The Dance Family Organization (DFO)
The Dance Family Organization (DFO) are the parents of dancers in the Department of Dance and Movement that volunteer their time to ensure Department events run smoothly, that fundraising successfully supports the needs of DSA dancers, and to enhance communication with dance families and the broader dance community.
The many activities and efforts of the DFO are planned with your help. Your involvement is critical for the success of your dancer’s experience in the program. Many opportunities exist throughout each year for families to volunteer their time. Thank you.
Have questions? Contact DFO using the email below.
DSA has four to six school-wide visitation days in the fall for prospective students and their families. DFO provides a few volunteers each day to guide tours of the facility for those interested in auditioning for dance, and answer questions about the school’s arts and academic programs and the audition process.
Middle School Fall Preview Concert:
Friday, November 2, 2018 Middle School Fall Preview Day in the Schomp. A free performance for DSA Parents and friends to see student choreographed and staff choreographed works in progress. Audience particapation Q&A to follow. Time TBA
High School Fall Preview Concert:
Saturday, November 3, 2018 High School Fall Preview Day in the Schomp. A free performance for DSA Parents and friends to see student choreographed and staff choreographed works in progress. Audience participation Q&A to follow.
DFO recruits volunteers for the shows (opportunities are listed online at volunteer.dsadance.org)
November 2, 2018 and May 2 & 3, 2019
The DFO organizes an after school program and dinners for middle school dancers on the Thursday and Friday afternoons during the fall and spring concerts. It’s a great way to keep the dancers together, entertained, and well fed before their performances.
Friday Feb 15, 2019 4:00-9:00 pm
Saturday Feb 16, 2019 8:00-5:00 am
Sunday Feb 17, 2019 Call Backs; 9:00- 4:00 pm
Typically, Department of Dance and Movement auditions are held over several days. The process, though, begins with a mandatory pre-audition meeting in late November or early December (for prospective dancers who have already applied to DSA). DFO helps throughout the process by having volunteers assist with check-in, queuing, and guiding auditioning students and their families.
Senior Projects Concert
Tuesday, February 26 – Friday, March 1, 2019 Senior Projects in the Dance StudioTheatre
Dance Senior Projects are presented at a concert normally held each February. The graduating dancers exhibit solo work representative of their cumulative DSA experience, as well as group choreography they’ve set on their Advanced Class peers. DFO provides volunteers (Box Office, an Usher, and a House Manager) for each performance.
Senior Projects Reception
March 1, 2019
After the final Senior Projects Concert performance, DFO hosts a reception honoring the soon-graduating senior dancers. This long-standing tradition is supported by the DFO, assisting junior class families in organizing this catered event held in the DSA Commons.
Thursday, April 25 & Friday, April 26, 2019 Middle School Spring Dance Performance in the Dance Studio
Thursday, May 2 & Friday, May 3, 2019 High School Spring Dance Performance in the Schomp
The department’s annual Spring Concert, usually in late April, features DSA dancers performing guest artist choreography and Faculty works. DFO recruits nearly 50 volunteers for the shows (opportunities are listed online at volunteer.dsadance.org) and operates two fundraisers (concessions and flower sales) benefiting the department.
Holiday Inn-Denver, Cherry creek [map]
In late April or early May, the Denver School of the Arts Department of Dance and Movement celebrates the end of the year by recognizing each of its dancers, especially graduating seniors (with often tearful goodbyes), at the annual Spring Banquet. This wonderfully catered and quietly elegant event is planned and organized by DFO.
Date TBD Collaboration between 11th Grade Dancers and Video Cinema Arts Students
Dance Junior Projects are presented at a concert in May, with group choreography set on their Advanced Class peers, the junior dancers also often collaborate for this concert with one of the DSA music departments. DFO provides volunteers (Box Office, an Usher, and a House Manager) for each performance.
Have questions? Use the contact DFO will either give you an answer or connect you with someone who can.