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Ensembles, Ballet Companies & Production Groups – Descriptions

CAPA Offers Elite Performing Ensembles, Ballet Companies & Production Groups

(click here to download the current ensemble contract)

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 performances.  All ensembles and companies have special requirements that must be met. Summer classes are required ( you can click here to see the summer dance requirements for each group).  If you wish to become a member of our Performing Ensembles and/or Ballet Companies, please contact us at  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 over 60 participated in PRODUCTION as well.  Almost all remain excellent academic students as well. It’s all about learning time management.

Membership in these elite groups is for the more serious dancer and is a year round commitment, as dance, like many athletic endeavors, is a “use it or lose it” skill, and classes must be kept up to retain strength, flexibility and muscle memory.  Ensembles and companies are like a club sport, and when you join in the fall, you agree to stay with the team through the school year.  Mid-year drops are not allowed unless due to injury or documented medical condition, and any student who drops ensemble or company mid-year unfortunately must drop participation in all ensembles/companies, and while the dancer will be welcome in as many technique classes as they wish, they will no longer be eligible for membership in ensemble or company.  * Notes: * A year break may be taken from ensemble or company as long as it is for the school year, and the dancer will be eligible to re-join the following year. ** For the 2020-2021 school year, we will be waiving the mid-year drop rules in light of the COVID situation, unless we are able to return to the studio completely – dancers will be able to rejoin both during the school year and/or the next year without any waiting period.  However, if a dancer wishes to return close to a performance date, please understand that we will not be able to add them to the performance.

 Performing Ensembles

The traditional Performing Ensembles (which focus on grooming well rounded dancers in multiple dance styles, including jazz, tap and contemporary) begin with the Daisy Ensemble, which is for dancers in first or second grade 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 (the jazz, tap and contemporary performance after the Nutcracker), and the June Showcase. Daisy, Rose, Poppy, Violet, and Sr. Ensemble also perform in the Nutcracker.

Production Ensembles

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 Newsies, Cats, West Side Story, Wicked, Tribute to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aladdin 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.

Ballet Companies

CAPA’s 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.

Ensemble/Company Fee

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 2020-21 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 $160.

Third child with ensembles/companies: Free

Additionally, you get a free Nutcracker DVD for each child participating in an ensemble/company.