Posted 13 June 2011 - 09:34 PM
Posted 14 June 2011 - 12:59 AM
You can take a couple of different routes to establish contact with RDA directors. One, attend a festival as an observer and introduce yourself and network. Bring your sample DVD, resume etc and make connections. Next year there will be a National Festival with all of the 90 RDA companies in attendance. It will be held May 1-5, 2012 in Montreal. This would be a great time to promote your choreography and yourself!
Two, attend RDA's summer Choreography Intensive. This is a 2 week workshop of established and emerging choreographers. They accept 5 outside choreographers each summer. You can get additional information on this program at the RDA website. RDA Choreography Intensive
Three, as a RDA director I do receive letters of interest from freelance choreographers interested in working with my company. They usually include a resume and a DVD sample of the choreographer's work. I suggest you start with companies in close proximity or ones that you may have a mutual acquaintance. The company where you trained would be a good place to start!
Regional Dance America
National Board member
Posted 16 June 2011 - 10:16 PM
Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:23 AM
During Nutcracker time, do the companies continue to rehearse their company and RDA numbers, or does Nutcracker consume every minute like it seems to do ours?
Posted 22 November 2011 - 11:20 AM
Other pieces would be choreographed in several weekend sessions over time when a local choreographer was brought in. They also sometimes booked working company members during any layoff weeks they might have had. We also always had alot of studio members creating Emerging choreography so those generally worked right up to adjudication.
In general, we did work all year long, even during Nutz on a rotating basis. But our rehearsal schedule included Saturday and Sunday. So the youth cast and those parts were rehearsed more on Saturday with sporadic scheduling of the older kids on Saturday as the need arose. But Sunday was generally rehearsal for the older kids. So we alternated which went first, Nutz then RDA or RDA then Nutz. Company class was held both days so you had that no matter when you had to attend. It had to be done during Nutz for us because Adjudication could be anywhere from Feb-March.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 02:12 PM
Posted 22 November 2011 - 07:51 PM
Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:28 PM
So let me get this straight? You think you will be asked to work during Christmas vacation and you don't know yet? Is this common for you?
LOL. I can't think of anything that is "common" for our company. Part of my exasperation is that we never know what to expect, because the only that is consistent, is inconsistency. And no, we have not been told that we will be rehearsing over the Christmas break, but I simply cannot see how they won't be. The company girls have not rehearsed anything except Nutcracker pieces, which they will be doing for at least two more weeks, which will leave one month before our adjudication date. All the parents are starting to "bite their nails" because we are getting nervous about the lack of progress for RDA, but this is a really bad time of year to try to speak to the director. Since we haven't been an RDA company for very long, we are still trying to determine what is considered "normal" and what isn't. Some of the parents have suggested amongst ourselves that we should tell the director that we want to pass on the festival this year, because we just can't see how the girls can possibly be prepared in time.
Posted 23 November 2011 - 03:46 AM
Of course, I don't know.... I just trying to give you a positive spin on the situation.
“They did not know it was impossible, so they did it.” ― Mark Twain
Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:45 AM
Posted 24 November 2011 - 07:23 PM
In between Christmas and New Year's, there would be another three days for RDA pieces or the repertory show - either a new piece, an old piece, an emerging piece, whatever needed lots of rehearsal time (or an outside choreographer/ballet master to set the choreography). If a dancer had vacation planned, they usually were left out of the piece that was being set during those days (unless the director really needed that dancer to be in the piece). These rehearsal days are pre-set at the opening meeting so you would just have to schedule vacation around it - although the cast list wouldn't be published until right before Nutcracker performances. It would stink not to know whether or not you have to rehearse during winter break, with such short notice.
I remember one year, we learned a piece during the MLK long weekend (it was a re-work of a previously choreographed piece, but involved mostly new dancers and the choreography was basically re-done) and our repertory show was around the 2nd weekend in March. I can't remember when the adjudication was (maybe mid February?) so that was a pretty short rehearsal period.
Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:43 AM
Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:42 PM
I personally attended RDA's first National Festival in 1997 which was held in Houston, TX. It was a WONDERFUL experience! I loved being able to watch regional ballet companies from all of the nation - it really gave me an idea of where my technique stood as compared to other dancers my age.... and it also showed me how good my training actually was (very good, btw). Multiple Artistic Directors from large professional ballet companies were present, and lots of dancers received offers/contracts during the festival.
If your Artistic Directors do not see the benefit to this festival, and are not putting enough energy into preparing their dancers, that is not a good thing. Please do not consider this to be RDA's fault.... they set out the guidelines... then it is up to your Artistic Direction to follow through.
“They did not know it was impossible, so they did it.” ― Mark Twain
Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:50 PM
I also attended the national festival in '97 (Houston) and the one in Pittsburgh ('05?). It was a treat to see dancers from all around the country.
Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:13 PM
Cakers, the issue that you are having is not RDA's fault, but the Artistic Director of your school/company.
I never said this issue was RDA's fault. I posted my question because I don't know what the "norm" is among RDA companies as to when they begin their company choreography and how long they rehearse it prior to adjudication. Before I approached the AD I wanted to see if I was unduly worried and see if people in the know thought that 4 weeks (which is what we'll be left with after Nutcracker is done) is adequate time to prepare for adjudication starting from scratch. I don't, but as I said before, what do I know?