All State Dance Ensemble 2022
We are excited to have All-State Dance Ensemble in person for it’s 4th consecutive year. Here is what you need to know:
Choreographer: We invited Rachel Rugh to work with our dancers this year.
Dates: December 1-3
Location: Taylorsville High School
Registration: We have extended the registration deadline to November 4th. Please audition your dancers by having them perform the audition material prepared by the choreographer and attached in the link below. You will choose who you feel best fits Rachel's aesthetic and choreography. Make note of who is capable of learning material quickly as well. This is a very fast paced learning environment.
Please Register your dancers by November 4th on the UDEO website.
Don’t have an NHSDA chapter? Start one! It will be required in future ASDE events. Go to www.NHSDA-ndeo.org. All participating dancers will receive 3 points towards their NHSDA.
This is a great opportunity for students to continue to dance, create, perform, and make connections with professional artists and their peers from across the state. We are excited to have Brooklyn partnering with UDEO again this year in support of our secondary school dance artists.
How does it work?
Dance Company directors will hold a small audition from their dance company seniors using footage of a phrase provided by the choreographer. From there, they will choose between 5-10 dancers (depending on the size of your dance company, it can be less than 5), to attend rehearsals for the All-State Dance Ensemble.
Please try to send the National Honor Society for Dance Arts members or at least those who will have their NHSDA points within the academic year.
COACHES, you or a school approved parent/chaperone will need to be present the entire time we are working.
Send your BEST! Your most TALENTED!
Use this video to audition your dancers: Have them learn the material and perform for a panel who will select them to attend the event. They will need to have this material memorized if they attend All State as it will be used in the performance.
Give priority to NHSDA Seniors and then NHSDA Juniors.
If you have exceptional dancers that are not yet able to be inducted into NHSDA but will be eligible, you can let them join. Sophomores and freshman? Only if they are exceptional and mature enough to work in fast-paced, professional, creative setting, and inducted/eligible for NHSDA.
What does it cost?
Dancers will need to pay $65.00 to attend and their director will register them through the UDEO website. It will be a similar process to registering and paying for Utah High School Dance Festival.
When/Where/What is the schedule?
Rehearsals and performance will take place at Taylorsville High School. A detailed schedule is coming soon.
Rachel is a dancer, teacher, mover and shaker currently based in Blacksburg, VA. As a performer, she has collaborated with the DC-based Dance Exchange, as well as Seattle choreographers Pat Graney, Amy O’Neil, and Jurg Koch. Her choreographic work has been featured at the Seattle International Dance Festival, Movement Research (NYC), and the Washington, D.C. Capital Fringe Festival.
A joyful and enthusiastic movement educator, Rachel has over ten years of experience teaching creative dance to all ages and stages of movers, and currently teaches at Radford University and Virginia Tech. She has presented her work at a variety of national performing arts conferences including the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in America (SEAMUS), the Virginia Tech Gender, Bodies and Technology Conference (GBT), and the American College Dance Association (ACDA).
Rachel is the director of the dance program at the Virginia Governor's School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts. She is an adjunct faculty member at Radford University and Virginia Tech, as well as a faculty fellow at the VT Center for Communicating Science. In 2017/18, she was recipient of the 2017/2018 Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Residency at the Carilion NRV Hospital, where she provided therapeutic movement experiences for patients, staff and visitors. Her current research focuses on connections between the brain and body through her work as a Teaching and Research Artist at the Virginia Tech Embodied Brain Laboratory. In her *spare* time, she is the director of New River Moving Arts, a dance studio in Blacksburg that offers affordable, accessible creative dance training for all ages. She holds a BA in dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.