YOUTH DANCE PROGRAM AUDITIONS

YOUTH DANCE AUDITIONS

YOUTH DANCE PROGRAMS

AUDITION FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Attention, young dancers! Joy of Motion Dance Center’s award-winning program, the Youth Dance Ensemble (YDE), together with the newly formed American Dance Conservatory (ADC), and ten Youth Performance Companies (YPC), are holding auditions in April 2017 for company acceptance for the 2017-2018 school year. For youth dancers in grades 1-12 who are looking for varied dance performance experience and training, or intensive pre-collegiate dance training, Joy of Motion’s YDE, ADC, or YPC programs are the ideal destination.

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Youth Dance Ensemble (YDE)

The Youth Dance Ensemble (YDE), one of Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Dance Institute programs, is an award-winning dance company and training program for dedicated youth dancers with a focus on ballet and modern dance. With four preparatory levels and a Company, students in grades 1-12 follow a structured curriculum with classes in modern, ballet, and jazz, as well as supplemental dance styles. YDE teaches and inspires excellence in dance and learning through classes, performances, artist residencies, and educational projects that integrate and connect dance to well-being, self, and community. YDE creates well-rounded dancers that are fully prepared for dance programs at the collegiate and university level.

Joy of Motion’s YDE is a Dance Institute youth program. Acceptance to YDE level 2 and above is by auditions only.

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American Dance Conservatory (ADC)

Joy of Motion Dance Center’s American Dance Conservatory (ADC) is a youth company and training program for dedicated young dancers with a focus on the American dance forms of jazz and tap. With two preparatory levels and a Company, students in grades 5-12 will follow a structured curriculum with core classes in jazz, tap, and ballet, as well as supplemental dance styles. Classes and performance opportunities create well-rounded dancers prepared to pursue college dance programs, musical theater, and other endeavors based on these traditionally American dance styles. Through the ADC program, students will connect their dance training to learning life skills which will enable them to become strong, healthy individuals with the ability to succeed in both dance and life.

Joy of Motion’s ADC is a Dance Institute youth program. Acceptance to ADC is by audition only. Proficiency in tap dance is not required to audition, and lack of proficiency will not preclude a student from acceptance.

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Youth Performance Companies (YPC)

Next year, Joy of Motion will have 10 Youth Performance Companies (YPC), including all of our five hip hop companies, two jazz, two ballet, and one tap company. The companies will be led by many of the same directors as in the past, and we’re excited to welcome several new directors to our ranks.

Youth Performance Companies (YPC) at Joy of Motion provide young dancers with the essential performance training for developing well-rounded dancers. Our vision is to build strong, thriving communities within each company and to create a unified and seamless approach to performance training among all of the companies and dance styles. Participants have the opportunity to perform high-quality work in a variety of venues, providing audiences with exceptional dance performances. We commit to providing both performers and their audiences with access to excellence.

Joy of Motion’s YPC are a part of our performance programming. Acceptance to YPC are by audition only.

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YOUTH DANCE AUDITIONS FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

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Youth Dance Ensemble (YDE) and American Dance Conservatory (ADC):

Joy of Motion Dance Institute’s YDE and ADC will host info sessions and a free workshop to help dancers prepare for the audition. Please mark your calendars for the following dates in April of 2017:

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT ADDITIONAL INFO
Apr 2   5:00 – 6:00 PM Friendship Heights Info session for YDE Level 1 By invitation only. 
6:30 – 8:00 PM Friendship Heights Info session for ADC, all levels Open to the public. 
Apr 22  5:30 – 7:00 PM Bethesda Audition prep workshop (rising 3rd-12th graders) Free and open to the public.
Apr 29  5:30 – 7:30PM Friendship Heights YDE/ADC joint audition for rising 10th-12th graders Auditions are free and open to the public; please register in advance.
Apr 30  5:00 – 6:30PM Friendship Heights YDE/ADC joint audition for rising 3rd-6th graders
7:00 – 8:30PM Friendship Heights YDE/ADC joint audition for rising 7th-9th graders

*Proficiency in tap dance is not necessary to audition for ADC. Lack of proficiency will not preclude acceptance to the program.

Youth Performance Company (YPC) Auditions:

Please mark your calendars for the following dates in April of 2017:

STYLE NAME GRADE LEVEL AUDITION DATE AUDITION TIME AUDITION LOCATION
Ballet Assemblé 6th-9th Apr 13 4:00 – 5:30 PM  Friendship Heights
Entrelacé 9th-12 Apr 13 5:00 – 6:30 PM Friendship Heights
Tap Soles of Steel 9th-12th Apr 11 4:00 – 5:30 PM Friendship Heights
Jazz Jazz Corps 3rd-6th Apr 12 4:00 – 5:30 PM Friendship Heights
Jazz Factor 6th-9th Apr 12 5:00 – 6:30 PM Friendship Heights

*6th and 9th graders should come to the audition for the younger company that fits their grade. If a student is feeling comfortable and wishes to stay to audition for the older company, please feel free to do so.

2017-2018 HIP HOP AUDITIONS
AUDITION DATE & TIME
AUDITION LOCATION
GRADES 3-6
Jun 17 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Friendship Heights
FREESTYLE (GRADES 6-12) Jun 17 from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Friendship Heights
GRADES 7-12 Jun 17 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Friendship Heights
VIBE TRIBE (GRADES 6-9) Apr 9 from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Atlas

We will be holding additional auditions the week of Sep 5-8 if you are unable to attend the auditions on the dates and times listed above. If you have any questions, please reach out to Sarah Chapin at production@joyofmotion.org.

2017-2018 HIP HOP COMPANIES
EXP. REQUIRED
DIRECTOR
RHYTHMIX
Grades 3-6
2 yrs training, any style Makenzie Shimon
VIBE TRIBE
Grades 6-9
2 yrs hip hop training Malaika Tate-Scott
GROOVE ELEMENTS
Grades 6-9
2 yrs hip hop training Natasha Hawkins
HYPEFLOW
Grades 6-12
2 yrs hip hop training Jared Porter
HYPE COMPANY
Grades 9 – 12
3 yrs hip hop training Alana Hill

 

PREREQUISITES TO AUDITIONS FOR YPC

3rd-6th graders must have 2 years of dance training in any style to audition

6th-9th graders must have 2 years of dance training in the style of the company to audition

9th-12th graders must have 3 years of dance training in the style of the company to audition

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions about Youth Dance Institute programs, including YDE and ADC, contact Helen Hayes, Director of the Dance Institute, at hhayes@joyofmotion.org.

If you have questions about Youth Performance Companies, contact Sarah Chapin, Director of Performance Programs, at schapin@joyofmotion.org.

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