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Stagelight Dance Company is a unique experience where commercial and concert dance collide. This experience was created to give the committed dancer an opportunity to further their training and artistic development by providing access to exclusive performance opportunities, guest artist classes, and various dance media workshops. Our company members are learning the importance of teamwork and their own personal commitment to their craft. Stagelight Dance Company is the place where dancers can be supported and challenged, as well as encouraged to learn their strengths and develop their own voice as an artist.

What's included in the Stagelight Dance Company Experience?

Performance Opportunities

Performance Opportunities

Compete as a team, showcase solo routines, and collaborate on duo/trio performances.

Immersive Learning

Immersive Learning

Engage in weekend dance conventions, guest artist classes, and specialized workshops.

Showcase and Outreach

Showcase and Outreach

Present your talent in intimate studio showcases and community events like city performances, fairs, and senior homes.

Professional Development

Professional Development

Participate in professional photoshoots and receive personalized guidance from Ms. Emily and guest instructors. 

Identity and Unity

Identity and Unity

Wear our personalized company uniform and foster camaraderie with fellow company members.

Networking and Connections

Networking and Connections

Connect with industry professionals and peers, opening doors for future collaborations and opportunities.



Thank you to everyone who attended our Stagelight Dance Company information session on Saturday, April 27th. We are so excited to begin this journey with our Stagelighters!

If you were unable to attend the information session, you can find the Information Packet below that includes all the details about Stagelight Dance Company. The packet has been updated to include answers to some questions asked at the information session. 


Auditions to join Stagelight Dance Company are by invitation only. Invitations have been sent on Monday, May 13th, 2024. 

Auditions are on Saturday May 25 and are held at Stagelight Performing Arts in Studio E. Based on your dancer’s current age, they should  attend the [Junior or Teen] audition slot.


  • Check in and self warm-up: 11:30am
  • Audition: 12:00pm-1:00pm


  • Check in and self warm-up: 1:00pm
  • Audition: 1:30pm-2:30pm


  • We are thrilled to have guest artist Jonathan Banh teaching both of our audition slots!
  • Be sure to arrive early for check in & warm up for your age group. This is where your dancer receives a number and is able to thoroughly warm themselves up. 
  • The audition begins promptly at your child’s Junior or Teen time (see above for audition timeslots)
  • During the audition, dancers do a short across the floor sequence which showcases their technical abilities (various jazz turns, leaps, and footwork). 
  • Everyone learns a short combo where they can demonstrate their ability to perform and memorize movement quickly. 
    • This combo is performed in small groups for the judges.
    • They are also asked to improvise during their audition. 
  • Dancers are assessed on their overall strength/flexibility, ability to retain choreography, clarity of movement, knowledge, performance quality, attitude, and studio etiquette. 
  • Leaving studio E during the audition is prohibited, unless there is an emergency. This ensures every dancer remains engaged, equal, and honest. So, make sure they remember to use the restroom before and to bring their water!
  • Parents are welcome to drop off their dancer, or stay and wait in the lobby. However, this is a closed audition, so TV viewing is not available.


Dancers should present themselves in a clean and professional manner in order to make a good first impression. Dancers attending the audition should come wearing:

  • Form-fitting attire such as a leotard, tank top, leggings, shorts, or tights (no sweats or baggy t-shirts).
  • Hair must be secured neatly out of their face. 
  • Dancers should wear jazz shoes or half soles for the audition. However, it is always smart to bring all dance shoes/sneakers, just in case.
  • Your dancer is allowed to bring only water into the studio during the audition.


The Audition Interest Form closed on Saturday, May 11. All audition invitations have been sent on Monday, May 13. 

If you have any questions, please email us at

We are announcing casting for Stagelight Dance Company on Tuesday, May 28.

Headshot of Emily Cortez, Stagelight Dance Company's Director


Emily Cortez

Emily Cortez was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Mt. San Antonio College for 3 years and was a part of their rigorous dance repertory program and graduated with her AA in Kinesiology. Emily then transferred to California State University Fullerton, where she obtained her BA in Dance. While at CSUF, Emily had the opportunity to work with and perform pieces by many esteemed choreographers, along with professional company directors and dancers from all over the world. Some of these include Doug Varone, Colin Connor, David Hochoy, Bradley Beakes, Debra Noble, Muriel Joyce, and Dale Merrill. Emily has also performed in many dance festivals and professional showcases throughout her career.

Along with her own personal education, Emily has been teaching and coaching dance for 10 years for children ages 2 and up, as well as adults. She is passionate about sharing the art of dance, as well as the discipline, creativity, confidence and joy that it can bring into people’s lives. She also loves being a part of a student’s journey and sees it as her way of giving back and inspiring young dancers, just as her own teachers have done in her life.