The DanceCats Team is reserved for students who have a passion for dance and an exceptional work ethic towards improving their craft. The DanceCats perform in a variety of genres, age divisions, and skill levels. Dancers seeking an additional challenge can audition for a solo, duet, or trio in addition to their group dance. Dancers audition once a year in June and are assigned to the group that best fits their ability. The dedicated teachers not only strive to train the dancers to be the best they can be, but to become confident individuals with dedication and a strong work ethic.
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What is the DanceCats Performance Team?
The DanceCats Performance Team is for our most dedicated dancers who want to perform or compete in more than just the bi-annual recitals. All dancers on the team are split up into “crews” based on the style of dance they want to compete and their ages. We currently have crews for acro, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop.
How old should my child be?
Each crew is roughly made up of dancers within these ages:
Petites: 5-6 yrs old
Minis: 7-8 yrs old
Novice: 9-10 yrs old
Junior: 11-12 yrs old
Teen: 13-14 yrs old
Senior: 15-18 yrs old
Please keep in mind these age groups are a rough guideline. Dancers will be assigned to the team in which their ability is best-suited, regardless of their age. This means a dancer could be on two teams that don’t fall within the same age classification. For example, a dancer could be a member of the Teen Jazz Crew as well as the Junior Lyrical Crew.
How does a dancer get on the team?
First, consult your child’s dance teacher about the team. Any dancer interested in the team should attend the annual auditions which take place every summer.
What do they need to prepare for the audition?
Students auditioning for groups need to attend the appropriate time slot with the proper footwear to audition. They will learn a combination during the audition to perform.
Students interested in auditioning for a solo, duet, or trio need to prepare a 30-second audition piece or perform a past dance routine. Please bring music on an iPod or phone. The dancers’ audition piece should be in the same style as the style they are requesting for their solo, duet, or trio. Current team dancers need to re-audition for a solo, duet, or trio each year.
What is the weekly time commitment for a team dancer?
Dancers must attend a weekly 30-minute team class for each style they have been selected for as well as an hour-long class in the same genre.
In addition, all team members must be enrolled in a weekly technique (ballet) class and take a 30-minute flexibility or strength class. Dancers are encouraged to take both flexibility and strength and if they do so, the second 30-minute class is free of charge.
Students on the dance team as well as the gymnastics team can trade out their gym ballet for a dance technique at no charge.
How many performances per year?
The number of performances will vary based on the time of year, but the team will perform at least once per month. Most performances or competitions will take place in the Southern Nevada area. The schedule is subject to change, but we will let you know as far in advance as possible as to the dates.
Will dance performances conflict with gym competitions?
In general, we try not to schedule during the same weekends as gym competitions. Also, if your child’s gym practice time conflicts with dance, the gym and dance staff will work with you to modify the schedule so they can participate in both teams.
What are the costs?
Dance team members are billed monthly rather than by term. The cost of classes for dance team members is different from recreational dancers. Click the Pricing Overview link at the top of this page for a listing of fees and when they occur during the year.