At Open Arts, we are committed to cultivating programs that inspire all of our dancers to reach their highest potential - both inside the studio and beyond. From performance-based opportunities to leadership programs and community service opportunities, we are always striving to ensure every dancer has a way to be more involved at Open Arts.
Spark & Ignite
Open Arts Performance Companies
Spark is a select group of talented dancers chosen through audition to represent Open Arts at conventions, community performances, and studio showcases. Dancers in this elite group maintain a high level of commitment to their personal growth as a dancer, performer, and leader within the studio and community.
Ignite is the highest level performing company consisting of talented, well-rounded, and distinguished dancers who demonstrate outstanding technique and performance quality. A high level of commitment is expected of these dancers and dance will need to be your first priority in order to maintain the level of pre-professional dance and performance expected.
At Open Arts, the goal of our Performance Companies is to train well-rounded and diverse dancers and leaders who will develop skills and relationships with faculty and peers through unparalleled experiences in dance, performance, and experiences that will lead to success both on and off the stage.
Students to complete a full season on our Intensive Training Track are invited to Audition for our Performance Companies. Our next auditions will take place in Spring 2023.
Intensive Training Track
ITT is an invitation-only accelerated program for dancers who are ready for a more advanced classroom atmosphere. ITT dancers have the opportunity to participate in ITT-only classes and participate in Monthly Technique Workshops in addition to exclusive optional learning and performance opportunities including:
Ability to participate in ITT-only Dance Classes for accelerated learning
Invitation to participate in at least one Dance Convention Weekend for intensive workshop training from leading artists in the industry
Optional Guest Artist Workshop opportunities and additional Community and Showcase Performances through the ITT-only Dance Classes
After 1 year of participation in the ITT, dancers are invited to audition for placement in our Open Arts Performance Companies
Brave Fearless Friends
Brave Fearless Friends - or BFF - is our leadership and empowerment program created specifically for the Middle School Years. This 3 Year Program includes a summer immersive experience each year and monthly meet-ups September-May to build community and offer opportunities for service, self-development, and reflection.
A new cohort of BFFs begins each summer. Don't miss out!
Teacher Assistant & Emerging Teacher
At Open Arts, we believe in fostering an environment that nurtures leadership and empowering the future impact-makers of our society.
Dancers in 4th and 5th Grade are invited to serve as Assistant Apprentices to learn dance and leadership skills under the tutelage of our assistants, emerging teachers, and current staff members.
Dancers in 6th-10th Grade are invited to serve as Teacher Assistants and volunteer in our youngest classrooms to receive training on effective classroom management, lesson plan creation, teaching dance technique, creating choreography, and differentiating instruction for all learners.
Finally, High School Juniors and Seniors who have been a part of the program for at least 2 years are given opportunities to teach classes, camps, and workshops as a part of our Emerging Teacher Training Program.
National Honor Society
for Dance Arts
High School aged dancers can complete various service, education, leadership, and performance tasks at the studio to earn points for induction into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Graduating Seniors are able to apply for awards and scholarships as well as graduation cords and pins.
Dance Works! Weekends
Dance Works! Weekends are designed as 2 and 3-day intensives for dancers to work with resident and guest choreographers to create a new dance piece to premiere at Community Performances or Studio Showcases.
Dance Works! Weekends vary from year-to-year and are open to a variety of ages and levels.
Dance Performance Trips
We've danced under the lights of Times Square and down the streets of the Walt Disney World Resort. Where will we take our dancers to perform next? We believe in the transformative power of dance performance trips - we share once-in-a-lifetime memories together, form lasting relationships, and learn about ourselves and the wider world around us.
Summer 2022 we are headed back to Disney! And Summer 2023 we're celebrating our 10th Anniversary with a Dance Performance Trip to Hawaii... it's not too late to join us. Let us know if you'd like more information.