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AnnaBeav

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Is it a given at your studio that last year's team members make the team each year even if the dancers need to audition? How concerned do you get with the yearly auditions?
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We need to audition and nothing is guaranteed.  I think if dancers felt they were on the cusp of making the team, they might be concerned, because the studio is clear that no one is guaranteed a placement. On the other hand, a few of the girls already know they will be cast in dances planned for next year, because they are helping in the creative process, so they are not worried at all.
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As far as I can tell, everyone who auditions at current studio makes the team in some capacity.  They may not get all the dances in all the genres they requested, but they get offered something.



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Our SO assessed every year each dancer.  No auditions but they watched them in class all year and then in summer intensives and there placement (or lack of one) was dependent on that.
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I think it really depends if you pay your tuition
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It seems like everyone makes the team at our studio...auditions are for placement on the teams. 
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No, dancers did not make the team year after year necessarily. Dancers also did not necessarily "move up" in their placements along with others on their lines. 
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Most of the time, unless there were issues with them on the team the previous year like poor attendance, unpaid fees, laziness etc.
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It's very very rare for a dancer not to make the team in subsequent years if he/she has already been on the team.  I have seen a girl moved down a level but never not taken back.
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Same as others, we do auditions but they are really for placement. Returning team members have to audition and generally make it onto the teams that they audition for. There are exceptions where the choreographer has an idea in her head already going in to auditions and regardless of who auditions for a certain group (like contemporary) only those that fit what the choreographer already wants are invited to join the group. In some cases dancers will be placed down (typically happens with ballet groups due to technique level). 
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Returning team members don't go through an "audition" but their work ethic and growth during the prior year determines their future year placement.  You don't automatically stay on the same team, or get the same group assignments. 
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Usually, once you're on a team, you're on it forever. There are a few girls that have been told they can't be on a team any longer, but I've only seen that one or two times.
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This is entirely dependent on the SO philosophy. 

If it's all about the money, then the simple answer is yes. And those who really should not have made the team will be strategically placed in the back, to the sides, doing the heavy lifting, etc. .

If it's a super competitive studio with dancers banging down the doors and little competition to lose money to then maybe they'll be a little more selective.

If it's somewhere in the middle and competition matters, but money is not the ONLY driver (because it absolutely does drive everything or the studio will fold) then maybe you've got some wiggle room. 

No SO in their right mind keeps a dancer off of a team they know the dancer could and should be on without knowing full well that they risk losing the dancer and their money. Sometimes it is a very passive aggressive way to rid a SO of a family they have had enough of dealing with. Sometimes it is a very passive aggressive way to communicate that the dancer is more trouble than their money is worth. Most of the time it's because the dancer really just is not ready for that level. 

A SO who keeps a kid off of a team they really want to be on KNOWS they are playing with fire. Some want to play some don't, but it's never done unintentionally with the very very rare exception of the very very rare clerical error during writing up the team announcements.
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At competition studio almost everyone makes some line. Maybe not everything they hoped for but definitely something usually. If you are a returning company member you will stay in your line from last season or move up at least, you will not be moved down.
School dance team is a whole other animal however. It is very competitive, our teams are very good, our varsity high school team is the first ever high school team chosen to represent the USA at worlds, it has always been a college team. One year you can be on varsity as an alternate, the following year be on JV, then not make it at all. And the coaches will pull you from a dance minutes before competing if they don’t feel you are pulling your weight.
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At our studio, returning members only need to audition if they are looking to join a different team from the one last year (example: on lyrical team wanting to join jazz must audition for jazz). If they are moving up or down in a genre (or asked to not return [frown]), they will be notified via email (but SO usually speaks to you personally 1st). We are a very small studio with less than 20 comp dancers.
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Our girls audition each year and the younger (pre high school) are not guaranteed. SO takes all facets of dance into account, class behavior, ability,, whatever. It is tough for the girls if they are cut.
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Our studio holds auditions every year for all dancers. For making the overall company, it seems rare or nonexistent to not make any team if a dancer was on company the previous year. However, last year there were enough dancers to split the higher team into an intermediate and elite team and some dancers were basically bumped down because of that. 

I always tell DD to take auditions seriously in that she has potential opportunities to move up. However, I don't think at this point that she wouldn't make a team (whether the same, higher, or lower) unless there aren't enough dancers to create it (she's not ready for the higher level tap team but there may not be enough dancers for 2 teams).
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