Online Show Center 24th Gala


The upcoming Awaken The Dancer Within Gala is our 24th semi-annual Showcase.

Adult Student Performances:

The show features an eclectic mix of over 20 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 Ballet, Bachata, Belly Dance, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Salsa, and Sensual Dance.

Faculty Performances:

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 usually one hour, with no intermission.

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, and cyclorama screen, 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 8th

Time: From 3:30pm to 4:30pm (dancers 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 7th (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 1.5 hours between 1pm and 9pm. Your specific 1.5-hour window will be announced about 6 weeks before the date of the rehearsal. The venue doors will open for tech rehearsal at 11am.

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.




We’re off for Thanksgiving Break from Tues 11/26 to Sun 12/1.

– Week 1: Tues. 9/3 to Mon. 9/9

– Week 2: Tues. 9/10 to Mon. 9/16

Week 3: Tues. 9/17 to Mon. 9/23

 Week 4: Tues. 9/24 to Mon. 9/30

 Week 5: Tues. 10/1 to Mon. 10/7

 Week 6: Tues. 10/8 to Mon. 10/14

 Week 7: Tues. 10/15 to Mon. 10/21

 Week 8: Tues. 10/22  to Mon. 10/28

Week 9: Tues. 10/29 to Mon. 11/4

Week 10: Tues. 11/5 to Mon. 11/11

Week 11: Tues. 11/12 to Mon. 11/18

– Week 12: Tues. 11/19 to Mon. 11/25

OFF FROM TUES 11/26 to SUN 12/1 (For Thanksgiving Break)

Week 13: Mon. 12/2 to Sat. 12/7

The Rehearsal: Saturday 12/7**

The Show: Sunday 12/8

** Saturday classes will run as scheduled. Your rehearsal window will not conflict with the class time.


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

– Only one absence is allowed between weeks #2 and #12

– While one absence is permitted, it’s the responsibility of the student to play catchup on their own with the help of classmates, or by scheduling a private lesson through the front desk.

– Students CANNOT miss class on week #13 (last week of the session). It will automatically disqualify you from performing at the Show.

Missing 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 and 10 of the session.

VIDEO PASSWORD when prompted = B2DS 


AMANDA K Pop – Advanced Beginner Choreography Tues 6:45pm
MUSIC                      VIDEO
BERNA Belly Dance – Moulin Rouge Choreography Wed 8:45pm
MUSIC                      VIDEO
DIANA Urban Burlesque – Advanced Beginner Choreography Mon 7:45pm
MUSIC                      VIDEO
DONNA Belly Dance – Drum Solo Choreography Tues 8:45pm
MUSIC                      VIDEO
KATHERINE Hip Hop – Low Intermediate Choreography Tuesday 6:45pm
MUSIC                      VIDEO
LAURA Contemporary – Advanced Beginner Wed 6:45pm
MUSIC                      VIDEO
LAURA Jazz – Advanced Beginner Tues 8:45pm
MUSIC                      VIDEO
ODALYS Belly Dance – Zeina Choreography Wed 6:45pm
MUSIC                      VIDEO
VICTORIA Belly Dance – Mesmerizing Fan Veil Choreography Thurs 8:45pm
MUSIC                      VIDEO
Belly Dance Collective
MUSIC                      VIDEO

VIDEO PASSWORD when prompted = B2DS

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 Tuesday 10/29 and Friday 12/6, 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 Tuesday 10/29. Email Us to request practice space and the front desk will let you know what times are available (specify your desired time slots and the class it’s for.)  


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 and Jazz 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 7th (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 1.5 hours between 1pm and 9pm based on your class’s specific rehearsal slot.

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 1.5 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 (count to 3 Mississippi before you move).

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 4:30pm.

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, for example, 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.

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 $30 for the general public.

However, families and friends of performing students can purchase discounted tickets and get $10 off each ticket (for a net price of $20) 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.


Please advise your friends, family and fans of these guidelines:

As you may know, we post the professional pictures and videos from the Recital, at no charge to you, on our Facebook page between 1 to 6 days after the show.


You can take pictures BUT you cannot use flash. It’s very harmful for the dancers on stage, including the family member or friend whose picture you’re taking.

Audience members are allowed to videotape the show.  

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