Anyone wishing to become a member of our Performing Ensembles must contact the director. Ensembles exist for those dancers who wish to make dance a major part of their extracurricular life. It is the perfect outlet for artistic and physical expression and teaches teamwork, commitment and personal best.
Ensemble members need to know ahead of time that membership is a commitment. We know you all do other things and have many time constraints, and ensemble membership requires learning to plan ahead and budget your time. If your sports teams will interfere too much, you must make a choice. Plan and select carefully. Our dancers have done so successfully for years, AND have also participated in many outside activities AND gotten great grades throughout high school, so it can be done. Good life skills are learned this way.
For membership, participation in the Holiday and June shows is mandatory. Dates are published well in advance, and it is your responsibility to plan your calendar accordingly.
Participation in Ensemble / Ballet company also requires an additional fee which is set each year and normally paid at the annual Ensemble Parents Meeting in the Fall.
For teams to work well, parents must help out when asked. We need liaisons and workers for each group, and the parents need to be organized in a way that gets the job done. Jobs include phone trees, transportation and costume issues, show and competition help, publicity, and help with sets and props for shows. CAPA is a family, and we require parent participation to make our efforts successful. Parents who cannot or who refuse to help will be provided an “opt-out” for an additional fee.
There must be a wholesome, healthy, age appropriate atmosphere at all times. Students who engage in exclusionary, demeaning or hurtful behavior, whether at CAPA or CAPA sponsored activities, may be dismissed from the group.
Students are expected to treat teachers with proper respect and to devote attention to class. Students who cannot adhere to these standards may be removed from class by the teacher.
Parental conduct is a factor that will be taken into consideration in your dancer’s ability to remain a student at CAPA. Hurtful gossip and other inappropriate behaviors can result in an environment that is sometimes less than welcoming or wholesome for our families. This will not be tolerated.
Regular attendance at ALL required classes is important, however if a dancer is ill, she should stay at home. An injured dancer is expected to attend and watch actively within the dance room – no cell phones, homework or waiting rooms during class time.
Absences caused by illness or injury must be accompanied by a doctor’s excuse after more than 2 absences for the same illness or injury.
Excessive unexcused absence will result in dismissal from the group.
Excessive absence, even when excused, affects the whole group and the work they are creating. It is the teacher’s or director’s prerogative to keep a dancer out of a piece or section of a piece as the result of these absences.
All Ensemble and Company teachers must have the ability to put the best interest of the whole group first at all times. If a dancer chooses another outlet for her talents, we support this, but must allow for adjustment within the group when a member is absent repeatedly.
Parties, lack of homework time & social obligations are not excusable reasons for absence.
Dress codes as established by either CAPA or the individual teacher must be followed.
Please understand that interference in the decision making of the director or choreographer will not be tolerated. It is not in the best interest of the student or the team and it is a poor example for the students regarding respect for authority.
Regarding Ensemble Placement
After Fall placements have been assigned, you may be dropped from a group if you have not completed your Summer requirements satisfactorily.
Your attendance during the past dance year may affect your placement.
You must be willing to accept CAPA’s decisions regarding placement. There are so many variables, but we take the best interest of each dancer AND the group into consideration at placement time.
Click Here to download the current Ensemble contract. All Ensemble members must sign this annual contract.