Orchesis Modern Dance Company
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An Evening of Dance choreographers are chosen on the basis of previous experience, interest, course work completed towards the Dance Minor, and class standing.  For example, a first-year member of Orchesis who is a senior Dance Minor would have priority over a second-year member who is a sophomore.  After receiving a preliminary proposal form from all interested members (due during the first week of Spring finals), the directors will make a decision about who will choreograph for the following year.  This is usually announced by the end of Spring finals.

 Choreographer Responsibilites:

1) Discuss choreographic concept and music ideas with directors.  A preliminary proposal is due at the end of the Spring semester.  In late September/early October, a final proposal with a mucis CD is due.  Proposed music should support but not dictate the choreographic concept.

2) Prepare an audition phrase to be shown in a meeting of choreographers and directors on the Tuesday before Spring casting.

3) Conduct rehearsals in an effective manner.  Respond to the stengths and weaknesses of each dancer in the cast.  Schedule a regular weekly choreography time to prepare for each rehearsal.  Fill out accurate rehearsal reports each week.

4) Show progress of choreographic work to directors and receive feedback on alternate weeks.

5) One or more choreographers may attend departmental production meetings.

6) Organize costumes on hangers with nametages before the end of the first semester.  Return costume pieces that will not be used to their original storage place.  If not pulling from existing inventory, costume orders must be placed before the end of the first semester.  Costumes to be constructed must be completed prior to the Lighting Showing (mid-February).  Costume budget: $30 per dancer, up to $300 total towards Finale.

7) Record and edit music prior to the end of the first semester.  The final performance CD should be high-quality with no extraneous tracks.

8) The choreographers as a group are responsible for planning the choreographers' Black and White promotional photograph.

9) Press release and program information (title of dance, music composer, one-sentence description, etc) is due at the beginning of the second semester.

10) Begin the process of collaborating with the lighting designer at the Lighting Showing.  Pieces should be 90% complete by this showing.

11) Plan ahead of time to rehearse thee shots with dancers before photo call.

12) Props are the responsibility of the choreographer including transporting to PBK and removing from PBK on the evening of strike.

13) Receipts should be submitted as soon after the purchase as possible, but must be submitted no later than the Monday of the week following the EOD concert.  All purchases must be pre-approved.  Receipts should not include personal items, and they must show the amount has been paid.  Invoices that do not show the amount paid cannot be used for reimbursement.

14) Meet with directors for a post-project conference after the concert performance.

Credit: Choreographers have the option of receiving credit for their work through Practicum in Dance (DANC 301) or if they are completing the Dance Minor, through Independent Projects in Dance (DANC 406).