Performance Team

What Is It?

OVERVIEW

Competition Performance Team is our top tier class at Big Star. Enrollment is by Audition Only. Big Star Studios Competitive Performance team is split by grade and ability levels – Juniors (K-5), Seniors (6-12) and a new Select Group.  This allows for age and skill level appropriate pieces in a more focused setting with more opportunities for solos, duos, trios and small groups.

TEAM COMMITMENT

By joining the Competitive Performance Team, you & your performer agree to attend your classes every week as well as any rehearsals and team appearances.  It is imperative to our teams’ success that each performer does their part with regular class attendance.  We fully understand that our families have outside commitments and full calendars; If you identify any scheduling conflicts, please notify us by email at info@bigstarstudios.com as soon as possible so all necessary arrangements can be made.

CLASS EXPECTATIONS

Attendance to all classes is mandatory.  Allowed absences:  Please stay home if you are contagious or have a fever.  If an injury is preventing you from participating in class you will still be expected to attend class to watch so you don’t fall behind.  1 unexcused absence per session will be permitted, no absences are allowed 2 weeks prior to any performance/competition, missing class may result in being pulled from the routine.

STUDIO BEHAVIOR & ETIQUETTE

Students and parents should be respectful of the Big Star studio space.  We would like Big Star to be a safe and supportive environment for all kids to explore their potential.  If at any time you have questions or frustrations regarding something you have experienced at Big Star please do not hesitate to contact studio owner/director Corey Mosley.

Students need to recognize the responsibility of being on the competition team at Big Star.  Students of all ages look up to team kids and will notice your behavior.  Please be sure to arrive on time.  If you are going to be more than 10 minutes late please call the studio to let us know.  Items brought to the studio need to be left in the cubbies.  Water bottles only allowed in studio.

Students talking while the instructor is talking or not following directions will be given the opportunity to remedy the situation however, if it happens a second time the student may be asked to leave the room and re enter when they feel ready to participate.

Please remember to bring a positive attitude and smile into the studio!  Be respectful of your teachers and fellow students who are all there to learn and have a good time.

TEAM PARENT EXPECTATIONS

For this to be a successful year we need your trust and support.  Your children look to you for validation.   Please remind them that they have been placed where we feel is the best fit for them as a performer.  As always if you have questions we are here for you.  Student/Parent/Teacher conferences are available upon request.  It is imperative that conversation stay positive!  If you have any concerns about anything involving Big Star please contact Corey directly.  Although venting to fellow parents is a natural reaction, in this environment it only promotes gossip.  Please help us continue to keep Big Star a positive place for everyone!

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

Students are expected to arrive at least 1.5 hours before their first scheduled performance (or when the doors open) with hair and makeup complete.  You can leave the competition but if you have another performance you need to be back 1.5 hours before your next piece.  Competitions are known for running both ahead and behind so please do not have expectations they are running on time.  Although it is not required we encourage students to stay and support fellow team members at least on the same day they perform however, it is required for students to stay for their awards ceremony.

Please make sure your performer checks in with Chris or Kathy upon arrival and knows when and where they need to meet prior to heading backstage.  There is no excuse for forgetting any costume pieces.

Remember from the moment you step out of your car until the moment drive away you are representing Big Star Studios.  Big Star jackets should be worn at all times when you are at a competition unless you are performing.  Jackets need to be worn on stage at all awards ceremonies.  Trophies and awards need to be given to a Big Star teacher or representative to be displayed at Big Star Studios with the exception of solo awards may go home with your performer.  We want Big Star to be thought of as a kind and respectful studio so please be on your best behavior at all times

2016 / 17 COMPETITION DATES

  • August 13th – Festival at Mt Si Parade, North Bend, WA
  • August 20th – Snoqualmie Railroad Days Parade, Snoqualmie, WA
  • September 12th – Regular Weekly Classes Begin
  • September 17th – Snoqualmie Valley Block Party
  • October 1st – Salmon Days Parade, Issaquah WA
  • November 1st – Costume Fees Due
  • November 10th – Spotlight Competition Entry Fees Due
  • November 24th – 27th  – Closed for Thanksgiving Break
  • December 3rd – Holiday Showcase, Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, Fall City, WA
  • December 19th  – January 1st – Closed for Winter Break
  • January 2nd – Classes Resume
  • February 10th – Celebrity Competition Entry Fees Due
  • February 24th-26th – Thunderstruck Competition, Burien, WA
  • March 10th – Showstopper Entry Fees Due
  • March 18th – Winter Showcase, Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, Fall City, WA
  • March 31st – April 2nd – Celebrity, Burien, WA
  • April 8th – 16th – Studio Closed Spring Break
  • May 13th – Summer Stock &  CPT Team Auditions
  • May 19th – 21st – Showstopper Competition, Tacoma, WA
  • June 10th – Spring Showcase, Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, Fall City, WA
  • June 12th – Competition Team End of Season Party

How much does it cost?

COSTUME EXPENSE

Every competitive routine your child is in will require a costume.  Costume fees will run $75. per costume, per routine.  Costume fees will be posted to your account on November 1st.

COMPETETIVE GEAR EXPENSE

Each performer will need the following items in order to participate on the CPT:

Team jacket $65.00

Team T-shirt $25.00

Black Leggings and/or solid black pants (can purchase on your own or through Big Star)

Please note: Our team jackets have been discontinued, we are going in a new directions so ALL CPT team members will need to purchase a new jacket & T shirt.  We want our students looking polished and professional at all times.  The solid black pants & top are items many of you may already have in your closets, if not please purchase these items for your performance gear.

COMPETITION EXPENSES

Attendance at competition is mandatory for CPT performers.  We will attend three competitions this year. For each competition there will be entry fees assessed by the competition. Each routine you participate in will have a fee attached in order to compete. Below is an estimate of competition fees based on the type of performance. All of these figures are based off the 2016 competitive fees, and are estimates.

Type of Performance | Competition Fee per Student

  • Solo | $105.00
  • Duo | $65.00
  • Trio | $42.00
  • Group | $48.00

For every Solo, Duo, Trio or small group there will be a onetime choreography fee of $100. This is for the teacher’s initial set up time to choreograph, find music and cut the music for the piece you choose. This fee is split by number of individuals in the piece.

You will need to sign up for a 30 minute time slot. These spots are limited, and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Anyone performing a Solo, Duo, Trio or Small Group will add one half hour of time each week to their monthly bill. For example, if you are on team you are signed up for 3 hours a week at a cost of $210/month. If you decide to add a half hour of instruction for a solo, duo, trio or small group your hours go from 3 to 3.5 and tuition from $210 to $238 per month, October through May (8 months).

If you are chosen to participate in a solo, duo or trio, or small group please plan to turn in your payment at your meeting time and then we coordinate with all participants to secure a time slot that works for everyone. That will be your time slot for the 8 months of comp season Oct-May.  If you are unable to rehearse during a scheduled time, it is your responsibility to make arrangements with your teacher for a make-up session.