Are you looking for the chance to dance and perform this year? Do you miss the sparkles, costumes and rehearsals? Well, this fall we have created a new-to-P&P way of performing!
We’ve taken on elements of sessions, the former Competitive Program and the Production Program, where students registered will work toward creating a full feature dance film in collaboration with Riptide Studios to show off what you’ve learned.
How it works:
Step 1: Fill out the registration form
You will be required to fill out the student registration form online. This form will cover essential contact and payment information as well as preferred dance styles and scheduling.
It’s important that when it comes to styles and schedules, you put everything you’re willing to do. The more options we are given, the more flexible we can be with your schedule to ensure you are put in the right group for your preferred styles and level. For example: If you only give us one dance style and one available time slot it is likely that you will not be dancing the style you are interested in.
You will have three options to chose from for this program:
Option 1: Dancing twice a week – $500 (or 4 payments of $125). In this option, you will dance twice a week for the 12-week duration of the program. By selecting this option you will be in 4-6 scenes in the film. (For more information on scenes – see the Q&A at the bottom of this post)
Option 2: Dancing three times a week – $600 (or 4 payments of $150). In this option, you will dance three times a week for the 12-week duration of the program. By selecting this option you will be in 9-12 scenes in the film. (For more information on scenes – see the Q&A at the bottom of this post)
Option 3: Dancing as much as possible/ Having a Principal or Supporting role – $700 (or 4 payments of $175). In this option, we will try to put you in as many styles, scenes or selections as possible, while ensuring it isn’t too much! We estimate this option to dance an average of 5-7 hours a week.
Fill out the registration form here>>>
Step 2: Make your Payment Arrangement
Once you have registered, you will need to decide how you would like to pay. Here is some essential payment information:
- Existing members will be able to transition over to this program by filling out our Fall Membership Update Form.
- If you don’t have a membership, you can sign up for a payment plan for this program here>>>.
- Select the link above.
- Go to the “Enrollments tab”
- Select which option you would like.
- Select the payment plan or in-full option.
- Complete your payment.
- You can pay in full for this program at any time using the same instructions as above.
- If you are an existing member, you will have two choices to select from should you select the 4 split payments:
- August 25/September 25/October 25/November 25
- September 15/October 15/ November 15/ December 15
- If you have a credit on your account, you are allowed to use this credit to pay for up to 50% of your tuition. In order to do this, someone on our faculty must assist you in setting up your registration. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to proceed.
Step 3: Attend your cohort workshop.
Once we have collected all the student information, you will be placed into a group with students who have the same genre interest, experience/technical background and schedule as you. You will be asked to attend a cohort workshop between September 8-10. Don’t worry, this is not an audition! We just want to get the cohorts together to meet, ask any questions, do costume measurements, and have you dance together to make sure everyone learns well at the same pace. This is an important step in this program as it will be a tight turnaround, so the choreographers want the cohorts to work well together for the best product!
Step 4: The program begins!
After cohort workshops you will be given your final schedule and will start dancing. Your schedule will be a weekly schedule that remains the same. (For example, if you selected twice a week, you will dance in the same two slots twice a week for the whole program). Rather than the students shuffling time slots, it will be the teachers who change around to work with various cohorts.
There will be roughly 6 filming days throughout the program (please note this may change). Filming days will take place on the weekends, typically Saturdays unless special circumstances arise. Filming will be on location throughout Victoria. It is our main goal to support and promote local businesses during the creation of this film. Therefore scenes will be shot at local restaurants, hotels, offices, parks, etc (scenes will not be shot during business operation hours, but rather when they are closed).
Costume fees will be due in early September. To support local businesses, we are exclusively hiring local seamstresses and supporting local retailers at this time. Costume fees will range from $100-$300 based on how many routines you are in. Account credits can be used up to 50% of your purchase. The costumes you purchase will be yours to keep. You will need to provide your own essentials and some basic items (shorts, shoes, hosiery, etc.).
Step 5: Showtime!
The final film product will be made available in December 2020. You will have the option to purchase and own the film or rent it online through Vimeo.
We will be doing a modern, feminist forward adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Follow Eliza Scrooge, a greedy, powerful CEO in the Victoria technology sector as she is visited by three ghosts who help her learn the value of kindness, charity, and community.
Leading Cast Auditions:
There are 14-16 parts available in this show. All those interested in auditioning for a role must submit an audition video of them dancing to one of the listed songs. For those interested in auditioning for more than one role, you will have to submit multiple audition videos.
Audition videos must be a maximum of 1 minute long per routine and must demonstrate both dance capabilities as well as character interpretation. Instructional choreography videos will be provided for those who do not wish to do their own choreography.
Callbacks for the roles will take place on September 8-10th and will be in person at the studio.
For more specific information regarding the auditions, please visit the Facebook event, which will be released on Monday, August 10, 2020.
September 1, 2020 – Principal and Supporting Role Audition Video Deadline
September 2, 2020 – Registration form deadline
September 8/9/10 – Principal and Supporting role call-backs & cohort workshops
September 10, 2020 – Payment arrangement must be finalized or paid in full
September 15, 2020 – Classes begin
September 24, 2020 – Costume fees are due
In the previous Production Program students had to have a certain level of dance experience to participate, is this still the case?
This program is more like a traditional P&P show in terms of levels and experience. All those interested in dancing at a performance level are welcome to join this program. Just be mindful that if you are new to dance, it might be an overwhelming experience at first so we encourage you to stick with the 2 times a week option. Additionally, you are being filmed which is a little more difficult than performing on stage (in certain respects, there are challenges on both sides!).
Are there limited spots in the program?
There are a good number of spots in the program for dancers. We do only have 14 special roles, but beyond that, we have plenty of room for those who wish to dance.
Will there be extra weekend rehearsals like previous shows?
We aren’t going to say a hard no, as we don’t totally know (it’s a new project for us too!), but our goal is to not have additional practices. Unlike our former shows, where you would learn entire songs, cohorts are learning segments of songs in this program. So the amount of music and choreography you are expected to learn is relative to the amount of rehearsal time you have. However, students will be welcome to book extra practices if they need to.
What is a scene?
The show will be broken down into parts, and within each part are various scenes. Students will learn 1-2 minutes of choreography that coincide with the scenes.
What happens to this program in the event of a second wave of COVID-19?
This program has been designed to pivot in the event of a second quarantine. We have a filming structure A, B, and C. Students must be aware when they sign on that there is a risk that we may have to transition to learning from home for a period of time. Therefore they will need to ensure they have the appropriate technology to do so. We may have to film under these conditions as well and students will be given the appropriate guidance and equipment to do so. Please note that this program is non-refundable, including payment programs, regardless of a second wave.
What if I get sick, show symptoms or need to quarantine?
Of course, this is all based on the severity of individual circumstances. We will work with our students should they fall ill and are unable to complete the program in terms of payment solutions. If you are able to move but are unable to be present at the studio, you will be able to join your cohort via Zoom during your scheduled class time.
Can I take this program exclusively from home?
No, this program is designed primarily for in the studio (as there will be spacing etc). Learning from home is only for special circumstances and students cannot learn exclusively from home.
Can I take the program and not be filmed?
No, we will still be offering other workshops and courses throughout the studio that do not have performance opportunities.
What if I register and no longer wish to take the program?
There is a re-choreographing fee of $50 per routine you are scheduled to participate in. For principal and supporting cast there is a flat rechoreographing fee of $500 to recast and refilm your scenes.
If you are doing A Christmas Carol, is this whole show to Christmas music?
Definitely not. There may be 1 holiday-themed song in the entire show. The majority of the music will be from popular artists and music.
I’m a Sooke/ Cowichan Student, is this program available for me too?
Yes! We will have cohorts in both Sooke and Cowichan. Please indicate your preferred location on your registration form. Both of these locations will only have the 2 class per week option, if you would like to dance more in this program you will have to come to Victoria as well. Please note that the filming locations will be in Victoria exclusively.
Can I combine this program with your other offerings?
Yes, but we recommend sticking with the 2 classes a week option if you are planning to take our Integrative Conditioning Program: Technique & Training for the Dancer’s Mind & Body or additional workshops this fall. We even have a combo price of $225/month if you take both Production Program and Integrative Conditioning together!