Dancer


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Do you need any dance experience to be a part of Dance Production?

No experience is required to be part of Dance Production. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join, no matter their experience level!

How do I become a dancer? What is the commitment?

All students are strongly suggested to attend Dancer Workshops on September 22nd from 11 AM-2 PM. At Dancer Workshops, students will meet the 2018-2019 choreographers, hear about and watch choreography from each choreographer, and then try out choreographed trial dances with choreographers. Next, students will then be given the opportunity to sign up for the dance(s) they are interested in.  Only students who attend the entirety of the workshop will be guaranteed a place in the desired number of dances indicated on their Dancer form. Juniors and seniors are allowed to be in up to three pieces, and first years and sophomores are allowed to be in up to two pieces. Each dance in Dance Production will have an hour and a half of mandatory rehearsal per week, and choreographers may hold extra rehearsals throughout the year. Dance Production also holds two showings a year, where all dancers and choreographers meet in Thorne Hall to show the progress on their piece. There will be mandatory rehearsals during Tech Week, in preparation for Dance Production. Tech Week occurs the week before we open the show. We ask dancers to plan ahead so they can attend all mandatory commitments during this time.

What if I can’t attend Dancer Workshops?

Students who cannot attend the workshop for legitimate reasons (e.g. study abroad, work, illness, athletic competitions, mandatory field trips) will be asked to go through the accommodation process. Students should contact the Executive Board at dancepro@oxy.edu to request recorded videos of the dances and a Dancer Form. A completed Dancer Form is required in order to join Dance Production. Students going through the accommodation process must email their form to dancepro@oxy.edu by December 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST. All forms received after this date will be not be considered.

What are the best dances? How do I decide which dances I should join?

Dance Production is a showcase of different styles of dance, not a dance competition. There is no “best” dance. All 2017-2018 choreographers were selected not only because of their expressed artistic talent and love for dance, but also for their dedication to foster an inclusive and fun learning environment for all dancers. With that said, all dances have their own feeling and choreographers their own style of teaching. We highly encourage new dancers to talk to upperclassmen about their Dance Pro experience and come to Dance Workshops to see which dance suits you best.

What if I never danced that style before?

If you have never danced a certain style before, Dance Production is the perfect place to try it out! Dance Production highly encourages all dancers to go outside their comfort zone and try a new style. Many Dance Production alumni have found the experience very rewarding.

What do I do if I can’t attend a rehearsal?

If you cannot attend rehearsal, be sure to notify your choreographer at least 24 hours in advance for missed rehearsal, or at the discretion of the choreographer. No dancer should miss more than three rehearsals or your choreographer(s) reserves the right to cut you from the piece.

Can I switch dances?

Joining dances are up to the discretion of the Executive Board and involved choreographers. If you would like to switch dances, you must email the Executive Board at dancepro@oxy.edu , cc’ing both the choreographer of the dance you want to drop and the choreographer of the dance you want to join. The Executive Board will then see if the requested switch can be arranged. No switches are guaranteed. Switching dances without the pre-approval of the Executive Board is not allowed and may lead to expulsion from Dance Production. Dancers are allowed to ask for dance switches anytime before the cut-off date, December 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST. Switches requested after December 13th will not be considered, except in extreme cases.

Is there an option to withdraw from a Dance Production? When is the latest I can withdraw?

If you no longer want to be part of Dance Production, you must email the choreographers of the pieces you wish to drop and the Dance Production email (dancepro@oxy.edu). Dancers who drop out of Dance Production after first showing on December 6, 2017 will not be given a refund of their dues. Dancers who drop will also not receive the club shirt handed out to active members the week of the show.

Can I still join if I’m studying abroad in the fall?

Abroad for the fall semester? No problem. Dance Production has had many members and even choreographers participate from overseas. To secure yourself a spot, email dancepro@oxy.edu and ask for a Dancer Workshop form. We will provide you with choreographer videos so you can select your top 5 dances accordingly. Send us back the filled out form and we’ll take care of the rest.

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