​​​​RDC 2017-2018 Dance Team Information


















 What is the RDC Dance team?
Rainier Dance Center dance team gives focused and committed dancers (ages 6-18 yrs) the opportunity to perform and compete at regional events and dance competitions. Our dance team combines hard work and commitment with fun and a sense of community. The experience on our dance team will expand your dancer's passion and technique for dance, instill discipline, connect them with fellow committed dancers, build their confidence and performance ability and prepare them for a possible future in dance.


There are three levels of teams based on age: 

Mini team: 6-9 years

Junior team: 9 and up

Senior team: 12 and up


​Starting in the 2017-18 season, dancers can audition for a sub team! See grid at the bottom of the page.

Who should audition for the RDC Dance team?

We want each child who auditions for our team to be focused and committed for a full year of dance (Summer-Summer). If you’re not sure your child is ready, than it’s best to wait until you are sure.
RDC dance team is NOT recommended for dancers with only combination class experience.
Your student should have at least one year in a level 1 class or above, and have taken at least 2 classes per week for the last year.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR DANCER IS READY FOR OUR DANCE TEAM?

  • If he/she is at least 6 years old and has had at least 1-2 years of dance experience, with multiple classes per week (highly recommended).
  • If he/she is dancing all the time at home (practicing and/or improvising).
  • If he/she takes dance classes seriously and works hard in and out of class.
  • If he/she takes year round dance classes (Summer, fall and spring) and feels like dance is a part of them, not just a recreational activity.
  • If he/she loves being on stage and wants more performing opportunities!


What is the commitment?

​Members of the dance team must commit to the following between July 6, 2017 to June 20, 2018:

  • Attend mandatory choreography camps and some Saturday/Sunday rehearsals in July/August. Dates will be published in April.
  • Take their team class in addition to 1-2 Ballet classes per week (based on team/level), in both the summer and fall/spring sessions.
  • Attend a 1.5-2.5 hour weekly rehearsal, separate from their regular classes and choreography camps all year (Sept.-June).
  • Participate in most of the pre-scheduled performances and competitions.
  • Sign a contract and adhere to the dance team policies regarding dress/hair code, attendance, ethics and behavior.


 
What is the cost?

We offer the opportunity to cover all costs with fundraising.
Estimated cost per year, in addition to monthly tuition and recital costumes: $500-$700.

  • Convention/competition fees: $150-$300 per student, per convention/competition (2-3 per year)
  • Competition costumes: $50-$200 per student for the year.
  • Uniforms: Warm-up’s (jacket and pants), along with 2 RDC t-shirts per person and black jazz pants to perform in. Estimate: $150-$200. Previous members do not need to purchase these unless they need it.


 How do I get on the dance team?

You must audition to be on the team!
Audition date/time: Sunday, June 11th

Ages 6-9: 10-11:30am

Ages 9-12: 12-2pm

Ages 12+: 2:30-4:30pm



How do I get more information?

  • See Ms. Jenna or Ms. Cristen if you have any questions!
  • Come to a meeting:
    • Saturday, June 3, (3-4:30pm): MANDATORY parent/student informational meeting for all auditioning.