Recital Information for Performers

 

Logistics

 

When

Saturday, May 20 at 2:30pm (doors open at 2pm)

(Performer call time is MUCH earlier – see below.)
 

Where

The Rockwell
255 Elm Street, Somerville MA

This location is a short walk from Davis Square station on the red line, and is near several bus lines. There are several metered parking lots in Davis Square, as shown on this map. For reference, the Rockwell is near the number 4 – Grove Street lot – on Elm Street.

Meter rates are $1.00/hour and are sold in increments of .25 cents per 15 minutes. Rates are in effect from 8am-8pm, Monday-Saturday.

Parking meters located in off-street parking lots allow for parking up to 3 hours, while most on-street parking has a two-hour limit (but parking is not allowed on every street and there are sometimes other restrictions, so be sure to check signs!).
 

How Much

Free for your guests. Each dancer will receive 6 tickets for their guests.

We are providing tickets through EventBrite for the recital. The event is here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/belly-dance-somerville-2017-recital-tickets-33248134064

Your guests can obtain tickets by using your first name and last initial (as provided at registration) in CAPS as a code to unlock your private tickets (when they click on the “Tickets” button, it will ask them for a code).

As an example, if you registered as Jane Smith, your ticket code is JANES. If you registered with a shortened version of your name, that version was used for your tickets (if your full name was Rebecca Jones, but you registered as Becky Jones, your code is BECKYJ).

If you want to double-check your code, please email Evren at evrendancer@gmail.com.

Students are asked to contribute $15 to cover the space rental. This is already included in the full-session tuition packages. Students paying week-to-week will be asked to contribute that separately.
 

Tips for your guests

1) It may take time to find parking

There are several public metered lots in Davis Square, but since this is in the early afternoon on a Saturday, it may be busy. Please plan accordingly and leave a little extra time to find parking.
 

2) Don’t count on cell service

The theater is in the basement of the building and has very poor cell reception.

We don’t want your guests taking calls during the show, of course, but this also means that they may not be able to receive texts or use their phones while they wait.
 

3) Davis Square is a great place to have an after-party!

If you’d like to celebrate with your family and friends after the show, there are a ton of great options in the neighborhood, from nice sit-down places to more casual falafel and fro-yo joints.

I especially recommend Saloon and Foundry on Elm, which are in the same building as the theater and owned by the same company. It’s important to support the venues that support the arts, and by providing an affordable space, the Rockwell Group makes small productions like ours possible. (They also have great food and cocktails!)

Wherever you go, I suggest making reservations in advance. The show will end between 4 and 4:30, so a 5pm reservation is your safest bet.
 

Performing

 

How You Can Participate

This is a low-key, private recital for just your friends and family.

In the recital, you can:

  • Perform the group choreography with your class*
  • Do a solo
  • Do a small group piece with some of your classmates (rehearsed outside of class)

Don’t be afraid of solos! They’re not as scary as they sound, and they’re a lot of fun.

If you choose not to dance, come and support your classmates!

RSVP for class group choreography pieces by March 10th!
RSVP for solo or small group pieces by April 7th!

Regardless of how you plan to participate, you must RSVP for your class piece by Friday, March 10th.

RSVP Now
 

For solo or group pieces:

If you are not sure if you will be performing outside of the class group piece, you may check “I don’t know yet, but will know by:” and provide the date as April 7th.

Email Evren at evrendancer@gmail.com and confirm how you would like to participate by April 7th.

If you know that you would like to perform a solo or small group piece, but are unsure of music or genre, you may check either the group or solo options and mention in your description of the piece that you are not certain about music or genre.

Please submit that information to Evren at evrendancer@gmail.com by April 7th.

RSVP Now

 

Timeline

1pm: Performers can arrive as early as 1pm. Since call time is 1:30, it would be a good idea to arrive at the venue with your makeup done and be prepared to change into your performance outfit. You may also arrive in costume, if you would like.

1:30pm: Performer call time. Please arrive at the studio no later than 1:30pm. We’ll have a short meeting and do a group warm-up at this time. You must be fully dressed and in makeup at this time.

(If you need to change on location, be sure to come earlier.)

After our meeting and warm-up, we’ll have some time to briefly practice our entrances.

2pm: Doors open to the audience.

2:30pm: The show begins.

 

Group Dances

Each class is learning a different piece. Links to the class recital info pages follow.

These pages are password protected. If you have forgotten the password, please contact Evren or Nadira via Remind.

Note: The videos have different passwords than the pages. Video passwords may be found listed above the video on the class recital page.

As the semester progresses, I will also add choreography notes and practice videos of the group running through the dance. Keep in mind that I may tweak the choreographies throughout the semester. So these resources are guidelines only; they don’t replace taking your own notes after class.
 

Sunday Level 1

http://www.bellydancesomerville.com/sunday-level-1-recital-info/

 

Monday Level 1

http://www.bellydancesomerville.com/monday-level-1-recital-info/

 

Wednesday Level 2

http://www.bellydancesomerville.com/level-2-recital-info/

 

Wednesday Level 3

We will be working on an a capella group zil piece, so we will be making our own music!

http://www.bellydancesomerville.com/level-3-recital-info/
 

Costuming Guidelines

Group Pieces

Level 1: For your class’ group piece, you should dress in a black top and bottoms (pants or skirt) and a hip scarf of any color. You can dance barefoot or wear dance shoes, but no street shoes or socks.

Bare bellies are welcome, but optional. Male students may go bare-chested, or wear a shirt or vest.

Accessories are highly recommended, especially earrings. Don’t be afraid to pile on necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc. One of my first teachers said you should be “dripping with jewelry”.

Level 2 and 3: We will decide on our class look together.

Solos or small group pieces

You may perform in a student-level costume, a casual costume (such as a choli top, skirt, and hip scarf), or classwear and a hip scarf. However, keep in mind that this is a performance, and dress for the occasion. No matter what you choose to wear, you should coordinate your ensemble, and, ideally, accessorize (jewelry, head decorations etc.). You should also be sure to wear a hip scarf or costume belt, to help the audience see your movements.

All performers must wear underpants, and they should not be visible at any time.
(i.e., make sure that they don’t peek out the top of your waistband, and that your skirt isn’t too sheer.)
 

Makeup Guidelines

Performers of all genders wear stage makeup to:

  • Help the audience see their features and expression
  • Show respect for the formality of the performance
  • Create a stylized look (glamorous, mysterious, theatrical, etc.)

So you will need to wear makeup in the recital, even if you don’t usually wear it in the rest of your life.

Please apply your makeup at home, but bring your full makeup kit for adjustments and touch-ups.

Female students:

For female dancers, a glamorous look is expected. So you must wear full makeup for your performance: foundation, powder, concealer, eye liner, eye shadow, mascara, eyebrow pencil, blush, and lipstick.

If you’re not sure how to apply stage makeup, start with an “evening look”, then apply heavier eyeliner, and choose a medium-to-dark color lipstick. (True stage makeup is much more complicated than this, but this method will do for your first recital.)

You may also want to check out Sephora’s tutorials. My favorites are:

Sephora and MAC offer free lessons, and some offer more advanced services with a purchase.

Both the Sephora in the Prudential Center and the MAC store on Newbury Street in downtown Boston offer a full makeup application with a $50 minimum purchase. However, it is important to plan ahead and call the store to make a reservation for this service, as well as being sure to leave enough time to get to the venue (makeup applications at a store will often take between 45-90 minutes, depending on how busy it is and the look you want).

Male students:

Male performers typically wear a bold, theatrical makeup look. However, I understand that makeup will probably be new to you, and it may take some time for you to get comfortable with it.

So for the recital, you can choose how much makeup you want to wear:
(If you need more details on these steps, let me know.)

Bare minimum application: Please wear at least this much.

  • Dust your face with face powder to reduce shine
  • Use an eyebrow pencil to darken your eyebrows (your eyebrows play a big role in transmitting your expression!)

Light application: (Recommended) This helps the audience see your features and expression but doesn’t look like you’re “wearing makeup” when you’re on stage.

  • Apply face powder to reduce shine
  • Apply a small amount of subtle eyeliner. (This will help the audience see your eyes.)
  • Use an eyebrow pencil to darken your eyebrows
  • Outline your lips with a lip pencil that is slightly darker than your natural lip color, then fill it in with the same pencil. Top with lip balm to prevent dryness.

(You can also add light foundation and concealer to even out your skin tone before you begin.)

Stylized application: Most male performers wear considerably more makeup to create a bold, theatrical effect.

If you already know how to apply makeup, or are willing to get a lesson, you could try a stylized look, like this design by dancer Fabio Barros.
 

Non-binary gender students:

If you don’t identify as male or female, follow the guidelines that feel most comfortable for you. If you’re not sure, try starting with the “light application” above, and experiment with adding more.
 

Doing a Solo or Small Group Piece

 

Music Guidelines

The time limit for Level 1 students is 3:30. Level 2 and 3 students and groups may have up to 5 minutes.

Check out Ami’s list of songs under 3:30 for some ideas.

If you are feeling intrepid, you can also cut down a longer song. You can find a tutorial on my coaching site at:
http://www.bellydancegeek.com/2013/08/how-to-shorten-a-song/

Please send my minion Evren (from the Level 3 class) your music by Friday, April 21st.

You can send Evren an MP3 at evrendancer@gmail.com, send her a Dropbox link, or burn your music to a separate CD containing ONLY your recital music and deliver it to me during class (and I’ll pass it along to her).
 

Rehearsals

Soloists and small group numbers will need to rehearse their pieces once in front of the class. Rehearsal slots will be scheduled for the last three weeks of the session.

 

Video

I may set up a camera to film the show, but I can’t operate the camera, since I’ll be MCing, so I can’t guarantee that it will come out. So if you would like a video of your performance, please bring your own camera and ask someone to tape you. Please do NOT tape anyone else’s performance without their permission.

I strongly recommend recording your performance, even if you don’t think you want a video. Someday you’ll look back on your first performance, and be glad you have it. (Trust me on this!)