Ensemble
The DDW Competition and Community Performance Team
"Define the Dancer You've Become"

If you or your child is interested in joining, please RSVP to audition privately here!

Focus

To give dancers a strong foundation through ballet, jazz, and conditioning.

To give dancers freedom to add what they love most to their dance education, including Lyrical, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Acro.

To comfortably express themselves though choreography and improvisation.

To spread the beauty and love of dance to the community.

Curriculum

Ensemble builds on a strong ballet foundation in classical ballet and jazz technique classes, development of a strong, flexible, technically-sound dance body in conditioning classes, and exploring how to create dances in choreography classes. Our classes involve terminology and dance history lessons throughout the season to enhance their dance education. Being in Ensemble is a special experience that is unique to our studio.

Benefits

- Affordable tuition

- Fundraising opportunities

- Team field trips and studio lock-ins

- Outdoor photo shoots

- Extra performances year-round


Commitment

In exchange for all that is offered in this program, Ensemble requires a certain level of dedication and passion. Dancers are expected to be punctual, hard-working, open-minded and respectful. Ensemble is a year long commitment, with scheduled classes at least twice per week. Attendance is crucial, this program is the highest commitment level offered.

Joining Ensemble

Dancers (ages 8-17) join through audition or invitation only. It is intended for students who want to be more involved in dance.

Purple Team Membership (8+):
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, CTP, AcroDance, Choreography

Silver Team Membership (13+):
2 Ballets, Jazz, CTP, Choreography, and 2 additional classes
(pre-pointe/pointe NOT considered an additional class)


Tuition and Costume Pricing


There are also discounts on Ballet Intensive, and many students participate in both programs.

Ensemble Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is for dancers who still need to improve their skills needed for full membership, and for dancers that want to dip their feet into Ensemble. Apprentices have class with Ensemble, learn the choreography, and understudy competition pieces. Some events permit Apprentices to perform alongside Ensemble dancers. 

Requirements:
Ages 8 and up
Leveled Ballet and Jazz
Purple Team CTP and Choreography

or Silver Team CTP and Choreography

Choreography classes are free of charge for Apprentices


Apprentices learn and take notes on important concepts in Choreography class, and learn about Ensemble values.



2016 - 2017
Debut - Guest performance at Kingston's 1st Waterfront Festival
Convention - Artists Simply Human - Master classes in contemporary, jazz funk, ballet, modern, and more
Competition - Power of Dance
Small Group Placements:
"River Flows in You" - Pointe (intensive) - Ruby, 4th Overall in Category
"Middle Eastern Tragedy" Contemporary Small - Ruby, 5th Overall in Category
"Downtown" Jazz - Ruby, 7th Overall in Category
Soloists:
"Dead in the Water" Lyrical - Ruby, "Medicine" Contemporary - Ruby, "Same to You" Jazz - Ruby


2015 - 2016
Debut - Guest performers at MassVets Music Festival on Cape Cod
Competition - Sophisticated Productions
Small Group Placements:
"Hymn to the Sea" Lyrical - High Gold, specialty award "Lyrical Loveliness"
"Coffee Break" Musical Theatre - High Gold
Soloist:
"Variation from Paquita" - Platinum, specialty award "Prima Ballerina"


2014 - 2015
Debut - Open House Performances, Providence Bruins performance
Competition - Elite Dance Challenge
"True Colors," "Don't Listen," and "Diamonds" Gold
"Over the Love" solo Elite Gold, "Future Oscar Winner" specialty award


2013 - 2014
Debut - JDRF Walk at Six Flags, raised $1,800 toward JDRF, performed at Six Flags
Competition - Spirit of Dance Awards
"Perfection" Gold, "Dark Illusions" Gold, "Goodbye" Gold

2012 - 2013

Debut - King Richard's Faire Talent Show
Competition - Spirit of Dance Awards
"Summertime Sadness" - Gold, "Bloodstream" Gold


Seasonal Performances




Dancers debut for the season in the Fall, where the team performs for the first time together. This page lists our debuts from previous seasons.

The first week of December, we host an annual Nutcracker at the Robinson center in Downtown Plymouth. This evening of performances is free for the public.
We accept donations to improve and expand the show each season. It's always a full house. In 2014, we began this tradition, comprised of our ballet students in Beginner through Advanced levels.

 
Each winter, Ensemble visits Golden Living in Plymouth to perform for the residents and visit with them. It's an extra performance opportunity for the girls, and a great way to share our passion with the community. The girls look forward to seeing new and familiar faces each year.

"
I want to thank Amanda, Emily and their students for their beautiful performance at the nursing home. Everyone really enjoyed it! Thank you!"
- Kerrin, activities director, Golden Living Center


Each Spring, Ensemble performs at a regional competition. Ensemble is primarily a performance and outreach team because competition is once a season, and it's only one of our many different performance opportunities. Plus, it's a really fun day and being on stage is always exciting! The girls look forward to competition each year and we plan to attend at least one competition and now, one nationals or convention each season.



At the conclusion of each season, we have an annual Spring Showcase. This performance  includes
every DDW student and their dance accomplishments. It's only about 90 minutes with an intermission. The show is recorded and DVDs are available each season. The focus is on performance etiquette and gives students that amazing feeling of being on stage. Every year is an improvement from the last, and we look forward to many more!