Junior Dancing at Dancers' Workshop


The Junior Repertory Company (JRC) is the pre-professional youth company at Dancers’ Workshop. It is comprised of middle and high school dancers ages 12-18. These highly dedicated students in this program strive to expand their technical and artistic dance abilities by committing to many hours of studio time. All JRC take core classes in ballet and modern technique and their choice of elective classes in jazz, hip hop, pointe and choreography. JRC students are required to actively participate in the creation of new work, most notably JRC’s annual New Dances/New Choreographers showcase. Through experiential learning, constructive criticism and analysis, these dancers further the conversation around dance and explore the nuances within this ever-evolving art form.


What are the benefits of joining JRC?

JRC is an amazing experience for young dancers who want to perform more and see dance as a serious avenue of study. Dancers learn about leadership and responsibility through the fulfilling experience of choreographing, rehearsing and producing their own work. While rehearsing for up to five productions each school year, students practice self-reflection, perseverance and the ability to take and apply constructive criticism. JRC members are held in high regard by the instructors who dedicate their time to working with these students as individuals. JRC are leaders within Dancers’ Workshop’s student body and serve as role models to the younger students within the school.

The JRC experience is as much about joy, creativity and social involvement as it is about hard work! Many friendships and memories forged as members of the company last a lifetime. JRC students also benefit from workshops in injury prevention, nutrition and anatomy and bonding activities.

What are the commitment requirements for JRC?

All JRC students must take a minimum of two ballet classes, two modern classes, a conditioning class and a company class each week. Choreography class is a requirement for sophomore and older students who intend on choreographing for New Dances/New Choreographers. During the school year, JRC generally rehearses on Saturdays from 10:00am-5:00pm. In total, JRC commits to 10-12 hours/week and up to 16-18 hours/week during productions.

What can I do to prepare for the JRC Audition?

Auditions are held each September at Dancers’ Workshop. Students do not need to prepare material for the audition. However, to be successful, dancers must be in their best dance shape. To prepare for the fall, students are encouraged to take summer classes at Dancers’ Workshop and/or a summer intensive at another school. The instructors watching the audition look for good technique in addition to a sense of integrity, an excellent attitude and a good work ethic.

Who is the JRC Director?

Michaela Ellingson is the JRC Director. A graduate of Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase and a member of Contemporary Dance Wyoming, Michaela is also a JRC alumni. Her deep personal connection to JRC, professional expertise, and giving spirit make her an amazing asset to the program. All JRC members have a direct line of communication with Michaela. Michaela works collaboratively with Artistic Director Babs Case and School Director Eric Midgley to ensure the best experience for JRC students.

How do I become a member of JRC?

JRC auditions take place every fall at the beginning of the school year. All students age 11 and older, who have taken both ballet and modern at the intermediate level or higher (for the entire previous school year) and understand the commitment level of JRC, are encouraged to audition. Students chosen for JRC will be required to complete a contract at either the Company 1 or Company 2 level.

All new JRC members enter as apprentices (Company 2 contract) and remain in the apprenticeship company for at least one semester. After one semester, students may be invited to join JRC as regular company members.

Can I dance at the Int/Adv or Adv levels without committing to JRC?

Separate placement auditions are held each September at Dancers’ Workshop. All students in the Intermediate level or higher attend this audition. Depending on their dance ability and maturity level, students may be moved up to the Int/Adv and Adv. levels without being members of JRC. Non-JRC students in upper level classes have the option to take ballet and/or modern and may take JRC electives on a case-by-case basis.

For more information about the Junior Repertory Company, please contact JRC Director Michaela Ellingson at jrc@dwjh.org.



Sydney Clark, Ashlyn Fadala, Kate Frederick, Taylor Gutierrez, Megan Haag, Ashley Hovinga, Morana Lundquist, Morgan May, Brooke McGough


Biz Carlin, Isabella Gutierrez, Audrey Hultman, Gabby Maldonado, Paschall McDaniel, Cameron Singleton, Avery Taylor, Sky Vitetta


Dancers’ Workshop recognizes and honors the JRC commitment by offering a discounted class package to members of JRC. JRC members who take the minimum class requirements receive a 25% discount on classes. JRC apprentices who take the minimum class requirements receive a 20% discount on classes. Adding additional elective classes increases the discount up to 40% off for those taking the maximum number of classes possible per semester.


9/8 Old Bill’s Fun Run – DW leads the race warmup at 9:45am. Join us!
9/10 Semester 1 – Fall Classes Begin
9/15 JRC Audition & Orientation – 10:30am-12:30pm
9/18 Levels 5 & 6 - Audition for Winter Production
9/22 Levels 5 & 6 - Winter Production Rehearsals Begin
10/5 Levels Through 4 - Audition for Winter Production and Mandatory Parent Meeting
10/6 Levels Through 4 - Winter Production Rehearsals Begin
10/5 Financial Aid Applications Due
10/22-26 Parent Observation Week
10/26 Thriller Workshop + Zombie Crawl – Students, crawl with us!
11/19-25 Thanksgiving Break – No Youth Classes (DW Office Closed Thursday & Friday)
12/3 Winter Production Tech Week – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE
12/7-9 Winter Production Performances
12/10 Enrollment Opens for Spring Semester Classes
12/23-1/6 Winter Break – No Youth Classes & DW Office Closed
1/7 Classes Resume
1/14 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (TBD if DW will offer youth classes)
1/21 Spring Semester Classes Begin
2/11 Keep Us Dancing School Fundraiser Begins
2/18 Presidents’ Day - No Youth Classes & DW Office Closed
3/8 Keep Us Dancing Party
3/11 Final opportunity for students to enroll in a class in order to perform in Progress Performance. New students can still join a class on a drop-in basis after 3/11.
3/18-22 Parent Observation Week
3/24-4/7 Spring Break – No Youth Classes
4/8 Classes Resume
4/26-27 New Dances/New Choreographers
5/4 Progress Performance Tech Day – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE
5/6-9 Progress Performance Tech Week – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE
5/11 Progress Performance
5/13-17 Last Week of Classes