TDC Company was established in 1996 by Heidi Glynias with the purpose of providing students, who want to pursue dance more intensely, a curriculum of diverse subjects at the studio, in addition to having the opportunity to perform frequently throughout the year.
TDC Company Dancers range from 8-18 years of age. Auditions are held at the studio in May. Dancers are evaluated based on numerous technical skills and placed into jazz ensembles according to level (first) and age (secondary). Dancers also have the opportunity to audition for contemporary, ballet, hip hop and tap ensembles.
TDC instructors hold Company Dancers to high expectations regarding work ethic, commitment, progress, respect for others, focus in class, attendance & attitude. Dance competitions are a large part of what Company Dancers are involved in, and our ensembles have been extremely successful, winning top awards at the regional & national levels. The majority of competitions we attend involve weekend workshops with well known dance professionals / choreographers. The workshops provide the opportunity for our dancers to expand their knowledge and understanding of many dance styles, motivating them to work at an increased capacity. Our season typically consists of 3 convention/competitions.
Our philosophy for TDC Company as a competitive team & performance troupe is to provide a healthy balance of competition that will motivate the dancers to work at an intense level, giving them feedback from the well known choreographers they take class with, along with performance opportunities where our dancers are not being critiqued and scored, allowing them to share their love & passion for dance in a non-judgmental environment.
Locust Contemporary Dance Works Festival - NYC
The Cleveland Orchestra's MLK Day Open House at Severance Hall
The Cleveland Orchestra's Halloween Spootacular Family Concert At Severance Hall
American Dance Festival's National Dance Day
Pre-performance lecture-demonstration at Playhouse Square
Holiday Shows for private functions & IX Center Christmas Connection
Collaboration with The Singing Angels
Fashion Shows for Lake Erie Marine Trades Assoc's Mid American Boat Show
Bay Village Preschool Co-op Fundraiser
Cleveland Animal Protective League Adopt-a-Thon Event
American Advertisers’ Association
Beaute’ Craft Hair Show in Detroit
Pre-performance for The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall
Ohio Surveyors’ Convention
Recovery Resources’ Community Challenge fundraiser
Starlight Guardian Fundraiser for Our Lady of the Wayside
Billy Hufsey CD Release Party
Collaboration with “Skate, Dance, Dream”
In addition to conventions and competitions, company dancers also have the opportunity to perform within the community including fundraisers, local performances and professional venues. The majority of our community performances are shows choreographed with specific themes as requested by the organizations we entertain for. Some of our non-competitive performances have included:
Additionally, our dancers attend local master classes given by professional dance companies & directors and they have the opportunity to participate in additional workshops. Select dancers have danced in Los Angeles at The Edge Performing Arts Center & Millennium Dance Complex. TDC hosts workshops with well known choreographers/dancers such as:
Gregg Russell, Angela Carter & Ryan Lohoff of Tap Into The Network
Jimmy Locust (Janet & Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul)
Chelsea Michener (Edge PAC, Cold Case, Dance Plug)
Gev Manoukian (SYTYCD, High School Musical 2, Big Time Rush)
Tabitha & Napoleon (SYTYCD, ABDC, much more!)
Ellis Dawson III ("Aladdin" Broadway National Tour)
Blake Angier (Edge PAC, Beyonce, Rhianna, Ricky Martin & Miley Cyrus)
Lili Froehlich ("Hamilton" and "Cats" on Broadway)