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HC Dance 2017-2018 Performance Guidelines


Hunter College Dance Peformance Guidelines

The following guidelines are for choreographer working towards public performances (not showings) in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. They are designed to support the rigorous process of rehearsing, choreographing, performing, advising, and producing performances by students enrolled in Comp 2, Choreographic Projects, Independent Study or Honors Projects. They are intended to encourage each participant in the process to reach toward personal goals, experience artistic growth, and contribute to the community as a whole.


All dancers, choreographers, mentors, and support staff are expected to demonstrate respectful, professional behavior throughout the process. This includes appropriate physical preparation for rehearsal and performance; promptness; silencing of cell phones during rehearsals and showings; and notifying dancers, choreographers, and mentors of changes of plan (lateness, absence, or cancellation).

Professionalism means taking responsibility for the quality of one's own work and doing one's part in creating a positive and effective work environment. 

  • In dance, it includes: punctuality, dependability, responsibility and communication - a professional dancer communicates when s/he may be five minutes late, and it rarely happens.
  • A professional dancer completes the project, participates in classes, rehearsals, showings, meetings and performances with full effort, dresses in a manner respectful to and appropriate to the situation and asks questions if uncertain what appropriate garb might be, is fully prepared -beginning each rehearsal warmed up, ready to dance and with previously learned material reviewed, and takes care of one's personal problems outside of the dance/work environment.
  • Cordial, polite and respectful behavior goes in both directions between teacher/student, rehearsal director/dancer, classmates, etc....
  • Keeping the general goals of the process and/or institution in mind.

Choreographers and dancers are REQUIRED to attend the ORIENTATION session at the beginning of each semester.

Choreographer Responsibilities:

  • Choreographers must select a faculty mentor by the first showing of the semester and establish a weekly working session with them.
  • Choreographers are ultimately responsible for disseminating ALL information regarding schedules, expectations, guidelines and procedures to their dancers.
  • Choreographers are responsible for ensuring that dancers are enrolled in technique classes or approving any exceptions.
  • Choreographers must inform mentors of any changes to rehearsal schedules or other circumstances of the dance.
  • Choreographers MUST have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 dancers in their work.
  • All dances MUST run between 3 - 7 minutes in length.
  • Choreographers must discuss technical needs/props etc, with their mentors and the Production Manager by mid/ semester.
  • Returning Choreographers (2nd Gens) must participate in fall showings if they wish for their work to be considered for adjudication in the spring. If they wish to choreograph for only the spring, their work will be included in the May show.

Faculty Mentor Responsibilities:

●The faculty mentor must be available to meet with student choreographer at least once a week.

●The faculty mentor serves as a support person for the entire dance. This includes the work of the choreographer (goals & process), dancers, and other collaborators in the creative process.

●The faculty mentor is responsible for representing the dance to the faculty when discussing production circumstances. This includes communicating logistical details that may affect program order (e.g., casting, costumes and props, music, etc.) as well as fairly representing what s/he has seen of the choreographic and rehearsal process.

Performer Responsibilities:

All dancers who are performing must be enrolled in a technique class (Contemporary, Ballet, W. African, Hip-Hop) and continue attending and participating physically in the class throughout the semester.  If a dancer is incapable of executing the physical work of their technique class for a pro-longed time (approx. 3 weeks), they will be removed from all current dances.

● Dancers CANNOT miss more than the allotted number of absence/late/observations in each class (before grades fall) or they will be removed from their dances. This includes auditing students.

Attendance at all scheduled showings, technical rehearsals, company meetings, company class, run thrus or any other mandatory events is required. All choreographers and dancers must stay and participate in each SHOWING for the ENTIRE TIME. Failure to do so will result in exclusion from performing the following semester. In case of an academic conflict or emergency, a faculty member must be notified IN ADVANCE.

● Fall graduating seniors may not perform in the spring semester. For Rep, they must have an understudy.

● Dancers cannot drop out of a dance after the 2nd week of October in the fall or after the end of February in the spring. Doing so makes a dancer ineligible to perform OR choreograph in any works for the following semester.

● Dancers are permitted to perform in 4 works not including the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 repertory pieces.

● New students may only perform in 2 dances until they have completed one crew assignment.

● All students who audition for Repertory Projects must meet the posted pre-requisite courses and be available for all rehearsals scheduled for the semester (including (a) rehearsals outside normally scheduled time; and (b) rehearsals during spring semester for pieces choreographed in the fall). Guest artists will clear rehearsal schedules with the Dance Department Chair at the beginning of a project and as revisions occur throughout.

● If there are any concerns on the part of performers for the welfare of the individuals involved in the creative process, or the creative process itself, s/he should bring them to the mentor promptly.

• All cast and crew are required to strike after the final performance of a concert. Any conflicts must be cleared by the concert's Production Manager.

Advisory Council:

A Hunter College Dance Student Advisory Council, consisting of faculty members and student representatives, will convene to address issues of responsibility as stated in these guidelines. Dancers, choreographers, and faculty must contact a member of the Student Advisory Council or Chair of the Department to request a meeting if policies listed above have not been followed. The Advisory Council will also address: communication problems (among dancers, choreographers, faculty advisers, technical advisers, or support staff); questions concerning the existing policies; suggestions for improvement of the program or process; other issues thought pertinent for review.

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