TIPA Dance Company
TIPA's recreational classes marked "Production Class" are a wonderful way for beginning or recreational students to gain a better understanding of ballet productions and the art of storytelling through movement. Often, these "Story Ballet Classes" foster an interest in the art of ballet leading the child to participate in larger story ballet roles in the future through our auditioning process.
We believe West Virginia students are creative, talented, and hard-working. By giving young students and recreational students an opportunity to participate in our story ballets, we offering them an opportunity to realize their own potential as artists.
YOUTH DANCE COMPANY
True Impact Performing Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization, hosts two story ballets annually. By offering the story ballet experience to our students, we're creating well-rounded students who understand that dance stems from a "process," rather than a fast route to a "product." Lessons that are learned in the classroom and on the concert stage will prepare a student for life, regardless of what career path they choose to follow as adults.
When students audition for story ballet roles, they are placed in True Impact's Youth Dance Company, which meets regularly for ballet classes through the week and a weekend rehearsal. Students are assigned roles based on their audition, previous in class work ethics including the ability to follow through with commitments.
Youth Dance Company students are required to take 3 ballet classes weekly. Pointe students are to take pointe as a 4th class to ensure safety of promote proper training.
In addition to our winter and spring story ballets, True Impact Youth Dance Company students also participate in Dance West Virginia's Fall Dance Festival held in Jackson's Mill each season, The West Virginia Dance Festival, and one local dance competition annually.
PRE-PROFESSIONAL BALLET PROGRAM
Student ages 12 and up who wish to pursue a career in dance or aspire to attain a high level of skill are invited to select our pre-professional program upon their company audition. Pre-professional students are Company members who take the requirements listed in the Youth Dance Company description, however, they dance 4 days weekly and couple their ballet training with one elective such as modern dance, tap dance, etc.
Pre-professional students may elect to participate in our teacher training program by volunteering to assist with a young children's class weekly. Volunteering for teacher assisting does count as an "elective" requirement for our pre-professional program.
Pre-professional students will showcase their work in a year-end student gala to be held in January of each season.
COMPANY FEES & REQUIREMENTS
$20 per costume rental
$75 purchased costume (includes performance tights)
True Impact Youth Dance Company is a non-profit dance education group that squires a great deal of costs with story ballet venue rentals, guest artist's choreography and master classes, prop and costume making, and more. Dance company participation allows the foundation to offer services to our community through supporting our operating costs. These participation fees are:
Mini Company - $50 per semester
Junior Company - $65 per semester
Senior Company - $65 per semester