DAC Info/Contract & DAC Audition Guidelines

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Some reminders for all attendees at auditions:

  • appearance: professional look and attitude
  • clean consistent positions
  • transition between steps
  • posture
  • overall strength
  • pirouettes- posture, turnout, and number of consistent turns
  • fuettes
  • footwork- pointed toes, flexed feet etc...
  • overall balance
  • knowledge of basic terminology
  • leaps- exstension, height in air, ease (petite jete, grande jete, soutes, changements)
  • ease at picking up combination
  • Performing! Keep that smile on! Engage the Audience!

DAC I: (Age 9yrs+)

  • turns: single pirouette completed and working toward doubles, nice clean chaines, piques, and tournant/soutenu, sous-sus, etc... fuettes or seconds not required at this level
  • extension: 45-90 degrees +
  • basic terminology in ballet and jazz
  • grand jete- greater than 45 degree angle - and good height
  • footwork clean and consice- attention to the annunciation of the foot
  • battements- straight legs, brush off the floor, and good control
  • ability to pick up routines essential
  • showmanship a huge plus!
  • ability to operate in different styles well
  • small jumps- petite jetes, soutes in 1st, 2nd, with coupe and passe, changement, and glissades.
  • chasses clean and pointed toes and attention to upper body
  • splits- near the floor and over 45 degrees to the front (open)
  • overall strength and posture

DAC II: (Age 9yrs+)

  • turns: double pirouettes completed and working toward triples, chaines, piques, and tournant/soutenu, sous-sus completed, beginning fuettes and seconds.
  • extention: approaching 90 degrees or potential to complete
  • good understanding and recognition of terminiology ballet/jazz
  • grand jete- near 90 degrees, good height and hang time
  • footwork- no sickling or pronunciation, clean positions in between steps, pointed toes when necessary (through the arch), and great annunciation of feet.
  • battements- straight legs, quiet and controlled landing, 90 degrees or higher
  • retention and ease of learning routines
  • showmanship!!!
  • adapt to new styles of dance, a variety in repetoire
  • small jumps- annunciation of feet in petite jetes and glissades, soute in all positions, and with coupe, attitude, arabesque, passe. Clean changement, and working entrachat.
  • chasses should exhibit greater height, length in line, clean position of feet, and pointed toes, and executuion of landing
  • Balance- maintaing balance on releve essential. Demi-pointe should be high, straight, and in position requested
  • splits- should have them, or just about straight
  • overall strength and posture- should come at ease

DAC III: (Age High School)

  • turns: double pirouettes completed, and clean plus either has triples or just about, slow/quick chaines, single and double piques, and tournant/soutenu, sous-sus completed, better to have fuettes and seconds, but will review potential to work on them this year.
  • extention: 90 degrees min. or higher
  • clear understanding and recognition of terminiology ballet/jazz
  • grand jete-90 degrees, good height and better hang time
  • footwork- no sickling or pronunciation, clean/consice positions in between steps, pointed toes when necessary (through the arch), and great annunciation of feet. Should not have to remind students about fixing their feet as much in this level. Self correction a key here as well.
  • battements- straight legs, quiet and controlled landing, Over 90 degrees!
  • retention and ease of learning routines a must
  • showmanship!!! A MUST!!!
  • adapt to new styles of dance, a variety in repetoire
  • small jumps- annunciation of feet in petite jetes and glissades, soute in all positions, and with coupe, attitude, arabesque, passe. Clean changement, and working entrachat.
  • chasses should exhibit greater height, length in line, clean position of feet, and pointed toes, and executuion of landing
  • Balance- maintaining balance on releve essential. Demi-pointe should be high, straight, and in position requested. Students likely on pointe at this level as well. Show strength in ankles and control over movements and fluidity.
  • splits- should have them
  • overall strength and posture- should come at ease
     

We also offer positions as Leads, Soloists, and Prinicipals based on technique levels.