Italia Dance Company

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We are pleased to relaunch the Italia Dance Company in September 2022.

Competition dancers 2022Earlier in 2022 several groups of our students took part in some dance competitions. These students and others are now forming the new Italia Dance Company, with Sophia Myers and Lorenza Manara Marchi as choreographers.

The Company will be open to Italia Performing Arts students age 6 to 18, divided into two age groups. Current students will be invited to join based on their skills and their commitment. Dancers new to Italia will be asked to audition. See below for our requirements for Company members.

The Company will prepare show dances for its members and present them at a variety of dance competitions, and at local performance opportunities.

The Company will meet on two Saturdays each month, starting September 10th, at our Winchester studio, with separate meetings for Junior and Senior members:

  • Juniors: 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Seniors: 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Company dates for fall 2022 (subject to change):

  • September 10th, 17th
  • October 8th, 22nd
  • November 12th, 19th
  • December 10th

Dates for 2023 will be announced later.

There may be additional workshops with guest artists, sometimes at other locations.

What the Company is looking for from its members

It is important for prospective Company members and their parents to understand what is involved in being a member.

Skills: Members need to have, and maintain, good skills in a range of dance styles. They are required to take regular Ballet and Lyrical classes. Junior company members should take at least three technique classes a week, in addition to Company classes. Senior members are required to take Ballet Pro B, Intermediate and Lyrical as their technique classes.

Commitment: Students and parents should decide if they have the time and effort to commit to the Company. Being a member is like joining a select sports team, and so requires a sincere commitment to the team.

Attitude: Students and parents are expected to support and encourage one another at all times, and to treat others in class and outside, including competition judges, teachers and other dancers, with the highest level of respect. Winning trophies is nice, but presenting ourselves with class and dignity is a requirement.

Finance and Fundraising: Parents need to recognize that there will be significant costs involved in Company membership, for Company meetings ($50/month in addition to technique class tuition, extra cost for solo numbers), competition fees, costumes etc. Some of these costs may be partly met by fundraising events, which parents will be expected to participate in.