REHEARSALS: Mondays 4 to 6:30pm following the Mercer Island School District calendar, including holidays that fall on Mondays.
RETREATS: Once a month 1 to 5pm, usually the first Sunday of the month. PLUS the October and February Choreography Retreats, usually both Saturday and Sunday.
ATTENDANCE: NO unexcused absences. Excused absences are illness, mandatory school functions, family emergencies, family/school vacations if attending school other than MI public schools.
TESTING: Music and dances are regularly tested and adjudicated, sometimes resulting in members being placed on probation and possibly removed from dances or losing their solos.
DANCES: Members are often in 6-8 dances, sometimes 10-12, taught by our choreographers.
SOLOS: Island Sound shows are usually NOT triple cast. Soloists usually sing for all three performances.
SOLO AUDITIONS: Every rehearsal is an audition for the next show! We try and give everyone the opportunity to solo, and sometimes we hold specific auditions for solos. The casting of solos is up to the discretion of the Artistic Director.
COSTUMES: Members may have as many as 5-6 costume changes. The girls MUST provide a sturdy, luggage style garment bag to hold all the pieces. Any item lost or turned in after the assigned time for costume return will be assessed a fee, $25 late fee and $50 lost fee.
****Each girl most provide her own nude multi-way bra (i.e. straps can go halter/regular, etc.) and black jazz shoes.
TUITION: Tuition for 2017-18 will be $1,810. This amount includes the $310 retainer which will secure a position in Island Sound. There are two options for payment of the balance ($1,500):
- Paid in full by Sept 1st (we also welcome full payment with the retainer check!)
- 3 post dated checks of $500 due Sept 1st, dated Sept. 1st, Dec. 1st and Mar. 1st
TICKET REQUIREMENT: Each Island Sound family is expected to purchase /sell 10 tickets per show at $15 each. ($150 for the Winter show and $150 for the Spring)
ACCOUNTABILITY: Island Sound girls are expected to practice regularly at home and with their dance groups. They are responsible for learning their music and taking their music notebooks to and from rehearsals. A lost music book will be assessed a $25 replacement fee.
IF we hold an ‘open’ audition no appointment is necessary and nothing needs to be prepared. Emails will be sent to each girl who auditions by early June.