CAPA Offers Elite Performing Ensembles, Ballet Companies & Production Groups
Membership in one of our elite ENSEMBLES or BALLET COMPANIES gives the dancer the opportunity to perform in our NUTCRACKER or HOLIDAY CONCERTO (the multi-genre showcase performed after the Nutcracker on two evenings). These dancers will also have opportunities for optional travel with CAPA & occasional special local performances. CAPA’s ensembles have even traveled abroad, to the Caribbean and Mexico on cruise ships, Disneyland, and more. All ensembles and companies have special requirements that must be met. Summer classes are required. Anyone wishing to become a member of our Performing Ensembles and Companies must contact the director. Performing Ensembles and Companies exist for those dancers who wish to make dance a major part of their extracurricular life. It is the perfect outlet for artistic and physical expression and teaches teamwork, commitment and personal best. Our ensemble and company members form very close bonds and remain lifelong friends. Last year, nearly 200 dancers participated in our Ensemble and Company program. A large majority participate in both ENSEMBLE and BALLET COMPANY, plus 60 participated in PRODUCTION as well. And all remain excellent academic students as well. It’s all about learning time management.
The traditional Performing Ensembles begin with the Daisy Ensemble, which is for dancers of at least age 7 and/or have completed a year of Young Dancer. After Daisy comes Rose, Poppy, Violet, Calla, Lilac, Iris, Jr. Ensemble & Sr. Ensemble (these are the oldest and most advanced dancers). All Ensembles perform in the Nutcracker Concerto and the June Show. Daisy, Rose, Poppy, Violet, and Sr. Ensemble also perform in the Nutcracker.
These fabulous four performing ensembles work together to develop wonderful, large group theatrical productions. Here, the art of theatrical production is taught as well as dance.They have produced wonderful pieces like Cats, West Side Story, Wicked, Will Rodgers Follies, Tribute to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Alladin and many others. Production Ensembles are open only to dancers that also participate in the traditional Performing Ensembles. There are four Production Ensembles, which begin with dancers at a minimum technique level 3. All Production Ensembles perform in all Nutcracker Concertos and all June Shows, with possible additional performances throughout the year. We go to elite dance conventions, perform on Princess cruises as our family vacations with us if they choose, and of course, Disneyland, once again with family and friends joining us if they wish.
CAPA’s elite Ballet Companies begin with the Aurora Company, which is for dancers at minimum ballet technique level 3. After Aurora comes Coppelia, Sylphide, Kirov, Paquita, Kitri, Jr. Ballet Company & Sr. Ballet Company (these are our oldest and most advanced ballerinas). All Ballet Companies perform in both the Nutcracker and the June Show. Only ballet company members are eligible for solo roles in the NUTCRACKER.
An annual fee is charged to participate in a performing ensemble, production ensemble or ballet company. This fee is normally charged in October of each year. The fee enables CAPA to maintain the extensive inventory of Nutcracker Costumes and props and also pays for additional teacher time that goes into preparation of the Nutcracker and June Shows that aren’t included in normal tuition. The 2015-16 fee is as follows:
For one child with one ensemble/company: $180 One child with two or more ensembles/companies: $230
Second child in a family with one ensemble/company: add $110 With two or more ensembles/companies: add $130
Third child with ensembles/companies: Free
Additionally, you get a free Nutcracker DVD for each child participating in an ensemble/company.