About the Dancers
The main company consists of dancers 12 years old or older who have completed the audition process. Once they audition, they are placed into the company as either an Apprentice, Corps de Ballet, Demi-Soloist, or Soloist and recieve their contracts. Once they commit to the season contract and pay the membership fee, they will perform in our Theater productions, and throughout the community during the performance season. Rehearsals start in September and run (on Saturdays) through March with an optional performance opportunity in April. These dancers are on a pre-professional career track, and have to maintain a regular training schedule in order to fulfill the requirements outlined in their contracts. Weekly class requirements include Ballet classes, Jazz and/or Contemporary classes. Weekly training requirements can be taken at the resident school or ANY other school of your choosing. We are open to dancers who train elsewhere to join our company for the extra performance opportunities and community outreach.
The young dancers that make up the Pre-Company are ages 6 to 11 who have been invited to participate through the school at Gulf Coast Dancenter. Dancers must have completed at least one year of weekly dance classes at GCD prior to being invited. These dancers are invited because they have exemplified stellar classroom etiquette and a reasonable amount of progress in their weekly classes. Pre-Company dancers commit to either the Fall production, the Spring production, or both, and pay a membership fee of 75 dollars per production.
Adult Company Dancers
The Adult company consists of a diverse group of individuals that love theater and dance; Former professional dancers, former/current actors, alumni, teachers, parents, and anyone who just loves dance, and has some relevant dance training. The Adult Company joins the pre-professional company in our theater productions and are cast based on what is needed in our show. All adult dancers are invited to perform by the Artistic Director, or sponsored through a board member. They all volunteer their time for this performance opportunity, and may be asked to purchase a costume for the production.
The School at Gulf Coast Dancenter
Pre Company and Adult Company dancers are hand selected and invited to perform with Gulf Coast Dance Theater through our partner school Gulf Coast Dancenter.
Company Auditions are held each May for Company aged dancers and are open to all dancers who meet the requirements. No affiliation with GCD is required.