“It introduced me to more dance than I could even imagine. Dancewave changed the way I look and feel about dance, and pushed me to follow my own goals and dreams.”
– Dancewave Company Alumna
Dancewave Company I (DC I) is Dancewave’s signature pre-professional performing company of the highest quality. This rigorous training program provides young dancers with challenging and artistically substantial learning experiences while addressing their needs for individual achievement and group identity. The company has been invited to perform at venues such as the Governor's Arts Awards, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Museum, Bay Street Theatre, Joyce Theatre, PS 122, The Brooklyn Children's Museum, The Kitchen, DanceNOW Festival, City Park Foundation's Summerstage and on PBS.
REPERTORY AND CURRENT GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS
DC I enjoys a rich array of opportunities to experience exemplary works of art, beginning with the opportunity to learn landmark pieces of modern choreography under the mentorship of leading choreographers. DC repertory is composed of works by such renowned artists as Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Bill T. Jones, Garth Fagan, Susan Marshall, Mark Morris, Donald Byrd, Trisha Brown, Doug Varone, Lar Lubovitch, Christal Brown, Donald McKayle, Meredith Monk, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Elisa Monte, Sara Pearson/Patrick Widrig, Carla Maxwell (Limon-based), David Dorfman, Ronald K. Brown, and Andrea Miller.
This season (2012-2013), DC I is working with renowned choreographers Twyla Tharp, Annie-B Parsons (Big Dance Theater), Kyle Abraham, and Andrea Miller. (Scroll for audition details)
REHEARSAL AND TRAINING
DC I is structured to ground participants in a diverse repertory and wide stylistic range through direct immersion with established dance professionals. The company works with 2 different guest choreographers in a single season. During this time, guest choreographers and their company members will attend rehearsals, set the piece onto the ensemble and mentor participants. DC I requires a high level of dedication and commitment, with a rigorous and intense schedule that both challenges and inspires. DC rehearsals take place twice weekly (5 hours total each week) and are devoted to learning new choreography and rehearsing repertory. New dancers are responsible for learning 3-5 repertory works, including 2 new works per year. Past choreographers coach special sessions each semester to review and tweak repertory from earlier years. Returning dancers are also expected to retain repertory and to help teach it to newer members, encouraging peer-to-peer mentorship. DC averages 68 rehearsals per season –attendance at rehearsals is mandatory.
In addition to twice weekly rehearsals, DC I is required to attend a minimum of two technique classes per week including: Ballet IV and Choreolab, providing participants the opportunity to learn about building dance structures and the composition process, while experimenting with partnering and contact improvisation.
Our programs follow the school year from September to June, divided into 2 semesters lasting 15-17 weeks each. All classes, performances and rehearsals take place outside regularly scheduled school hours. Performances occur throughout the year, including Dancewave’s signature performance series Kids Cafe Festival and our Spring Celebration. The 2012-13 Season has closed. Please check the School at Dancewave page (located on the navigation bar to the right) in late July 2013 to view class and rehearsal schedule for the 2013-14 Season.
Mentorship is a cornerstone of Dancewave’s company programs. One hour every month DC I members participate in our signature “Re/Group” sessions, a structured dialogue component led by a dedicated Re/Group counselor aimed at opening the parameters of self-expression, empathy, team spirit and harmony within the group. Re/group sessions occur once per month after regularly scheduled rehearsals. Participation at Re/Group sessions is mandatory for all company members.
ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION
In order to be eligible for Dancewave Company I you must:
- Be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old
- RSVP and attend an audition (dates listed below)
- Fill out a Dancewave Company Application Form. This form will be emailed to you after reserving your audition spot
Please check back for tuition information for our 2013-14 Season.
Please review our scholarship page for financial assistance opportunities
UPCOMING AUDITION DATES FOR 2013-2014
DANCEWAVE COMPANY I, II, & III
(13 years and up, 2+ years dance experience required)
Auditions are structured like a regular modern dance class in which the Dancewave staff will observe. The goal of this audition is to see both how you move and who you are. Please arrive 15 minutes early (be mindful of weekend train schedules).
Questions? Please contact Dancewave’s Director of Education Maxine Montilus at Maxine@dancewave.org