20th Gala Faculty Show Center

UPCOMING GALA

The upcoming Awaken The Dancer Within Recital and Gala is our 20th semi-annual production.

Both the adult and youth shows will take place on Sunday, December 3rd at Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall. The Youth Recital runs from 12:00pm to 1:30pm, while the Adult Showcase runs from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.

As always, the shows will feature the same amazing stage performances from over a dozen dance styles, including Ballet, Belly Dance, Bachata, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Salsa, and Urban Burlesque.

Promoting the Adult Show:

We hope to raise the show’s profile and position it as a unique showcase of diverse dance performances from around the world. To that end, we encourage all our faculty members to actively promote their involvement in the show and utilize the Show Trailer below, along with the Facebook event (coming soon) in their online promotional effort.

 

DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS

Date: Sunday, December 3rd

Time:

12:00pm to 1:30pm for YOUTH RECITAL

3:30pm to 5:00pm for ADULT SHOWCASE

Location:

Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center located inside

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Alexandria Campus.

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

Parking:

Garage parking is FREE both days.

Tech Rehearsal Date:

Saturday, December 2nd (one day before the show.) Participation is mandatory for all students.

Both the adult and youth performers will be mingled together for rehearsal purposes, unlike at the Show the next day.

Tech Rehearsal Time:

The venue doors will open for tech rehearsal at 11am.

Each performing group or class will only need to be there for 1.5 hours between 1pm and 9pm. The specific 1.5 hour window will be announced to all students about 6 weeks before the date of the rehearsal.

For instructors with multiple performing classes in either or both shows, we will do our best to schedule your groups’ rehearsals back to back, which is why we’re mixing adults and youths at the rehearsal. However, do expect to be there for a longer period of time than your own students.

Show Date: Sunday, December 3rd

Youth Show: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

  • Call Time for youth students is 11:00am
  • Call Time for instructors is 10:45am
  • Theater doors open to the public at 11:15am

Adult Show: 3:30pm to 5:00pm

  • Call Time for adult students is 2:30pm
  • Call Time for instructors is 2:30pm
  • Theater doors open to the public at 3:00pm

CHOREOGRAPHY GUIDELINES

Beyond the obvious requirement for clean lyrics, below is a recap of the length guidelines for all classes and guest companies.

Choreography Length Guidelines (in mm:ss)

Class/Group

Minimum

Maximum

Belly Dance classes 2:00 3:15
Belly Dance Tribal Fusion classes 2:00 3:45
Belly Dance Tribal Fusion Companies 2:00 3:45
Hip Hop or Jazz classes- Adults 2:00 3:00
Hip Hop-Faculty 2:00 4:00
Hip Hop classes- Juniors 2:00 2:30
Hip Hop OR Jazz classes-Tweens Or Teens  2:00 2:45
Competition Teams 2:00 3:15
Salsa- Company 2:00  3:00
ANY Instructor/ Faculty collaboration  2:00   3:45

ALL Instructors must start teaching the choreography on WEEK #2 of the session for ALL CLASSES (week of Tuesday 9/12)* Enrollment for these classes will close thereafter.

* Remember we start the session on Tuesday due to Labor Day, so our weeks run Tuesday to Monday.

Companies and teams can start as early as week #1.

See Session Timelines section for a refresher

You should aim to finish the entire piece for each class by no later than week 11 for both Youth and Adult classes, and dedicate the last class of the session to cleaning and practicing.

-SONGS PER CLASS:

-For Hip Hop instructors, you need to pick a minimum of 2 songs and a maximum of 4 for each performance class.

-For all other styles, a minimum of one song is acceptable. There’s no limit on the maximum.

-MUSIC SELECTION FOR HIP HOP & JAZZ CLASSES:

-For Hip Hop and Jazz instructors, you can begin making your music selection as early as before the session starts and by no later than 9pm on Monday 9/11 (end of week #1) using this Music Selection Sheet (to ensure no two classes in the same show use the same music.)

-Remember you must start teaching choreo on week #2 (week of Tuesday 9/12), so you need at least one song for each class selected by that date. You can add the rest of your music by no later than 9pm on Monday, 9/18 (end of week #2.)

-FINAL SUBMISSION OF EDITED MUSIC:

-You will submit your final music files, edited and clean, along with staging-related info, using this online TECH SHEET (due by November 20th)For your music, please use any format EXCEPT  .WMV

Please make sure to reiterate these attendance guidelines to your students.

-ATTENDANCE:

Here are the guideline for your student

-Only one absence allowed between weeks #2 and #11 *

-Missing class on week #12 (last week) will automatically disqualify them from performing at the show.

Dress Rehearsal is mandatory for students. Missing it will result in an automatic disqualification, unless a waiver is granted by both you (the instructor) and Rami.

See Session Timelines

PRACTICE & PREPARATION

Taping Dates:  

As has been the custom, we will tape your class running the whole choreography by the end of class on weeks 9 or 10 of the session and send the online video to your students. By then, the entire piece should be completed. If your choreo is ready before week 9, let us know and we’ll tape you accordingly.

Students allowed to tape weekly: 

As always, adult students and parents are welcome to tape the choreo in progress at the end of each weekly class and share the video amongst themselves.

 

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

VIDEO PASSWORD when prompted = B2DS

YOUTH VIDEOS

CLASS

MUSIC

VIDEO

ABBY Contemporary Team

MUSIC

VIDEO

AMANDA Synergy Mon 6:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

AMANDA Sparx Monday 7:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

AMANDA Beta Fri 5:30pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

AMANDA Hip Hop – Advanced Beginner: Juniors Tues 5:40pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

AMANDA Hip Hop – Beginner: Advanced Tweens Thurs 5:40pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

AMANDA Hip Hop – Beginner: Juniors Sat 11:45am

MUSIC

VIDEO

EVE Hip Hop – Beginner: Teens Wed 6:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

EVE beliEVErs Fri 5:30pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

JEREMY Hip Hop – Low Intermediate: Tweens Thurs 5:40pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

JEREMY Hip Hop – Beginner: Juniors Mon 6:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

 JEREMY Hip Hop – Intermediate: Tweens Thurs 6:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

JODECI Hip Hop – Advanced Beginner: Juniors Mon 5:40pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

JODECI Theo Sun 12:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

JODECI Tap Team Sun 2:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

KATHERINE Hip Hop – Intermediate: Teens Sat 12:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

LAURA Ballet – Advanced Beginner: Tweens, Teens & Adults Sat 10:45am

MUSIC

VIDEO

LAURA Ballet – Swan Lake Pas

MUSIC 

VIDEO

MARCUS Hip Hop – Low Intermediate: Tweens Sat 12:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

ADULT VIDEOS

CLASS

MUSIC

VIDEO

AMANDA Jazz – Advanced Beginner Choreography Tues 6:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

AMANDA K Pop – Advanced Beginner Choreography Thurs 6:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

BELLADONNA Belly Dance Tribal Fusion ATS

MUSIC

VIDEO

BELLADONNA Belly Dance – Tribal Sword Tues 7:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

BERNA Belly Dance – Strings Attached Technique Wed 8:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

CHRISTINA Hip Hop – Low Intermediate Wed 7:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

 JEREMY Hip Hop – Low Intermediate Thurs 7:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

 JODECI Hip Hop – Intermediate Mon 7:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

JODECI Video Vixens Mon 8:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

 KATHERINE Hip Hop – Beginner Mon 7:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

KATHERINE HH Trio

MUSIC

VIDEO

LAURA Ballet – Advanced Beginner Sat 10:45am

MUSIC

VIDEO

ODALYS Belly Dance – Latin Fusion Wed 7:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

DIANAMARIA Urban Burlesque Wed 8:45pm

MUSIC

VIDEO

VICTORIA Belly Dance

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. 

COSTUMES

Needless to say, everyone performs on stage in dance costume. Please review the the costume selection and ordering process for your class or company, as outlined below.

For youth classes, all instructors are required to complete this Costume Theme and Class Names Sheet by Mon 9/11

Costume Selection and Ordering Process by class

Class/Group

Selection Guidelines

Belly Dance classes Instructor makes selection
Hip Hop and Jazz Classes- Adult

1) Pick a costume for them OR

2) Ask them to vote on one, then you get to approve it

Hip Hop and Jazz Classes- Youth Instructor will submit theme preference and Studio will handle
Hip Hop Teams Instructor will submit theme preference and Studio will handle
Salsa/Bachata/Tango- Classes Instructor /company director makes selection
Salsa/Bachata/Tango- Companies Instructor /company director makes selection
Salsa/Bachata/Tango Classes Instructor /company director makes selection
Ballet Classes Instructor will submit theme preference and Studio will handle

TECH REHEARSAL

Rehearsal Location:

To recap, the 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 2nd (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.) This will help reduce the wait time for instructors with classes in both shows.

Rehearsal Windows:

Students in each class need to be on standby for 1.5 hours between 1pm and 9pm. Their actual rehearsal time is about 10 minutes (will run the piece twice stage.) The exact rehearsal schedule with each class’s 1.5-hour window will be released in early October. 

Students arrive in Costume:

With the exception of Belly Dance students, all performers are required to arrive in costume.

VIEW REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

VIEW SCHEDULE►

Rehearsal Check-In Process for students: 

1) Wait in the Lobby with classmates

2) Practice while waiting

3) Once called, go upstairs to the Balcony section

4) Take a seat in the Balcony until they’re called backstage

5) Enter backstage from the Balcony section

Students must learn these 3 Backstage Processes: 

1) Practice standing Behind the Yellow Line

2) Identify the location of Dressing Rooms

3) Practice Entering stage from the Right Wing and Exiting into the Left Wing

Stage Rehearsal Processes:

1) Pre-run Pointers: Huddle with your students on stage for pre-run pointers

2) First Run: Students to stand in the Right wing, enter dark stage & get in position, lights and music turn on, perform the routine, hold pose, then exit into the Left Wing

3) Second Pointers: Huddle again on stage for the 2nd round of pointers

4) Second Run: Students to repeat process and run the routine again

5) Third Pointers: Get onto the auditorium’s floor with your students for the 3rd and last round of pointers

6) Exiting: Students to exit auditorium into the lobby

DAY OF THE SHOW GUIDELINES

If you have classes or teams performing in both the Youth and Adult shows (most Hip Hop instructors do), then please pay attention to the Call Times for each show as you’ll need to report in for both.

All the other guidelines, however, apply equally to both shows.

Call Time YOUTH Show:

-Instructors must arrive to the venue by 10:45am.

-Youth performers must arrive to the venue by 11:00am.

-Theater doors open/ seating begins at 11:15am.

-Show starts at 12:00pm. Show scheduled to end at 1:30pm.

Call Time ADULT Show:

 -Instructors and 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.

What to do between Shows?

Assuming you’re in both shows, you’ll have one hour or a little more between the two shows (youth ends at 1:30pm and the adults’ call time is 2:30pm.) We will provide lunch for our faculty and staff in the Seminar Room.

A) Students 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: Students will check in the lobby and will be escorted upstairs to the Seminar Room for gathering. Instructor should also report to the Seminar Room during gathering, and once we begin performers seating, you’re excused to go backstage or take a seat in the balcony.

Access Restricted: ONLY performers and instructors 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:

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

Students will be guided by a chaperone who will let them know when they need to report backstage, and will escort them to and from the wings. All the students are required to do is follow their chaperone’ s instructions

A) Going Backstage:

After the last performance of the show, the chaperones will escort all youth performers to Backstage to partake in the Curtain Call. Adult students will need to report backstage on their own.

B) Instructors introduced on Stage:

Instructors, most of whom will have just finished performing the Faculty piece, will be introduced on stage, one by one, and will then move to lineup towards the back of the stage. You’re welcome to bow, dance or blow a kiss if you want 🙂

C) Students Entering Stage:

We’ll ask all performers to come on stage at once to be greeted by the audience in specific groups that will be organized by the chaperones. 

SHOW TICKETS

Instructors and guest company directors themselves do not need tickets to the show. But if you’d like to invite guests to either the adult or the youth show, we can provide you with comp tickets which you’ll request when you complete the Tech Sheet

SHOW DVDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Both shows will be filmed professionally and the videos will be made available on our Vimeo and Facebook pages shortly after the recital.

Please remember (and remind your students) that videotaping is allowed at the show, while flash cameras are strictly prohibited.

SESSION TIMELINES

We’re off for Thanksgiving Break from Tuesday 11/21 to Sunday 11/26.

– Week 1: Tues. 9/5 to Mon. 9/11

– Week 2: Tues. 9/12 to Mon. 9/18

 Week 3: Tues. 9/19 to Mon. 9/25

 Week 4: Tues. 9/26 to Mon. 10/2

 Week 5: Tues. 10/3 to Mon. 10/9

 Week 6: Tues. 10/10 to Mon. 10/16

 Week 7: Tues. 10/17 to Mon. 10/23

 Week 8: Tues. 10/24  to Mon. 10/30

Week 9: Tues. 10/31 to Mon. 11/6

Week 10: Tues. 11/7 to Mon. 11/13

Week 11: Tues. 11/14 to Mon. 11/20

–OFF: TUES 11/21 to SUN 11/26 (Thanksgiving Break)

Week 12: Mon. 11/27 to Sun 12/3

The Rehearsal: Saturday 12/2

The Show: Sunday 12/3

**Performance classes and WILL have class on Saturday, December 2nd. Your rehearsal time will be such that you will teach class at the Studio, then head to the venue for Tech Rehearsal.

Performance classes and teams will NOT have class on Show Day (Sunday, December 3rd)