This intermediate/advanced level company is designed to be a complementary program to help dancers continue to grow technically & artistically while also participating in a school dance program. High School Fusion Company dancers are offered all the opportunities as our Collective Company, but since they have a shared commitment between school and studio, our expectations are lighter. These students are actively participating in 10-20 hours per week in a dance program at their school and attending classes with Collective Company 2-3 days per week. They will be expected to communicate well with our company director and their high school coaches. We are committed to working together with the schools to provide this opportunity for our dancers to continue learning in the studio.
High School Fusion Collective Expectations:
- Work hard in class with no behavior difficulties
- Will attend 2 conventions with Collective Company
- Dancers must maintain a minimum of 75% attendance in their studio classes during the year.
- Maintain exceptional communication with the Company Director on any conflicts due to participating in their High School Dance Team
Being a member of Fusion Collective Company means:
- You will attend classes 2-3 days per week.
- You will be personally selected for 1-3 routines.
- You will compete all routines at 2 convention competitions and 3 local competitions.
- You will have 4-6 additional performance opportunities throughout the year.
- You will attend 2 conventions (Adrenaline & Revive).
- You will attend Summer Intensive July 10-13
- You will attend Summer Dance Challenge August 7-9
- You will attend at least two Summer Technique Tuesday classes (July 18, 25, August 1, 15, 22).
- You will learn some choreography during Boot Camp August 7-12, August 28-31. Other choreography dates/times between July-December will be announced with audition results.
- You will perform in the Company Showcase and Concert in June.
- All Fusion Collective routines will compete at National Dance Honors in Las Vegas, Nevada. Classes and competitions will be held each day starting on Saturday, June 29, and ending on Thursday, July 4, 2024.
We believe the discipline of dance training gives young people a better understanding of commitment through learning, experiencing the spirit of teamwork, and discovering what they can accomplish through hard work. Company dancers are expected to have at least 90% attendance at all classes and rehearsals. If a dancer is below 75% attendance, they will be removed from performances until their attendance returns to over 75%. Dancers should be on time to all classes, dress rehearsals, dance conventions, competitions and performances.
We believe dancers need to be given opportunities to experience different roles within a classroom. There are three stages to dancer’s progress in any class: a building stage, a developing stage, and a mastery stage.
We think it is very important for children to experience being in each stage during their dance journey. There is a benefit to being at the lower end of the ability level in a class (the building stage) because they are pushing themselves to keep up with stronger dancers and a desire to attain mastery of the skills they are learning. There is also an important factor to being in classes where a dancer is on the stronger end of the spectrum (mastery stage) because it is giving them a chance to solidify technique and to know what mastery feels like. Other benefits to reaching a mastery role within a classroom include building confidence, being able to shine, developing leadership skills, and many more. When a dancer is able to experience mastery, they are more likely to be hungry and driven to achieve more when they are in the building stage of another class. Dancers will be given the opportunity to regularly experience all stages of the progression spectrum as collective members.
Dancers will receive a placement for Collective technique classes ranging from Level 1-6. This placement is based on ability level, while also considering work ethic and commitment. Everyone in Collective programs will have a customized training schedule that best fits their needs for maximized growth.
It is not uncommon for a dancer to stay at the same technique level for more than one year, and does not mean they are not progressing.
Routine casting is separate from level placement. Organizing the collective routine cast list is based on many factors such as technique level, artistry, as well as what we feel will best benefit you on your dancing journey. You might find your casting provides you a balance of routines based on the development model above.
Collective dancers may not be with the same dancers in all routines. The group of dancers in your jazz routine may be different than your other routines. All Collective dancers will be selected for 3 core routines. Dancers can be chosen for “optional” team routines but are not guaranteed placement in any more than 3 routines.
Casting will include Collective, and Fusion dancers intermingled for some routines.
All routine placements are final.