TDA Company Info
A group of people who share the same interests and are all working together to achieve the same goals.
Our mission is to offer professional dance training in all genres of dance. We strive to expose young aspiring dancers to opportunities that will enhance their dance knowledge and training. We will work as mentors to dancers and give them ample opportunities to perform dance as an art form. We will nurture dancers in a positive structured environment.
TDA Performing Company Goals and Purpose
The main objective of the TDA “Company” is to give dancers who want to take dance to the next level adequate technical training and opportunities to perform their art. The Company will also serve as a guide for older dancers on their path to a professional career or college. We will achieve these goals by requiring that each student train in a wide range of technical dance classes, participate in many different performance venues, attend professional dance performances in the Bay Area and maintain a sincere love and passion for dance in all of its forms.
TDA Faculty Mission and Purpose
We understand that each child and young adult possesses different learning styles and progresses on different timelines. The TDA faculty is absolutely committed to understanding these differences and nurturing each student regardless of learning style. Additionally, some students are born with certain favorable or ideal physical or anatomical body characteristics, such as turn-out, hyper mobility in joints, musicality, etc. Although these characteristics are certainly a bonus, they do not make an automatic professional dancer. Dancers turn professional when they have learned how to affect an audience emotionally through movement. This is the goal for all of our students, regardless of their long-term dancing goals. We as teachers are here to pass on our enthusiasm for dance to your children and your family. All that we require from the students is a genuine love for dance. All that is required of the parents is trust in our abilities as teachers and support of our vision for your children.
What is a Convention?
Dance Conventions are weekend events where master teachers from across the nation hold classes. Conventions are awesome for young dancers. Not only do they get to meet dancers from other studios, they also get to see great professional dancers, at the top of their field, perform and teach. These master teachers inspire young dancers as well as give them great role models. Dancers will have classes in tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theatre as well as an opportunity to audition for national scholarships to private professional studios. Conventions also include a competition where the master teachers comprise the panel of judges.
Financial Benefit of Technique Classes
We have spent a lot of time thinking about ways to cut tuition costs but still provide the absolute best training for our dancers. The cost of costumes can get out of hand very quickly and we are sensitive to this. At TDA, Company dancers can choose whether or not to participate with their technique classes at the annual June recital. In these classes, dance numbers are choreographed and rehearsed during class. For many dancers this is the only performance opportunity they have during the year. But for Company dancers, it may make more financial sense to take the Technique classes but not perform at the year-end concert. The financial benefit is that additional costumes for the year-end concert are not required. All Company members perform their competition pieces in the year-end concert.
All TDA Company members train under our professional, salaried teachers. We believe that our teachers are the best in the Bay Area. They are experienced, highly trained, loyal and dedicated to teaching dance. We have done our best to make tuition rates affordable, while supporting our high-quality teacher salaries. All “Company” classes and technique classes must have a minimum of 7 dancers in order for the class to remain on the schedule. Any class that falls short of the minimum enrollment will be cancelled.