Our Dance Teams
Dance Academy USA offers two different types of dance teams, one competitive and one performance-based. Our Production Company was established in 1991, just one year after Dance Academy USA opened. Our Performance Team, established in 2012, travels throughout the Bay Area to perform at public arts and community events.
Competition Team History
Dance Academy USA’s COMPETITION TEAM was established in 1991, a year after the opening of the studio. Jane Carter’s vision was not just to have a competition team, but provide much more for the dancers than dance. This is why the dance team is named “Production Company,” because it is not just about dance. Her goal was to create an atmosphere where dancers are able to be challenged, receiving the best technique in a nurturing and loving environment. Coming from a father who was a 3-war vet in the military, she feels hard work, discipline, respect, and teamwork creates success in and out of the dance studio.
You may hear Jane yell out “A Ten Hut” followed by “At Ease” – – – to get the attention of all 200 team members. To this day, it is never about the First Place Awards, but how each dancer is improving and working together as a team. From the beginning, Ms Jane’s philosophy has been to integrate all competition team members with the recreation program. This type of “blending” produces great dancers across the board and a culture of “team” throughout the entire dance studio.
Performance Team History
The DAU PERFORMING TEAM – a similar name to our Production Company. The Performance Team is a team of dancers traveling the community to perform at venues such as Great America, Santana Row, and Christmas in the Park. This is a great way to be part of a team experience without the rigors of a tryout – or – the financial demands and time requirements of the Competition Team. In our opinion, it’s very important for kids today to be a part of a team and the opportunities to do so are fewer and fewer.
We are happy to provide this opportunity to kids without the insane demands that are typically placed on children (if they want to be a part of a team). We are really excited about what this team does for kids. If this is something your dancer is interested in – please contact the office.