About KSDA

Dance Company Team

2023-2024 DANCE COMPANY TEAM AUDITIONS ARE FRIDAY, 4/28!! SIGN UP ONLINE. Thank you for your interest in our competitive Dance company. The Company gives dancers the opportunity to work toward excellence and improve on their dance technique while learning important teamwork skills and having fun! We hope that our company will become a family and we look forward to welcoming you!

Frequently Asked Questions

At a dance competition, students put their skills to the test by performing dance routines on a stage in front of a panel of judges. The judges then calculate scores usually based on technique, performance and costume. The dancers are then able to come back to the studio and listen to the judges’ critiques and use them as a learning tool to improve on their technique. Again, the focus for us during competition is having fun and gaining the tools to become better dancers in the long run.

For students who want a little more challenge, the extra performances and class opportunities are needed. In competition companies, students are working towards a common goal. Also, attendance is more important and, at times, mandatory. Since everyone is present in class nearly every week, there is faster progress. The sense of belonging to a team is also very important. We do lots of team bonding inside and outside the studio.

YES! KSDA offers Monthly Parent Night Out fundraisers for company members 11+ to work and split the profit to go on their account to use for these various dance fees.

All parents are encouraged to participate in fundraisers that are organized by team parents. Join the Facebook group, KSDA Company Fundraising.

Requirements

The Mini Company will compete 2 routines, Jazz & Tap Mini Group Routines.

Optional Routines Include: Hip-Hop Production, Solos, Duets, Trios.

The basic requirements are:

  • ALL company rehearsals: Saturdays January-February.

  • 2 Local competitions a year. 

  • Conventions are optional for minis but highly encouraged.

  • 90 min weekly class, 30 min ballet, 30 min tap, 30 min jazz.

  • 4 ballet classes throughout the summer.

  • Technique Intensive first week of August.

  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn.

Extra classes are not required but are always highly encouraged for those wishing to enhance their training. 

The Petite Company members will compete a minimum of 4 routines, (Jazz, Tap, Lyrical Junior group routines, & 1 Hip-Hop Production)

Optional Routines will be announced after auditions.

The basic requirements are:

  • ALL company rehearsals: Saturdays throughout January-February. 

  • 3 Local Competitions a year.

  • 1 Dance convention. (January 13-15th in Winston-Salem – Dance Revolution, Christian-based convention! $255-275)

  • Fort Mill Christmas Parade & ChristmasVille Performance

  • 1 60 min ballet class.

  • 8 ballet classes throughout June-July.

  • Technique Intensive, July 31-August 4th

  • Choreography week August 7-11th. Further details TBD after auditions.

  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn.

Extra classes are not required but are always highly encouraged for those wishing to further their training. 

The Junior Company members will compete a minimum of 4 routines, (Jazz, Tap, Lyrical Junior group routines, & 1 Hip-Hop Production).

Optional Routines will be announced after Audition results have been posted.

The basic requirements are:

  • ALL company rehearsals: Fridays throughout January-February.

  • 3-5 Local competitions a year.

  • 2 Dance conventions 

  • Fort Mill Christmas Parade & ChristmasVille Performance

  • 1 community volunteer outreach.

  • 90 mins of ballet including beginner pointe.

  • 8 ballet classes June-July.

  • Technique Intensive Jul 31-August 5th.

  • Choreography week August 7-11. Further details TBD after auditions.

  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn

Extra classes are not required but are always highly encouraged for those wishing to further their training. 

The Teen Company members will compete a minimum of 4 routines, (Jazz, Tap, Lyrical Junior group routines, & 1 Hip-Hop Production).

Optional Routines will be announced after Audition results have been posted.

The basic requirements are:

  • ALL company rehearsals: Fridays throughout January-February.

  • 3-5 Local competitions a year.

  • 2 Dance conventions 

  • Fort Mill Christmas Parade & ChristmasVille Performance

  • 1 community volunteer outreach.

  • 90 mins of ballet including beginner pointe.

  • 8 ballet classes June-July.

  • Technique Intensive Jul 31-August 5th.

  • Choreography week August 7-11. Further details TBD after auditions.

  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn

Extra classes are not required but are always highly encouraged for those wishing to further their training. 

Other Considerations

In addition to the assigned company routines, dancers have the option to do a solo, duet/trio or small group routine (optional). These routines may pull dancers from different levels. These specialty numbers are for dancers who are ready to make an additional commitment and who posses the technical requirements needed for the choreography of each particular piece. Please note indicating on your audition form that you would like to be considered for a solo, duet/trio or small group. The competition fees are also higher for solos and duets/trios. You will be able to indicate on your audition form how many of these additional dances you would be willing to commit to. 

KSDA Dance Company will compete in 3-4 regional competitions all within a 2hr driving distance of Fort Mill, SC. Each competition is scheduled over a weekend. You need to set aside the whole weekend. A detailed schedule is sent out 1 week prior to the competition. All dancers are required to stay for KSDA’s routines and the awards ceremony.

KSDA Dance Company will participate in 1-3 dance conventions all within a 2hr driving distance of Fort Mill, SC. Each convention is scheduled over a weekend. You need to set aside the whole weekend. A detailed schedule is sent out 1 week prior to the convention. Dancers are required to participate in all styles of classes offered this weekend.

We will be offering performing opportunities throughout the year at Christmas Showcase, ChristmasVille, local nursing homes, annual recital, etc. These are great ways to get out there dance and share our love for dance and Jesus with the community. 

 

We will also offer optional monthly social activities throughout the year & some volunteer opportunities. 

Cost & Tuition

The fees listed are estimates for the entire dance season for the classes required to be on company team.

We highly recommend students take additional classes throughout the week like acro (to help with flexibility, tricks & strength) and the same style classes that they are competing in (to improve dance technique & movement quality).

This DOES INCLUDE an extra $10 per month to cover extra rehearsals. **All fees are subject to change.**

1.5 HR WEEKLY (1 DAY A WEEK REQUIRED: 30 MIN BALLET, 30 MIN JAZZ, 30 MIN TAP) = $90/month   

*+ extra $10/month rehearsal fee 

5 HR WEEKLY 

+ extra $10/month rehearsal fee

5.5 HR WEEKLY 

*+ extra $10/month rehearsal fee

Competition/Recital Costumes- $95 per costume. Due October 1st for company for early ordering.

TAP AND HIP-HOP COSTUMES TBD as DIY, normally $20-30ish.

Company Uniform– Jacket- $75

All company dancers are required to purchase a company warm-up jacket to be worn at all competitions.

Competition Fees- approximately $60-65 per group routine per competition

How many routines your dancer is in will determine your competition fees for the year. Solos and duets/trio entry fees are higher.

Convention- approximately $275 per dancer

All company members are encouraged to attend as many conventions as possible! Petite, Junior, Teen company members are required to attend 2 dance conventions in the season. A dance convention is a weekend intensive of dance classes taught by master teachers. 

Competition Jewelry- $10

All company members are required to purchase competition earrings to wear when performing all season.

Dance shoes
– cost varies by style. In general, ballet shoes are between $20 – $30, tan jazz shoes are between $25 – $45 and tap shoes are between $30 – $60.
 Dancers will need to have shoes for each style they are competing in and ballet shoes for ballet class. Hip-Hop performance shoes will vary.

Mini Company – tan tap shoes. Petite, Junior, Teen Company – black lace-up tap shoes.

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