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.
National High School Dance Festival
11th & 12th Grade Dancers
Senior Projects in the Dance Studio Theatre
11th & 12th Grade Dancers
Professional Obligations in the Arts
Professional obligations in the arts must have prior approval from DSA Administration, and the major teacher. Prior to being absent, you must obtain a pre-arranged absence contract from the Main Office and have your teachers fill out the form with all assignments and due dates noted. You must photocopy the completed form and give one copy to the Dean of Culture, Mr. Hughes for office records. Absences for professional obligations cannot exceed five (5) consecutive school days or ten (10) full school days per school year. Absences that exceed these guidelines can be appealed to the Dean of Students.
DFO recruits volunteers for the shows (opportunities are listed online at volunteer.dsadance.org)
After-School Meal Program
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.
Auditions- end of January
Typically, DSA Classical and Pre-Professional Dance Program’s 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.
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.
In late April or early May, the Denver School of the Arts Classical and Pre-Professional Dance Program 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.
Have questions? Use the contact DFO will either give you an answer or connect you with someone who can.