The Dance Family Organization (DFO)
The Dance Family Organization (DFO) are the parents of dancers in the Department of Dance and Movement that volunteer their time to ensure Department events run smoothly, that fundraising successfully supports the needs of DSA dancers, and to enhance communication with dance families and the broader dance community.
The many activities and efforts of the DFO are planned with your help. Your involvement is critical for the success of your dancer’s experience in the program. Many opportunities exist throughout each year for families to volunteer their time, and sign-up sheets are always available at volunteer.dsadance.org. Again, visit volunteer.dsadance.org for all the ways you can sign up to help. Thank you.
Have questions? Contact DFO using the form below.
August 9-12, 2016/August 25, 2016
DSA Registration is generally four days in early August. Specific dates are announced on the DSA Master Calendar. The DFO is responsible for having helpful information for students and their families at the Dance Department table. One or two DFO volunteers welcome new dancers/families on the day of 6th-grade registration. It’s also good for someone to have information available at Back-to-school night.
August 21, 2016
Annually, DFO hosts a fall picnic celebrating the return to school for dancers and their families, and to welcome incoming dancers /families to the department. Usually the first weekend after school starts, the event is held at a neighborhood park, and the food is potluck.
Artist Residency Concert
October 21-22, 2016
An intensive Guest Artist residency, usually in October, has Advanced Class dancers working closely with a professional company and its director. The program culminates with two evening concerts, featuring newly created collaborative works. DFO provides volunteers (Box Office, an Usher, and a House Manager) for each performance.
Artist Residency Reception
October 22, 2016
This casual reception for the Artist Residency Concert performers and guest artists follows the final evening performance, and is held in the school’s lower level movement studio. DFO organizes the catered event.
November 3, 7, 11, 14, & 17, 2016
DSA has four to six school-wide visitation days in the fall for prospective students and their families. DFO provides a few volunteers each day to guide tours of the facility for those interested in auditioning for dance, and answer questions about the school’s arts and academic programs and the audition process.
November 17-19, 2016
The annual Fall Concert, generally mid-November, highlights the department’s student choreographic curriculum, and also includes large-group choreographic work set by guest artists. DFO recruits nearly 50 volunteers for the shows (opportunities are listed online at volunteer.dsadance.org) and operates two fundraisers (concessions and flower sales) benefitting the department.
November 17-18, 2016 and April 27-28, 2017
The DFO organizes an after school program and dinners for middle school dancers on the Thursday and Friday afternoons during the fall and spring concerts. It’s a great way to keep the dancers together, entertained, and well fed before their performances.
November 28, 2016 (pre-audition meeting); January 7, 10, & 14, 2017
Typically, Department of Dance and Movement auditions are held over several days in January. The process, though, begins with a mandatory pre-audition meeting in late November or early December (for prospective dancers who have already applied to DSA). DFO helps throughout the process by having volunteers assist with check-in, queuing, and guiding auditioning students and their families.
Senior Projects Concert
February 15-18, 2017
Dance Senior Projects are presented at a concert normally held each February. The graduating dancers exhibit solo work representative of their cumulative DSA experience, as well as group choreography they’ve set on their Advanced Class peers. DFO provides volunteers (Box Office, an Usher, and a House Manager) for each performance.
Senior Projects Reception
February 18, 2017
After the final Senior Projects Concert performance, DFO hosts a reception honoring the soon-graduating senior dancers. This long-standing tradition is supported by the DFO, assisting junior class families in organizing this catered event held in the DSA Commons.
April 27-29, 2017
The department’s annual Spring Concert, usually in late April, features DSA dancers performing guest artist choreography and also important historical works. DFO recruits nearly 50 volunteers for the shows (opportunities are listed online at volunteer.dsadance.org) and operates two fundraisers (concessions and flower sales) benefiting the department.
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In late April or early May, the Denver School of the Arts Department of Dance and Movement celebrates the end of the year by recognizing each of its dancers, especially graduating seniors (with often tearful goodbyes), at the annual Spring Banquet. This wonderfully catered and quietly elegant event is planned and organized by DFO.
Junior Projects Concert
May 17-18, 2017
Dance Junior Projects are presented at a concert in May, with group choreography set on their Advanced Class peers, the junior dancers also often collaborate for this concert with one of the DSA music departments. DFO provides volunteers (Box Office, an Usher, and a House Manager) for each performance.
Have questions? Use the contact form below, and DFO will either give you an answer or connect you with someone who can.