Auditions and Company Requirements for Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company

Auditions for the 2024-2025 Season

There are two ways to audition for Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company for the 2024-2025 season in order of our preference:

1. Attend our Movers and Makers dance and choreography intensive on June 7-8 in Provo so directors can watch you through all the important stages of company work – class, rehearsal and performance. Apply by May 22.

2. If you cannot attend the entire Movers and Makers intensive, you must attend at the very least the final two classes of the intensive which will take place June 8, 2024 from 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM. Registration for this option is open now and will close at midnight on June 5. If attending only this portion of the audition, please plan a 30-60 second solo and bring your own music on a device of your choice. Directors will ask to see select solos from 12:15-12:45 PM. Register for the final audition classes here.

Learn More About the Company

The Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company is a nonprofit organization and professional performance company in Provo, UT with roots going back to March 2010. WCDC’s mission is to invite in the Utah County community, encourage reflection, and stir to positive action. We are building a creative and compassionate community through dance. 

Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company is known for its emotive and athletic contemporary style, with focus on narrative and thematic work. The company champions movement for both the traditional proscenium as well as for unconventional spaces. The company endeavors to transport and educate audiences through the use of driving personal stories, dance film, immersive and interactive work, and exploring the whole of the emotional spectrum. It is important to Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company to meet audiences where they are – bringing both innovative and challenging works as well as accessible and lighthearted creations to the stage to appeal to a diverse audience.

Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company is the resident company at SMASH Dance Academy in north Provo. The company enjoys performing in multiple venues across Utah County, often presenting at Conrad Ranch in August, the Orem Library Hall in November, and trying out different unique, nonconventional performance spaces each April.

Company Structure and Schedule

Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company is a part time performance company of 8-10 dancers. Rehearsals and class take place on Mondays from 10:00-1:00 PM, Wednesdays from 6:30-10:00 PM, and Fridays from 10:00-1:00 PM. Company members must commit to at least one of these three days, but it is preferred that company members commit to 2-3 of the rehearsal days. There are occasional rehearsals and other commitments on Saturdays. WCDC does not rehearse on Sundays. There are typically 2-3 weeks per year where company members rehearse more intensely during a guest artist residency as well.

Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company performs 4 times per year, and company members commit to at least 3 of these. The Fall and Spring concerts are required but company members can choose between performing for the August fundraising gala or the June “works-in-progress” showcase. In addition to these performances, dancers have opportunities to perform as guests in other community events, teach, adjudicate or help at workshops, and gain other valuable experience.

In addition to rehearsing and performing, company members each take on one administrative task that takes roughly 10 hr to perform (for pay); tasks include fundraising, advertising, editing video, organizing costumes, training volunteers, and other company responsibilities. Company members also have the opportunity to teach (if interested) dance classes to all ages, from creative dance classes for children in local libraries, to masterclasses for youth dancers and workshops for adults. Payment is based on teacher’s qualifications.

Dancer Pay

Company members are in the studio an average of 4-9 hours per week for 23 weeks out of the year and are paid $8.25 per rehearsal hour, including weekly rehearsals, tech and dress rehearsals (WCDC does not pay for dancers to take mandatory technique class though). Payment is made at the time of performance and is considered a performance stipend, even though it is directly proportional to the time spent rehearsing. On average company members make $810-$1475 per year for performance alone depending on how many rehearsals they are available for. Administrative tasks, guest performances, and teaching opportunities lead to additional pay as well, ranging from about $100-$550 in additional pay. Every year WCDC administrators work to increase dancers’ pay.

2024-2025 Season Calendar

The 2024-2025 season will include the following:

August 14 Mandatory Opening Meeting and Social
*August 27 Summer Soiree (with afternoon rehearsals on Aug 17 and 24)
Nov 8-9 Fall Concert at Orem Library Hall with rehearsals from Aug 30-Nov 9
April 12 Spring Concert – an immersive/interactive performance at (location TBA) with rehearsals from Jan 13-April 11
*June 13-14 Movers+Makers intensive and performance at SMASH Dance Academy, Provo

*Company members commit to at least one of these events.

Company members also help/teach at one of two workshops, with many other teaching opportunities available to those who are interested:
-Youth dance workshop on December 7, 2024
-Adult dance workshop in March 2025 

WCDC Audition Requirements

-Must be 18 years+ to audition and participate on WCDC

-Dance degree and/or equivalent professional experience preferred

-Must commit to 3/4 of the entire season, either August 14, 2024 to April 12, 2025 or August 30, 2024 to June 14, 2025. Both options include time off from mid-November through mid-January and the entire month of May. With permission, some company members can commit to the entire season and perform in all 4 shows (instead of 3).

-Major performances will occur on August 27, 2024, November 8-9, 2024, April 12, 2025, and June 14, 2025. (These dates are approximations and are subject to change until July 2024)

-Must fill out online audition form (or Movers+Makers application) prior to arriving at the audition