~2019-2020 Performance Season Auditions~ 


Tuesday, May 28 ~ 4:30pm to 6:30pm and Thursday, May 30 ~ 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Dancers must be 12 or older by September 1st, 2019 to be eligible, and should have reached at least an intermediate level of ballet technique.


The audition will consist of ballet, modern/contemporary and jazz techniques in a class format.  No prepared solos are required.


Dress code:  Black leotard, pink convertible tights, pink ballet slippers, and black jazz shoes.  Hair in a recital quality bun.  Students may wear black leggings/pants for modern and jazz portions of the audition, and must be barefoot for modern/contemporary (dance paws may be worn)


Students may attend either session or BOTH!  Attending both sessions is recommended to give adjudicators a more in-depth view of student ability and movement range.  Students that are in usually in technique class are excused to attend auditions.


There is a $10 audition fee (whether attending one or both sessions), payable by cash or check at the time of the audition.


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A robust student dance company performance experience!

2018-19 Performance Season


As the separate performance component of The Mid Shore Dance Academy,  Mid Shore Dance Theatre provides a robust performance experience beyond the annual school recital for developing and pre-professional level dancers.

This student dance company is open to experienced dancers ages 12 and up that demonstrate a commitment to their dance education, and have reached at least an intermediate level of dance technique.


Mid Shore Dance Theatre is separated into three separate performance ensembles, Ballet Theatre, Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Performance Tap.  These separate ensembles each provide a company class and rehearsal experience, and dancers can elect to participate in any or all of the ensembles, given that their technique is at an appropriate level.  Performance opportunities may include, but are not limited to:  Holiday performances, the MD State Dance Festival, First Night Talbot, our Annual Spring Benefit Concert, nursing facility performances, and various community events.



Additional Details:


  • Students in the Ballet Theatre and Contemporary Dance Theatre performance groups must attend the summer Performance Intensive to start preparations and performance pieces for the upcoming season.  Placement auditions will take place on the first day of the Intensive  in order to group students of similar levels of technical ability.
  • Students in the Performance Tap ensemble will be invited from the studio upper level tap class at the start of the studio year in September.
  • In all of the ensembles, choreographers will select groups of dancers for pieces.  Not all dancers will be in every piece.  Some dancers may be selected as understudies for pieces.  All dancers are expected to attend rehearsals physically and mentally prepared to learn presented material quickly with focus and attention to detail.  Dancers that have “downtime” during rehearsals are expected to remain focused on the rehearsal and keep themselves warm and prepared to dance when their turn arises.
  • Students at all levels must show a commitment to attendance to their regular classes as well all rehearsals.  Advance notice must be given to rehearsal directors for absences.  Absenteeism may affect a dancer’s placement in dance pieces.  Excessive tardiness or absenteeism may result in dismissal from the performing group.
  • There are annual administrative/costuming fees associated with participation in each performance ensemble, Ballet Theatre, Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Performance Tap Company.  As a performance company, students are provided with costuming, and need only provide their own dancewear basics, or occasionally everyday clothing pieces from their closet.
  • Students in all ensembles are expected to demonstrate exemplary behavior at the studios and at all performances and community events as representatives of the studio and Mid Shore Dance Theatre



Ballet Theatre:  will provide dancers with a broad range of ballet-based experiences, ranging from variations from the classical ballets to more contemporary and lyrical styles.  Students will present excerpts of The Nutcracker as part of the of the Holiday Showcase, learn classic roles from additional ballets, such as Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Don Quixote, etc, and will also present more contemporary works as part of First Night Talbot and the Annual Benefit Concert in the spring.  Weekly class will include a variety of experiences beyond the traditional ballet class such as floor barre, center barre, contemporary music and movement, and more.


Contemporary Dance Theatre:  will provide dancers with a broad range of non-classical movement styles that may include, but are not limited to modern, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, and fusion styles.  Students will present a variety of small and large group pieces as part of the Holiday Showcase, First Night Talbot, and the Annual Benefit Concert in the spring.  Students will also have opportunities to explore choreography and improvisation techniques.


Performance Tap Company:  as previously noted, dancers will be invited from upper level tap class at the start of the studio year, based on demonstrated level of technique and interest.  The ensemble will perform a variety of styles and will include participation in the Holiday Showcase, First Night Talbot, and the Annual Benefit Concert in the spring.


2018-19 Performance Calendar

The following are tentative, proposed dates for the 2018-19 performance season.  Confirmation of all dates will be made with all performers and their families as soon as possible.  Not all dancers/ensembles will perform at all events.


October 19, 20, 21 ~ MD State Dance Festival ~ Chesapeake College.  This is a CONFIRMED DATE. A full weekend of master classes and performances.  A select small group will perform as part of the Student Showcase, and those dancers must register for the entire weekend.  All dancers should plan to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and register for at least a few classes.


Saturday, November 10 ~ St. Benedict’s Holiday Bazaar ~ Ridgely, MD.  Excerpts of the upcoming Holiday Showcase will be performed.  This is an informal, outside, street performance.


December 8 & 9 ~ Holiday Showcase ~ Cadby Theatre, Chesapeake College.  Nutcracker excerpts plus a variety of holiday favorites and wintry-themed pieces will be presented.


December 31, 2018 ~ First Night Talbot ~ Prager Auditorium, Easton.  A variety-filled performance as part of the annual ‘First Night’ event.  Typically, we perform the same show twice, at 7pm and 8pm, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the “Crab Drop” and other New Year’s Eve festivities!


Late March/Early April ~ Spring Showcase & Benefit Concert ~ Cadby Theatre, Chesapeake College.  Annually we will select a local charity to receive proceeds from this event!  Great dancing for a great cause!


Sunday, May 19 ~ Early Childhood Recital ~ A select piece or two will be presented as part of the studio’s Early Childhood Recital.


Nursing facility performances will also be worked into the season, if scheduling permits.

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