Student Dance Company

Sole City Dance Ensemble Information for 2017         NEW Name! NEW Format!

Sole City Dance is pleased to announce the formation of a new student dance company that will take the place of the SCD Ensemble. Solstice Dance Company will provide the opportunity for students who are passionate about the art of dance to:

  1. learn challenging choreography at a faster pace;
  2. participate in additional performance and learning opportunities;
  3. become more self-aware, self-confident and supportive of fellow artists; and
  4. learn how to make a difference in their community through the power of their art.

Philosophy & Information:   

Solstice Dance Company will be more closely based on a professional dance company model. We will hold auditions and choose company members and apprentices. Dancers will audition all together for all pieces. Based on dancers’ answers to questions regarding their rehearsal availability and financial resources, they will be cast in one or more pieces. We also plan to have one piece that will include the entire company to help cultivate a sense of community and camaraderie.

Unlike a professional company, dancers will still have the opportunity to accept or decline a piece, but we advise you to think carefully when doing so. Because this is an educational setting, choreographers will be carefully placing dancers in pieces where they will be challenged to grow, whether that be technically, stylistically or expressively. We expect dancers to be open minded and willing to try new things.

We would like to remind you that Sole City Dance is a non-competitive dance program.  We do not participate in the dance competition industry because we believe it stresses students financially and detracts from their understanding of dance as an art that can vary in infinite ways. SCD programs are instead designed to encourage the development of hard work, teamwork, creative thought and the appreciation of artistic endeavors of all kinds. We strive to create artistic experiences which will inspire, enlighten and empower both participants and audiences. We humbly ask that parents support this philosophy through modeling and discussion with their dancers.

Audition Process:

FOR JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY, BALLET & MODERN DANCERS – Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm.  A 20 minute parent and dancer orientation session will be held prior to the audition.  There is a $15 audition fee.  Please dress appropriately for contemporary/modern dance auditions. Bring ballet flats as well.  

FOR HIP HOP, TAP, AND MUSICAL THEATER DANCERS – AUDITIONS TBA

Rehearsal Process:  Professional companies often work on one piece for a long period and finish it before moving on. Several of our choreographers will work that way this year. Some will work on Friday evenings, others for several hours over a couple of Saturdays or on a Saturday/Sunday combination. Therefore, please consider auditioning regardless of your schedule and be as detailed as possible in listing your availability information. Chances are something will work with your schedule.

Choreographers:   Both SCD faculty as well as guest choreographers will set pieces on the company.  We are pleased to announce that Jacquelyn Young will set her piece “Confined” on the company’s older dancers. The piece concerns incarceration policies in the United States and was originally performed by the Plymouth State University Contemporary Dance Ensemble. This piece will rehearse on Friday evenings.

Performance Opportunities Include: Sole City Dance’s Dance Northeast Festival performances & master classes, Dancers Making a Difference, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Apple Harvest Day, NH Youth Dance Festival, Plymouth State University Dance Premiere & master classes. (Please note: not all dances are invited to perform at every event; some events are adjudicated.)

Audition Requirements:

  • Auditions are open to those enrolled in classes at Level 3 and up or Teen Musical Theater.
  • Company members must take at least one ballet class per week in order to audition for any pieces in a classically-based style (jazz, contemporary, modern or ballet.)
  • Company members must be available for performances on Saturday, March 25 for Dance Northeast.

Fees/Expenses:

  • There is a participation fee of $75 per dance to help cover the costs of choreography and rehearsal time for the season.
  • Dancers must take at least one master class at Dance Northeast. ($25 for one class).
  • Costume fees are additional. As always, we will try to keep costs down by keeping costumes simple and reusing past items. Please approach us if you are willing to shop or sew for us.  We will notify you as soon as costumes are chosen and prompt payment is expected.  Please note that if you are dismissed from the company or from a dance for any reason, participation and costume fees are not refundable.
  • Required dancewear:  TBA

Attendance Policy:  No absences are allowed during the initial rehearsal period when choreography is being taught and refined. All known Fri/Sat/Sun conflicts must be reported at auditions so choreographers can choose whether or not to cast you and whether or not they will work around your conflicts.  After 1 missed rehearsal (for ANY reason, including illness), dancers may be replaced or removed from choreography at the discretion of the choreographer.  

Once choreography is learned and additional shows are added to the schedule, you will have 3 days from the announcement of the additional performance to let us know if you are available.  If you are unable to attend more than one or two of these performances and corresponding rehearsals, you may be removed from choreography at the discretion of the choreographer or director and replaced by your understudy.

If you tend to be busy with other activities or are sick/injured frequently, dancing in the company may not be the right choice for you.  We expect company events to be a priority for all those involved as it is too difficult for directors and your fellow dancers to deal with repetitive absences & conflicts.

2017 Solstice Dance Company Coordinator:  Christine Hounsell