What age range is the Company program for?
Open Air Dance Company is a performance company for dancers in the 2nd to 10th grade!
What makes Open Air Dance Company Different?
We are Austin's only non-competitive dance team.
At Open Air Dance Company, we understand that our dancers have activities and obligations outside of the studio and support them in their endeavors. Diverse experiences, talents, exposure, artistry & athleticism are welcome and encouraged!
Cross-training and rest days create stronger dancers and healthier muscles, joints, and tendons.
Our schedule and weekly time commitment reinforces this belief.
Our 2023 - 2024 season runs from September to May with our recital held in April.
We believe in attending camps, travel, family priorities, and scholastic focus at the busiest times of the year.
We are closed every July & August.
Is Open Air Dance Company a Competitive Company?
Open Air Dance Company is not a competitive company.
Our primary focus is education, versatility, performance, and exposure to dance.
A non-competitive company saves time and money and allows us the freedom to focus more time expanding skill set, strength, and experience. Dancers will have more chances to pick up choreography quickly, and build artistry, confidence on stage, and gain self-esteem.
For dancers who wish to take part in the optional solo, duet, & trio opportunities:
Solos, duets and trios will perform in the Company Showcase and the Spring Show as well as non-competitve conventions providing constructive feedback by a panel of dance professionals.
The experience is valuable to your specific dancer's educational development.
What Events Does the Company Participate In?
In addition to being featured performers in the end of year April recital, members of the Open Air Dance Company will aim to:
Perform at an NBA Basketball Halftime
Perform at Austin's Trail of Lights
Take part in a holiday performance (optional - travel required)
Perform in a Company Showcase
Attend a touring Broadway Show as a Team (Optional)
8th & 9th Grade Company Members are able to participate in the Assistant Teaching Program
Attend a Dance Convention (Required for dancers in the 4th - 9th grade)
Travel to NYC for an educational-based experience (optional)
(* NBA and traveling performances subject to pandemic restrictions.)
Open Air Dance Company Schedule:
Tentative outline for 2023-2024. (Subject to change)
All of our Company Dancers will attend a select number of weekend workshops in the Fall.
Additional group rehearsals for Company will typically be Sundays in the range of 1pm-7:30pm.
Our youngest Company members take one 75-minute class each week and our oldest are involved in 2-3.5 hours per week.
Dancers will have a back-to-dance choreography week in early September.
Rotating Professional Guest Faculty:
A highlight of the Company program is the Workshops with visiting Master Teachers.
Our season 1 & 2 line-up of Master Teachers included:
Ryan Miller (2021-2022 Guest Instructor. 2022-2023 Professional Artist in Residence.)
Shelley Scott (October 2021, February 2022)
Nicole Greene-Cramer (October 2021, May 2022, September 2022)
Eugene Peabody (November 2021, April 2022)
Taylor Brown (November 2021)
Blitz (December 2021)
Helen Estrella (January 2022, September 2022)
Sara Arnold (November 2022)
Samuel Rutland Simpson (January 2023)
Tuition & other fees:
Tuition will cover the company class, select Sunday rehearsals, and group dance choreography fees.
Based on company size, hours in the studio and dancer age, tuition will range from $575-$1200 per semester.
Costume fee approx $275/year
Company attire approx $225/year
Recital fee approx $175/year
Travel expenses (Required Convention Trip & Optional NYC Trip)
Optional additional weekly classes available.
Solo/Duet/Trio choreography work is an optional additional add-on to Company.
A Note About Miss Kerin's Teams:
"This will be the third dance team I have created and established in my career. The first still going strong in California, and another was right here in Austin, Texas. I aim for my team programs to be forward thinking and harness the current trajectory of the dance world."
Joining the Company:
Our application window has closed for the 2023 -2024 season.
If space becomes available, we will hold a second round of auditions in August.