Just after company placements are announced in early June, the Choreographers meet with the event coordinator Mrs. Mary to select their casts. No dancer from any level of the company is allowed to be in more than 3 dances, as the rehearsal schedule gets quite challenging. The Choreographers contact each member of the cast and when the list is set, they select music that fits their vision and get to work scheduling rehearsals. It is a lot of work to develop their ideas into a masterpiece!
One of the Choreographers takes the lead to organize, teach and rehearse the HUGS opening number. Any Ballet company (level 1-14) or Modern company dancer who wants to get involved with HUGS is welcome to join the cast!
It is completely up to the Choreographers to teach and rehearse their piece with their cast throughout he summer and early fall. Since many dancers travel to summer intensives this can be tricky.
Rehearsals for the HUGS opening number are not held until the beginning of the school year, after all interested company dancers have had a chance to join the cast.
When HUGS weekend is just a week or two away, Mrs. Mary schedules and directs a full dress rehearsal to iron out the kinks in the schedule and help the dancers put the final polish on their pieces.
This year HUGS performances will be held on Saturday afternoon/evening and Sunday afternoon of HUGS weekend. The 2020 performance schedule is as follows:
Dress Rehearsal (Sneak Preview for dancers only)
Along with the shows, the parents of the HUGS Choreographers put on a silent auction to raise additional funds for the selected charity. Due to health and safety precautions this year, all HUGS auction items will be managed completely online. DETAILS COMING SOON
Additionally, we will a very special collection of decorated pointe shoes created by this year’s choreographers available for sale. DETAILS COMING SOON on dates/times when the sale table will be open.