Competition & Performance Programs

GDSC Competition Team

For those who strive to advance within the dance world, have a competitive spirit and enjoy valuable feedback from professional and experienced industry masters, GDSC's Competition Team is the perfect fit. This team currently competes under six disciplines: tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip hop, musical theater and Acro. Team members do not need to be in all disciplines in order to be a part of the team. There are currently three levels in tap, jazz and lyrical/contemporary; two levels in hip hop (i.e., Competition Mini CREW and Competition Junior CREW); two levels in musical theater (i.e., 1 & 2; 3 & 4); and varying levels in Acro as solos, duos and/or trios will be the focus this year--all of which will compete at two required competitions (TBD) during competition season (January to April). (For financial assistance, fundraising opportunities will be available starting this summer.)

Next dance season's (2017/2018) class requirements will depend on what level and discipline a student is in. You can find official 2017/2018 Fall/Spring Class Requirements here, as well as our 2017 Fall Schedule, also available here. (Please note: Requirements and scheduling are subject to change based on student base.) Other requirements will include two training weeks in the summer. Mark your calendars for August 14-18 and August 28-31. You can find official 2017 Summer Class Requirements here. And don't forget to check out our 2017 Summer ScheduleIt is important that all students who are invited onto the team attend these two mandatory weeks to advance technically (first week) and learn ALL choreography for each discipline (second week). Because we are learning all choreography that last week of August, competition classes will be reduced to 30 minutes during both fall and spring sessions of 2017/2018. Rather than learn choreography throughout the year, class time will be used to establish formations and polish numbers. A reduction in time for competition classes only (NOT required tech classes), will not only help in scheduling for those students in multiple disciplines, but will also allow time on the schedule for our newest program, GDSC's Performance Company. (See details below.) 

To supplement convention training (as GDSC will not be requiring conventions this upcoming dance year due to the cost), we will be hosting various master class workshops at the studio throughout the dance year. Currently, mark your calendars for a mandatory workshop taking place September 23. This is a fabulous opportunity for dancers to learn from high-profile masters within the dance industry. We are so excited to invite New York Broadway Dance Center instructors J.T. Horenstein and Tony Guerrero. (See instructor bios, as well as price and scheduling information here!) Stay tuned for other cost-effective workshops, which will be announced as soon as we have them scheduled. To view 2017/2018 Workshop Requirements, click on the following document

Students who are part of GDSC's Competition Team will need to sign a contract that is non-negotiable. This contract includes information on dates, fees, as well as class, workshop and event requirements. Check out the official 2017/2018 Competition Team contract here!

GDSC Performance Company

GDSC's newest addition is tailored for students who not only look to advancement, but also have a passion for the art form of dance and performance! This group contains five disciplines: tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip hop and musical theater. Company members do not need to be in all disciplines in order to be a part of the group. There are three levels in tap, jazz and lyrical/contemporary; two levels in hip hop (i.e., Performance Mini CREW and Performance Junior CREW); and two levels in musical theater (i.e., 1 & 2; 3 & 4)--all of which will perform at required fundraising events (TBD) and our big end-of-the year performance experience. For 2017/2018, GDSC has chosen Disneyland's Performing Arts OnStage! We are planning to attend this amazing event June of 2018 and we are so excited! (Please note: The Performance Company will only be accepting groups this year---solos, duos, trios will be strictly designated for our Competition Team.)(For financial assistance, fundraising opportunities will be available starting this summer.)

Next dance season's (2017/2018) class requirements will depend on what level and discipline a student is in. You can find official 2017/2018 Fall/Spring Class Requirements here, as well as our 2017 Fall Schedule, also available here. (Please note: Requirements and scheduling are subject to change based on student base.) Other requirements will include two training weeks in the summer. Mark your calendars for August 14-18 and August 28-August 31. You can find official 2017 Summer Class Requirements here. And don't forget to check out our 2017 Summer ScheduleIt is important that all students who are invited into this group attend these two mandatory weeks to advance technically (first week) and learn ALL choreography for each discipline (second week). Because we are learning all choreography that last week of August, performance classes will be reduced to 30 minutes during both fall and spring sessions of 2017/2018. Rather than learn choreography throughout the year, class time will be used to establish formations and polish numbers.

To supplement convention training (as GDSC will not be requiring conventions this upcoming dance year due to the cost), we will be hosting master class workshops at the studio throughout the dance year. Currently,  mark your calendars for a mandatory workshop taking place September 23. This is a fabulous opportunity for dancers to learn from high-profile masters within the dance industry. We are so excited to invite New York Broadway Dance Center instructors J.T. Horenstein and Tony Guerrero. (See instructor bios, as well as price and scheduling information here!) Stay tuned for other cost-effective workshops, which will be announced as soon as we have them scheduled. To view 2017/2018 Workshop Requirements, please click on the following document

Students who are part of GDSC's Performance Company will need to sign a contract that is non-negotiable. The contract includes information on dates, fees, as well as class, workshop and event requirements. Check out the official 2017/2018 Performance Company contract here

***Each Competition Team and Performance Company discipline will learn the same choreography for each level. (Choreography between programs will only vary in formations and dance length.) This is to accommodate students who would like to participate in both programs, as costuming fees can add up. In this way, we are keeping to one costume per level of each discipline within both programs. In addition to costuming, Competition and Performance students will need to purchase a team jacket. Check it out here!***

The Audition Process

Current Company/Competition Students

AUDITIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. FIND PLACEMENT RESULTS HERE. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO AUDITIONED! YOU ROCKED IT!

Beginning April 10, all current company/competition students who would like to audition for either group will be given time in their tech classes (jazz, tap and hip hop) to choreograph their own solos (i.e., April 10-28;). (To be accepted into one or both programs, students must attend their required tech classes.) The exceptions are Hip Hop Technique, which will begin the process April 5, and Performance & Int./Adv. Acro, which will hold traditional auditions in class (date TBD). Int./Adv. Jazz Technique students will need to choreograph two numbers if they would like to be placed in both jazz and lyrical/contemporary groups; Students who would like to audition for musical theater will choreograph their solo in Competition Musical Theater. Staff will provide a song and documents that lay out criteria (i.e., set of important skills, length of piece, etc.) to include in solos. On these documents, students will indicate whether or not they're auditioning for the competition team, performance company or both. All students are more than welcome to choreograph and practice their solos at home. 

Students who are enrolled in the auditioning tech class but do not want to audition will be included in the audition process, as GDSC considers this workshop-style curriculum a great learning tool for all and an in-class project that would've been executed regardless of auditions. 

From May 1-May 12, current students will audition their solos to be instructor-, peer- and self-assessed. The current technique class instructor will be the principle assessor.  

As mentioned above, we will have three forms of assessment: anonymous peer-assessment; self-assessment; and instructor-assessment. We want all students to take ownership of their dancing and placements. Staff believes that providing constructive feedback for oneself, as well as peers, opens the door to critical thinking, which is so important for personal growth and advancement. 

New Students Only

AUDITIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. FIND PLACEMENT RESULTS HERE. THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO AUDITIONED! YOU ROCKED IT!

New students who would like to audition will be invited to an appropriate technique class between May 15 and June 2 (this also includes current company/competition students who are not a part of certain disciplines within the current competition program). New students will be evaluated based off of their performance in the technique class they were invited to. Check out the schedule below and call/email us for an appropriate date between May 15 and June 2!

The technique class schedule is as follows: 

For those who would like to audition for Jazz and/or Lyrical/Contemporary: 

Int./Adv. Jazz Tech: Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m. (Available Evaluation Dates: May 16, May 23, May 30)

Beg. Jazz Tech: Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15 p.m. (Available Evaluation Dates: May 16, May 23, May 30)

For those who would like to audition for Musical Theater: 

Saturday, June 3 (Time TBD)

For those would like to audition for Hip Hop:

Hip Hop Tech: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Available Evaluation Dates: May 17, May 24, May 31)

For those who would like to audition for Tap: 

Int./Adv. Tap Tech: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Available Evaluation Dates: May 17, May 24, May 31)

Beg. Tap Tech: Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m. (Available Evaluation Dates: May 18, May 25, June 1)

For those who would like to audition for Acro:

Auditions will be held in class. Dates TBD. 

For those who cannot make any of the above tech classes between May 15 and June 2, we will hold a "Last Call for Auditions" day Saturday, June 3. This is when Musical Theater auditions will take place as we do not currently offer a "Musical Theater" technique class. 

Please contact Gotta Dance Studio & Company via email at gottadancestudioandco@gmail.com or phone at 541-322-0807 if you or your child are new and interested in auditioning for one or both of our programs OR if you're a current student who has specific questions about the process. You may also sign up for auditions here and we will confirm the appropriate day and time between May 15 and June 2 for proper evaluation. A hard copy sign-up sheet will also be available on Studio A's door. When you complete either sign-up sheet (online or hard copy), please remember to fill in all categories (i.e., student name, parent name, email, groups interested in, disciplines interested in, level of dance experience and availability between May 15 and June 2--see technique class schedule above).