Company at Halestone

Junior and Senior Company at Halestone

These classes are focused on developing choreographic tools and critical thinking skills through dance studies. Students will learn composition, feedback techniques, advanced improvisation skills, and be part of producing and performing in various productions throughout the season.

Junior Company is open to dedicated 4th-8th grade students who have studied at Halestone for at least one year and others by permission/ invitation of the instructor. Enrollment in one technique class at Halestone is required to participate in Junior Company (Jazz, Intermediate Seminar in Dance Technique, OR Ballet) Please contact us if your student is interested in Junior Company and you are unsure if it is the right fit.

Senior Company is open to High School students who have studied at Halestone for at least one year and others by permission/ invitation of the instructor. Students wishing to be in Senior Company must also take Advanced Seminar in Dance Technique. Enrollment in other styles is also encouraged (Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Clogging). Please contact us if your student is interested in Senior Company and you are unsure if it is the right fit.

Halestone Senior Company Guidelines, 2019-2020: 

  • Senior Company membership is open to serious dancers that take Advanced Seminar in Modern Dance and one other class per week at Halestone Dance Studio.
  • Senior Company meets weekly on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30 pm, August 19th – May 11th. Senior Company meets on Mondays 7:45-9:00pm and Fridays 5:15-6:30pm every 3rd week of the month (see the schedule included below for exact dates). Dancers are expected to make these classes/rehearsals a priority and to attend weekly class.
  • Participation in performance and community events is voluntary, but once dancers have indicated that they will participate they will be expected to attend all extra rehearsals for the event and the event itself.
  • Dancers are permitted one non-medical/non-emergency absence during the season for family vacation or other special events. Excessive absences or tardiness to rehearsals may result in a change or loss of role.
  • Parent / Guardian cooperation is expected in ensuring regular attendance and punctuality. 
  • Senior Company dancers will be treated as pre-professional modern dancers involved in the artistic process with the Artistic Director and guest artists. Thus, dancers are expected to behave in a professional manner and bring their best selves (body, mind and spirit) to all classes and rehearsals. Senior Company dancers are role models for younger students and are encouraged to act accordingly at all events, classes and rehearsals.
  • Senior Company members entering their senior year of high school (or the equivalent) are invited to choreograph a piece to be performed in Halestone’s year-end recital. These dancers should follow the below guidelines for choreographing a senior piece:
    1. The student should have a conversation with Artistic Director by early November to indicate their intentions to choreograph a piece.
    2. The student should organize two showings of the work in progress with the Artistic Director to receive feedback. The student should organize the showings at least one week in advance. These showings could happen during Senior Company class, during a rehearsal for their piece, or at another pre-scheduled time. 
    3. The student can invite anyone they choose to be in their piece or hold an audition to select dancers. If their piece includes dancers not taking class at Halestone the student should contact the Artistic Director to get board and parental permission/ waivers. 
    4. If the student’s cast includes each of the members of Senior Company that year the student can expect to use Senior Company class time to rehearse their piece. If not, the student should plan to schedule outside rehearsals with their cast. The Artistic Director can assist in contacting students and parents and arranging rehearsals if the student wishes. 
    5. If the graduating student would like to have work set specifically on them by the Artistic Director or a guest artist for recital, rather than choreograph their own dance, this may be possible and the student should let the Artistic Director know this preference in the fall. 

Halestone Senior Company Schedule, Fall 2019: 

August:

Tuesday, August 20th – 7:30-8:30pm

Saturday, August 24th – 1pm, perform at the Community Festival

Tuesday, August 27th, 7:30-8:30pm – rehearse our piece from the Community Festival and make changes/ develop for the Block Party

September: 

Tuesday, September 3rd, 7:30-8:30pm – rehearse for the Block Party

Tuesday, September 10th, 7:30-8:30pm – rehearse for the Block Party; start work on work on our piece for the RYC’s “When I Am Silent”

Monday, September 16th, 7:45-9:00pm, attend Nancy’s Creative Process

Tuesday, September 17th, 7:30-8:30pm – rehearse for the Block Party

Friday, September 20th – Arts of Lexington Block Party event 4-7pm

Tuesday, September 24th, 7:30-8:30pm – work on our piece for the RYC’s “When I Am Silent”

October: 

Tuesday, October 1st, 7:30-8:30pm – work on our piece for the RYC’s “When I Am Silent”

Saturday, October 5th, 1:00-3:00pm – Mandatory Master Class with Gabrielle Tull (I am requiring this master class with guest artist Gabrielle Tull. The master class will have an additional fee of $10. Let me know if this is a problem.)

Tuesday, October 8th, 7:30-8:30pm – work on our piece for the RYC’s “When I Am Silent”

Monday, October 14th, 7:45-9:00pm, attend Nancy’s Creative Process

Tuesday, October 15, 4-6pm rehearsal at Wilson with the RYC

Tuesday, October 15th, 7:30-8:30pm – work with guest artist Mindy Toro

Friday, October 18th, 5:15-6:30pm, attend Junior Company

Tuesday, October 22nd, 7:30-8:30pm – work with guest artist Mindy Toro; rehearse “When I Am Silent”

Tuesday, October 29, 6pm Show at Wilson with the RYC

Thursday, October 31, immediately following school – Halloween performance

November: 

Tuesday, November 5th, 7:30-8:30pm – work with guest artist Mindy Toro

Friday, November 8th, 6:30-8:30 Dress rehearsal for Halestone Fall Showcase

Saturday, November 9th, 7pm show at Halestone

Sunday, November 10th, 2pm show at Halestone

Monday, November 11th, 7:45-9:00pm – attend Nancy’s Dance Discovery

Tuesday, November 12th, 7:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, November 19th, 7:30-8:30pm

Friday, November 22nd, 5:15-6:30pm, attend Junior Company

Tuesday, November 26th, 7:30-8:30pm – regular class

December: 

Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, December 10th, 7:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, December 17th, 7:30-8:30pm

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Artistic Director, Mauri Connors
halestonedirector@gmail.com

Main Email
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Phone: (540) 463-7444

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 1583 
Lexington, Virginia 24450