Train - Unite - Perform
At Dance Discovery, the award-winning Central Dance Theatre Academy Teams at both of our studio locations offer an advanced placement training program reaching beyond that of Dance Discovery’s community curriculum at both studio locations. The academy curriculum is designed especially for dancers with an interest and aptitude for the serious study of dance. Annual auditions are held for placement in the Academy with several different dance teams comprised of a variety of ages and dance styles. The foundational team levels focus on technical development in ballet, tap, and jazz. Teens then become a part of the Contemporary Ballet Company which adds modern dance technique as well as pointe. Ages 6 and up also may try out for the Hip Hop Teams.
Benefits to Dancers:
- Experience professional training
- Belong to a supportive group
- Experience advanced classes
- Perform 3 times yearly in state-of-the art theaters
- Build lasting friendships
- Attend annual conventions
2018/2019 New Teams Summer Event Dates:
Summer Intensive: Dallas Black Intensive August 13-15, 2018 9:30-5:30 pm at Avery Ranch Dance & Music. Mandatory for Central Company, Sr. Ensemble. Avery Ranch Company 4, Avery Ranch Company 3.
Nutcracker Auditions: For Central Company and Avery Ranch Company 4 ONLY at the Central Studio Sat. August 25th from 5-7pm. Please arrive in ballet class uniform, tights, ballet shoes, pointe shoes (if you have them), and hair in a bun.
Team Photo Party: Mandatory for all Teams at their specific studio. Central Studio: September 8, 2018 5:00-7:00 pm. Avery Ranch Studio: September 22, 2018 5:00-7:00 pm. Photos will be taken. There will not be any photo make-ups.
Team Convention 2018 Showstoppers Convention November 2-4, 2018 Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine TX. Mandatory for: Avery Company 3, Dream Catchers; Kinect Crew, Quantum Crew, Galactic Storm, Elite Crew, and Jr. Ensemble. Suggested for Central Company, Avery Ranch Company 4, and Sr. Ensemble as well as all other teams. (Central Company, Avery Ranch Company 4, and Sr. Ensemble is required to attend and perform at ASH convention Feb. 22-24, 2019.)
Nutcracker Suite & Holiday Hip Hop Performance 2018: Dec 9-12, 2018 Dress Rehearsals and Performances @ Scottish Rite Theatre 207 W. 18th St., Austin, TX 78701 MANDATORY ALL TEAMS
Team Convention 2019 ASH Convention February 22-24, 2018 The Sheraton Hotel Dallas, Dallas TX. Mandatory for: Central Company, Sr. Ensemble. Avery Ranch Company 4. Optional for all other teams
Legacy Dance Championships 2019: Mandatory for Quantum Crew, Elite Crew, and Kinect Crew. TBA
Team Auditions 2019: TBA
Team Gala Performance 2019: March 28-30, 2019 Boyd Vance Theatre; Mandatory for all teams.
Austin Dance Youth Festival: April 4-6, Participation Teams TBD
Dance Showcase USA 2019: Mandatory for Quantum Crew, Elite Crew, and Kinect Crew. TBA
Encore Competition: Mandatory for Quantum Crew, Elite Crew, and Kinect Crew. TBA
Showstopper Competition: Mandatory for Quantum Crew, Elite Crew, and Kinect Crew. TBA
End of Year Recitals: Primary Teams- May 18-21 at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy. Level 1 teams TBD (please mark both recital dates down May 18-21 and June 2-4). Level 2 and up June 2-4 at the St. Andrew’s Dell Fine Arts Center.
Attendance & Commitment Policies
Performance Team Levels I and higher will need to adhere to tight attendance and commitment policies. Students with excessive absences or tardiness and those missing a final class or a final rehearsal before any scheduled performance will not be in the upcoming performance. Students will have auditions before each scheduled performance to ensure their knowledge of the material that has been taught.
Students will need to attend their weekly classes along with their weekly rehearsal class. Classes that conflict with a team/company event will not meet. The event is in lieu of class. Prior to scheduled performances, extra rehearsals may be held at the studio. There will also be a rehearsal at the theatre for each event. Any students that are offered special parts or solos will have additional rehearsals in order to learn their parts as well; payment for these additional hours must be arranged when the role is accepted.
Team members are required to attend summer intensives each summer.