First Days of School

On Monday of our first week of school 6th Graders will not need to dress out for class. Tuesday and Wednesday of the first week of school, dance clothes are required, but not DSA Dance dress code. We will be spending time getting to know you and…you getting to know the Dance Department. Thursday and Friday of the first week will begin required dress code for regular classes and Level Placement for High School Dance Majors.  Our Welcome Week will be as follows:

Welcome Week

  • Monday,  August 20, 2018 – 6th  Grade Dance Majors
  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 – Team/Community building exercises and games for all grade levels. Staff will also go over major expectations, rules, out line performance schedule, and discuss the program overall.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 – More Team Building Exercises. Dance and Artistic Goals Projections written by each dance major. These will be used at a later date in conferences and individual dancer check ins where needed. They also will be visited at the end of the year to do a year long rap up and goal reach assessment.
  • Thursday, August 23, 2018Day 1 of Level Placements for High School Majors for Ballet. Middle School Majors will have regular technique classes.
  • Friday, August 24, 2018 – Day 2 of Level Placements for High School Majors for Modern and Jazz. Middle School Majors will have regular technique classes.

Dress Code

All dancers are required to dress out for every class in the appropriate attire. 

Ballet: Women (Black Leo’s, pink tights, buns, and ballet shoes), Men (Black tights, White T-shirts or Tanks, Ballet shoes, and Dance Belts.

Modern/Jazz: All Blacks (Leggings are fine (No prints), Jazz shoes for Jazz.

Hip Hop: Nothing oversized and too baggy for safety reasons, leggings are ok, but no hats, no crop tops, and tennis shoes for all classes.

Jewelry:  Ladies and Gentlemen can wear earrings in class, BUT cannot wear anything that comes below your earlobes (No hoops, chandelier earrings, or dangles). Studs are allowed, but all earrings can be asked to be taken off by the discretion of all teachers if they don’t fit into the parameters given. No watches, Fitbit, necklaces, rings, and bracelets. Fingernails should be kept shorter.  Long, acrylic nails are not advised. This is to prevent potential injury. Basic hygiene is required of all students. This is important to maintain the health of the dance Department. 

 Hair: Must always be kept neat and out of your face for all classes, for both Women and Men. Performance hair will be assigned for each performance

Dance Student Handbook 2018-2019

Dance Class Make Up Assignment

Important Dates:

Saturday, August 11, 2018 Dance Department Meet & Greet in the Commons. Time TBD

Saturday, September 22, 2018 Gala Performance in the Dance Studio Theatre. For 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th Grade Dancers. Gala runs from 5:00-7:00 pm

Friday, November 2, 2018 Middle School Fall Preview Day in the Schomp. A  performance for DSA Parents and friends to see student choreographed and staff choreographed works in progress. Audience particapation Q&A to follow.  Begins at 7 Pm

Saturday, November 3, 2018 High School Fall Preview Day in the Schomp. A  performance for DSA Parents and friends to see student choreographed and staff choreographed works in progress. Audience participation Q&A to follow. Begins at 7 pm

January 22-27, 2019 International Associations of Blacks in Dance Conference in Dayton, OH. TBD

Tuesday, February 26 – Friday, March 1, 2019 Senior Projects in the Dance StudioTheatre. Begins at 7 pm

Friday March 8, 2019 Collaborative Performance for 9th and 10 Graders with the Creative Writing Department (Possible Visual Arts included as well). Details TBA

March 15-19, 2019 National High School Dance Festival at UW- Madison; Madison, WI. More Information to come

***Mandatory Designer Run for Spring Concerts: Friday April 19th 3:30- 6:00. Both Middle and High School are required to attend this important rehearsal.

Thursday, April 25 & Friday, April 26, 2019 Middle School Spring Dance Performance in the Dance Studio Theatre. Begins at 7 pm

Thursday, May 2 & Friday, May 3, 2019 High School Spring Dance Performance in the Schomp. Begins at 7 pm

4th Quarter- Date TBD Collaboration between 11th Grade Dancers and Video Cinema Arts Students. More Information to come.

**Schedule is subject to change. Every effort will be made to keep this page current, rehearsal information as well as call times will be posted as they are available.

ALL Rehearsals/Performances are MANDATORY. School-day attendance is required (please refer to student handbook regarding half-day attendance expectation. Students MUST make arrangements to be available for ALL Black Out DATES and TIMES.

Technical Rehearsals have a fluid schedule, students may be excused early. Students are out of academic classes only if/when they are needed. All dancers may or may not be needed every day or for the full rehearsal each day. Because rehearsals often involve multiple art departments and many technical needs, students will be notified of expectations on an as-needed basis. Please be prepared to be attend all rehearsals accordingly!