Orchesis carries the responsibilities of an extremely busy performance schedule. The following information will hopefully give you an insight to some of the performances the club presents. Several of the performances are in conjunction with the District Dance Teachers Association and its performances
There are three major performances that are sponsored by the District 214 Teachers Association
Artist in Residence
During the fall, professional teachers/choreographers are contacted to become our "Artist in Residence" for the fall of the following school year. These choreographers are contracted to spend approximately three to four days with each of the district’s Orchesis clubs. Dancers will take classes, work on technique and eventually learn a dance that will be presented after six individual workshops are completed. This performance is showcased in one of our six schools in a large gym. There are typically over a hundred performers.
Each year, a district dance concert is presented with the goal of exposing audiences to the talent and choreographic skill for our dancers. The concert is hosted by each of the district high schools on a rotating basis. The concert is comprised of three dances from each of the District’s Orchesis Clubs and is chosen by the dance teachers with input from the dancers.
In addition to the 18 dances, there is one Senior Dance. The participants of this dance are chosen from auditions where four senior dance representatives from each district school are identified. Participants will attend rehearsals/workshops in order to learn a dance from a professional choreographer/teacher/performer. The results of these rehearsals become the finale of the District Concert!
214 On Tour
Each spring, one dance from each of the Orchesis Concerts, as well as the Artist in Resident senior choreography is taken ON TOUR! Each school is visited by this "mini-concert" of dancers in ONE DAY! The day is extremely busy, as it must fit into the schedules of each high school in order to present a 40 minute performance at each school in the district. The purpose of this tour is to expose the general high school population with the opportunity to see fellow students perform with professional choreographers and view the final products of our fine and performing arts programs.
Variety Show and Holiday Assembly . . . .
Performance in this activity is strictly on a voluntary basis. Music is provided -- dancers and choreographers stay later to work on their dances. Dancers that will perform will rehearse with the cast of the Variety Show.
Senior Orchesis members choreograph and perform during the Coronation Performance . This is a senior privilege to choreograph and perform in the first public performance of the year. Most of the rehearsals are done outside of the school.
Community Outreach Program: RDT in partnership with D214 Community Education program
Orchesis members have the option to participate in the RDT outreach program. The program is geared for dance students of all levels and ages to participate in a multi-cultural community dance performance that is financially affordable. For more information: www.rodriguezdancetheatre.com
During the spring, the Orchesis Club chooses several dances from their annual show production to perform at area elementary schools, as well as the Sheila Ray Senior Citizen Center. The goal is two-fold; to harvest an interest in younger children to participate in the program as well as remind our seasoned population of how magnificent dance as an art form can be!
Dance I- II-III students participate in this program. The Mini-Concert show consists of dances from the classes under the Physical Education Department offered in the school as well as Orchesis members. Orchesis members are assigned to assist in the production of this show for grade. The show takes place in May and tickets are required to be purchased in order to enter the show.