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All student work will be evaluated using the following criteria:
Clarifications: There will be a separate dancer audition for the student choreographers that will be supervised by one or more dance faculty members. This audition will take place AFTER the faculty audition and AFTER the faculty cast lists have been posted usually during the second week of classes. Casting will then be determined with all student choreographers and the faculty supervisor(s) present. Final cast lists will then be approved by all dance faculty members prior to posting.
Priority in the casting of dancers for the Fall for Dance and Spring into Dance concerts will be considered in the following order:
Priority for scheduling rehearsals will follow the same order.
Please see the Dance Studio Space Request Form for scheduling rehearsal time.
Once the pieces have been chosen for the Main Stage concert, those pieces will be given priority in the re-scheduling of rehearsal time.
Each student choreographer will be assigned a faculty mentor. The purpose of the mentor is to guide the student through the creative process and provide timely and periodic feedback on her/his work. During the first two weeks of each semester, the faculty mentor and choreographer will jointly arrange 1 – 2 rehearsal feedback visits (as schedules permit) for the mentor to attend prior to the Student Choreography Audition. Within one week of the accepted Main Stage Concert List postings (determined during the 6th or 7th week of classes), they will then jointly arrange 2 – 3 rehearsal feedback visits (as schedules permit) in order to facilitate the student choreographer’s work and help sustain its satisfactory progress toward performance. This second set of dates/times must also be sent to the Artistic Coordinator of the concert so she/he can help coordinate visits as necessary or by invitation for other faculty, designers, the Chair, and the Stage Manager. When a mentor or other faculty member/designer is invited to a rehearsal, the times they are asked to be there are when the choreographer must be ready to show the work.
All student pieces selected for inclusion in the main stage dance concerts are required to participate in a costume showing with the costume design faculty. This showing is to ensure quality costumes that are appropriate for enhancing the vision of the choreographer. All choreographers are responsible for bringing specific costume ideas with them to the showing and need to be able to describe their desires for the piece using helpful adjectives in order to facilitate a discussion with the design faculty. All choreographers should run specific costume ideas by their choreographic mentors and designated costume coordinators by the fourth week of classes.
Clear and direct communication about rehearsal times, applicable feedback, scheduling conflicts, emergencies, or any other concerns helps everyone develop and maintain positive and supportive attitudes throughout the creative process from germination through rehearsals, performances, and strike. Talk, gossip, and grumbling behind people’s backs is both counterproductive and inappropriate for the collegiality necessary in the development of professional artists. All dancers in each student work will be made aware of the faculty mentors and other important contacts as listed below in the order in which they should communicate if there are any problems during the rehearsal process.
For future DA498 “BFA Project” choreographers wishing to audition work for upcoming Main Stage Dance Concerts, the Last Chance to Dance concerts (Sunday and Monday evening of Finals Week) are useful informal viewings of that choreography. In fact, students may be approached by their faculty mentor(s) after these concerts and asked to consider auditioning a particular work for a future semester. Students do not have to present work in the Last Chance to Dance concert in order to audition work the following semester, but it is strongly recommended that they do show their work in whatever shape or form it might be in by this time in order to receive feedback to incorporate into their choreographic process before the next semester’s audition.
Note: The ACDA student-adjudicated piece will be chosen from the Fall for Dance Main Stage dance concert (or a previous concert) by consensual agreement of the dance faculty. The ACDA informal piece will be chosen from either the Fall for Dance Main Stage concert OR the Fall Last Chance to Dance concert.
Please read the Last Chance to Dance Participation Guidelines for the rules on choreographing for that showcase.