This program is for the student who wishes to push themself to the highest level of dancer they can become. Whether the goal is to dance professionally, be accepted to a college program or simply to see what they can achieve when giving their all to their dance education. Dancers 14 years of age and up will be eligible to audition for this program.
Voler consists of technical training five days/week with a total of 16 hours of technique classes. As well as mandatory and optional rehearsal hours increasing studio time to 19 hours/week (more about that in the "performance" tab). Dancers who are truly serious about pursuing a professional career should be taking all optional class and performance opportunities as well as discussing the addition of private lessons to increase training to six days/week.
This level will be capped at 12 dancers/year.
All voler dancers will be required to participate in both Nutcracker and the end of the year showcase (there will be modern and ballet components in both performances). Voler dancers will also have the opportunity to perform in the mid-March show. This performance will be a smaller production featuring contemporary/modern choreography and involve guest choreographers and a shared bill with professional dancers. In the past voler has also performed at Dance For World Community, développé will continue to take advantage of and seek out local performance opportunities for these dancers.
Bi-Annual Parent Meetings
Parents and students will be expected to meet with the school director and/or their primary teacher twice in the school year. Once in January before the start of the new semester and once after the dance year has ended in June. (sign up for meetings will be announced prior to meeting periods) These meetings will be a time to discuss goals, progress, and level placement for the coming semester. This is an extremely important time to be open, honest and candid about where everyone is at in order to minimize frustration and allow all to be working forward with the same ideals and intentions.
While traditionally ballet based programs have strict dress code policies, at développé we feel strongly that a dancer who feels like they look their best will dance their best. Thus for ballet classes dancers are to wear leotards and tights (for dancers identifying as female) or fitted t-shirts and tights (for dancers identifying as male) that make them feel that way. Tights and shoes need to be of a matching tone to allow for a clean seamless line but can be whatever tone the dancer feels matches their skin and or who they are as a dancer best. Hair should be neatly pulled back and secure and all clothing should be neat, tidy and well fitting to allow teachers to see how their muscles are working. Any jewelry that inhibits movement and/or is distracting for the teacher or dancer must not be worn. For modern classes the same standards should be applied to active wear and cotton socks.
All dancers will be required to have the following items which on occasion will be requested to be worn for us to look uniform for photoshoots and/or performances.
For dancers identifying as female:
Romantic practice tutu
Classical practice tutu
For dancers identifying as male:
Annual tuition for voler - $9180
Costume fee for Nutcracker and end-of-the-year showcase - $400
Registration Fee - $50
Optional show fee including rehearsal hours and costume fee for mid-March show - $500
To secure your dancer's place in the program, a deposit of $400 is required 3 months prior to class start date.