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Triplestar Associates

The Triplestar Associates programme is an exciting technical, educational, and performance-focused division of Triplestar College of Performing Arts, designed to complement and support any performing arts training which you may be currently receiving outside of Triplestar. It’s designed specifically to nurture emerging talent in the field of performing arts and give you the experience of college life.

The Associate programme is aimed at students between the ages of 8 and 16 years who would like to develop their three Ps - Passion, Performance and Potential (#triplep). If you are currently attending another dance school, please seek permission from your dance teacher.

If you are aged 11 years and older, you will have the additional option to undertake formal BTEC qualifications as part of your training. The course will further develop and improve your technical and performance ability, with the support of our dedicated teachers. It also enables students to gain a strong understanding of the theory, practice, and evaluation of the knowledge and skills of the performing arts profession.

Each month you will take part in technical classes in ballet, tap, and jazz, as well as open workshops with industry professionals focusing on learning choreography from current shows and productions.

You will learn within the college environment with our extremely talented college faculty, to ensure you acquire the skills to get you both industry and employment ready. Each year will end with participation within the college showcase.

Past members have gone on to full time training at Triplestar College of Performing Arts, received places at Northern Ballet and performed in National Touring Pantomimes alongside celebrities such as Bobby Davro, Dani Harmer and George Sampson. For more details of our students' successes, please click here.

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General information

The Triplestar Associates programme is an exciting technical, educational, and performance-focused division of Triplestar College of Performing Arts, designed to complement and support any performing arts training which you may be currently receiving outside of Triplestar. It’s designed specifically to nurture emerging talent in the field of performing arts and give you the experience of college life.
The Associate programme is aimed at students between the ages of 8 and 16 years who would like to develop their three Ps - Passion, Performance and Potential (#triplep). If you are currently attending another dance school, please seek permission from your dance teacher.
Each month you will take part in technical classes in ballet, tap, and jazz, as well as open workshops with industry professionals focusing on learning choreography from current shows and productions.
You will learn within the college environment with our extremely talented college faculty, to ensure you acquire the skills to get you both industry and employment ready. Each year will end with participation within the college showcase.
The Associates meet once a month, usually the first Sunday of every month, between 10:00am and 4:00pm, at our studios at Units 13-15 Brookfield Business Park, Clay Lane, Shiptonthorpe, YO43 3PU.
The course will further develop and improve your technical and performance ability, with the support of our dedicated teachers. It also enables students to gain a strong understanding of the theory, practice, and evaluation of the knowledge and skills of the performing arts profession.
  • You will have the opportunity to work with industry professionals and guest lecturers. (guest workshops may incur an additional charge)
  • You will learn nationally-recognised BTEC performing arts content during your training sessions, and if you are aged 11 years and older, you will have the additional option to undertake formal BTEC qualifications as part of your training, which are equivalent to GCSE and A levels
  • You will be given constant feedback and provided with personal targets
  • You will receive advice, support and practical experience relating to audition and interview techniques
  • You will be provided with student and parent access to our virtual learning environment, where you can research, collaborate, complete, and review your assignments and other learning material.
You can apply at any time, but all applications will be processed as part of the next planned audition session. Dates for upcoming auditions can be found on our web site.
On receipt of your application a member of Triplestar will be in touch with further information.

The Application Process

All applicants, new and existing, must complete the application form on the website. You are encouraged to complete the application form in your own words. New applicants must also take part in an audition.
You are expected to arrive in good time for the audition. Sign-in time for applicants will be thirty minutes before their audition time. Late signings will not be accepted as punctuality forms part of the audition.
Upon arrival, you will be assigned a number and asked to display it during the entire audition process.
Auditions last between one and a half and two hours, and will be conducted by a member of the college faculty in front of a small panel of judges. Their combined opinions will form the overall outcome of the audition.
You will take part in two contrasting workshops, ballet and jazz, learning choreography in both to perform in front of the judges. You will also take part in a short interview. You are not expected to prepare any material for your audition.
Once you have completed your audition, you are free to leave the session.
Decisions relating to the outcome of the application are not made on the day of the audition, but are provided with written feedback via e-mail within one week of the audition date. All decisions are final and there is not an appeal process.
If you are unsuccessful, we strongly encourage you to absorb any feedback you have been provided with, work on your weaker areas, and apply for future auditions. Performing arts is a tough profession, and you are likely to be unsuccessful in the future. Do not let this deter you from your chosen career!
You should be appropriately dressed and groomed for an audition, with appropriate dance shoes for the styles covered. All female applicants are expected to wear make-up. Physical presentation forms part of the judging process.
All auditions will take place at Units 13-15 Brookfield Business Park, Clay Lane, Shiptonthorpe, YO43 3PU.

Life as an Associate Member

Associate members should bring all their dance shoes, a note book and pen, any previously set homework, BTEC coursework and homework if applicable, and props if required.
Members aged 14+ are expected to wear full stage make up for every Associate session to get them into the habit of applying this for life at college.
You will be expected to practice between sessions.
Session dates will be sent to successful Associate applicants via email.
All choreography and music remains the property of Triplestar College Limited. Permission should be sought to personally use any material learnt within the Associate programme.
The cost is £40.00 per month for a six-hour session. Fees are invoiced either three times a year, in advance, or for those members who wish to pay monthly, a direct debit can be set up. Fees will still need to be paid even if you are unable to attend certain sessions.
Branded Triplestar Associate dance wear is available to purchase to wear to your college training sessions. This uniform is only compulsory if you are representing Triplestar at external events.
The Associates meet once a month, between 10:00am and 4:00pm, ending the academic year with a performance within the college showcase.
Whilst unexpected events cannot be avoided, it is hoped that if a member is considering leaving the Associates, they first discuss any issues with Emma at the earliest opportunity, to help find a resolution if possible.
Membership of the Triplestar Associates is reviewed annually. Triplestar College will provide feedback on each member’s progress throughout the previous year. Members will be asked to submit a renewal application, in which they will be asked to comment on their own performance during the year.
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