FAQ

DANCER FAQ

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 9th from 10 AM-2 PM. At Dancer Workshops, students will meet the 2017-2018 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 orm. Juniors and seniors are allowed to bein 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, 2017 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, 2017 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.

CHOREOGRAPHER FAQ

Do I need any choreographing experience to audition?

No experience is required to be a choreographer. Dancers from all styles are encouraged to audition!

How do I become a choreographer?

Interested choreographers must attend Choreographer Workshops on September 2, 2017 from 10 AM-12 PM in the Dance Studio.  Students who cannot attend the workshop for legitimate reasons (e.g. study abroad, work, illness, athletic competitions, mandatory field trips) will need to send in a video of their audition piece by Friday, September 1, 2017 at 8 PM PST. All videos submitted after this will not be considered..

Auditioning choreographers will be asked to demonstrate 30 seconds or four 8-counts of choreography of their proposed piece, along with an explanation of any visions, music, and costumes the choreographer plans on incorporating into their piece. Plagiarism of choreography is unacceptable and will result in the piece being cut from consideration. Choreographers may not audition more than one piece. Choreographers are chosen through a vote by all present auditioning choreographers and Executive Board members.

What is the commitment? Being a choreographer is a demanding, yet extremely life-changing experience. If selected, choreographers are expected to fulfill all commitments and duties detailed in the Choreographer Contract signed at the first choreographer meeting of the year.

Basic choreographers duties include conducting hour and a half long weekly rehearsals, attending all Dance Production fundraisers and events, coming prepared to weekly choreographer meetings, and supporting their dancers’ artistic and personal development throughout the year.   The number of mandatory commitment hours per week for choreographers is around 3-4 hours, not including personal choreographing and prep time.

Can I be a dancer in my own piece?

Yes, you are allowed to be in your own piece. However, in order to give other dancers the chance to be showcased, you cannot be the focal point of your dance.

Can I be in other dances if I’m a choreographer?

Yes, choreographers can be in pieces other than their own. All choreographers are allowed to be in up to three pieces, including their own piece.

Will Dance Production Executive Board have any say/influence in my piece? How do I ensure the integrity of my piece is preserved?

Dance Production Executive Board encourages all choreographers to explore and stretch their artistic potential. However, choreographers are asked to minimize offensive content (e.g. excessive cuss words, provocative content, derogatory message/lyrics in song choice, etc.) in their pieces. Choreographers are expected to notify the Executive Board at Choreographer Auditions or shortly afterwards if the content in their piece may be offensive to some audience members. The Executive Board will not ask the choreographer to make changes to their piece unless concern is expressed about the content.   

At all times, Dance Production choreographers are expected to respect the cultures, people, and places being represented in the production. Since Dance Production strives to be an inclusive and respectful learning environment for everyone, cultural appropriation and other forms of disrespect WILL NOT be tolerated. If you have any concerns about any dance, please feel free to contact the Dance Production Executive Board at dancepro@oxy.edu.

What if I don’t want to choreograph anymore?

In accordance with the Choreographer Contract all choreographers sign at the beginning of the year, choreographers are expected to see their piece through to the end of the production. Only under extreme circumstances may a choreographer resign from their position and responsibilities. If extreme circumstances arise, choreographers are asked to contact the Executive Board at dancepro@oxy.edu as soon as possible. It is up to the Executive Board’s discretion of what will become of the choreographer’s piece if they resign. Choreographers that resign in the fall semester will be fined $20 to their student account and $40 during winter break and spring semester, except in cases of extreme emergency.

 

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