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 Mission Statement:

South Valley Dance Company is a community-oriented performing company.  We are dedicated to outreach, scholarship, service, and excellence.

Senior Company

SVDA Senior Company is comprised of pre-professional dancers, ages 13 to 25. Dancers are at a high intermediate level of technique, Grade 6 or higher and are en pointe. They are chosen for their talent as well as their commitment to their training, our Code of Ethics and enthusiasm for the art of dance. These dedicated young artists can participate in an average of 15 hours of weekly rehearsal during show season in addition to their rigorous training schedules and assist lower level classes. Senior Company is for dancers who are interested in increasing their performance skills and gaining more performance experience throughout the season.The Senior Company presents a varied repertoire throughout the season and represents SVDA at many local fundraisers. The dancers come from all over the South Valley and are those who are building the experience and technique for a career in the field of professional ballet or dance.  Dancers often attend rehearsals and shows on weekends with award-winning choreographer & Senior Company Director, Meghan Horowitz, who designs pieces, especially for their talents and offers many outside performing opportunities. Dancers become familiar with the rehearsal and performance process that SVDA offers. Requirements are professional in nature and performance experiences are of the highest caliber. 

2017-2018 Senior Company  

Junior Company & Apprentices

The SVDA Junior Company is made up of students who are at an intermediate level of technique and in Grade 4 or higher. Ages range from 11 to 15 years. They are chosen for their talent as well as their commitment to their training, our Code of Ethics, plus an enthusiasm for the art of dance. These young aspiring dancers learn and perform their own repertoire during the season. Some are chosen to be apprentices and learn pieces that the Senior Company dancers will perform, and a select few may be chosen to dance alongside Senior Company dancers in some repertoire. Apprentices to Senior Company must be 12 or older.  

The Junior Company experience includes bespoke choreography and the chance to dance at outside performing venues. There are also choreography weeks where dancers learn the craft of choreography and how to find their own voice through dance.  Dancers often get valuable time in rehearsals with advanced level Senior Company members, where the Junior dancers learn the ropes of concentration and extreme work ethic in rehearsal and performance situations. They are required to maintain an excellent attendance record and show academic prowess as well. Dancers who complete one or more seasons in the Junior Company and display a talent for the art form are well-prepared for the challenges that Senior Company membership brings with it; having an active role in annual Nutcracker, representing our school at prestigious dance events and assisting with lower level classes.

2017-2018 Junior Company

Ukranian Company

The SVDA Ukranian Company is made up of students who are at an intermediate level of Ukranian Dance or higher. Ages range from 10+ years. They are chosen for their talent as well as their commitment to their training, our Code of Ethics, plus an enthusiasm for the art of dance. These young aspiring dancers learn and perform their own Ukrainian repertoire during the season and have a chance to dance at outside performing venues.  Dancers learn the ropes of concentration, teamwork in rehearsal and performance situations. They are required to maintain an excellent attendance record at all of their scheduled technique classes. The Ukranian Company performs at many local folk festivals, schools, plus cultural and charity events. Company dancers have an annual field trip to the Slavic District of San Fransico to see the Burevisnyky Ukranian Folk Ensemble and enjoy the Ukranian food and the historical sites of the Russian District.  The Ukranian Company dancers come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and very few dancers have had an actual Slavic heritage, which makes this a wonderful way for the dancers to immerse themselves in another culture on a truly deep level.

Goals:

  1. To provide performance experience
  2. To progress to a higher level of dance
  3. To continue to foster personal growth
  4. To further dance awareness through educational programs, outreach, charitable performances and by sponsoring tickets for charitable organizations.

 Requirements for acceptance of dancers:

  • A level of ability compatible with the rest of the group or higher
  • A demonstrated ability must be shown
  • A kind, respectful, and supportive attitude to all classmates, instructors, and fellow dancers

 Volunteering for the Board:

Volunteers constitute an important, and very much appreciated, segment of our Company. SVDA Company relies on volunteers to help with many facets of its Company; administrative, production-related, and community outreach. Such opportunities provide the non-dancers a chance to work behind the scenes and to see another side of the ballet experience. Most have found the experiences enlightening and gratifying. Students participating in volunteer projects receive credit for community service hours.

Scholarship students and their families are expected to assist on volunteer projects.

Scholarships and Financial Aid:

Financial aid may be awarded to qualified intermediate and advanced level students based on financial need. Written applications are required and must be submitted in the fall. Awards will be granted for the regular school year only. Re-evaluation for aid is ongoing and applicants must reapply yearly. Only students who demonstrate an exceptional aptitude for ballet, meet increasing standards of technical and artistic achievement and provide leadership by their professional attitudes, attendance and adherence to school regulations will be considered.

Students or families of students receiving financial aid will be required to submit proof of need (we use the previous tax year) and will be required to perform in all ballet performances and outreach performances as determined by the Artistic Director. In certain cases, additional volunteer work will be required of families receiving financial aid.