Fantasy Dance Troupe (FDT)
"Practice like you've never won. Perform like you've never lost."
-Bernard F. Asuncion
FDT ... by Audition or Invitation ONLY!
Fantasy Dance Troupe (FDT) is the FDS’s Performing Company. Our Performing Troupe consists of an array of talented dancers. Through more extensive training, our elite dancers focus on technique and style that embodies the "essence" of dance. Exciting performance opportunities add to the complete dance experience. Our program is designed to generate accurate technique, enjoyment, and a family atmosphere among the members, which can ultimately lead to many long-lasting friendships.
Selection for participation is by audition. FDT Groups are FDS's appearance to the public. We will not tolerate any misbehavior in any class, rehearsal, or performance. Just as dancers who did not audition into troupe can be promoted into it during the year, troupe dancers can be moved out of troupe for any improper conduct. Students enrolled in FDT classes are under steady observation by their teacher. When a student demonstrates a high skill level, determination, and good attendance in class, that student is invited to join FDT. Dancers will be placed in a group according to their technical ability and experience. The FDT dancers must attend classes three times a week; therefore, a difference should be seen in their performance level. Three times a week must include two variety of classes and one ballet/technique class. FDT dancers must participate in all concerts as well as two competitions throughout the year. FDS requires each troupe group to have 8-10 boys and 8-10 girls.
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney
PLEASE READ ENTIRE PACKET OF RULES AND REGULATIONS CAREFULLY ~
Absences: Each dancer is only allowed to miss four Dance Troupe classes from Sept-June, no exceptions. The Artistic Director needs to receive notice of any absence at least two weeks before rehearsal; do not call the day of rehearsals.
Injuries/Severe Illness: If an injury or severe illness occurs and the dancer is forced to sit out (and watch) dance troupe classes, the choreographer has the right to omit them from current sections of the dance. Also, sitting out/watching dance troupe classes three times (nonconsecutively) will result in one marked absence (towards your allowed four absences). Doctor’s notes need to be given to the Artistic Director when injuries/severe illnesses occur. Private lessons may also need to be coordinated with the choreographer.
Performances: Fantasy Dance Troupe attends all performances during the dance year, including one trip either during Spring Break or in the summer. The Fantasy Dance Troupe (FDT) is required to participate in our local fairs and community events as well as two competitions throughout the year. Participation is highly encouraged by everyone in the Dance Troupe.
Dance Troupe Outfit: All troupe members are required to purchase an FDT T-shirt, Jacket, and warm-up pants with Fantasy Dance School emblem.
FDT Costumes: Before a concert (during class/concert rehearsal) each student will be given a costume(s). When a costume is in your possession, it is entirely your responsibility. All pieces of the costume(s) are going to be listed on the tag. Upon return of the costume, all the pieces will be checked off according to the tag. If in any case, a costume piece is missing, ruined, or dirty to the point that it cannot be cleaned, the price of the costume value ($75 – $200) will be charged from the holder’s account. All costumes should be carried in the school's Costume Bag.
FDT Conduct: FDT Groups are Fantasy Dance School’s appearance to the public. We will not tolerate any misbehavior in any class, rehearsal, or performance. Just as dancers who did not audition into troupe can be promoted into it during the year, troupe dancers can be moved out of troupe for any improper conduct.
Solos, Duos, Trios, Small Groups: If the dancer would like to do any special dance such as a solo, duo, trio, or small group, he/she must be committed to private lessons every week until the dance is finished. They must also continue to rehearse privates a minimum of every other week. Solos, Duos, Trios, and Small Groups are all a big commitment and expense.