The Variations Intensive is the launching platform and audition process for the Competition Team for those who choose to join. Students will be selected into one of several competing groups at the local, national or international levels.
The Competition Groups
The competition team groups are available for all levels of both The National Academy of Classical Ballet and The Industry Academy of Contemporary Dance. Rehearsals are scheduled weekly based on student progress and upcoming events. To view the most up-to-date schedule for rehearsals go to our calendar.
Group A will compete at 3-5 local area competitions selected by the Artistic Directors. Parents should expect entrance fees, but with little to no travel expenses. Students should plan to prepare at least 1 solo variation.
Group B will compete in 3-5 local are competitions selected by the Artistic Directors, as well as at least 2 national level competitions which will include travel within the US. Additional expenses for travel, accommodation, and entrance fees may be required if they are invited to participate in the finals at any of the larger competitions. Students should plan to prepare at least 1 classical variation and 1 contemporary variation.
Group C will compete in 3-5 local area competitions selected by the Artistic Directors, at least 2 national level competitions, as well as at least 1 international competition. Additional expenses for travel, accommodation, and entrance fees may be required if they are invited to participate in the finals at any of the larger competitions. Parents should also expect the additional expenses of international travel and accommodation, as well as the need for passports or other documentation needed for international travel. Students should plan to prepare at least 2 classical and 1 contemporary variation depending on the competition requirements for the international events which will be occurring during that season.
The Cost of Competition
- The base cost for participation in each group is $100 per month. This includes any ensemble work, duets, trios, small groups, pas de deux, etc. There is an additional choreography of of $50 for students in The Industry.
- Solo variation – $200/month for the first variation.
- 2 solo variations – $500/month.
- 3+ solo variations – $550/month.
- Classical variations do not have a choreography fee.
- Each contemporary variation will have a choreography fee of $300-500 depending on the choreographer.
- Any travel, accommodation, entrance fees as mentioned above in the group descriptions.
In addition to the financial costs for a student’s family, those who choose to join the team should also be prepared for the rigors of competition. Students make a mental, physical and emotional commitment to prepare to represent themselves and the Academy in the best possible light. Students who wish to be considered for the Competition Team must attend the Variations Intensive.
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