Cathy Finne-Artistic Director of Mazza-Smith Team 1014/ Sherri Mazza-Director
MS Team 1014 formerly Studio 1014 Dance Elite/Mazza-Smith Dance Team now combined have retained both Regional and National recognition and we look forward to continued success! Team classes are on Friday! Team Members will perform at local events, expand their dance training to another level and travel to exciting conventions for classes and competitions!
MS Team 1014 Missions
Tiny Team-Ages 3-5 Petite, Junior and Senior Team-based on age,ability and Director Placement.
MS Team 1014 promotes a positive environment for all dancers and requires 100% commitment from the studio, students, parents, and staff. We intend to make dance a fun, learning, and character-building program – with winning results!
Please make sure you are able to commit to all rehearsals, competitions and all other requirements outlined in the Team handbook prior to accepting a position as a MS Team 1014 dancer/parent.The bar in the competitive dance world is constantly being raised and we face new challenges daily. Our faculty and staff are 100% committed to meet and exceed those challenges.
We are happy to discuss issues and work with dancers and parents regarding any questions or concerns that arise. However, if you have a concern or question, we ask that you email us regarding your situation and we will respond in a timely manner. Faculty members will not take time away from scheduled classes/rehearsals to discuss individual matters.
The choreographer for each dance and the director will choose the participants for each competition routine. Many factors go into these decision, including but not limited to: overall concept of the dance and the dancer’s ability to relate, the dancers overall technical ability and strengths, the dancers ability to adapt, the dancer’s communication, respectfulness, drive, determination, attitude, performance level, emotional maturity and overall age range of the dancers. The choreographer will construct each piece based on their creativity, ideas and music choices. Much time and energy goes into the choreography of each and every dance. The concept, music choice, editing of music, staging, use of props if applicable, countless hours of preparation, are all part of the bigger picture. A parent group agreement form will be given and used as a guideline to how many groups, solos, duo/trio your dancer will be permitted to participate in. You are NOT guaranteed to be in that many dances, this is used as a guideline for the director and choreographers.
Team Placement Placements are based on level, age and potential. Attendance of all classes and rehearsals is mandatory, unless otherwise notified. Frequent student absences may result in suspension from class or removal from the team. The Artistic Director reserves the right to remove the dancer from a portion of the choreography, remove the dancer from that particular dance or remove the dancer from MS Team 1014 – whichever is in the best interest of the team if absences become habitual.
If a student must miss a class due to illness or other emergency it is the parents responsibility to notify the Artistic Director, Cathy Finne via email or telephone. If a student becomes injured, team members must attend all scheduled classes and rehearsals as an observer. It is mandatory for students to attend class and rehearsals during the week preceding any competition or performance. If a dancer misses rehearsal resulting in lack of learning choreography the dancer will be asked to learn specific choreography on their own.
We do take into consideration to be reasonable regarding a dancer’s other non – dance related activities. However, to be a member of a team it requires 100% commitment in the interest of the team as a whole. We are happy to try and work with dancers who are part of other organizations with regard to their requirements and performances.
Team Attire ALL Team members to purchase the following: Team Warm up suit, Performance Top, leggings , Leotard, Choker,Earrings,Backpack,T-Shirt, and any specialty shoes, tights, costumes.
Costumes for 3-5 are usually around $100.00. All others $150.
Competition Entry Fees All MS Team 1014 dance members are required to attend scheduled competitions as presented. Competition entry fees will be invoiced to your Mazza-Smith account within 10 days of the due date.
Tiny Team members will ONLY travel locally! All others are expected to attend local and out of town scheduled competitions.
Financial Responsibility You are the only person who can decide at what level you can participate in respect to time, energy and finances. We ask that you carefully consider all aspects of what you commit your child to participating in – before making the commitment to do any dance(s). If you have any questions about the fees necessary to be a team member please contact Miss Cathy Finne, The Artistic Director of MS Team 1014 and she will be happy to answer your questions. If, after you commit to dances you decide to drop or change for any reason you will be subject to additional charges for re-choreography, re-staging, etc. Tuition, choreography fees, costume fees and all other financial responsibility will have specific due dates and will be provided before you make a commitment. Once you have made your commitment, please be advised there will be no refunds, credits, pro-rated amounts. Please consider all information and fees carefully.
Rehearsal Fees/Private Fees Rehearsal Fees/Private Fees are paid to Mazza-Smith Dance in addition to your regular monthly tuition. All competition dancers who have an assigned rehearsal time slot or private slot will pay the designated rehearsal/private fee. Family discount does not apply to private fee/rehearsal fee. If your dancer has to miss their rehearsal time/private time we may not be able to reschedule. If the instructor has to cancel for any reason, The Artistic Director will provide a make up class/rehearsal based on the dancer/teacher schedule.
Communication Policy MS Team 1014 makes every effort to keep all parents well – informed regarding all issues of the competition team. Our primary source or communication will be email.
Master Classes Periodically throughout the dance year, the Studio will host Master Classes for our dancers. It is strongly recommended for all dancers to attend these classes. Generally the fees for these classes range from $10 – $100. All Master Classes hosted by Studio are offered for the greater diversity in dance experience and education.
Fundraisers Fundraisers will be done throughout the year to help families pay for the costs of competitive dancing. Families are strongly encouraged to participate in these fundraisers. Any monies earned from fundraisers will be applied to your fundraising account and will be used as needed toward competition entry fees.
Parental Support Parental support is important both inside and outside the studio. Your help at home with positive vibes will be in the best interest of your dancer as well as the team as a whole. Any negative or derogatory postings on ANY SOCIAL MEDIA SITE by a Team dancer or parent WILL result in suspension and/or removal of that dancer and family from Team 1014. Rumors and gossip feed NEGATIVE ATTITUDES, and NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENTS. Please do not start, listen to, or repeat any gossip or small talk. “Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space” It is CRITICAL to keep the energy high and positive inside and outside of our studio walls.
Trophies and Monetary Awards Physical and monetary awards given to dancers who perform at any and all competitions are the sole property of Mazza-Smith Team 1014. It will be at the studio directors discretion as to if and when trophies become the property of the dancer!