Crunch! is our resident tap company and is open to all students at an intermediate level or above. It provides area youth with the opportunity to experience the absolute highest levels of tap training available. Our companies perform alongside professional artists each fall and are among the best pre-professional youth tap companies in Pennsylvania! Members and apprentices are accepted by audition only and are required to attend a 1-hour company rehearsal, plus two hours of tap per week.
Lumière Studio Company
Lumière features contemporary and classical ballet, jazz and musical theater choreography. Dancers who are at an intermediate level or higher in any of those forms of dance are invited to audition. It provides young dancers with the opportunity to be exposed to new styles of dance outside what they have studied, to form invaluable friendships, to learn about teamwork and to become the best dancers they can possibly become! Members and apprentices are accepted by audition only and are required to attend a 1-hour company rehearsal, plus two hours of technique per week.
A little more about Crunch & Lumière…
At PAA, our studio companies provide dancers with the opportunity to grow artistically and achieve a standard of excellence as performing artists. Students are received by audition and are expected to maintain multiple technique classes and excellent attendance records to succeed.
Our Studio Company members are PAA representatives to the community at the rest of the dance world. They are rewarded with special performing and educational opportunities, including private workshops with master teachers, trips to festivals to study with the best dancers in the world, and more!
In return, dancers in Crunch and Lumière are expected to make a serious, year-long commitment to their company and respect the guidelines listed below. For more information about the companies or auditions, please call the office at (814) 364-2424.
- When: May, annually
- Where: PA Academy of the Arts, 200 Old Fort Road, Potters Mills
- What to bring: Appropriate shoes (including pointe shoes for upper level ballerinas), water bottle, and a good attitude!!! Please fill out an audition packet PRIOR to auditioning. A parent will need to sign this.
- What to wear: leotard, tights or jazz pants, hair secured
Dancers will be required to attend their 1-hour rehearsal slot once a week, plus the following:
- Lumière: two ballet, jazz, or theater technique classes per week
- Crunch! Productions: two tap technique classes per week
Regular attendance is crucial and not an option for Crunch and Lumiere! Our policy will be discussed with parents at auditions and reviewed again at our first meeting. For more information, check our audition packet.
Companies will be cast in our major PAA productions, including our storybook recitals in May. Other possible performances include the Grier School Gala, Central PA Festival of the Arts, People’s Choice Festival, Grange Fair, Dance Centre County, school assemblies, etc.