Dance & Music Academy has three different programs for students that want to pursue dance more seriously.
Perform with our COMPANY
Company is a versatile dance training program that values community involvement and provides additional performance and social activities. Company is for rising 4th-12th graders. Dancers are chosen by audition each year and placed with regard to skill and maturity. Our Company performs in The Nutcracker, at assisted living facilities, community charity events, local parades, and is featured in the Spring Recital.
Company dancers are required to take four to five technique classes per week with select Saturday rehearsals for The Nutcracker and the Spring Recital. Our well-rounded curriculum consists of (2) Ballet, (1) Jazz and (1) Tap class weekly, with (1) Modern class added at the highest three levels. Students placed in our highest level will have the option to customize their program by continuing Tap or electing another dance style tailored towards post High School goals. Company dancers have dress code, attendance, and code of conduct requirements.
Join our COMPETITION TEAM
We believe in healthy competition that motivates dancers to train and perform at their personal best. Competitive dance at DMA is for ages 5-18. DMA’s Competition Teams are known for their artistry, technique, and content that is age appropriate. DMA consistently wins top awards across age categories as well as special awards for concept, choreography, and entertainment. We compete at three to four competitions during the spring months in the Southeast (mainly greater Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Athens) and our soloists attend Nationals in the summer.
Dancers that will be in 4th-12th grade must also be a part of our COMPANY. Dancers in 1st -3rd grade must be a part of our STAR program. Kindergartners will be assigned a competition specific Jazz class. Each competition group will also have a weekly rehearsal class. Competitive dance requires our highest level of dedication and commitment.
Be A STAR
Our STAR program is a great intermediate step for younger dancers that are ready for more of a challenge than recreational classes. The accelerated STAR classes are for rising 1st – 5th graders. STAR dancers are selected from a placement class and chosen based on focus, experience, and potential. STAR dancers are included in our Nutcracker production in addition to performing in the Spring Recital. Nutcracker rehearsals require select Saturday rehearsals in the fall.
There are four levels in the Star program – Shining Star, Rising Star, Shooting Star, and All Star. The first level requires one weekly Ballet class, all other levels require one Ballet and one Jazz class per week. Star classes have a designated dress code.