Highlight Set: The week before the first day of each Performance online course (S401e, R401d, S402e, and R402d), students will submit a video showing the student’s best work of solo improvisation within the past two years (called the Highlight Set or Performance Catalog). The video will contain footage from 2-3 pieces, and be 20-24 minutes in length. Performances should include 60% of Intermediate technique which includes layering two (or more) belly dance moves, doubletime movements, and finger cymbals (when appropriate), etc. For Performance 2 specifically, performances should be comprised of 40% Jamhaila, which includes characterization, layering, and finger cymbals (as appropriate). As applicable, dancers should demonstrate their emotional context and intent, and demonstrate their use of the stage and audience projection grids. The Intermediate and Performance certification choreographies are examples of the level of work that students should be submitting.
Once the Highlight Set has been submitted before each Performance 1 and 2 course, the instructor will evaluate the video and give you feedback. If the instructor determines that more work is required, the second Highlight Set for that course will be developed in private lessons. Some students may need to complete a second submission of a Highlight Set to fulfill the requirements for each course.
As each Highlight Set is showing the student’s best work over the last two years, students are encouraged to continue performing as much as possible, using the feedback and directions given during previous evaluations and courses, to build their next Highlight Set. Performing is a skill that takes development, and improvisation performance opportunities are not always abundant. It goes without saying students will need to accumulate as much footage as possible, and that can take time.
The performances should be done in full costuming, including hair and make-up.
Not all students have perfect performance venues. If you preform regularly at a restaurant, even if on a stage, that footage might be too problematic because of lighting or people walking in front of the camera. Students are being creative with setting up venues. Maybe you can persuade your fellow dance class members to stay a bit later after a class so you can get into full costume and do a performance for them. Maybe you have an area at your home or a meeting room at your office or a community room at your apartment that can be set up for a performance, and you can invite friends, family, and neighbors to watch. The point is that you dance in full costume for an audience. For students working on their catalogs during shelter-in-place orders (such as Covid-19 in 2020), contact the School to discuss alternatives so that your training can continue.
If you have any questions about whether footage from a specific performance can count towards your performance catalog, please contact us for clarification. Evaluation criteria is listed in the Evaluation toggle below.