Parents

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.

Events

Preview Days

TBD

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.

2022 – 2023 Performance Schedule

 

First Day of School

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

 

DSA Block Party

Saturday, September 24th, 2022, 3:00-7:00 pm

** TBD on who is performing, once we know, it will be mandatory for those participating groups.

 

All-School Musical (in the Schomp) Ms. Rachel and Ms. Chris Choreographers

Performances Wednesday, October 19th- Wednesday, October 26th

 

Middle School – A Look Behind the Curtain  (in the Schomp)

Performance Thursday, November 3, 2022, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm 

Performance Friday November 4, 2022, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Blackout Dates: October 24th – November 4th

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Students Performing

** High School Students attend one of the nights and write a review

 

High School – A Look Behind the Curtain  (in the Schomp)

Performance Thursday, November 10, 2022, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm 

Performance Friday November 11, 2022, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Blackout Dates: October 31st – November 11th

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students Performing

** Middle School Students attend one of the nights and write a review

November 21 – 25  Thanksgiving Break

 

Senior Solos in the Dance Studio Theatre

Thursday, December 1st 2022, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm 

Friday, December 2nd  2022, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Blackout Dates: November 14th – December 2nd

12th Grade Students Performing

** 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade are required to attend one of the nights

 

Junior Projects Collaboration in the Dance Studio Theatre

Performance Thursday, December 8th 2022, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Performance Friday, December 9th 2022, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Blackout Dates: November 28th – December 9th

11th Grade Students Performing

** 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 12th Grade are required to attend one of the nights

 

Dance Pre-Audition Meeting

Tuesday, January 3rd, 6:00 PM in the Concert Hall or Dance Studio  

 

Dance Auditions 

Thursday, January 26th

Friday, January 27th 

Saturday, January 28th

 

Creative Writing and Dance Collaboration Performance (in the Dance Studio)

Performance Thursday, February 16 2023, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Performance Friday, February 17 2023, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Blackout Dates: February 6th – 17th

9th and 10th Grade Students Performing

** 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th and 12th Grade are required to attend one of the nights and write a review

 

National High School Dance Festival

11th & 12th Grade Dancers Attend

March 1st – 5th, 2023

 

Junior and Senior Dance Ensemble Performance (in the Dance Studio)

Performance Thursday, March 16th 2023, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Performance Friday, March 17th 2023, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Blackout Dates: March 7th – 17th

** 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade are required to attend

 

Spring Break

 March 27th – April 3rd

 

Middle School Spring Dance Performance (in the Schomp)

Performance Thursday, April 13th 2023, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Performance Friday, April 14th 2023, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Blackout Dates: April 4th – 14th

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Students Performing

** High School Students attend one of the nights and write a review

 

High School Spring Dance Performance (in the Schomp)

Performance Thursday, April 20th 2023, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Performance Friday, April 21st 2023, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Blackout Dates: April 10th – 21st

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students Performing

** Middle School Students attend one of the nights and write a review

 

Senior Projects in the Dance Studio Theatre

Performance Thursday May 4th 2023, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Performance Friday May 5th 2023, 7:00 pm, Call at 5:00 pm

Blackout Dates: April 24th – May 5th

11th and 12th Grade Students Performing

** 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Grade are required to attend one of the nights

 

Jr and Sr Ensembles Perform with Davis Dance Next Generation

Saturday, May 20, 2023 (Elaine Wolf Theatre) 

Tech rehearsal at 10 am and showtime 1 pm 

 

Dance Banquet

TBD

 

Denver School of the Arts Graduation

May 23rd, 2023 (Date Tentative)

 

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.

 

Student and Parent Handbook 2022-2022

 

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

Auditions- end of January

Typically, DSA Classical and Pre-Professional Dance Program’s auditions are held over several days.  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.

Spring Banquet

Sometime in 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.

Contact

Have questions? Use the contact  DFO will either give you an answer or connect you with someone who can.