Steppin' Out Performing Arts Center Company Auditions 2017-2018

We are excited to announce our upcoming auditions for Company 2017-2018 season! If you love dancing and performing, we would love to have you at our auditions! Please read through all the information carefully and email us with any additional questions that you may have.

If you are new to Steppin' Out or to Company and are a current dancer at Steppin' Out, we will be having an informative meeting on Tuesday May 2, 2017.

What does it mean to be a company member at Steppin' Out?
Being a company member at Steppin' Out Performing Arts Center requires hard work, patience, commitment and dedication to the art of dance. We look for student's who are eager to grow and learn to enhance their skills.

Our Company members have received top honors both regionally and nationally at competitions, have taken classes from top choreographers, and have grown both as dancers and individuals. The sky is the limit for what they can accomplish.

What skills do you need to be in company? 
Our skills vary depending on the age of the child. We will have multiple competing companies in various genres. The levels vary according to age and ability:ss

SOPAC Junior Company
 For those student's just starting out. We look for students with exceptional coordination, good musicality and memorization skills with an eagerness to learn and grow.

SOPAC Teen Company:
Companies for the focused dancers who are continuing to grow in their technique and quality of their dancing while building on their style and artistic expressions.

SOPAC Senior Company :
This company is for students who are improving in their overall technique, performance quality, style and artistic expression.

SOPAC Elite Company :
This is our highest-level Company. These distinguished dancers have outstanding technique, style, grace, performance quality, strong ballet technique and artistic expression. Elite provides you with professional training and opportunities to pursue a career in the arts. Students enjoy opportunities with guest choreographers.

Company Technique and Choreography:
The above levels are where you will be placed for the technique class. There will be a separate technique class for  jazz and lyrical. Contemporary, Musical Theater, Open, Tap and Hip Hop will have their regular scheduled 45 minute company class with no additional technique.

For example: Your child may be placed in the Elite Jazz Company Level. All members will have a 1 hour technique class. Then they will have a 30 minute choreography class. They may participate in a small group with 5 people in their dance or a large group/line with 10+ people.

Competition Levels
Each company dance will be placed in the appropriate competitive level for each competition based on the overall average ability of the group, not individuals.

Company Rehearsals
You will notice on the schedule "Company Rehearsals". This is a schedule for all privates, solos, duets,  trios and small groups to be rehearsed during the week instead of on Saturday. There will be no Saturday rehearsals until January 2018. We will notify you in advance of the schedule. Please be prepared to participate in January rehearsals when the time comes.

Company Members will be required:ss

  • Take class in various forms of dance
  • Attend classes 2 - 4 days a week
  • Receive/Purchase a Company Jacket
  • Locker
  • Work with professional guest teacher's and choreographers
  • Attend 1 convention  (EVERYONE)
  • Attend and compete at 4/5 regional dance competitions
  • Perform locally around Atlanta at various events and festivals
  • Attend a Summer Workshop August 3rd – 6th, 2017.

Tuition and Fees:
**Boys taking Hip Hop and Production only: $115.00**

If any boys take more then hip hop and production, you will follow the tuition schedule below.

3 Classes:          $185.00
4 Classes:          $205.00
5 Classes:          $215.00
6 Classes:          $230.00
7 Classes:          $245.00                                                                                    
8 Classes:          $255.00
9 Classes:          $285.00
10 Classes:         $298.00
Unlimited Classes (11 - 15 classes): $328.00

Adult Company
1 Class:                         $55.00
2 Classes:                      $98.00

Registration Fees:
$25.00 Audition Fee per child
$35.00 for one child
$55.00 for 2 or more children

Company Related Expenses: (Estimates):
Company Jacket                                      $125.00
Jewelry                                                  $30.00 - 45.00
Production Fee                                        $125.00 per student due in AUGUST
Costumes                                               $175.00 - $225.00 per costume
Summer Camp                                        $350.00 - $375.00
*Competition Prep Rehearsal Fee               $20.00 per student
* This is the rehearsal fee for the Cobb Civic Center rehearsal in February.
Choreography Fees by Steppin Out Staff: All fees must be paid by cash or check to Choreographerss
Solo                                                                             $500.00
Duet                                                                              $480.00/2 - ($240.00 pp)
Trio                                                                              $495.00/3 - ($165.00 pp)
Small Group                                                                   $1000.00/# of people in dance

Competition Administrative Fee
$10.00 per student per competition

Competition Fees per Dance - Competitions tend to change fees in the Fall/Winter. These are subject to change.
Solo                                                      $90.00 - $140.00 (includes title fee)
Duet                                                      $80.00 - $130.00/2
Trio                                                      $80.00 - $130.00/3
Groups                                                  $35.00 - $48.00
Production                                             $35.00 - $48.00

*All competition fees paid via a credit/debit card will be charged an additional 4% surcharge.*

*NEW-Costume Payments
You will be responsible for paying ½ of your costume fees in August.
For example: if you have 4 competition classes at $150.00 a piece= $600.00. You will owe $300.00 in August. The remainder will be due by December 4, 2017.

Guest Choreography -
Any guest choreography that is set for your child will have the following CLEANING fee attached for us to work and clean and prepare the dance for competition season:

Solos: $175.00
Duets: $250.00/2
Trios: $350.00/3
Groups: $600.00/amount of people in dance


*NEW – Policy Change-
If you wish to audition for any specialized dance (ie. Solo, duet, trio or small group) you will be required to participate in the genre of that company in order to be considered.
For example: Contemporary Duet, both dancers must be in contemporary company

Company Showcase
All company members will be required to purchase 3 company tickets for the Company Showcase in May 2018.

Attendance Policy
Any child that misses more than 10 classes in any combination of classes, rehearsal, or Saturday rehearsals will be removed from company for the season and will have to wait until the following season to re -audition for company.

Competitions are not optional. If you are a company member at Steppin' Out you must compete at all dance competitions. It is a commitment that you are making to your studio and your teammates.  Please try to not book any other commitment so that you are there for your team.

Competition Rehearsals
All students must attend all classes and rehearsals the week prior to a competition. Anyone who misses any classes (unexcused) prior to the weekend of competition, may not be able to compete the following weekend.

Competition Schedules ss
Based on the competition schedule, venues, locations, etc. is how we determine which competitions we are going to go to. Please note we are OPEN and usually compete one weekend of the February Winter Break.

Tuition – Our season runs from early August – May. The tuition rate is for the entire season (9 ½ months). Tuition is not based on the number of classes per month, but the entire duration of our season. Tuition is due the 1st of the month.  Please make sure your tuition is paid on time to prevent a $10.00 late fee. For the months of January (Winter Break), and April (Spring break); you need to make a payment by the 1st to avoid a late fee. We require a 30 day email notice if you wish to withdraw from a class.

What to wear:
 A neat appearance is very important so...dress like a dancer!! Please wear all black dance attire. No baggy shirts or shorts.  Please pull all your hair back neatly in a BUN and off your face. We want to be able to see you!

Audition in:
11 year old and Under
Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Open, Contemporary and Musical Theatre

12 years old and Up
Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Open, Contemporary and Musical Theatre

Audition Dates:
Friday and Saturday May 12th and 13th, 2017
Friday May 12th: 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Saturday May 13th: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Friday May 12th -
5 – 8 year olds: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
9 – 11 year olds: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday May 13th-
12 and over: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Solo Audition -
Your child (children) will need to audition in order to be considered for a competitive solo. They will need to perform a 1:00 - 1:30 dance in the style of their choice that they want to compete in. We will offer them feedback when they are done. They will need to come up with the choreography for their performance on their own. We will let you know via an email if your child was approved for a solo and what genre. If not we will let you know what your child needs to continue to work on to prepare them for the future.

*This audition will be scheduled for a weekend in August.*

Auditions will be on a first come first serve basis.

Duets, Trios and Small Groups Audition -
We will be having an open audition for all duets, trios and small groups. You will come and audition in various forms of dance: (ie. jazz, tap, musical theatre, etc.). We will look at different people together and create our duets, trios and groups with people that compliment each other. You may or may not be picked for a duet, trio or small group. You must be registered in the company class in order to be considered and audition.

*This audition will be scheduled for a weekend in August.*

Credit/Debit Card -
All company members will be required at registration to submit a credit/debit card to be kept on file. On the 1st of each month, beginning in August, any outstanding fees that have not been paid will be charged to your card as well as the $10.00 late fee.