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Midwest Dance Mechanix has an award winning competition team that we call our "Competition Company".  Our Company dancers are a select group of dancers that audition in the summer and train throughout the year in a variety of dance styles.  Company dancers attend various conventions, competitions & master classes throughout the year to further their dance education while experiencing a wide variety of teachers, styles and stage experiences.

GOAL OF THE COMPETITION COMPANY: 

Our goal for MDM Company members is not only to hone their technique and understanding of the terminology associated with the art of dance, but to instill vital life skills such as hard work, determination, teamwork and how to work well with others. These lessons are integrated into all that we do, both in the classroom and on the stage.

Providing opportunities for dancers to discover, reach their potential is what being a part of MDM Company is all about.

PRIMARY GOALS FOR EACH COMPANY MEMBER:

  1. Learn how to handle both successes and failures; in the studio, on the stage and in LIFE!

  2. Practice what it takes to be successful, both mentally and physically, and broaden the definition of SUCCESS! 

  3. Grow in technique and performance quality while building relationships to last a lifetime!

IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT WINNING! 

While the competitions we attend focus on short term rankings, our focus on long-term growth goals and important life skills ensures that dancers leave MDM Company with not only the skills to be successful in the dance world, but in any endeavor that they choose to pursue. And THAT is the first place award we desire for each dancer!

FAQ REGARDING COMPANY

WHAT AGES & SKILL LEVELS ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE COMPETITION COMPANY?


We offer Company opportunities for dancers ranging in age from age 6 to age 18. In general, we recommend that dancers age 6-7 have a minimum of 3 years dance training. For dancers age 8 and above, we generally recommend a class level placement of Ballet 2 or higher. All dancers should have experience in both ballet and jazz. Dancers who are interested in the Competition Company should be prepared to take both ballet and jazz on an ongoing basis as those classes are required for all Company members. In order to ensure proper technical development and progress, Company dancers are not permitted to take weekly. recreational or technique classes at other studios.




WHAT ARE THE GENERAL EXPECTATIONS OF A COMPANY DANCER?


The Competition Company is NOT a recreational program. Membership in the MDM Company is a wonderful opportunity as well as a serious commitment. We ask both dancers & parents to consider many factors including time commitment, work ethic, and financial obligations when determining whether or not it is a good fit for a dancer. Attendance in weekly technique classes and rehearsals is very important for all Company members. In addition to the required weekly classes and rehearsals, we also ask our Company dancers to commit to hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude both for themselves and for their fellow dancers and instructors.




WHAT ARE THE WEEKLY CLASS REQUIREMENTS FOR A COMPANY MEMBER?


• Dancers ages 6 - 11: 1 weekly ballet class and 1 weekly jazz class at MDM
• Dancers ages 12 - 14: 2 weekly ballet classes and 1 weekly jazz class at MDM
• Dancers ages 15+: 2 weekly ballet classes and 2 weekly jazz classes at MDM
• Dancers in select dances may be required to take more than the standard number of weekly ballet and jazz classes.
• In order to compete in a specify style of dance (i.e. Hip Hop, Tap, Music Theatre...), dancers must be enrolled in a minimum of 1 class per week of that style of dance. Enrollment in this style of dance must remain for the entirety of the competition season.




HOW IS PLACEMENT ON THE COMPETITION COMPANY DETERMINED?


All interested dancers are required to audition. Auditions generally take place in May and placement on the MDM Company is based on ability and performance as determined by staff and choreographers. Placement in various dances is based on a dancers ability and performance experience as determined by the MDM staff and choreographers, as well as parental preferences regarding their preferred total time and financial commitment. Company dancers must audition each year; placement is not transferred from year to year.




WHAT OTHER FACTORS ARE CONSIDERED REGARDING ELIGIBILITY & PLACEMENT?


• Dancers who wish to audition must have a zero account balance at MDM. • An audition fee will be charged for each auditioning dancer. • Willingness to make dance a priority above other extracurricular activities.
• Only mandatory school activities will be excused for Company. Mandatory activities do not include activities that you have chosen to be a part of (i.e. dance team, debate, theatre, etc.)
• Company members will be expected to strictly adhere to the MDM Code of Conduct and DancerAgreement.




WHAT IS THE ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL COMMITMENT?


• The total financial commitment varies depending on the number of dances a member is placed in.
• The financial commitment also varies depending on the category of dance a member is placed in. For example, solos, duos, and trios carry a higher financial commitment than larger group dances. • The following is a list of additinoal costs that are mandatory for Company members: • -Monthly tuition paid on time
Rehearsal Fees*
Choreography Fees* Costume Fees*
Company Administrative Fees*
Competition Registration Fees*
Out-of-town Convention Registration Fees
Transportation and Lodging costs for conventions and competitions Proper shoes for the style of dance being performed
Company Jacket Master Classes offered at MDM
Company earrings
Company make-up * These fees are accumulated per dance.
• Company Fees can be paid in 4 - 6 equal monthly installments.
• Failure to pay Company Fees by the monthly due date may result in suspension from Company until paid.





They Will Roll - Hip Hop Category
Havana - Jazz Category
Your Day Will Come - Contemporary
Rescue - Lyrical Category
7D - Hip Hop Category
Heaven - Lyrical Category
Philadelphia - Open Category
The Deadline - Ballet
Come Alive - Jazz Production
5 Guys Named Mo - Tap Category
The Last Goodbye - Contemporary Category
I Do - Jazz Category
Iron Sky - Contemporary
7D
Sesame Street - Jazz Category
Move a Little Faster - Jazz
hip hop
Little Ladies - Jazz
Space Unicorns - Jazz Category
Havana - Jazz Category
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