No Limits Dance Crew provides classes taught by student and alumni choreographers. The central role of these individuals is to share their creative talents with the NLDC community by teaching a weekly class which incorporates a routine for the end-of-semester show. If you are interested in choreographing a piece for our 2011 Winter Recital please contact Samantha Viola at email@example.com
What is the Choreographer Showcase and how does it work?
The Choreographer Showcase is held before class registration and is meant to give dancers the opportunity to decide which dances they would like to participate in. The event usually lasts the entire day, or is done for short periods over several days. Each choreographer is given a specific time-slot to show and teach a portion of his or her routine to potential dancers. Ultimately, the EBoard and the dancers will collectively decide which pieces are favorable and appropriate to be included in the show. NLDC uses this system because it enables us to see directly how dancers react to a choreographer’s teaching style and usually helps to prove that even if your dance is not the Eboard’s favorite, there is a group of dancers that would love to take your class. It also shows dancers the level of difficulty of a piece, and helps them decide if it is an appropriate class for them to take.
Can anyone who wants to choreograph automatically secure a spot at this showcase?
This depends on several different factors. To begin with, we want to give as many people as possible the chance to participate and how we allocate timeslots will be determined partly by demand. Also, we would like to try to be fair and logical at the same time. If no one has ever seen your choreography and we have never worked with you before, please expect the possibility that you may be subject to some kind of preliminary screening prior to being given a spot at Choreographer Showcase. Lastly, do not forget: even if you are given the opportunity to present your dance to the group, this does not guarantee you a spot in the show.
Are there any limitations as to what I can choreograph?
For the most part, no. We like to see a variety of dance styles and levels of difficulty presented at this showcase, and NLDC dancers have shown a great amount of interest in the genres which go beyond what many students typically study (lyrical, jazz, ballet…). But this is not to say your ballet piece will be any less popular than a belly dancing piece!
Why can’t I choose who I want in my dance? Do I get to choose how many dancers? Do I have to be in my own dance?
This is easy: if your best friend and a complete stranger of equal experience levels both showed the same amount of interest in your dance, who would you choose? The NLDC Eboard would like to believe all of its choreographers make decisions fairly, but we prefer the registration process because it ensures more dancers a spot in the show. We don’t always get to choose who we want to work with and it never hurts to make some new friends! Typically, choreographers ask for 12-18 dancers for their piece and these are the numbers we prefer because more people can participate. You are not required to be in your own dance.
NLDC allows any member (even if they’re not in my dance) to come to my class, how do I handle this?
Choreographers have to be flexible and patient. Generally, you are going to find that more of these dancers will attend the class at the beginning of the semester, but you may not see them as the end of the semester approaches. You are not expected to backtrack for anyone who isn’t in your piece, but you are required to be inclusive. You could ask them to take a spot for an absent performer or to stand in the back or to the side if you are doing formations. However you go about it, you can be assured that we provide plenty of private rehearsal time for choreographers and their performers.
I believe one of my performers is under-experienced for my routine, what should I do?
First of all, this is a very serious concern but it does happen. Every choreographer reserves the right to ask a dancer to drop their piece. Before you do anything, be certain you have given enough time to prove this is a legitimate issue, but leave yourself enough time to re-work your dance if you must indeed ask this person to drop your piece. A reasonable example would be if you discover (and perhaps it’s obvious) a dancer has never taken a lyrical class or danced in her life but she is in your level 2 lyrical class. An irrational example would be if you ask a dancer to leave your piece because she is taking longer than the other dancers to master a complex turning combination. There are always exceptions and these things need to be solved with effective communication.
Am I allowed to add performers to my dance after the registration process?
Yes, you may absolutely add performers to your piece after the registration process. Maybe someone has dropped out or has suffered an injury and for whatever reason you need more people. Again, be fair, logical, and communicative in these decisions. Unless you are looking for advice, the EBoard does not play any role in allocating dancers once registration is over.
What are performance rehearsals and am I required to hold them?
NLDC uses performance rehearsals to compensate for the fact that we allow anyone to take your class. These rehearsals are closed and only you and your performers will attend. This time is your opportunity to perfect the dance for the recital. Performance Rehearsals take place outside of the normal class schedule and do not start occurring until a few weeks before the show. We can try our best to schedule them before or after your normal class time. Otherwise, our scheduling committee chair will work with you to find the most suitable time we have available. If you never have non-performers in your class and you don’t need extra rehearsals, you are not required to hold them.
Does NLDC offer any other choreographing opportunities?
Absolutely! Here are some examples:
1. If able, NLDC incorporates a few "smaller dances" of 5 or less people into the recital. This is meant to showcase individual talents and gives members the opportunity to dance with their close friends. These dances are determined by auditions and we strongly recommend presenting something unique. If you want to put together a small piece, but you are looking for dancers, many choreographers hold mini auditions to find people and the EBoard will certainly help you with this. However, the EBoard is not responsible for finding practice time for these dances.
2. Be an assistant choreographer!! It can be stressful to put together a routine and teach a class alone. Work together and offer your choreographing expertise to someone who could use the extra help. Some of the best dances are produced through collaboration.
3. NLDC is constantly asked to be involved in external events and we can always use more choreographers to allow us to dance with other groups. For example, a group of NLDC dancers were asked to choreograph to live classical music for a performance with the NU Wind Ensemble last semester.
4. Organize your own dance-related project! Regardless of your tenure or position, NLDC offers its benefits to all members. For instance, last semester, one of our dancers organized a performance at a local senior citizen center where she volunteers.
5. We are currently working on incorporating more dance-related opportunities to non-performers. If you are interested in choreographing, but you do not wish to put together a dance for the show, we would like to start holding general classes for dancers to work on technique. Please let us know if this is something you would be interested in doing.