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Relevé Dance Company

About Our Dance Companies

Dance competitions can be a wonderful experience for dancers! Having the opportunity to compete in something you love can be very rewarding. At ArtWorks Academy, development of proper technique is the foundation of our dance program. By developing strong dancers first and then preparing them for competition, they will be successful in competitions, classes, and any other dance endeavors they may choose.

To prepare for competition, dancers need to develop strength, flexibility, and proper dance technique. We do not aim to simply teach a dance for competition and have the students perfect only the steps required for the dance. We want to develop dancers who compete. For this reason, it is important that our company members continue to study their dance technique in ballet, tap, and jazz. For advanced company members, we also require a Leaps and Turns class, which is intended to help students develop strength and flexibility as well as improve their turns and jumps for competition.

To be competitive with other dancers their age, younger students need to be in class at least two days a week. Students in 6th grade or higher should be dancing three days a week. Adding the optional classes may have students dancing one more day a week.

Petite Protégé and Protégé

Do you have a young dancer who LOVES dance and wants MORE?  We will be assessing students this summer for our Petite Protégé and Protégé classes.  These advanced, invitation only classes, will give dancers extra time in class, further challenge them and serve as a stepping stone to the Relevé Dance Company!  

  • PreK and Kindergarten students
  • Students will take a Petite Protégé ballet and tap combo class and will also take an Acro Dance class.
  • New students must take a summer dance camp or dance class, in order to be assessed for Petite Protégé
  • Students who were in a dance class during the 2020-2021 season can contact Cheryl Morris to let her know you would like your child to be considered.
  • This level does NOT go to dance competition.
  • 1st and 2nd grade students
  • Students will take a Protégé ballet and tap combo class and will also take an Acro Dance class.
  • New students must take a summer dance camp or dance class, in order to be assessed for Protégé
  • Students who were in a dance class during the 2020-2021 season can contact Cheryl Morris to let her know you would like your child to be considered.
  • This level will go to one dance competition. 

Relevé Dance Company

Required Summer Classes

Students selected for Relevé Dance Company must enroll in the required Relevé classes on Tuesdays/Thursdays in the summer. These classes will include technique and choreography.  They may also choose to enroll in classes and camps offered on other days, which will be beneficial, but not required.

Required School Year Classes

Mini Company:

  • Two to three hours of dance technique classes per week
  • Weekly rehearsals for company dances, separate from technique classes
  • Company production numbers will require occasional Saturday rehearsals
  • All members must attend at least one dance convention in the fall.  Prices range from $50-$200 per convention

Junior/Teen Company:

  • Three to six hours of dance technique classes per week, depending upon level placement
  • Weekly rehearsals for company dances, separate from technique classes
  • Company production numbers will require occasional Saturday rehearsals
  • All members must attend at least one dance convention in the fall.  Prices range from $50-$200 per convention

Senior Company:

  • Four to nine hours of dance technique classes per week, depending upon level placement (must include two ballet classes and Leaps and Turns)
  • Weekly rehearsals for company dances, separate from technique classes
  • Company production numbers will require occasional Saturday rehearsals
  • All members must attend at least one dance convention in the fall.  Prices range from $50-$200 per convention

Attendance

Students must attend required classes and rehearsals. Company members are allowed four absences from rehearsal each school year. They MUST be in attendance for the two weeks prior to competition. If a company member misses two or more weeks in a row, they will be required to schedule a private lesson with the instructor at the rate of $25 per half hour. Missing more than the allotted absences may result in dismissal from the company.

Fees and Tuition

Fee Per Dance for Mini, Junior/Teen Company: $350.00 (includes two competitions)

Fee Per Dance for Senior Company: $425.00 (includes three competitions)

This fee includes class time during the school year (Summer Session is charged separately), entry fees for two-three competitions, costume, tights, and shoes IF shoes other than those required for technique classes are required. (i.e. black jazz shoes rather than tan, etc).   This fee is broken down into two payments.  The first half is due in August and the second half in January.

Monthly Tuition: Tuition is dependent upon the number hours your child is in class each week. Tuition for the minimum required classes is as follows:

Mini Company –  $92.00

Junio/Teen Company –   $123.00

Senior Company –  $148.00

Conventions and Master Classes

Dance Conventions: Dance conventions off our company members the unique opportunity to study with teachers and choreographers from around the country. All company dancers will attend the FREE convention classes offered in conjunction with the Precision Arts Challenge Competition.  We highly suggest dancers attend one to two other conventions.

Options for the 2021-2022 Season:

OK-LA Dance Connection 

Date: October 24, 2021

Location: OKC Farmers Market

Cost: $95-$150, depending on age and level

OCU Day of Dance (10th-12thgrade only)

Date: TBA (typically in early fall)

Location: Oklahoma City University

Cost: Usually around $25

Soul de Soul Dance Convention – Dates and info TBA

Dance Masters of America – Dates and info TBA

 
Master Classes: As the opportunity presents itself, we will bring in outside teachers to work with the dancers. When possible, we will do this at no extra charge to our families. Otherwise master classes are usually $10-25 per dancer.

Spring Showcase

We will host our showcase fundraiser on either February 19 or 26. Each family will pay a small production fee to cover the theatre rental.  We will run a silent auction before the show and at intermission, as well as a bake sale.  You may invite everyone to attend for free or as a donation to your dancer.  If you would like to help with this, please let Cheryl or April know!

Competition Weekends

We will attend two competitions (three for Senior Company) in March, April or May.  At this time, we only know the date for Precision Arts Challenge.  It will be at Southmoore High School, April 29-May 1. We are curretnly waiting on other competitions to release their OKC dates. 

Dancers must be available the whole weekend. They do not provide a schedule for the competition until 10 days before hand. Depending on the size of the competition, students may perform Friday night, or at anytime on Saturday or Sunday. Studios cannot make requests for certain days and times.

Solos and Duets

If your child would like to perform a solo at competition, they are required to take a weekly private lesson. Preparation for competition will be done during the lessons. Lessons are $95.00 per month for 30 minutes. The costume fee for a solo or duet is $80 per student.  The solo entry fees range from $100-150 per student PER competition (we attend 2-3 competitions.) The duet entry fees range from $60-$90 per student PER competition. Please note that your child would like a solo on your audition form

Please Note:  If a student misses a private lesson, the teacher will make up ONE lesson per year.  If the teacher misses a lesson due to illness, vacation, etc., that lesson will always be made up.  Any student absences beyond one absence will not be made up.  You cannot skip a month of lessons and not pay.  Your payment is holding your child’s spot.  We have a waiting list for lessons and every lesson, whether or not your child is present, must be paid for.

Dance Material

It is the policy of ArtWorks Academy to always present students with material that is age appropriate. This will be strictly enforced with our competition dances. We carefully consider the music, costumes, and choreography for each dance.

Fundraising

We attempt to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to fundraise for their competition fees. Fundraisers are parent organized. We do Butter Braids and Blue and Gold each year. Other options include car washes, rummage sales, parents’ night out, craft markets, Scentsy, bake sales, etc. If you are interested in organizing a fundraiser, please let Cheryl Morris or April Holzberlein know.

Auditions

Auditions for the 2021-2022 season will be held on Tuesday, May 25 at 5:00 pm (7-9 year olds) and 6:00 pm (10-18 year olds). If you will be unable to audition at that time, please email Cheryl Morris, Director of Dance, at cheryl@artworksacademy.com and she will arrange another audition time for you.  

The audition will include some basic technique work and stretching, and a couple of small combinations across the floor as well as one longer combination. Students will dance in groups. We will evaluate each dancer on flexibility, technique, ability to learn combinations, and performance.

Parents will fill out an audition form for each student, by clicking on the link below. Dancers may participate in 1-4 group dances at competition. Prior to the audition, decide how many dances in which you will allow your dancer to participate. You will need to note this on the audition form. We will then place students in dances where we feel they will be the most successful. 



Here is a link to fill out the audition form.

Audition Form

“My daughter has been attending ArtWorks Academy for dance since 2009. There aren’t enough words to express how much this company means to us, but I will try! Every single instructor we have worked with at ArtWorks has been more than just masters of their craft; but wonderful teachers, caring mentors, and inspirational leaders. My daughter has always struggled with confidence and social anxiety, but she found a home with ArtWorks, and they have encouraged and guided her to find herself in the world of dance, and she truly has. Dancing gives her so much joy and she just radiates confidence now. This studio has become more than just a school for her, it’s a second home. And the staff are more than just teachers, they are family. They genuinely care about her and want to see her succeed, in dance and in life. ArtWorks is our forever dance home and we know you will adore it just as much as we do!” –April H.