The Community Arts School Dance Company
The BW CAS Dance Company, designed for ages 6-18, is a comprehensive dance program for serious dancers and students looking to build their technical skillset. The purpose of this company is to give students the highest quality education in multiple dance genres to create the most well-rounded dancer possible.
Dance Company works as a bridge to the dance industry, preparing serious students to reach their fullest potential. Participants can expect intimate class settings, personalized critiques, and focused instruction. The BW CAS Dance Company works as a team where participants have the benefit of well-rounded training with other students who share a similar work ethic and passion. Personalized curriculum tracks allow company members to focus individually on their goals with the support of an exemplary faculty and fellow dancers. This unique Dance Company structure allows dancers to work as a team and build lifelong friendships with their fellow company members!
Looking to prepare for Dance Company auditions? Check out our Dance Company Boot Camp.
The Dance Company curriculum is specifically designed to be well-rounded and comprehensive. The curriculum mirrors the ever-evolving scope of the dance world and empowers our dancers to be relevant, knowledgeable and employable in the current dance landscape.
We train dancers on and beyond the dance floor. Company dancers set personal goals and are assisted in taking the steps needed to achieve these goals. Anatomy and kinesiology training are studied throughout our classes, so students are educated in proper technique, injury prevention and recovery methods to keep them dancing for many years to come.
Expert faculty guide the Dance Company students using their own blend of professional yet relatable experience. Dance Company faculty focus on the dancer as a whole artist and place emphasis on the mindset, confidence, work ethic and joy of each individual dancer.
The Company schedule will include weekly classes in the following genres:
- Musical Theatre Dance
The Dance Company schedule will also include weekly classes in the following specialty genres:
- Dynamic Technique Technical approach to muscle memory to improve understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment for increased flexibility, strength and technique in dancers
- Jumps, Leaps, and Turns Technical skills and tricks needed across multiple genres
- Commercial Dance Dance artistry and stylization found in movies, music videos and TV (Teen Tracks only)
Specialty genre classes are exclusive to Company members. Specialty classes do not appear on the regular Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School dance schedule.
In addition to these weekly classes, Dance Company will have master classes scheduled throughout the year. Each master class will have a specific focus designed to help our CAS Dance Company Packet | 3 students grow in their knowledge of dance technique, audition preparation, vocals, acting, health and wellness and more!
As part of the Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School Dance Company, each student will receive three (3) half-hour meetings with a dance faculty adviser to help set goals, construct a personalized training plan and address any questions or concerns regarding growth and goals.
Team bonding events designed to build relationships and friendships within the company will be scheduled throughout the season. Specific effort is made for the Dance Company to create a team-oriented culture and we have a lot of fun along the way!
The Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School is committed to providing Dance Company with meaningful performance opportunities throughout the season. These performances will be specifically designed to let the dancers push the boundaries of their artistry, have firsthand experience in a professional performance environment and give the dancers unique opportunities they could not have anywhere else.
Performance rehearsals will be in addition to the dancer’s weekly class schedule. The days and times of these additional rehearsals will be communicated prior to the first rehearsal for that performance to allow families to plan accordingly.
Select Dance Company dancers will have the opportunity to collaborate with Baldwin Wallace University on an additional performance during the season.
The BW CAS Dance Company is for any student focused on advancing and honing their technical skill set with a strong commitment to their personal dance education. Dance Company is designed to benefit students pursuing professional dance careers, but it is not limited to students who want to dance professionally. Dance and dedication to a training company provides many benefits outside of dance technique including work ethic, increased confidence, time management, teamwork, sportsmanship and many more. Dance Company is also rewarding and fun. The BW CAS Dance Company faculty will dedicate themselves to ensuring that any student coming through the program will have both the dance technique and the personal knowledge to be successful at anything they wish to pursue in the future.
Any student ages 6 - 18 may audition for the BW CAS Dance Company. Students will be divided into company groupings based on age and skill. Our three company groupings are Petite, Junior and Teen. Once placed within a company grouping, each student will receive their own individual track designed to provide the best opportunity for development and growth.
NOTE: Company selection and placement will be at the sole discretion of the dance company director.
CAS Dance Company is divided into three age-appropriate levels. Within each level are multiple tracks. Individual students will be placed into classes that are best suited for their individual goals and their individual skill level within each genre. While all Dance Company classes are specifically for Dance Company, students may not take every class with the same company dancers. This customization allows dancers to work at a level that is most beneficial to their current needs and skill set.
Petite Company Petite Company is designed for students ranging in age from 6 – 10 years old. Petite Company students may be newer to their dance journey. Students at this level will focus on building a solid technical foundation designed to provide success in higher company levels. Petite Company students have 5 hours of dance classes per week.
Junior Company Junior Company is designed for students ranging in age from 7 – 12 years old. Junior Company students must have a solid grasp of foundational technique, excellent focus and dance stamina, as well as a strong work ethic. Junior Company students will each receive their own course track within the junior company offerings to ensure they are training at the level appropriate for them and are receiving the instruction needed to help them pursue their individual goals. Junior Company students dance 7 hours per week.
Teen Company Teen Company is designed for students age 12 and up. At a minimum, teen students should be able to display a firm grasp of foundational technique. Within the teen company there will be multiple tracks at varying technical levels. Each student will be placed on a track that is best suited for their own technical level in each individual genre. Unique placements in each individual genre ensure every student learns at an appropriate level and is constantly challenged. Each student’s personal goals will be taken into consideration when they are placed on a track. Teen Company students dance a minimum of 10 hours per week.
All company members will receive their own personalized schedule after audition placement. Each dancer’s unique schedule will be based on their own goals and their current level for each individual genre. Dancers will be scheduled for class within the time frames listed below based on their individual track assignments. Exact times are subject to change.
NOTE: ALL rehearsal times will be in addition to these scheduled class times.
- All dance classes, choreography, and rehearsal instruction
- Masterclasses scheduled throughout the year
- Three ½ hour meetings with a faculty advisor
- Exclusive Dance Company performance opportunities
- Team bonding activities
*Tuition can be paid in full upfront or with a variety of customizable payment plans. There is no additional cost for a payment plan.
*All CAS students pay an annual registration fee of $25.00.
*All CAS dance students pay an annual recital fee of $95.00.
The BW Community Arts School remains committed to providing families with the opportunity to apply for and receive financial aid. Financial aid applications will be available in late summer. Financial aid awards have no effect on a student’s placement or acceptance into the Dance Company.
Dance Company Auditions will take place on Saturday, August 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please note that dancers entering at the Petite Company level will NOT audition. Please reach out to the Dance Company director to determine if Petite Company is a good fit for your student.
Dancers auditioning for Junior or Teen placement must:
- Come to auditions with hair slick back from face and should be wearing form fitting, appropriate, dance attire.
- Learn a short combination provided by CAS on July 21, 2021.
- Prepare a 60 second solo in their favorite dance style to present at auditions.
- Provide their own music for this solo and bring their music on an MP3 compatible device.
- Be prepared to answer questions about themselves, their dance training, and future dance plans.
- Be prepared for group auditions where they will be asked to perform the provided short combination and demonstrate dance technique.