costumes!  Once you are at the competition there won't be time  to go back and get anything you've forgotten!

2). Pack the necessary items: make-up, hair gel and hairspray, wet wipes, bobby pins,    safety pins, q-tips and cotton balls, super glue or hot glue if you have it,  tights, dance shoes, hairpiece, and   anything else you think you MIGHT need. 

3). Arrive at the venue with plenty of time to find the group.  Double check the list for when you need to be there!!!  Remember, your dancer MUST be in the dressing room 2 hours before their scheduled time.  

4). Parents and families wear CS gear or colors if you have it to show your  spirit!!  Plus, it help us find you in the crowd!  :-)

5). If you need anything call or text me at:   816-215-1739!

6). Sign up for the CS Company Team App if you haven't already! Parents AND Dancers should sign up (if you have a device)!!! We will be using it to keep everyone informed of last minute information! 

7). Remember, NO PHOTO OR VIDEO may be taken inside the competition.  Violating this policy could result in our  disqualification so please take this very seriously.  

8). Please be respectful at the competition! We don't want to be known as the studio who complains or has a bad attitude!  

Remember   to    encourage,   inspire, be positive  and  uplift  
   EVERYONE!!!   It has been awesome getting emails from complete strangers past years about how considerate and friendly our dancers and parents are!


Company Shoes! 


A list of required shoes for each routine is available on the Company webpage- scroll to the bottom of the page and click under the heading Shoes and Tights! 


Click here to view the Shoes list now!



Company Tights!

A list of required tights  for each routine is available on the Company webpage- scroll to the bottom of the page and click under the heading Shoes and Tights! 

For everyone's convenience, we have kept the required make-up the same as last year!

Information about  Company Make-Up is available to view on the Company Webpage (password- TeamCSA) or via the link below!

 You can also find links on the Company web page to videos on our CS youtube channel showing how to apply the make-up!

We are having ONE AUDITION DATE again this year, May 12th, there will not be an additional audition date held in the fall!*
  • We will will be casting all the Specialty Routines (ones that rehearse on Sundays) at this time, as well as determining placement into Company (& Pre-Company) Jazz and Tap classes. 
  • In addition to placement into Company Classes, Specialty Routines and Star Performance Teams, we will also be evaluating students to start Pointe Class in the fall AND dancers selected to represent Center Stage at YAGP next season.
  • Audition Information specific to each group will be available on the studio website under the performing groups tab.
  • Audition Forms are due to the front desk by Wednesday, May 9th. You can print one out or pick one up at the front desk. Even if you are not able to attend auditions on May 9th, you MUST turn in an audition form!

Acceptance and placement into Company Jazz and Tap Classes will be announced when fall registration comes out (packets distributed in June).  Placement into Specialty Company routines will be announced in July.

*Dancers who cannot attend the audition date will need to submit a video audition! See details below!

Audition Day Information

Please note! The grade level you should audition with is the grade that you WILL BE entering in the Fall of 2018- NOT your current grade level! 

Auditions for all performance groups will be done with your age group during the times listed below:

Saturday, May 12
K-2nd: 9:00-9:30am
Those auditioning for Pointe (not currently en pointe): 9:30-10:00am
 7th-9th Grades: 10:00am-12:00pm
10th-12th Grades: 12:30-2:30pm
3rd-6th Grades: 2:30-3:45pm 

Audition Attire: 
New dancers should wear a black leotard with pink tights or a tank top with dance shorts with pink tights, a little make up, and a neat bun! Current Company students should wear company uniforms. Dancers will need to bring all of their dance shoes.

Dancers who cannot attend auditions on Saturday, May 12th will need to submit a video audition via email to Kristen by May 10th including all of the following requirements!

  • Jazz combo (learned from the video- link below)
  • Lyrical and Hip Hop combos (if interested in those styles of dance- also learned from video- links below)
  • Pirouette R and L
  • Ballet Pirouettes R and L (wearing pointe shoes if en pointe)
  • Tendu R and L (devant, a la seconde, and derrière- wearing pointe shoes if en pointe)
  • Splits R and L 
  • Time steps (if they have learned them) single, double, triple
  • Running Flaps
  • Flap Ball change
  • Make up 8-16 counts to show off their favorite tap steps

CS Recital 2018 Tickets on Sale

Here is the breakdown for which specialty routines will be performing which night for the recital! It is also on the Company webpage and Recital Info page under Evening Performers.

 A Long Walk
Jock Rock
Jailhouse Rock
Ballroom Blitz
I Feel Good
Rock You
Proud Mary
Open Arms
Tiny Dancer

Smells Like Teen Spirit
Panama Beat
Silent Lucidity
Let It Be
Anything For Love
Nicest Kids In Town
Because You Loved Me
Free Fallin'
Tears In Heaven
Come Together


Attention Pre-Company 2 and Company 1-2 families!  You can sign up via the link below to help with your dancers either Friday or Saturday night and enjoy relaxing while watching the  performance the other night!

If you have any questions, please email Coreena at coreena@centerstageacademy.org!

(And thank you all for the many responses we have already received!)

Pre-Company 1 Families! 
Since all of you are also in an Intro Combo/ Jr Ballet 1 class, b ackstage will work the same as it has for you prior to joining Pre-Company. You will be in the same dressing room with the Intro Combo/ Jr. Combo 1 classes, so please sign up via the volunteer form on the website to be a Class Mom for the recital if you would like to do so! 



There is always a lot of Company information to share and we want to be sure everyone is kept informed! Here's how we communicate with you!
  • Weekly Company Newsletter via email! Watch for it each week! 
  • We use our Company Team App to send out push notifications as needed! Be sure to sign up for all of your specific groups as well as the ALL COMPANY group! (Instructions Below)
  • Email as needed. You can send email to us at: info@centerstageacademy.org or to Kristen at: kdrice13@yahoo.com.
Please make sure we have your most used email address on file at the front desk so you don't miss out on important information!

(Specialty Routines will be added by Sunday!)
Team App

Center Stage Company has their own Smartphone App to keep you informed!   To get the full features of the CS Team App you need to: 

First: Download Team App onto your smartphone.

Download Team App here: 

It's 100% FREE!

Second: Launch Team App.

Then follow these steps:

1. Sign-up to Team App.
 You'll be sent an email to confirm your registration.

2. Log in. Then search for Center Stage Company and request access to the group(s) that apply to you.

For example, everyone should request access to join the 2017/18 All Company group and then all of the group classes/ routines that you/ your dancer are in! 

3.  Enable Push Notifications on your phone! (Go to settings to enable them.)

We will use this App to send push notifications to your phone to give everyone immediate need-to-know information- especially during the competition season! 

If you don't have a smartphone, reply to this email so you can be added manually and you'll receive email notifications instead of push notifications to your phone.


Sunday rehearsals are over for our 2017/18 season!

Upcoming Dates
Exciting 2017/18
May 4-6:

May 12: 

June 1-2:

July 5-10:

May 4-6 Competition - VIP in Kansas City (Confirmed and Required)
Performance Team Auditions

June 1-2 Center Stage Recital

Talent On Parade Nationals in Overland Park, KS (Optional - Required for Pre-Professional)

349 SE DD Highway
Warrensburg, MO 64093

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