Our award winning Seven Hills Dance Company, performing and competing since 1985, is a sector of the studio comprised of about 30 students selected by audition each Spring. Members range in age from 7 to 18. They are active students participating in at least six hours of dance weekly and choosing dance as their activity of focus.
Mission & Features
- Provide opportunities to train as a team at an elevated level to improve technique and artistry.
- Instill the love of dance, learning, and performing and to create well-rounded dancers and individuals.
- Teach the importance of the process, not just the product.
- Take classes with industry professionals. Master Classes with guest artists will be added to company training time each month in addition to instruction from company staff to supplement loss of live out-of-town classes due to COVID-19.
- Perform in annual recital and at community events in addition to Lynchburg Dance Connection Showcase. Members will only perform one all-company production number this year.
- Company dancers participate in all of the above plus parties, sleepovers, and MORE allowing them to build strong friendships that last far past their time at the studio.
- Members usually compete at regional competitions. Due to COVID-19, we will NOT be competing at this time. This is subject to change. In the event we receive permission to attend live events, alternative options will be weighed, but we feel that the time and financial commitment for company is too much to ask at this time with so much unknown.
- Above all, our goals are to continue training and bonding as a team, continue expanding and accelerating their learning capacity and pace, and provide much needed time with other dancers who share the same passion.
- Tryouts are usually held each Spring. See below for requirements.
- Please wear tights and leotard and/or fitted dance shorts or leggings.
- Bring all dance shoes and put hair up away from face.
- Students will be notified of results either in person at the end of tryouts or following tryouts via EMAIL.
- Use CURRENT studio level to determine tryout time.
- Senior Company (Levels 6 & Advanced): 4:30 PM
- Teen Company (Levels 4 & 5): 5:30 PM
- Junior Company (Elementary C Combo & Levels 1, 2, 3): 6:30 PM
Company members are selected by the Seven Hills Faculty based on attendance, performance, behavior, and dedication in normal classes as well as interactions with instructors and classmates. A dance company is a team. Just as sports teams require all players to attend practices, dance companies require their dancers to attend all classes and rehearsals and abide by policies and principles.
- It is difficult to choreograph and work as a team when attendance is poor.
- Please take conflicts into consideration before trying out.
- Missing more than 5 company practices or 5 regular classes is cause for dismissal.
Members are expected to:
- Pay attention, be dressed appropriately, and be ready to work and show respect to teachers and peers.
- Be enrolled in ballet, tap, and jazz classes at Seven Hills for at least one year prior to auditioning and while in company. Senior Company must also be enrolled in lyrical and/or modern.
- Participate in select community events, performances, and master classes throughout the year.
- Attend bi-weekly FRIDAY practices during school year. (Sept-May)
- 4:30-6:15 PM for all company members.
- $60 – Sept 10 – May 10. Covers instruction time with Faculty as well as master classes with guest artists each month and fees required to participate in local events.
- A costume fee of $75 will be due for the production number. This fee is paid via auto-draft upon being accepted.
New members will be responsible for company apparel/jacket. Jackets are traditionally $65 and fee is paid via auto-draft upon being accepted.
By signing the above agreement upon joining Dance Company, dancers and parents agree to pay all fees in full, abide by all standards and consequences, hold harmless Seven Hills Dance Studio, its directors and staff, as well as all independent contractors or third party conventions/competitions from any and all claims, loss of/damage to personal property or injuries sustained while participating in any activity associated with Dance Company, and give permission to use photos, performances, and likeness for publicity or documentary purposes royalty-free in perpetuity.