The ACTIVATE YOUR ARTISTRY Concert Gala is a performance showcase that concludes our Saturday evening at the convention. This event is an opportunity for all of our attendees to meet our faculty, and receive scholarship awards they have earned throughout the convention weekend. In addition to being our Saturday evening scholarship ceremony, the Gala offers a competition option for registered dancers.
All of our guests are invited into the converted ballroom for an evening concert featuring our industry faculty, local professional companies and ACTIVATE YOUR ARTISTRY dancers.
Dancers will compete in the same level as listed on their registration form. In the event that a group has dancers from multiple levels, the routine will be scored based off of the majority level within the group.
Performances will be scored on Technique, Choreography, Performance Execution and Overall Impression. Each category accounts for 10 points of a total 40 points possible per faculty judge. In the event of a tied score, the technique score will be used to decide overall placement.
Each division and level will have an overall award presentation followed by the Gala Awards. Gala awards that will be awarded at each city are Masterful Musicality, Excellence in Technique, Best In Costume Design, Best Concept, Stunning Staging (for groups only), Best Choreography, Emotional Execution, Activated Award. Each award presented will be paired with a banner as well as an AYA certificate, cash prize or sponsored scholarship opportunity.
AYA does not include a traditional award system such as Platinum, High Gold, Gold etc. We feel that a dancers value is greater than a placement trophy. So in an effort to support each competitors artistic journey, each competing dancer will receive a scholarship or certificate from our sponsors during the Gala. Our hope is that by providing opportunities in place of trophies, we can help each dancer advance in their craft.
Score sheets and faculty feedback will sent via email no later than 7 days following the convention to the email address listed on the registration form.
Dancers registered to perform as exhibition will not be eligible for banners, sponsored scholarships or cash prizes.
AYA only offers performance and competition opportunities on Saturday evening during each convention weekend only. Entries will be accepted into the Gala until max capacity is reached. Soloists are permitted to perform up to two solos.
The attire for this portion of the convention is dress casual and light refreshments may be served. Only dancers on stage are permitted to wear dance attire.
Wristbands are not required to enter the gala concert. Seating is open and on a first come basis. The first two rows of seats are reserved for Studio Directors and Teachers Only. Dancers are permitted to sit & watch the Gala in front of the mainstage floor.
ORDER OF PERFORMANCE:
Show order and tech rehearsal schedule if applicable will be sent to performer's no later than 1 week before the convention. Please note that the order of performance may change leading up to the event. Please reference the updated schedule on the event page leading up to the event.
Music in MP3 format, title of the routine and group/studio name must be sent via email no later than 3 weeks before the regional convention being attended if not included on the initial registration form submitted.
** Activate Your Artistry reserves the right to adjust levels for showcase based on technique level or age.
Studio groups and Independent artists are invited to submit original works to be critiqued and considered for recognition awards. Routines will be accepted on a first-come basis until performances spots are filled. Entry Fees for submitted routines are as follows:
Solo Work $30.00 per routine
Duet $40.00 per routine
Small Group (3-10 Dancers) $50.00 per routine
Exhibition Performance $20 per routine