Dance Festival at Santana Row
sjDANCEco invites you to participate in our 13th sjDANCEco Festival (formerly Dancin’ Downtown), for the fifth time at Santana Row, set for the first Sunday of National Dance Week (April 26th) from 10:00AM to 3:30PM, and taking place outside in Park Valencia at Santana Row (in front of Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant).
The sjDANCEco Festival is intended to showcase the wealth and diversity of South Bay dance artists. All dance companies, choreographers, studios, performing groups and cultural organizations are eligible to apply. We are especially encouraging participants from all across the Bay Area to participate, including San Francisco, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula and South Bay regions.
Applications are due no later than February 27th. Please check back for schedule updates.
As the producer of this festival, sjDANCEco is responsible for all organizing as well as covering all related expenses. However, our costs are increasing and we need your support as one of our participants to keep the festival free to the public. A one-time $60 fee will be required upon submission of your application.
sjDANCEco agrees to organize and cover the cost of all expenses relating to the Festival, such as equipment, necessary permits, publicity and marketing, and spectator/audience (but not Participant) insurance.
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Am I eligible to apply?
Yes! All dance companies, choreographers, studios, performing groups and cultural organizations are eligible to apply. We are especially encouraging participants from all across the Bay Area to participate, including San Francisco, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula and South Bay regions.
When will I know if I got in?
The sjDANCEco festival programming schedule and other information will be posted on our website on April 10, 2015. Most every organization that applies will be considered a participant in the Festival.
What’s new in 2015?
How much time & how many pieces are allowed for each group?
Pieces may be no longer than 5 minutes. Due to the wonderful growth of our Festival, organizations are only allowed to submit one piece. Efforts will be made to showcase the most variety of performers. After the February 27th deadline, a lottery will be held to determine which groups/organizations (of the groups that indicated on the application) will be able to submit one additional piece for an additional $60.
Can I request a time slot to perform?
Scheduling requests are considered on a first come, first serve basis. Please submit your scheduling request in your application.
What kind of pieces work best?
Due to the nature of the performance, many audience members come to enjoy the festival by happenstance. Audience grabbing pieces tend to be energetic and under 4 minutes.
What if I can't attend the Mandatory Meeting?
If you cannot personally attend the mandatory meeting, please make arrangements for a representative to attend in your place. Important information will be distributed and a no-show may result in your piece being removed from the festival performance. Music is due to sjDANCEco at the meeting. If we do not receive your music by the meeting date, your piece will be removed from the program.
Who can volunteer?
Required volunteers may be any two people whom represent your organization, dancers, parents, friends, employees, etc. The typical volunteer activities consist of set-up, strike and surveying the audience.
Can I get a DVD of the Festival?
Our sjDANCEco videographer John Parenica has recorded this event for the past few years and currently plans to record specific performances for 2014. If interested in obtaining your specific group's performance, please contact John beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, if you wish to archive your performance in the festival, please make arrangements to have someone videotape it.
Are shoes really required? Are dance paws ok?
Whether shoes are worn or not (dance shoes, not paws, are needed for dances normally done barefoot) will be at the discretion of the stage manager and will be reliant on the condition of the stage. If it is unsafe to dance barefoot and you do not have shoes, you will not be allowed on the stage. There is no covering over the stage and the marley can absorb a lot of heat whilst in direct sunlight that can cause injuries/burns to barefooted dancers. You will most likely be required to wear shoes. Please also have some sort of additional layer/insole for your shoes as the stage can be hot even through ballet or jazz shoes.
What about rain?
If there is possibility of rain, we will go forth and set up our outdoor stage. If it is misting we will still plan on performing. If you do not feel safe performing in these conditions we have a few options...we can postpone your performance time or we can perform it in the SJSU Dance Theatre. We will wipe the stage down if there is moisture, as well.
Applications are open until February 27th