Mentored by our inspiring faculty, our Intensive and Company dancers master a breadth of dance styles and are well-known as diverse and impeccably trained dancers. Intensive and Company dancers take all of their classes together, cultivating team spirit and trust, both of which are integral to their success as a team and the fulfillment of their combined goals.
Commitment and class hours are higher than both the recreational and competitive divisions with additional performance and competition attendance required. Dancers who are invited through the audition process to train at this level, without exception, are all high achieving, hard-working and motivated individuals. Training programs run from 8 hours a week for younger dancers to as many as 15 hours a week for older dancers, age and level dependent.
Company and Intensive dancers in our core programs study Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Stage, and Lyrical/Contemporary with the option to add Acro and Hip Hop classes. Dancers may also choose to focus on Tap, Hip Hop, Acro, or Breakdance (they can be taken as individual programs).
Intermediate and Senior Intensive and Company dancers in our core programs take a minimum of three ballet, pointe, and conditioning classes per week, a jazz master, and contemporary technique in addition to their choreography classes. Company Tap, Acro, and Hip Hop classes are also available and highly encouraged for well-rounded training.
Our Intensive and Company dancers compete both regionally and at two out of town events each season, and as such, are required to travel to meet their competition schedule. In past years members of our Intermediate and Senior Company trained and/or competed in Italy, New York, Seattle, San Antonio and Los Angeles. In each city our Company dancers took home scholarships for outstanding achievement, gold standings and overall high score awards.
Dance Co’s Intensive and Company members start their training at danceLab the last two weeks of August each year, training with internationally acclaimed faculty from London, New York, Calgary and Toronto and will be given the incredible opportunity to learn choreography that will be competed throughout the dance season.
We encourage our dancers to maintain their training during the summer. In past summers members of our Company program have been invited to train at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Summer School, the National Ballet Summer School, the Alberta Ballet Summer School, the Ballet Austin Summer School, World Dance Movement in Italy, :pushing progress New York and the Joffrey Ballet Summer and Contemporary Summer Schools.
Sneak Peek Performance
Each year, Dance Co is proud to present a special “pre-show” for friends and family in February. All of our Competitive, Intensive and Company groups as well as solo/duo/trio dance routines perform in this event. These special shows are a great opportunity for the dancers to perform their routines on stage for an audience prior to their competitions. It will allow time to get feedback from the performance and go back to the classroom to make any final changes and corrections prior to performing at the dance competitions. We think that this opportunity is of great benefit for the dancers and lots of fun too!
Competitions & Festivals
Each year our Competitive dancers perform their group and solo/duo/trio dance routines in a number of dance competitions between February and May. Dance competitions and festivals are great performing opportunities for Dance Co students. They also serve as goals that the dancers may work towards and give dancers a sense of their standing among their peers. Attendance for these events is mandatory. Festival and competition dates are tentative. The events may extend past what is advertised, however we will provide the finalized dates and times as soon as they are available to us.
Recital & Showcase
Dance Co’s year-end Recital performances occur at the end of May. In addition to Recital performances, Dance Co is pleased to present Showcase, a recital performance showcasing all competitive, intensive and company routines from the season. Showcase details are released each spring. It is truly an exciting show for friends and family to come see!
Please refer to our Studio Calendar for dates.
Auditions for the competitive program occur in June of each year, with additional opportunities for assessment and placement on a case-by-case basis. These auditions allow our faculty to evaluate each dancer’s placement and determine where they will best learn and perform the following year. If you are unable to attend these auditions, please contact our office at email@example.com.
Dancers who are already a part of Dance Co's intensive/company program do not need to re-audition each year. Instead, we will base their next year's placement on their performance over the course of the dance season.
danceLab Summer Intensive
August 19 - 30, 2023
danceLab is specially designed for our Competitive, Intensive, Company and Professional Half-Day students. This unique summer intensive features technique classes in Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Core Alignment, Body Awareness/Anatomy, Improv, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop and Acro. Also, dancers will be given the amazing opportunity to work with international choreographers and learn pieces to compete throughout the year. Save the date!
*Please note that danceLab is required for all students accepted into the fall Intensive & Company program and is included in your tuition. Please contact the Dance Co office if you have any conflicts.