Company 1 is generally for competitive dancers between the ages of 7 and 9 (but a 6 year old who can complete the requirements made for age 7 dancers could possibly be considered).
Company 1 dancers generally compete with 4 to 5 dances each year. Due to the age of the dancers, practicing at home is a must. We would like for parents to take an active role in the communication with instructors as well and take time to video tape rehearsals to ensure that students can practice at home. Company 1 dancers are required to take Jazz, Ballet and Leaps/Turns. Beginning Lyrical and Tap are recommended (not required).
Age 7 dancers
Clean Battements / Tilts, Knees Straight, Toes Pointed, Chin/Back lifted and aligned
Clean Saut de Chats (leaps), Chasse with pointed feet, Legs straight, Chest lifted,
Knowledge of/and working towards Side/Attitude Leaps, Understands mechanics
Double Pirouettes, Correct Passe position, Straight supporting leg, Arms in 1st position
Knowledge of/and working towards turns in 2nd, Understand mechanics of Turning en de hors
Must be able to plie and releve with leg held at 90 degrees, Must have one split
Stage presence (eyes up and smile at all times)
Age 8 to 9
Must be able to complete all age 7 requirements, Side Leaps, Knees to ceiling, Toes pointed
Chest lifted, Working towards Triple Pirouette, 2 to 3 turns in 2nd followed by a Pirouette
Junior Company dancers are generally between the ages of 9 to 12. Junior level dancers are required to take Junior Jazz, Ballet and another ballet class at instructor recommended level (generally Ballet 3). Intermediate Leaps/Turns are recommended. Junior Company members compete in approximately 4 to 8 group dances. A Junior Company member who cannot yet compete, but shows potential to master skills, may/may not be accepted into Company. Dancers who have not yet mastered the requirements will be expected to attend 2 rehearsals per week with their small group dances in order to master technical skills and choreography.
Ages 9 to 10
Mastered all Petite Company requirements, Triple Pirouette, Straight supporting knee
High Passe/Releve, Arms held from back in 1st position, 3 turns in 2nd with clean double Pirouette
Clean Side/Attitude/Backward Leaps, Excellent Stage Presence, Must have one split
Age 11 to 12
Mastered age 9 to 10 requirements, Complete two 8 counts of 2nd turns followed by 2 Pirouettes
Mastered Triple Pirouette, Strength to use flexibility, Focused during instructor led classes
Develop right/left leg to at least 90 degrees in 2nd with straight supporting leg
Company 3 & 4
Teen Company members are generally between age of 13 to 15. Members are required to take Jazz classes (at level 4 or 5) and two Ballet classes each week. Members should take Leaps/Turns, Modern and Lyrical (although these classes are not required, a teen member who wants to excel and move to senior company would highly benefit). Teen dancers have 4 to 10 dances. A teen company member who cannot yet complete, but shows potential to master skills for the age level, may/may not be accepted into Company. Dancers who have not yet mastered requirements will be expected to attend 2 rehearsals per week for their small group in order to master skills and choreography.
Ages 13 to 14
Mastered all skills of Petite and Junior Company, 4 Pirouettes, High Passe/Releve
Arms held back in 1st position, Turns in 2nd, Leg held at 90 degrees, Full Releve
Arms controlled and back in 1st and 2nd position, Variety of combos (front/back attitude, etc.)
Leaps technically correct and able to use flexibility to increase height/extension
Apply detail to choreography and able to distinguish movement of quality/emotion in jazz/lyrical
Same technical skills as 13 to 14 year olds, Apply detail to all choreography and movements
The senior age category is what Starstruck is known for! More than the technical side of dance but the "artistry" of the dance. Dancers will be pushed to their limit and be expected to be open and ready for anything. Choreography and content will continue to exceed what you have done in the past and will be challenging. Expect detailed choreography from Starstruck instructors and outside choreographers, difficult partnering techniques, stylistically separating your movement, not just from ballet and jazz, but from specific types of modern and jazz (i.e. Horton and Graham) to specific techniques in ballet (i.e. French, Russian, Balanchine, Cecchetti).
Teamwork is vital in this stage of dancing because of the trust that you must have in your peers. You must also be able to hold your own weight. No tolerance for unexcused absences. The movement of each dance depends on each dancer so the team suffers if/when you are not there. You will need to be responsible for your work, learn time management skills and support other company members to ensure that the success of the team is maximized. Notebooks are expected in class as well as rehearsals. There is no tolerance for not knowing your dances from week/week and no tolerance for not knowing your corrections when we start cleaning. Self motivation is not recommended, but expected! Work hard and listen to your teachers to make the best of every second you have at Starstruck.
Senior Company members are generally 16 to 18 years old (although a 15 year old can be considered for senior company depending on maturity of dances and their commitment and technical ability. They usually take 1 to 2 Jazz classes (level 5 or 6) and 2 to 3 Ballet classes at (levels 4 to 6). Senior Company dancers take Modern, as well as Leaps/Turns with optional classes being Lyrical and Hip/Hop. Dancers compete in 5 to 10 competition dances. Keep in mind that you will be placed in Large Groups "before" Small Groups. A Senior Company member who cannot yet compete, but shows potential to master skills, may/may not be accepted into Company. Dancers who have not yet mastered the requirements will be expected to attend 2 rehearsals per week for their small group dances in order to master technical skills and choreography.