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Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company
Pre-Professional Audition Requirements


Company Description:

The Pre-Professional level of HCJC is designed for students who are planning to pursue a career in the arts.  As such, the commitment level is high and the expectations are higher.  Pre-Pro company members will also be invited to participate as apprentices for Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre. It is entirely up to the dancer and family to accept this invitation.  Once placed on the apprentice company, members are required to be at all scheduled events and rehearsals, including Sunday rehearsals. Apprentices are allowed to miss Sunday rehearsals for school and family related matters as long as advance notice is given. As a member or the Pre-Professional company, the expectation is that the company is a dancer’s primary priority. Dancers are encouraged to discuss other endeavors, artistic or otherwise, they wish to pursue with the AD prior to auditioning.  Company members are required to have multiple years of training with advanced technique.


The tentative requirements for 2020-21 are:


2 Hours Choreography
1 Hour Technique
1 Hour Precision
1st and 3rd Saturdays 10-2
Sundays 3-5 hours of afternoon/evening SCDT Rehearsal for apprentices

In addition, dancers must take an additional 4 hours of ballet. An elective that is customized to the company member’s goals will be determined by the dancer and the AD.

In addition to pre-registering for and attending the age appropriate Contemporary/Jazz audition on March 21st at HSPA, applicants must also complete the following 2-part application:

  • Part of this application is to provide two references from dance related professionals.  At least one must be a current ballet teacher. Forms will be sent to directly to your references: This form must be submitted by March 15 at 10:00 PM. Sooner is better so that we can get the forms to your references.

  • Upload a video  that includes the following: 

    • 2-minute discussion of what you hope to gain by being a member or HCJC Pre-Pro and what you believe you would bring to the company.

    • 1 minute performing your own contemporary/jazz choreography

    • 1 minute of improvisation


Be sure to name the video with your first and last name. If you need to upload separate videos, please label each section with you name and section title.

Videos must be uploaded by April 3 at 10 pm. No exceptions. Large videos will take some time to upload. Allow yourself enough time for these to upload.

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