Who Are CCA Sparklers?
CCA Sparklers is a special group granted the privilege to join us in Cleveland, Ohio, for the annual Ohio Dance Masters Performing Arts Convention and Competition. CCA Sparklers are also a part of service projects which fuse their love for dance with acts of kindness. Our CCA Sparklers become ideal models of Compassion, Confidence and Creativity. Hence why they are considered our Ambassador Team! Participation in Competition is not required to be on the team.
What is the time commitment?
Students accepted into our Sparklers program must be enrolled in a ballet class at Clarion Center for the Arts as well as additional classes based on age and the genre of dance in which they are placed. Students must maintain their technique by regularly attending their core classes.
Competition choreography is taught in our regularly scheduled classes. This means, for example, a student’s Tap class may be invited to compete. Some additional rehearsals may be scheduled, but for the most part, rehearsals will simply take place during class.
Students should make every effort to miss no more than four Sparkler rehearsals during the course of our season with no absences occurring during the four weeks leading up to competition. These absences should be excused three weeks in advance so our teachers can plan accordingly. If a student is ill but not contagious, she is permitted to sit and watch the rehearsal while taking notes.
Students are also required to attend our annual competition lock-in to be scheduled sometime in February. Parents are expected to attend the beginning of our lock-in for a parent meet and greet. Sunday rehearsals will be scheduled for February and March, and “tech-week” rehearsals will be held every evening of the week leading up to competition. The competition we attend is always scheduled for the middle or end of March.
Students are expected to make every effort to participate in audition and leadership workshops as well as any community performances we are invited to. Some of these events may take place during a school day. A school dismissal letter will always be available to students prior to the event.
Finally, CCA Sparklers should attend as many Summer Conditioning classes that they can during the months of July and August.
What is the financial commitment?
The fee to be on our Sparklers Ambassador Team is $250 per year (billed at $25 per month), plus $50 per competition dance (due February 1st).
Additionally… All students must have a CCA warm up jacket priced at $66.00 last year. Warm up pants are optional and priced at $34.00 last year. The hotel room in Cleveland is traditionally $125.00 per night plus taxes & fees. Parking is approximately $12 per day for self-parking or $24 per for valet parking. Other miscellaneous costs will include dance shoes, tights, earrings, makeup and other personal items needed for a particular dance or class. Scholarships are available! Please do not let finances be the only thing that keeps you from participating. We want all of our students to have this experience and would love to work with your family!