Dance Competition

The Festival’s classical dance competition will be held Friday, April 13, 2018 at Rosa Auditorium on the SkyView Campus, 8900 York Street (between Washington and Colorado Boulevard, just north of 88th Avenue on York).

*Criteria for the 2017-2018 dance competition is still being considered.  Please check back soon for updates!  Below is last year’s information for your reference:

This competition features young male and female dancers trained in classical ballet.  To match the expansion and growth of the dance world, the Young Artists Festival is now including a contemporary variation as part of the dance competition.  After participating in a mandatory ballet class onstage in front of judges, dancers will have the choice of performing either a ballet variation from the classical repertoire or an original contemporary variation.

The dance competition will be divided into three divisions

  • Junior Division
    • Ages 11-12
  • Intermediate Division 
    • Ages 13-14
    • Dancers may compete on flat or en pointe
  • Senior Division 
    • Ages 15 – High School Seniors
    • Dancers required to perform en pointe

Divisions are determined by the student’s age as of March 15, 2017. Dancers who competed in previous years must perform a different choreographic variation to participate in the 2017 Festival.  Participation in the festival will be limited and will depend on performance quality and adherence to the requirements.  Festival administrators reserve the right to combine or add divisions as necessary to assure an equitable competition.

Auditions

Auditions are mandatory for all new ballet students. Previous Festival competitors are invited to participate in the audition process but are not required to attend. Auditions are scheduled for March 11, from 3-5 pm at Kim Robards Dance, 9990 E. Colfax Avenue in Aurora.  All dancers must report at 2:45 pm for general instructions and warm-up.  Junior Division students will audition first, Intermediate Division students second, and Senior Division students will be last.  Each dancer may present only one variation, either ballet or contemporary.  We encourage dancers to double check CD’s to verify they have been recorded properly.  Students who are not prepared or do not comply with the criteria will be disqualified.  Students may enter up to three performing arts disciplines if one is the Drama Competition.

Questions should be directed to Rosalie Keith at youngartistsalliance@comcast.net  or Catherine Board, Ballet Coordinator at CatherineBoard421@gmail.com.

Ballet Requirements

All new dancers are required to attend a mandatory audition.  To participate in the Festival all performances must be approved at this time.  Dancers must also participate in a one-hour ballet master class and perform a classical ballet variation from the below list.

Female Dancers

All female dancers must wear a black leotard, pink tights, shoes, and hair in a bun. No costumes are permitted (including head pieces, tutus, decorated leotards).  When performing their variation, dancers may choose to wear black tights and/or a ballet skirt.  Female dancers will choose and perform one of the variations from the appropriate category in the table below.

Division Variation Choices
Junior+
(ages 11-12)

Giselle: Peasant Pas Female Variation
La Bayadere: Act III, 3rd Shade Variation 1 or 3
Raymonda: Variation 1
Coppelia: Act III variation
Le Corsaire: Pas De Trois, 3rd female Variation

Female Variation from Grand Pas Classique

Don Quixote: Cupid Variation

Intermediate flat+
(ages 13-14)
Swan Lake: Black Swan Variation
Harlequinade: Female Variation
Paquita: Jumping Girl Variation
Pas de Quatre: Cerrito Variation
La Sylphide: 2nd VariationDiana and Acteon: Diana’s Variation
Nutcracker: Ballerina Doll Variation  Le Corsaire: Odalisque Variation
Intermediate Division en pointe*
(ages 13-14)
Talisman: Talisman female Variation

Coppelia Act 1 Variation
Sleeping Beauty: Blue Bird Variation
Le Corsaire: Medora Variation
Satanella: Female Variation
Nutcracker: Sugar Plum Variation
Sleeping Beauty: Act 1,Candide Fairy Variation

Don Quixote: Kitri Variation Act 1

 

Senior Division*
(ages 15-high school senior)
La Esmerelda: La Esmerelda female Variation
Swan Lake: Act I, Pas de Trois, 2nd Variation
Don Quixote, Kitri Variation Act III
Raymonda: Raymonda Variation Act IIPaquita female principle Variation
Sleeping Beauty: Aurora Act III VariationLe Corsaire: Gulnare Variation

+these divisions will perform their variation in technique shoes

*these divisions will perform their variation en pointe

 

Male Dancers

All male dancers must wear a white T-shirt with sleeves, black tights, and black ballet slippers.

Division Variation Choices
Junior
(ages 11-12)
Napoli: Act III, 1st Male Variation
Sleeping Beauty: Prince Variation
Coppelia: Franz’s VariationSwan Lake: Act III, Siegfried’s Variation
Intermediate and Senior Division
(ages 13-high school senior)
Swan Lake: Act III, Siegfried’s Variation
Grand Pas Classique: Male Variation
Paquita: Male VariationNutcracker: Cavalier variation
Le Corsaire: Male VariationSleeping Beauty: Act III, Blue Bird VariationFlames of Paris: Male Variation

 

For auditions and the final competition, dancers must bring two CDs with music for their variation (recorded alone on the CD and cued to the beginning of the piece).

IMPORTANT – Only classical choreography from Bolshoi, Kirov, Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre or San Francisco Ballet CDs will be accepted. Original or interpretive choreography will be automatically disqualified.

Judging

Dancers will perform their variations for a panel of judges on April 8 at Rosa Auditorium at Skyview. Any non-classical or original choreography will result in automatic disqualification.  Dancers in the final competition will be judged based on master class participation (50%) and the performance of the variation (50%). Both the master class and the variation will be judged using the following criteria:

  • correct use of articulation and turnout
  • control and strength in movements
  • correct position and alignment
  • correct use of extension
  • port de bras with head movement
  • quality of jumps
  • overall appearance
  • accuracy in starting and ending positions
  • expression and confidence
  • musicality

Order of performance will be determined by alphabetical order in each division. We will begin with the youngest division. Judges will select award winners from ballet and contemporary variations to perform at the Final Concert and Awards Ceremony on April 8 at Rosa Auditorium located on the Skyview Campus, 8990 York Street in Thornton.  Parents are welcome to attend the variation portion of the audition process.  Directions and exact times will be provided after registration.

Contemporary Requirements

Contemporary dance requirements include a mandatory audition for new dancers who have not previously competed in TASHCO.  The audition will be held on March 11 from 3-5 pm at Kim Robards Dance, 9990 E Colfax Avenue in Aurora. Returning dancers are welcome to attend for critique from Catherine Board.

Variations should be under 2.5 minutes and demonstrate the participant’s strength as a contemporary performer.  Dancers are encouraged to feature any dance element they value as a performer.  Selected music must contain appropriate lyrics.

Black leotards and pink tights must be worn for ballet class.  Contemporary dancers have the option of wearing black tights for their variation.  Dancers may wear a ballet skirt when performing their variation.  This applies to the competition and the final concert. Contemporary or ballet dance shoes will be accepted.  Jazz shoes or sneakers are not allowed.  For both the audition and the final competition, dancers must bring two CD’s with music for their variation (recorded alone on the CD and cued to the beginning of the piece).

Judging

Dancers will perform their contemporary variations for a panel of judges on April 8 at Rosa Auditorium located on the Skyview Campus. Dancers in this final competition will be judged on their master class participation (50%) and their contemporary variation (50%).  Judging will include these categories:

  • quality of contemporary choreography
  • correct position and alignment
  • correct use of extension
  • arm control with head and body movement
  • quality of jumps
  • overall appearance
  • accuracy in starting and ending positions
  • versatility, expression and confidence
  • musicality

Order of performance will be determined by alphabetical order in each division. We will begin with the youngest division. Judges will select award winners from ballet and contemporary variations to perform at the Final Concert and Awards Ceremony on April 8 at Rosa Auditorium located on the Skyview Campus, 8990 York Street in Thornton.  Parents are welcome to attend the variation portion of the audition process.  Directions and exact times will be provided after registration.

2017 Judges

Awards

Senior Intermediate Junior
1st Place $400 $200 $100
2nd Place $200 $100 $75
3rd Place $100 $75 $50

*Scholarships will be considered for both dance forms.

Dance Schedule

Date Event Time
March 4 Entry Deadline 12 midnight
March 11 Auditions – All Students – Kim Robards Dance
*All new dancers are required to audition
3:00-5:00 pm
April 8 Competition Rosa Auditorium (8990 York Street, Thornton) 9:30 am
April 8 Warm-up & Rehearsal – Rosa Auditorium 5:30 pm
April 8 Final Concert and Awards Ceremony – Rosa Auditorium 6:30 pm

 

For all events, students should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

Register

Registration will be done exclusively online. The registration fee is $30 and the registration deadline is March 4, 2017 by midnight. Late registration will be available for $40 with a late registration deadline of March 8, 2017 by midnight.

Before you register, we ask that you take some time to go through the following checklist to make sure that you have all the information you need to complete your registration.

Verify your competition(s) performance selections. Do they meet the criteria? Check the title and choreographer for spelling accuracy.
Draft your program bio before you register. You are asked to write a few sentences about your background. Tell about other performing arts areas of study, other interests and hobbies. What are your long-term goals as they relate to the arts?
Verify your teacher’s approval for participation. Know his/her phone number and e-mail for verification purposes.
Decide on your payment method. Have your credit card ready or mail your check to the following address: Young Artists Alliance, P.O. Box 807, Eastlake, CO 80614

 

IMPORTANT: As you register the 1st Name should be the Credit Card Holder. The 2nd Name should be the student’s name as it should appear in the program.

If you can complete the checklist above you are ready to register. Please proceed to the registration site at the following URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-young-artists-festival-registration-28675197287?ref=estw