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Overview

The Pre-Professional Program prepares intermediate/advanced students ages 10-17 for a successful career in the Dance Arts.  Acceptance to the Program is by audition.  Pre-professionals participate in a rigorous training program and performance ensembles to learn necessary skills that prepare them for entry into a university dance program and/or professional career opportunity. Classes are designed to train the Pre-Professional in areas of technique, artistic development, production, wellness/nutrition and arts management.
Additionally, Pre-Professionals attend specialty workshops, where industry professionals offer guidance in audition preparation, business management and career longevity. Graduates of the program have entered some of the most prestigious programs across the nation, including those at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the Juilliard School, Point Park University, New York University, Carnegie Mellon University and many more.

 

Program Options

The Center for Contemporary Dance prepares the next generation of dance artists through one of the most creative, comprehensive and intelligent programs in dance education.  Program options include:

 

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The Pre-Professional Day Program

The Pre-Professional Day Program for dancers ages 10-17 is especially designed for the homeschool student who has made a full commitment to becoming a dance professional.  The Program gives intermediate/advanced students access to ballet and modern technique, performance skills, audition preparation and professional development.  Students accepted into the Program attend no less than 17 hours of class per week.  An additional 2 to 6 weekly rehearsal hours are required for students accepted into the Ballet, Modern or Contemporary Dance Performance Ensembles, and may include weekend and evening hours. Students must commit to a full school year (10 months) of dance studies at the Center for Contemporary Dance.  A typical schedule follows:

Class Schedule (Mon, Tue, Thu)

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.   Modern Technique (Horton/Graham/Cunningham/Limón Techniques with Audition Preparation)
11:30 a.m. – noon     Lunch
Noon – 1: 30 p.m.    Classical Ballet Technique (Vaganova Method with Audition Preparation)
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.    Pointe and Partnering (includes Variations)

Class Schedule (Fri)

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.   Advanced Modern
6:30 – 7: 30 p.m.    Advanced Contemporary
7:30 – 9: 00 p.m.    Artistic Development for the Emerging Dancer

Electives (Mon-Fri)

Pre-Professional Dance Students may optionally attend any 2 evening elective classes during the week in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, etc.

Rehearsal Schedule/Performance Ensembles

Pre- Professional Students receive ongoing performance opportunities with bookings at community, corporate and professional events. Students must choose to participate in either of the following:

Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     Classical Ballet Company Class
AND
Saturday 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.     Classical Ballet Ensemble Rehearsal
OR
Tuesday 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.      Contemporary Dance Ensemble Rehearsal
OR
Saturday 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.      Modern Dance Ensemble Rehearsal

**Not included are an additional 2-3 weekend rehearsal hours for the School’s annual winter and summer student concerts.  See additional fees below.

 

Pre-Professional Evening Program

The evening program is designed for students ages 10-17 attending a traditional public or private day school.  Pre-Professional dance students in the evening program attend a minimum of 17 hours of required classes per week.   An additional 2 to 6 weekly rehearsal hours are required for students accepted into the Ballet, Modern or Contemporary Dance Performance Ensembles, and may include weekend and evening hours. Rehearsal schedules will be provided in advance. Students must commit to a full school year (10 months) of studies at The Center for Contemporary Dance.  The dance student’s classes are centered on Classical Ballet (Vagonova Method) and Modern (Horton/Graham/Cunningham/Limón Techniques) studies, and take place after regular school hours.  Class and rehearsal schedules are tailored to the student’s needs and will be determined upon acceptance to the Program.

 

Requirements

In order to gain entry into the Pre-Professional Dance Program, students must have a minimum of 3 years of consistent training in Classical Ballet and Modern dance.  To maintain good standing in the Program, students must adhere to all Program requirements, including consistent attendance, demonstrable technical/artistic growth and at least a ‘B’ average in their academic studies. Pre-Professionals receive evaluations twice each semester to determine success in each of these areas.

 

Auditions

Students gain entry into the Pre-Professional Program by audition.  Students may enter the program in August and January.  Resumés and headshots are required for all auditions.   In-person auditions for dancers take place in April, June and August and can be scheduled here.  Auditions consist of both an intermediate/advanced classical ballet class along with a modern dance component; the presentation of one ballet or contemporary solo work (3-minutes or less) is also required.  Call (407) 695-8366 or email info@thecenterfordance.org to schedule audition classes.  Digital auditions for dancers consist of submitting DVD work samples that demonstrate the candidate’s skills in classical ballet and modern dance.  Click here to download the Digital Audition Form for complete instructions on applying digitally. All audition candidates will be notified of placement via email within three weeks of the audition.

 

Program Fees

 

Audition Fee 

$25 per student

Program Tuition 

The Pre-Professional Program requires a 10-month commitment and runs from August 13, 2018 to June 8, 2019.  Tuition is not refundable.
Annual Registration Fee:  $35
Day Program:  $425 paid monthly or $3,485 if paid in full; add $75 per month for participation in a Performance Ensemble
Evening Program:  $425 paid monthly or $3,485 if paid in full; add $75 per month for participation in a Performance Ensemble

 

Discounts 

A 5% discount is available to families registering 2 or more children.  Discounts cannot be combined with other offers and do not apply to registration fees, field trip fees and other non-tuition costs.  Discounted tuition must be paid in full at the time of purchase.

 

Additional Fees

Additional fees are required for participation in the School’s annual winter and summer student concerts; fees average between $150 and $950, depending on the role in which is a student is cast and if solo work is involved.  Additional fees may be required for special projects, performances and off-site field trips.  Fees are non-tuition in nature and include but are not limited to costuming, travel, off-site activities, space rental, rehearsal costs, housing, meals and supplies.  Fees are outlined in advance and vary depending on the event, performance or opportunity.