***2018 SESD Show Photos Price List***

***2018 SESD Show Photos Order Form***

 

2018 Showcase Documentary Video:

Thanks Miss Carey!

 

Spring Showcase 2019

Venue: Harrison Auditorium (A&T University)

Show Date: Sunday, June 16th (2:00 and 5:30 PM)

Dress Rehearsal (All Classes): Saturday, June 15th

*Pending Final Approval From Venue*

***2019 Showcase Info Printable***

***2019 Show Line Up Printable***

Our annual Spring Showcase is always an exciting event! Following the guidelines below have proven successful in the past, so let’s continue  to have many more successful shows! Some rules come directly from our venue, so please be sure to read them closely.

Meetings will be held in the Spring to review all details and answer questions to ensure the best experience for you and your dancer! Showcase meetings are required.

 

SESD Showcase Policies and Information

Venue Information, General Guest Information and Etiquette

  • Venue: Harrison Auditorium at A&T University
    • Address: 1009 Bluford St., Greensboro, 27401
  • Parking: Parking is free! There is a lot directly beside the auditorium as well as across the street.
  • Absolutely no recording or photography is permitted. This includes cameras, cell phones, iPads, or any other devices. This is a safety hazard for our performers. DVDs will be professionally recorded and available for purchase, and a professional photographer will be on site taking photos that we are happy to share with you!
  • Bouquets, DVDs, and Show-themed shirts will be available for pre-order in the spring.
  • Only dancers, instructors, and pre-selected volunteers are permitted backstage pre-show, during the show, and post-show. Extra bodies can create confusion and frustration for dancers; we appreciate your cooperation!

 

General Showcase Policies and Fees

  • Showcase Fee:
    • We do not plan on selling tickets to future shows; dancers may invite as many guests as desired! Instead of selling tickets, we will collect a $60 Showcase Fee (max $95 per family) due no later than September 15th to cover the costs of our new and recently updated venue. We do not make a profit off our shows; all fees go towards the cost of venue rental, vendors, programs, staff, music licenses, props, etc.
  • Costume Fees: Due no later than October 19th
    • Creative Movement & Foundations: $45
    • Flip Flop Hip Hop: $40
    • Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1, all Level 2-4 classes: $55
    • Ballet 4 Solo Costume: $60
    • Extra Pieces (solos, duets, trios in the “variety show”): Varies, due no later than January 30th
  • Showcase and Costume fees are non-refundable.
  • One parent/guardian is required to attend one Showcase meeting.
    • Showcase meetings are absolutely mandatory. No exceptions.
    • Each parent/guardian will sign an attendance sheet at the beginning of each meeting. Dancers are not eligible to perform if one parent/guardian does not attend one Showcase meeting.
    • Show day is VERY busy. It is extremely important attend Showcase meetings and ask all questions prior to the show date. Katherine will be tied up running the show; coordinating lights and sound with the technicians, checking on dancers, and much more. We want this experience to be as smooth and pleasant as possible, but there is no guarantee Katherine will be able to answer phone calls, texts, or emails at any time during the day. If you have a question and cannot find Katherine, look for someone in a “volunteer” shirt or your dancer’s teacher. Showcase meetings will eliminate most of the stress and confusion!
    • 2019 Showcase Meetings:
      • Sunday, March 31st…2:00-2:30 and 4:15-4:45
      • Friday, April 12th…5:15-5:45 and 8:15-8:45
      • Wednesday, April 17th….4:30-5:00 and 8:00-8:30
      • Northern Arts Meetings: Thursday 25th first 15 minutes of each class
    • Please remember that volunteers and staff are following Katherine’s instructions, and are dedicated to making this show as wonderful as possible for all participants. Hopefully everything will run smoothly, but if a conflict or issue does arise, please remember that we are all here for the kids–it’s THEIR day to shine, not worry about adult problems. Please contact Katherine after the show if you have any concerns; we want everyone to feel important and respected–because you are!–but in the middle of shows is not always the best time to have such an important conversation. I want to be able to give you 110% of my attention, and I cannot do that in between shows/rehearsals.

 

Performer Eligibility, Expectations, and Information:

  • Eligibility:
    • June tuition and any other outstanding fees should be paid in full no later than 2 days prior to the show date in order for dancers to remain eligible to participate in the Showcase.
      • June tuition remains the same as other months. Tuition is calculated for the entire year, and divided equally each month. Therefore, we do not charge more for months with 5 weeks, and we do not pro-rate for months with less than 4 weeks.
    • While we welcome dancers to join our program at any point in the season, dancers must be officially enrolled in class, and have paid Showcase and Costume fees no later than January 30th in order to participate in the current season’s showcase.
      • Eligibility regarding dancers who enroll late in the season is always up to instructor’s discretion.
    • One parent/guardian must attend a Showcase meeting for dancers to be eligible to perform in our Showcase. Parent/guardian will sign an attendance sheet at the beginning of each Showcase meeting to verify they meet this requirement.
  • Attendance Policy:
    • Showcase choreography begins in January in all of our dance and acro classes. Regular attendance in the spring session is extremely important.
    • Dancers in Levels 2, 3, and 4 are allowed three excused absences after March 1st. Any extra absences could affect a dancer’s eligibility to perform. While it may be possible to make up missed classes with a private lesson, it is no guarantee that missed choreography can be “made up.” It is imperative dancers are in class unless they have a contagious condition (according to our Illness Policy) or experience a family emergency.
    • Ballet 3 dancers are allowed 6 absences January-May, 3 of which can be missed after March.
    • Ballet 4 dancers are allowed 10 absences all season, 6 of which can be missed January-May, 3 after March.
    • The three weeks prior to the show are absolutely mandatory except in the event of contagious condition (according to our Illness Policy) or graded school event. Dancers who are absent the three weeks prior to the show may be pulled from their class dance if the instructor deems it more beneficial for the class as a whole.
    • Dancers work very hard to retain their choreography, and it puts extra pressure on their classmates when students are routinely absent. We thank you for realizing how important regular attendance is, and assure you that your dancer will be very glad they put in the time and effort when the big day arrives!
    • Picture day, full cast rehearsals, and dress rehearsals are mandatory.
    • Dancers who are absent from any full cast or dress rehearsal are not permitted to perform in the show. If you experience an emergency the day of a rehearsal, contact Katherine ASAP.
    • Dancers may not leave full cast or dress rehearsals earlier than their designated dismissal time.
    • Please review all dates and times carefully. If you cannot commit to all dates, please do not commit to the current season’s show.
  • All Performers:
    • Our photographer will be photographing dress rehearsal; all performers should be dressed exactly as if it were Show Day.
    • Clean nails, no colored nail polish. Nude polish and “French tips” are acceptable.
    • Costume Box:
      • Dancers in multiple classes or with multiple costumes/tights/shoes are required to have a “Costume Box”—including Foundations and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1.
      • Please do not send your dancer’s “dance bag.” Instead, use a clear plastic box (with a lid) clearly labeled with your dancer’s name.
      • What goes in a “Costume Box”?…Costumes and hair pieces, dance shoes, tights, red lipstick and other make up necessities, brush/comb, hair spray, hair gel, extra hair ties and bobby pins, band aids, water bottles, sealed snacks, and anything else your dancer may need backstage! Be sure to label ALL items with your dancer’s name or initials.
      • Creative Movement dancers do not need a box or dance bags; all personal items should stay with parent, not in the dressing rooms.
    • Hair:
      • Hair should be slicked back with gel and hair spray, no bangs or “fly-aways.”
      • Dancers with hair in a bun should use a hair net over the bun and plenty of bobby pins.
      • Hair styles are generally the same as required by our Class Attire Policy. If a different hair style is desired, it will be listed on the Costume Board.
    • Tights:
      • Tights and shoes are generally the same as required by our Class Attire Policy; if different styles/colors are required, they will be posted on the costume board.
        • Please note, Foundations and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1 will need Capezio Caramel tights for their tap dances. Caramel tights will not have a seam in the back as Theatrical Pink tights do.
      • Tights should not have holes—we recommend purchasing a new pair before the show, and using them in class the next season.
    • Costumes:
      • Costumes should not be worn except for Picture Day, Dress Rehearsal, and Showcase. There is no guarantee that lost or damaged pieces can be repaired or replaced.
    • Make Up:
      • All dancers are welcome to use glitter as part of their make-up routine, but please do not bring spray glitter to the venue. Roll-on glitter or glitter that is applied with a brush/make up applicator is acceptable.
      • Creative Movement and Foundations classes should have red lipstick. Other make up as desired by parent. We recommend light, natural blush and mascara.
      • Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1 should apply red lipstick and light stage make-up (blush, neutral eye shadow a bit heavier than every day wear, eyeliner, and mascara).
      • Dancers enrolled in Levels 2-4 should apply red lipstick and stage make-up (foundation if needed, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner—winged preferred, and mascara).
      • Dancers in Level 4 should apply false eye lashes.
      • Eye Shadow Tips:
        • Traditional “smoky eye” make up does not always look best on stage. We recommend the same technique but with neutral colors. Eye shadow palettes are a great way to achieve this look and usually have instructions on the back of the package.
        • Choose a color theme: Gold/tan/dark brown, silver/light grey/dark grey, and mauve/light pink/off white hues usually work well together.
        • If in doubt, start light and add more color/shadow if needed.
        • If your dancer has multiple costumes, we recommend gold/tan/natural colors.
    • Dressing Room and Backstage Etiquette:
      • During the show, dancers should remain in their dressing room until they are called by the director or a backstage runner. There will be a volunteer assigned to the downstage area to help with costume changes and make-up and hair touch ups.
      • Dancers should keep the dressing room area tidy. Keep all shoes, costumes, hair pieces, etc. in your costume box, not on the floor.
      • After your last dance, dancers should quickly gather their things and begin tidying up the dressing room before bows. This is not our space, and we need to treat it with respect and leave it in better shape than we found it.

 

Optional Opportunities for Extra Performances

  • Show 2/Variety Show Extra Pieces (Solo, Duets, Trios):
    • Each season, we open a few slots for dancers who wish to learn an “Extra Piece” to perform in our variety portion of the Show. These pieces are reserved for dancers who have proven their commitment to our program and work hard in class each week. Extra pieces are a privilege to be earned. Request forms will be available in September for any dancers who wish to request an extra piece.
    • Any dancer who is approved for a solo, duet, or trio is expected to arrive in proper class attire each week. Regular tardiness, unpreparedness, unprofessional behavior, etc. may result in your piece being pulled from the show. Extra pieces are a privilege, and each dancer who participates should strive to be a role model for other dancers.
    • Pieces may only be performed in a style in which a dancer is currently enrolled. For example, if you child is enrolled in hip hop and ballet, she may perform a hip hop or ballet piece, not jazz or modern.
    • All song selections and costumes should fit our show’s theme and must be approved by both the choreographer and studio director.
    • Once choreography has been set, it is the dancer’s responsibility to review and remember her piece. We will provide videos and can schedule 30 minute review sessions at any time.
    • We take many factors into consideration when deciding which dancers will be approved for an extra piece including work ethic in weekly classes, age, and the order in which requests are received. Please remember that if you are not approved this year, there is always next year! We will strive to fulfill each request, but there are a very limited number of open slots available. We value each of dancers equally and take decisions regarding these requests very seriously.
    • Solo Fee: $70 (covers four 45-minute rehearsals)
      • Extra 30 minutes of review: $10 as needed
    • Duet Fee: $50 (per dancer…covers five 1-hour rehearsals)
      • Extra 30 minutes of review: $5 per dancer as needed
    • Trio Fee: $40 (per dancer…covers five 1-hour rehearsals)
      • Extra 30 minutes of review: $5 per dancer as needed
    • Costume Fees vary. Dancers are welcome to use a costume they already own, if it fits the style/song selection, or purchase a new one. Costume deadline for extra pieces is January 30th.
  • Ballet Solos:
    • Click here to learn more about our annual ballet production!
    • Each year, we perform a traditional “story ballet” which includes all Creative Movement, Foundations, and Ballet classes levels 1-4. Our level 4 dancers are eligible to perform a solo role.
    • Soloists are selected by Mrs. Katherine in the Fall semester. Invitations are sent out in the middle of the Fall semester, and agreements are due by Christmas break. Solo roles are announced when we return from Christmas break.
    • Soloists are allowed 10 absences all season, 6 of which can be missed January-May, 3 after March.
    • Soloists are expected to arrive in proper class attire each week.
    • Soloists are expected to act as positive role models for younger students. This includes professional behavior in and out of class, assisting and/or encouraging younger dancers in rehearsals if needed, and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the year.
    • If applicable, soloists are required to attend their character’s corresponding weekly class during the months of May and June. Soloists are welcome to begin attending as early as April, if desired.
    • Soloists are expected to retain their choreography as soon as it has been taught. Rehearsal videos will be sent, and soloists are strongly encouraged to write down their choreography.
    • Soloist roles are a privilege and require dedication from both dancer and parent. Please carefully review all expectations before accepting soloist roles.
  • Understudy Roles:
    • Each soloist in Show 1 (Ballet) will be assigned an understudy. Generally, understudies are selected from our Ballet 3 class.
    • Dancers are not required to accept their understudy role if dancer and/or parent feel they cannot commit to all understudy expectations. The role of an understudy is extremely important as dancers could be called upon to perform at any moment.
    • Understudies are expected to arrive in proper class attire each week.
    • Understudies are allowed 6 absences January-May, 3 of which can be missed after March.
    • Understudies are expected to act as positive role models for younger students/classmates. This includes professional behavior in and out of class, encouraging other dancers, and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the year.
    • Understudies are expected to attend all soloists’ rehearsals, as well as retain their soloists’ choreography throughout the season—unexpected injuries, illness, and other extreme events can strike at any time, and understudies must be prepared to fill in at a moment’s notice.
    • Rehearsal videos will be sent to both soloists and understudies, and dancers are always encouraged to write down their choreography.
  • Show 2 Production
    • All dancers in levels 2, 3, and 4 are invited to participate in a special “production” to open or end Show 2!
      • Performance Team dancers are required to participate and attend all rehearsals.
    • Rehearsal Schedule:
      • Saturdays, 10:00AM-11:30AM
      • 2019 Dates: May 4th, 11th, 18th, June 1st
      • All rehearsals are absolutely mandatory, no exceptions.
    • Rehearsal Fee: $15
    • Costume Fee: $45
      • Both fees due no later than January 30th
      • Performance Team dancers do not need to pay extra fees as they are built into annual team tuition; and Team members will use their Team costume for the Opening Number.
    • Each level/technique will have a featured section!

 

Rehearsal Information

  • Full Cast vs. Dress Rehearsal
    • Full Cast: (2019 Dates: Sunday May 12th & 19th, & Sunday June 2nd)
      • Only required for dancers performing in the Ballet portion of the show.
      • Full Cast rehearsals are at SESD, not the Showcase venue.
      • Typically, we do not wear costumes—please wear regular ballet class attire unless instructed otherwise. Hair should be slicked back in a bun.
      • Dancers should arrive 10 minutes earlier than their call time so we can begin promptly. Dancers should wait quietly in the lobby until they are invited inside the studio room.
    • Dress Rehearsal: 2019 Date-Saturday, June 15th
      • Dress Rehearsal is for all dancers/classes, but not all dancers/classes have to stay the entire time. Detailed Call times and dismissals are posted at the end of this document.
      • Dancers should arrive during their Call time with hair and make-up ready, in their first costume with a cover up.
      • Creative Movement dancers should enter the auditorium and check in with their class volunteer during their Call Time. Creative Movement dancers will remain seated in their designated row until their dance, and until they are dismissed.
        • CM will be escorted to the lobby at their dismissal time to be picked up.
      • Foundations, Flip Flop Hip Hop, and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1 dancers should check in with their class volunteer in the auditorium during their Call Time. After all dancers have arrived, they will be escorted by their class volunteer to Dressing Room 3.
        • Above dancers will be escorted to the lobby to be picked up at their dismissal time.
        • Above dancers need a small-medium sized “Costume box” for their tights and shoes for both rehearsal and show.
      • Dancers in Act 2 (ballet) should check in at their Call Time in the lobby for dressing room assignments. Dancers may be picked up from the lobby after their dismissal time.
      • Dancers in Act 3 (variety) should check in at their Call Time in the lobby for dressing room assignments. Dancers may be picked up from the lobby after their dismissal time.
      • During Dress Rehearsal, dancers should stay in their dressing room or seats in the auditorium until they are called by the director or a backstage runner. There is no reason for dancers to roam around the auditorium, lobby, etc. unsupervised.
      • Our photographer will be photographing dress rehearsal; all performers should be dressed exactly as if it were Show Day.

 

Show Day Information–To be updated as 2019 dates and times are finalized with our venue…

  • All dancers should arrive promptly during their Call Time with hair and make-up ready.
  • Creative Movement, Foundations, Flip Flop Hip Hop, and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1:
    • Please arrive 5 minutes prior to Call Time to use the restroom. Then, please send 1 parent to quickly escort your dancer to the breezeway (to your left after you enter the lobby). Dancers will be checked in and escorted to Dressing Room 3 by our backstage runner.
      • Due to the small backstage area, we ask that parents quickly drop off their dancer and return to the lobby to avoid congestion downstairs.
      • Please arrive in first costume, hair and make-up ready. Foundations, Flip Flop Hip Hop, and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1 dancers will need a small-medium sized “Costume box” for their tights and shoes.
  • Dancers in levels 2-4:
    • Please arrive at designated Call Time and report directly to dressing room (same as was assigned at Dress Rehearsal) with hair and make-up ready. Parents do not need to escort dancers to their dressing room.
  • Parents and guests may wait in the lobby until Doors Open. Parents and guests should not go backstage or to any dressing room unless directed to do so by SESD staff member.

Dress Rehearsal and Show Call Times/Schedules will be posted here as soon as dates are finalized with our venue.