So You Want to be a Dance Convention Assistant.....
Being a dance convention assistant is a goal or a dream for many young dancers. The role is a lot of fun, making great connections, making new friends, getting to travel but you should know it’s also a lot of hard work, long hours and high expectations.
To be a great assistant you must be able to pickup choreography quickly, adapt to multiple teaching styles and be skilled in many genres of dance since you will likely assist more then one teacher on convention weekends. Great technique is a must since you will be setting the example for other dancers attending the convention.
In addition to demonstrating choreography, assistants are also ambassadors for the company and role models for other dancers. Assistants are often the go to person for other dancers, parents and studio teachers and owners. You should be out going, friendly and always willing to help others and answer questions.
In addition to assisting during the regular classes, a typical convention weekend for assistants usually involves early morning and late night rehearsals, helping with setup and tear down before and after the events, helping at the registration desk, helping with scholarship auditions, etc. Most conventions also have special classes for their assistants, and these are where you will gain valuable industry knowledge. These classes often include such classes as job audition training, music editing, stage lighting, etc.
There are many great assistant opportunities in the competition world. If you are interested in pursuing this level of training, you should research the various programs, attend a few of their conventions and watch their assistants, ask questions about the program and their acceptance process, etc. Some companies select assistants from auditions at their regionals or national competitions while others hold separate auditions and interviews for interested applicants.
If you are ready for a great learning experience, hard work and sharing your love of dance with the world, here are a few programs you can start looking at but note this is only a short list and there are many more that exist out there. Do your research and good luck!
TheAcademy (The Art of Movement)
MVA+ (Velocity Dance Convention)
Tremaine Performance Program (Tremaine)
ASH Apprentice (Artist Simply Human)
HC TeenCo (Hollywood Connection)
Protégé (The Pulse)
Vibe Company (Hollywood Vibe)
Fluid Force (Fluid Dance)
Pro Reveler (Revel Dance)