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Adult Showcase Summary Sheet


The upcoming Awaken The Dancer Within Gala is our 18th semi-annual Showcase.

Adult Performances:

The show is quite unique in that it features an eclectic mix of over 25 stage performances by adult students and professional dance companies in more than 10 different dance styles (youth classes perform separately in their own show.)

The featured dance styles include Belly Dance, Bachata, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern Dance, Salsa, Urban Burlesque and Tap.

Faculty Performances to Add Variety:

In addition, the show will also feature performances by some of our faculty dance companies, to ensure that the audience is kept entertained with an eclectic mix of performances.

The show’s duration is expected to be shorter than previous shows at one and a half hours.

The Venue:

Hosted at the prestigious Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall with a 1,000-seat capacity, the show utilizes state-of-the-art production capabilities, including high tech stage lighting, cyclorama screen and fog machines, all captured by two professional photographers and a crew of three videographers [visit our Video Channel to watch full videos of past performances].



Date: Sunday, December 4th

Time: From 3:30pm to 5:00pm (students have a Call time of 2:30pm)


Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center located inside

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Alexandria Campus.

4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311 (Map It)


Garage parking is FREE both days.

Tech Rehearsal Date:

Saturday, December 3rd (one day before the show)

Tech Rehearsal Location:

Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center located inside

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Alexandria Campus.
4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311 (Map It)

Tech Rehearsal Times:

You’ll need to be there for just 2 hours between 1pm and 10pm. Your specific two-hour window will be announced about 6 weeks before the date of the rehearsal.

Attending the Tech Rehearsal is Mandatory.

Missing it will disqualify you from performing at the Showcase.

Please review the program below to ensure that your name is spelled correctly and appears under the right class, before we go to print.

If you spot any errors, please email us by no later thanFriday, November 18th by 5pm. We cannot make any changes thereafter.

Changes will not be reflected here after your email, but will be reflected in final printed program.



**Studio is closed for Thanksgiving Week (Mon 11/21 – Sun 11/27)** 

– Week 1: Mon. 9/12 to Sun. 9/18

– Week 2: Mon. 9/19 to Sun. 9/25

 Week 3: Mon. 9/26 to Sun. 10/2

 Week 4: Mon. 10/3 to Sun. 10/9

 Week 5: Mon. 10/10 to Sun. 10/16

 Week 6: Mon. 10/17 to Sun. 10/23

 Week 7: Mon. 10/24 to Sun. 10/30

 Week 8: Mon. 10/31  to Sun. 11/6

Week 9: Mon. 11/7 to Sun. 11/13

Week 10: Mon. 11/14 to Sun. 11/20

–OFF Week: Mon. 11/21 to Sun. 11/27 (Studio is closed for Thanksgiving Week 11/21 – 11/27)

Week 11: Mon. 11/28 to Sun. 12/4

The Rehearsal: Saturday 12/3**

The Show: Sunday 12/4

**Performance classes and Companies WILL have class on Saturday, December 3rd. Your rehearsal time will be such that you will teach class at the Studio, then head to the Theater for Tech Rehearsal.

Performance classes and Companies will not have class on Sunday, December 4th


Please make sure to review these attendance requirements in order to participate in the Showcase.

Only one absence allowed between weeks 2 and week 10:

Starting on the session’s 2nd week, students cannot miss more than one class between then and week #10.

While one absence is permitted, they still have to play catchup on their own with the help of classmates, or by scheduling a private lesson through the front desk.

Can’t miss class on week 11:

Further, missing class on week #11, which is the last week of the session, will automatically disqualify you from performing at the Showcase.

Tech Rehearsal is mandatory for students:

Missing the Tech Rehearsal will also result in an automatic disqualification, unless a waiver is granted by both the instructor and the studio’s director.

Practice at Home with the Choreography Video and Music!

Disclaimer: All the music downloads made available here are used for educational and illustration purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.

Videos will go up between weeks 9 thru 10 of the session.

VIDEO PASSWORD when prompted = B2DS18




Belly Dance- American Cabaret Wed 8:45pm – BERNA

Play Music Play Video

Belly Dance- Latin Fusion Choreo Tues 8:45pm – ODALYS

Play Music Play Video

Belly Dance- Fan Veil Choreo Thurs 7:45pm – VICTORIA

Play Music



Bollywood- Adv. Beginner Wed 7:45pm – TRICHA

Play Music  Play Video

Dancehall- Intermediate Tues 7:45pm – BRIAN

Pending  Play Video
Hip Hop- Low Intermediate Wed 8:45pm – MANNY Play Music Play Video

Jazz Adv. Beginner Tues 7:45pm – AMANDA

Play Music See FB Group

K-Pop- Adv. Beginner Tues 6:45pm – AMANDA

Play Music Play Video

Salsa Capitol Salseros – DAVID & ZUZANA

Play Music Play Video
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance- Bohemian ATS Basket Dancing Tues 7:45pm – BELLADONNA Play Music Play Video

Tribal Fusion Belly Dance- Drum Solo Choreo Tues 8:45pm – BELLADONNA

Play Music Play Video

Urban Burlesque- Adv. Beginner Thurs 8:45pm – DIANAMARIA

Play Music



Video Vixens- Intermediate Mon 7:45pm – JODECI



 Play Video

VIDEO PASSWORD when prompted = B2DS18

Disclaimer: All the music downloads made available here are used for educational and illustration purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. 

All performing students are allowed to reserve studio rooms at no charge to practice with their fellow classmates (without the instructor) between the 9th week of the session and until the day before rehearsal (Friday, 12/2), subject to space availability.  

To reserve space for practice, one of the students in the class has to designate themselves as the host and take responsibility for keeping things orderly, as well as leave a credit card on file with us to cover against incidentals.

Booking: If and when you’re ready to reserve space, please Email Us to check on space availability.

Limits: A maximum of 2 hours per reservation and 2 reservations per week apply for each class, as we have to accommodate a lot of other performing classes.

Booking Dates: You can book studio space for practice starting on November 7th, for any the hours listed below (subject to availability). Email Us to request practice space (specify your desired time slots and the class it’s for.)

Available Practice Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 5:00 to 6:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:30 to 8:30pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am to 11:45am AND 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.  


The costume may be purchased by the studio and paid for by the student, or directly purchased by the student based on the instructor’s guidelines.

Usually, students will coordinate amongst themselves, along with their instructor, to decide on a costume that appeals to the majority of them.

We make a conscious effort to keep the costs low, but different dance styles call for different price ranges.

Belly Dance costumes typically cost upwards of $130, while Hip Hop costumes run a wide gamut ranging any where from $40 to over a $100.



Rehearsal Location:

To recap, the Tech Rehearsal will be held at:

 The Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall located inside Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) at the Alexandria Campus.

The address is 4915 East Campus Drive. Alexandria, VA 22311. Map It

Rehearsal Date:

Saturday, December 3rd (one day before the show).

All classes and companies from both the Adult and Youth shows will be rehearsing together (i.e. we could have an adult class followed by a youth class then adults again, etc.) 

Rehearsal Time:

You’ll need to be there for just two hours between 1pm and 10pm based on your class’s specific rehearsal slot (VIEW REHEARSAL SCHEDULE).

Students arrive in Costume:

With the exception of Belly Dance students, you’re required to arrive wearing your costume. Trust us, this will save you a lot of time and effort!

Remember, with the exception of Belly Dance students, you’re required to arrive wearing your costume and ready to go anytime within your two hour window.


What do Students do Upon Arrival?

A) Wait in the Lobby:

Please wait in the venue’s spacious lobby until your group’s name is called over the lobby’s speakers.

B) Practice until their group is called:

To make good use of your time, students are allowed and encouraged to practice their class routines in the lobby, either without music or with a small stereo that you must keep at a moderate volume.

C) Go upstairs to the Balcony once called:

Once your hear your group’s name announced, head to the open stairs entrance where volunteers will be waiting to guide you upstairs to the Balcony section (parents looking to volunteer for the Youth Recital, please email us).

D) Take a seat in the Balcony:

After going upstairs to the Balcony section, you’ll take a seat with your classmates and chaperones to briefly watch other groups rehearsing on stage until you’re called on again; this time to head backstage in preparation for your stage rehearsal.

E) Practice entering backstage from the Balcony:

The trek from the Balcony section to Backstage is about a minute long and takes you through internal corridors. Since you will be making that same trip the next day at the Show, it’s very important that you practice it at the Rehearsal. 

After successfully making your way backstage from the Balcony and waiting in the wings with your group to be called on stage, you have to follow your guides instructions and get oriented with the following:

A) Stand Behind the Yellow Line:

Practice standing BEHIND the Yellow Line on the floor when waiting in the wings because otherwise the audience can see you (which doesn’t look good at all!)

B) Find the Dressing Rooms: 

Get comfortable going to and from the various dressing rooms backstage.

C) Practice Stage Entry and Exit: 

Unless noted otherwise, your choreography at the Showcase will entail that you enter the stage from the Right Wing and exit into the Left Wing, both times in darkness (don’t worry, you’ll be guided by the glowing tape on the floor and the dim light from the wings.)

So make sure to orient yourself with both the entrance and exit locations.  

A) Pre-run Huddle:

As mentioned earlier, you will run your routine twice in a row. Before the first run, get on stage with your classmates while the lights are on. Then huddle around your instructor so you can hear their pointers about formations, positions and proper entry. Listen closely because these stage-specific instructions have not been covered previously in class.

B) First Run:

  Stand in the wings: To simulate the same environment that you’ll experience the next day at the Showcase, you will now return to the wings (Right wing for entry), stand behind the Yellow Line, and then the lights will go off.

Enter Stage from the Right Wing: The backstage coordinator will give you the signal to enter the stage in the dark, but aided by the side lights and glowing tape on the floor, and then you stand in position. You will have to do this in under 10 seconds!

Perform: Just like at the show the next day, the MC will make an announcement over the speakers and the lights will come up, followed by the music, and you will perform the routine.

Hold Pose: Remember to hold your pose at the end as the lights go off. Do not begin to exit until it’s completely dark.

Exit Stage from the Left Wing: You will now exit the stage into the Left Wing (the opposite side of where you entered.)

C) Second Run:

More pointers from Instructor: After the first run, the lights will turn on and the instructor will give you more pointers while you’re still on stage.

Repeat process: You will repeat the process by returning to the Right wing, standing behind the yellow line, entering stage in the dark, performing the routine, holding your pose in the end, and then finally, exiting into the Left wing.

D) Get Off Stage and Exit the Auditorium:

Final pointers BUT on the auditorium’s floor: After the second run, you will have to get off stage, as the instructor will give you more pointers on the auditorium’s floor so that the next group can get on stage for their rehearsal.

– Exit the Theater: Thereafter, you must leave the auditorium through the side doors and back into the lobby. You’re done for the day. Get a good night’s sleep and plan to own the stage tomorrow 🙂 


Check in time:

Performers must arrive to the venue by 2:30pm.

  • Theater doors open/ seating begins at 3:00pm.
  • Show starts at 3:30pm. Show scheduled to end at 5:00pm.

A) Performers Arrive in Costume:

As with the Rehearsal, all students with the exception of belly dance performers, are required to arrive in costume and in makeup/ accessories, if applicable.

B) Go Upstairs to the Balcony:

-Balcony Entrance: Just like at the Rehearsal, you should immediately go upstairs to the Balcony section.

Access Restricted: ONLY performers are allowed into the Balcony section, after being verified by our staff at the entrance and given a stamp. No one else is allowed to enter the Balcony section, even if they have a valid show ticket (we only sell tickets for the Orchestra and Terrace sections.)

C) In the Balcony Section: Identify your “Backstage Call Time”

The entire Balcony section will be reserved exclusively for you and your fellow performers so you can watch the show, except of course when you’re required to report backstage ahead of your group’s performance (more on that next.)

As you enter the Balcony section, do the following:

 1-Pick up a copy of the Performance Order printout from the table at the entrance listing the order of performances AND your Backstage Call Time.

2-Identify and remember your Backstage Call Time: If your class is, say, Hip Hop-Dubstep with Jason listed as #11, the sheet will indicate that you must report backstage before #8. Make note of that number because it’s when you’ll need to go backstage during the Show (more details in the next section.)

3-OPTIONAL: Go to the Dressing Rooms: Only if needed, proceed to the dressing room backstage to put makeup or add accessories. Otherwise, most of you should already be in costume.

4-Take a seat: If you don’t need to change or add accessories, then take a seat close to your classmates and wait for the show to start.

5- Enjoy the Show: Starting at 3:30pm, you’ll watch the show with your classmates BUT you must be mindful of your backstage Call Time and plan to report backstage on time.

6-Report Backstage in preparation for your performance: Follow the guidelines in the next section explaining when and how to report backstage during the Showcase.

A) Backstage Call Time:

As mentioned earlier, using the Performance Order Printout, you will know your exact Backstage Call Time, which is always three numbers before your own performance(i.e. if your performance is #11, you will need to report backstage before #8.)

The Performance Order printout will look something like this:

SAMPLE: Performance Order Printout

Performance Class
Backstage Call Time
Performance # 11: Hip Hop Dubstep- w/ Jason
Report backstage before #8
Performance # 12: Belly Dance-Ebb & Flow w/ Arina
Report backstage before #9
Performance # 13: Salsa Choreo w/ Charissa
Report backstage before #10

Make note of your Call Time number (example: “Before #9”), and pay attention to the the Emcee introducing the name of each performance so you can keep track of what number it is.

B) Get Up ONLY When the Stage is Dark:

The only time you can leave your seat in the Balcony section and go backstage is when a performance ends and the stage is dark (there’s usually 20 seconds between each performance.) Do not leave your seat while a performance is taking place on stage.

There will be ample floor and wall signs guiding your trip from the Balcony to backstage, but you have to know when, how and where to report backstage.

A) Lining up in the Backstage Hallway:

When you arrive backstage, the backstage coordinator will line you up with your classmates in the hallway behind the main door leading to the wings where you’ll wait for a few minutes.

B) Entering Into the Wings: 

When the performing class scheduled before yours gets on stage, the backstage coordinator will direct you to enter the Wings through the main door.

C) Standing Behind the Yellow Line: 

Once in the wings, stand behind the Yellow line awaiting your turn to get on stage. Pay attention to the Backstage coordinators as they will let you know when to get on stage.

D) Entering Stage and Standing in Formation (10 seconds rule): 

When the current performance ends on stage and the lights turn off, the Backstage coordinator will direct you to enter the stage. 

As you practiced at Tech Rehearsal the day before, you will have 10 seconds to enter and stand in formations, before the lights come up and the music starts. You’re now performing live!

E) Holding their Pose when the Performance ends: 

Remember to hold your pose at the end of your performance until the lights go off completely. Do not begin to exit until the stage is completely dark.

F) Exiting Stage into the Left Wing (5 seconds rule): 

You will now exit the stage into the Left Wing (the opposite side of where you entered) and will do so in 5 seconds or less.

G) Returning to Your Seat:

After exiting the stage, please go back to your seat in the Balcony section (the same way you came through the internal corridors) and enjoy the rest of the show! BUT prepare to go backstage again for the Curtain Call.

When you’re not performing on stage or waiting backstage, you will likely be sitting in the auditorium watching the show just like any other audience member.

If you like what you see on stage, how about you cheer loudly and give the performers a heartfelt round of applause in the end? When it’s your turn on stage, they will do the same for you! 🙂

In case you’re not familiar with the term, “Curtain Call” is when all performers get on stage at the end of the show to greet the audience.

A) Going Backstage:

After the very last performance of the show, all performers must immediately leave theirs seats in the Balcony and head backstage to partake in the Curtain Call.

Given the large number of performers, we ask that you please leave your seats in an orderly manner.

B) Performers Entering Stage:

We’ll ask all performers to come on stage at once to be greeted by the audience (the former system has proven cumbersome due to the large number of performers we have.)

Remember to not just “walk” onto stage, but “dance” your way through it. The audience always cheers louder when performers do that. Then move closer to the back of the stage to make room for the students entering behind you.

C) Order of Stage Entry:

Instructors will be introduced first, one by one, then student performers will be directed to enter all at once, then the studio’s directors will go on last.


Needless to say, performers themselves do not need tickets for the show, but their family and friends do.

Assigned Seating:

Since the venue features assigned seating, make sure to advise your family, friends and fans to purchase tickets as early as possible because the best seats (i.e. Orchestra Center) sell out quickly.

Discounted Tickets:

Tickets for the show are priced at $25 to $30 for the general public.

However, families and friends of performing students can purchase discounted tickets and get $10 off each ticket using a special promotion code, as outlined below.


Buy your Ticket Online & Print at Home:

Purchase and PRINT your tickets online, and just bring them to the venue. You can also DISPLAY THEM on your smartphone.


A professional DVD of the entire event will be made available 5 to 6 weeks after the show and can be pre-ordered online or at the studio ($25 to pick-up or $35 to have it shipped to you.)

The video is professionally-edited, utilizing three High Definition cameras and features all the performances organized by chapters.


Audience members are allowed to videotape the show. We still provide a professional DVD of the entire show for only $25, which utilizes three HD cameras and is expertly edited.

However, photography is strictly prohibited!

So why can’t you take pictures?

Because on a dark stage, the flash from cameras will hurt the performers’ vision causing disorientation and imbalance. The friend or family member whose image you try to capture on stage will only suffer harm as a result, despite your good intentions!

Besides, we have two professional photographers taking pictures of the entire show, which we make free to all performers and their families following the show. See sample professional pics from previous shows.

But wouldn’t the flash from the professional photographers’ cameras cause the same harm?

No it wouldn’t because our professional photographers use equipment with advanced dark settings specially designed for dance and theater productions, and therefore, can take pictures freely without affecting the performers.

So please refrain from taking pictures during the show, and do understand that any audience member observed taking pictures may be escorted out of the auditorium by security personnel. The safety of the performers is critical.

We have a Facebook Event for the Show, which you’re welcome to Share and Invite Friends.