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Welcome to Evolutions School of Dance
Our ESD competitive Performance Division (PD) team is a rewarding team experience for the dancer who loves to perform and train at a higher commitment level. To provide the best possible training, students who would like to pursue the competitive PD team are assessed by our faculty and placed into the division and classes that are best matched to nurture them to grow in their talent and potential.
ESD holds a high expectation that all families who participate in Performance Division commit to practicing at home on a regular basis. There is a high amount of parent involvement required, which makes Performance Division a fun family activity. PD students must maintain 90% attendance in their regular classes and 100% in their additional competitive rehearsals. The dancers commit to the team from September-May and perform at competitions in the Calgary & surrounding area in April & May, perform at the year end recital and will have opportunities for 2-3 additional performance experiences throughout the year.
The team is divided into 2 divisions, which allows for more of our dancers to be involved, at a level that best matches their commitment and ability. All Performance Division Team members must meet the prerequisites for their age division and level.
The Company Team
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The Apprentice Team
Apprentice Team Requirements:
Mini’s (age 4-5)
Must be taking at least 1 weekly ballet class. The mini PD program consists of approximately 5-6 hours (or 10-12 thirty minute rehearsals) of additional rehearsal time between September-March to learn an additional routine. Participants agree to a minimum of 1 local competition, showcase and 1-3 Calgary community performances.
PD 1 (age 5+)
Must be taking at least 1 weekly ballet and/or jazz technique class. The beginner PD program consists of approximately 5-6 hours (or 10-12 thirty minute rehearsals) of additional rehearsal time between September-March to learn an additional routine. Participants agree to a minimum of 1 local competition, recital and 1-3 Calgary community performances.
PD 2 (age 6+)
Must be taking at least 1 weekly ballet class & at least 1 additional PD class of your choice. Participants agree to 3 local competitions, recital and 1-3 Calgary community performances.
(PD 3/4) Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate & Senior
Must be taking at least 2 weekly ballet classes and at least 1 additional PD class of your choice. Participants agree to 3 local competitions, recital and 1-3 Calgary community performances
Company Team Requirements:
(Pre-Intermediate and up)
This program is very beneficial for dancers highly invested in dance, who aspire to make dance a career choice or to take their talents to the highest level possible during their training years.Within the Company Competitive Performance Division the students are required to train in core classes consisting of:
• 2 or more Ballet classes per week (determined by level placement)
• 1 Jazz PD class per week (Pre-Intermediate and up)
• 1 Lyrical PD class per week (Pre-Intermediate and up)
• 1 Jazz Syllabus Class per week (Pre-Intermediate and up)
• 1 Contemporary PD class per week (Pre-Intermediate and up)
Summer Intensive & Auditions
The Intensive and Auditions allow us to see all new and returning dancers dance together, so we can evaluate technique levels. We will make our decisions based on what is best for your dancer, as well as what is best for the team as a whole.
All students Pre-Intermediate and up who wish to be a part of our PD team for the upcoming year must attend our MANDATORY Summer Intensive & Auditions. This opportunity to train with our faculty and guest faculty allows students to get a head start on their full year training, increase stamina, strength and endurance, as well as team building for the upcoming dance season.
(Our Summer Intensive is HIGHLY recommended for ages 5+ even if they are not planning to be members of our PD team as it is a great opportunity to work with new faculty & learn different styles of dance).
2021 Summer Dance Intensives
PD 1 Intensive & Audition (ages 4.5+)
PD 2 Intensive & Audition (6+)
PD 3 Intensive & Audition (8+)
PD 4&5 Intensive & Audition (11+)