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Davenport School of the Arts, Dance Department Concert Policies

(Scroll down for Rehearsal, Hair, & Make up Details)

The following Dance Policies are in place to inform students and parents of expectations, requirements, and guidelines which our accepted students and parents are to abide by. 
Please read the following concert policies and click your teacher's button to sign your online contingency contract. Due March 1, 2017  

School , Rehearsals, and Concert Attendance

  • Students are expected to attend school daily during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th nine weeks.  This is when concert choreography is taught and mastered for the concert performances.  It is possible that students with heavy absences may not be placed on stage for sections of concert choreography if they do not attend school daily when choreography is being taught.
  • Due to the nature of class schedules, THERE ARE NO MAKE UP LESSONS in dance.  Absent students are encouraged to work with a peer to learn material they have missed.  This is purely the student's responsibility.
  • If students wish to be on stage, they are to be present in class daily, arrive fully prepared each day, and give 100% during class.  
  • It is our departmental goal to have all dancers on stage, performing at their personal best.  

Mandatory Required After School Rehearsals

  • Florida State Dance Courses require students to stay after school to participate in after school rehearsals for the concert.  These rehearsals are mandatory for every dancer who wishes to dance on stage for the concert and is part of the learning process required for Dance Courses.
  • Dancers must attend and be present to learn blocking and staging with the entire cast.  This helps ease stage fright, build muscle memories, and develop confidence dancing on stage. 
  • All rehearsals are closed rehearsals, meaning that parents are not allowed to watch or wait inside the building during the rehearsal process unless they are assigned approved volunteers.  Parents who wish to be involved should contact a teacher about volunteering to help.  Volunteers are welcomed!
  • Our concerts are lit by professional lighting designers.  The rehearsals also allow our technical crew an opportunity to practice lighting and sound.
  • The choreographer decides if a student will be pulled from a number if they miss a required rehearsal on the stage.  Their decision is final.
  • Dancers must have reliable transportation to and from rehearsals.  Dancers are picked up in the car rider area.  Dancers must be picked up PROMPTLY 15 minutes after dancer's are dismissed from rehearsal.
  • For this year's rehearsal information click this link.

Perfect Practice, Makes Perfect Performances

  • Students are expected to practice every night as a standing homework assignment during the 3rd nine weeks.
  • Students are encouraged to bring in a blank CD-R disc with their name and the instructor will burn the concert music for the student to practice at home.  

Costumes, Tights, & Assessories

Rehearsal & Concert Hair 

  • Hair-The teacher will decide the hair style for each performing class.  As a general rule, dancers are required to have buns with a side part.  However, occassionally due to the nature of the work being performed a TEACHER may decide to have a particular hair style.  CLICK HERE To learn how to make a proper dancer's bun.   CLICK HERE To view the hair requirements for your child's dances.  BRAIDS, WEAVES, BEADS, AND EXTENSIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED FOR CONCERT PERFORMANCES.  
  • Students are asked not to drastically cut hair before the concert.  Hair and bangs should be able to fit into a bun.

Spring Break and Sunburns

Please be aware that our on stage rehearsals and concerts are immediately following Spring Break.  We ask that parents are aware that the dancer's entire body is an artistic instrument.  We have experienced students returning from Spring Break so badly sunburned that they could not move, dress in tights, or participate fully in important rehearsals.  We ask that parents please take all precautions to protect dancers from extreme exposure during the Spring Break holiday.  

CONCERT MAKE UP
-INFO IS NOT UPDATED UNTIL JAN DO NOT PURCHASE COLORS UNTIL AN INSTRUCTOR DIRECTS YOU TO.

Dance Concert Make up is called "Stage or Theatrical Make up".  This is worn much heavier that everyday make up due to the stage lights, distance from the audience, and the need for your child's facial features to be seen.  If the make up is not applied heavy enough your child will look washed out on stage.  In the event that your child needs more make up, it will be applied backstage by our DSA Teacher Assistants.  If you are unsure on how to apply the make up please speak with one of the dance directors.

It is recommended that you Practice applying the make up before the concert.  You are welcomed to photograph your child's make up and send it to a teacher for feedback.

Here are the colors for the 2017 CONCERT.. 

FACE

Foundation: Match foundation to the color of the child’s skin tone. Foundation is not to add color but to even out the skill tone. It is an important step when applying any type of makeup. Blend the foundation all over the face and into the upper neck so there isn’t a line. (It should look natural)

EYES

Eyelid:  Ivory over the entire eye to the brow bone.  Deep Brown in crease.


Lashlid: Black waterproof eyeliner on upper lash lid and below full bottom lash lid.

Black Mascara: Waterproof lower and top lashes

Inner Eye Crease: White pencil or whit eye shadow in the inner eye crease close to the nose.

Cheek:

Blush: Use a Pink blush (nothing too bright) on the cheek bones only.

Lips:

Lipstick: Deep Red


Below is a picture of the 2017 Make up requirements.   


Concert Day FOR BOTH CONCERT PERFORMANCES

  • Students are to be in attendance the entire school day on Friday.  Students may not be checked out early.
  • Students are asked to be car riders and be picked up by 3:30.
  • There is no after school supervision in the dance department on the day of the Friday concert.

COME READY-
  • DANCERS ARE TO ARRIVE BOTH NIGHTS WITH HAIR AND MAKE UP STAGE READY.  TIGHTS, SHOES, AND COSTUMES STAY IN THE DRESSING AREAS IN THEIR GARMENT BAGS AT SCHOOL.  THEY CAN LEAVE THEIR BLACK LEOTARD AND ANY UNDERGARMENTS IN THE GARMENT BAGS.  DANCERS NEED TO COME READY FOR WARM UP  DRESSED IN COMFORTABLE WARM UP CLOTHING AND TIGHTS.  NO JEANS OR JEAN SHORTS.  
  • WARM UP WITH BEGINS ON STAGE PROMPTLY AT 5:45PM ON FRIDAY & 3:45PM ON SATURDAY. THE WARM UP WILL LAST APPROXIMATELY 45 MINUTES AND THEN STUDENTS WILL RETURN TO DRESS INTO COSTUMES. 

  • Dancers are to stay for the entire performance on both evenings of the concert.  In an emergency, contact an usher to find a director backstage.
  • Parent are not permitted in backstage areas for safety reasons

EAT WELL-
  • DANCERS SHOULD EAT A WELL-BALANCED LUNCH/DINNER BEFORE COMING TO DSA TO PERFORM.  Greasy/fatty foods will make them sick right before a performance.  SUGARY DRINKS WILL DEHYDRATE THEM-STICK TO WATER, WATER IS BEST!  PROTIENS AND CARBOHYDRATES ARE GREAT AND WILL GIVE THEM THE ENERGY TO LAST THROUGH THE NIGHT TIME PERFORMANCES.  

Dismissal procedures from both shows:

  1. Dancers must clean up dressing areas before leaving.
  2. Dancers then check out with the supervising teacher.
  3. Dancers will be dismissed to the car rider area.
  4. Parents should wait out side the building in the car rider area until their child comes out.  Parents should not be in backstage areas after the show.
  5. Students who do not following dismissal procedures before leaving may have their Arts Card or AAA card marked the following Monday.


Nutrition & Hydration

  • Dancers are encouraged to bring healthy snacks for after school rehearsals and a bottle of water.
  • Dancers will have 30 minutes before rehearsal begins to have a snack and then dress.
  • Dancers are ONLY permitted to have healthy approved snacks before dancing to provide the needed energy to sustain rehearsals.
  • Approved healthy snacks include: Granola bars, pretzels, yogurt, dry cereal, fruit, nuts.  Students should not bring chips, cookies, or candy.
  • Approved healthy drink: WATER.  

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