Artistic Director: Mr. Anthony Burrell
Company has been designed to meet the needs of the talented dancer who is considering a professional career in dance. The pre-professional company provides a comprehensive curriculum geared towards intense dance instruction of the highest quality and strong academic derivatives. Company seeks to train serious dancers with attention to the whole being. The department has been structured with sole focus on technical proficiency and academic ideologies as related to contemporary dance perspectives.
Students will consider their roles as dance artists, choreographers, philosophers, high academics dance historians and dance anthropologists. Classes have been designed to enhance artistic development and core foundational technique.
• Strengthen the student’s technical abilities and comprehension of terminology and vocabulary
• To broaden an understanding of other artforms and its importance within training
• To develop physiological comprehension and movement principles
• To provide historical knowledge of dance and its derivatives
• To maintain a high level of discipline and professionalism
• To initiate peer collaboration and respect for other communities
• To explore perspectives geared towards work ethic and one’s own responsibility as a pre-professional dance artist
About the Director
Anthony Burrell is a Philadelphia born Creative Director, Choreographer, and Actor. He is seen as the creative force on E! Entertainment for Mariah’s World, Mariah Carey’s Vegas Residency 1toInfinity, Sweet Fantasy Tour, Un-Silent Night Christmas, and All I Want for Christmas at the Beacon Theater. Anthony is part of the artistic team behind Beyoncé’s Grammy performance (2017), Super Bowl 50 halftime show, MTV Music Awards (2016), Country Music Awards (2016), The Formation World Tour, and countless music videos. He has won an MTV Video Music Award for ‘Best Choreography’ in Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ and was also nominated for ‘Best Choreography’ in Beyonce’s ‘Sorry’. Anthony’s recent film credits include Lemonade, Bad Grandpa, Jack Ass 4, and Leave It On the Floor.
Anthony is renowned for his ability to blend classical and commercial dance styles, choreographing for notable companies such as Pepsi, Direct TV, DKNY, and Ivy Park. His unique style has also been seen with a long roster of artists such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Brandy, Destiny’s Child, Mary J Blige, Kesha, Jennifer Hudson, En Vogue, Jay-Z, Jussie Smollett and more. Anthony made his Broadway debut as ‘Hank’ in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway Musical “Come Fly Away and Co-starred the film ‘The Skinny’.
Anthony has choreographed and performed in many pivotal moments in dance entertainment. His choreography has been featured on popular shows such as Raising Asia, Abby Ultimate Dance Competition, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, So You Think You Can Dance Top 24, Dance Moms, GLEE and Fox’s hit series Empire. The New York Times Jennifer Dunning names Anthony as a “Young Choreographer to Watch.”
Anthony has danced with Philadanco, Eleone, Koresh, Prism Dance Theater. Anthony was also a two-time gold medalist and the 1998 National Gold Medalist for the NAACP ACT-SO competition in the category of Dance. While attending University of the Arts, Anthony was hand selected by Artistic Director Emeritus Judith Jamison to join Ailey II and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a principle dancer, he has performed in the Master Work Revelations for President Barack Obama and the first family.
In addition to his successful career, Anthony dedicates himself to dance education and Philanthropy as the Founder and Director of Breaking Barriers Summer Dance Intensive and Project AB. He continues to build his artistry and work towards creating a legacy in entertainment, arts, and education.
Conduct: Company expects all students to maintain proper dress and behavior in all classes throughout the dance season. The following rules and guidelines will help you to meet our company expectations:
• Please always ensure that you are dressed for class in the regulation attire with a well-groomed appearance.
• Arrive on time for class. Do not hang out in the dressing room.
• All students should stand and talking should cease as the instructor is acknowledged for entering the studio. If the instructor has already arrived, all talking should cease at the door as a means of directing all attention to the instructor for directions.
• Do not enter or leave class without the instructor’s permission. If you feel you are unable to finish class due to illness or any other reason, please inform the instructor immediately.
• Students are not advised to sit down during class. Muscles relax and cool down too quickly, causing the body to be susceptible to injuries. Do not use ballet barres and /or pianos as a resting place for bodies, miscellaneous clothing and/or jewelry.
• Students must develop the discipline and understanding of how to use mental capabilities to work out individual problems. One of the most important facets of technique class is concentration. Pay attention to the total movement, focusing on sequence and quality.
• Corrections are essential to improvement in all dance classes. Acknowledge the correction with a positive response. If you are not the one receiving the correction, it’s always imperative to apply the information given. Often the situation will call for you to repeat the movement attempting to put the correction into effect. If you do not understand the correction, please ask for further clarification.
• Hands are to be raised if there is a question. Calling out can be of a disturbance as the space is an intimate learning environment for others as well.
• It is an expected professional courtesy in the arts that students applaud the teacher and accompanist at the end of the class to show appreciation.
• No food, gum, candy, juice, or soda will be allowed in the studio. This will result in students having to sit and observe the remainder of class/rehearsal.
• Street shoes are PROHIBITED in the dance studio. Students must ensure that all shoes are removed BEFORE entering into the studio.
Behavior: Your approach to Company is imperative. Inappropriate attitudes/behaviors will NOT be tolerated. The curriculum has been devised for the serious dancer with serious goals in mind. It is a training ground for dancers aspiring to explore their artistic potential. Negativity and unconstructiveness towards peers and/or instructors will result in an immediate removal from the class/rehearsal and a parent-teaching meeting.
Any damage to the space and/or building will result in an immediate parent-teacher meeting. In addition, all participants and their legal guardians will be held responsible for damages.
No type of disrespect will be tolerated!
• The use of foul language will result in the removal from class/rehearsal.
• Bullying/ Teasing will result in the removal from the Company.
Student/Parent/Teacher Meetings: Company holds an “open door” policy. Please allow us to help you with any problems that could hinder the students’ progress as a company member. Parents are welcome to set up a parent-teacher meeting, but please make prior arrangements to do so; we ask that you check in at the Lobby after having scheduled a date and time with the Artistic Director. Please schedule all appointments via email.
In order to set up a meeting with the Artistic Director of Company please email:
Mr. Anthony Burrell
Attendance Policy: Students are encouraged to attend the full duration of the school year. In addition to Com classes/rehearsals, it is mandatory that students attend all technique classes at the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts. If students begin missing too many classes/rehearsals, they will be dismissed from the company and advised to re-audition during AB PROJECT: Company youth audition.
Lateness: All dancers are expected to be in the ABCD studios on time. Attendance is taken immediately. Students arriving 10 or more minutes late without proper documentation will be advised to observe and take notes that will be submitted immediately following the end of class/rehearsal.
** Bathroom: Students are ONLY permitted to use the restroom before or after class. In the case of an emergency, students will quickly transition to the nearest bathroom and return silently.
Sickness: In the case of an extreme emergency, students are permitted to observe or either stay home in avoidance of getting other dancers or instructors sick. Parents please use proper discretion.
Cell Phones: Cell phones are to be silent/off and kept in the student’s dance bag(s) within the dressing room. All cell phones caught within the studios will be taken and will have to be retrieved by a parent/legal guardian at the end of class.
Jewelry and Body Adornments: No jewelry or body adornments are to be worn within any of the AB PROJECT: Company classes/rehearsals. Jewelry is liable to fall off and injure others.
Jewelry and Adornments Include:
Earrings and etc.
Fingernails: Fingernails are to be no longer than the finger tips. This will avoid possible injury during any Choreography-based partnering or stretch.
Hygiene: Proper hygiene is essential in all aspects of life. It is very hard to approach a child or parent about a lack of cleanliness or a foul body odor. However, in dance settings where activities induce sweat and children are moving through the space, odors can become a terrible distraction and an embarrassment for the child, should a classmate be insensitive and say something out loud. To avoid these problems, please ensure that all dancewear is laundered after each wearing; hair should be clean and pulled back properly, and deodorant should be a consideration for all students.
o Please, NO PERFUME prior to class as this can cause a terrible odor, as well as aggravate allergies of other students.
Educational Inquiry/ Necessities:
All AB PROJECT: Company
dancers will be expected to keep a notebook and folder. Dancers should bring all materials to each class. If students arrived unprepared, it will result in the student having to observe the class/rehearsal for the day.
These materials are vital in ensuring the academic success of the AB PROJECT: Company
o AB Project, Company A and Company B..
o The dance notebook /folder will be used for note-taking, technical corrections given during rehearsals and all articles that will be used as study guides for vocabulary tests and quizzes.
AB PROJECT: Company:
requires all female dancers to wear ALL BLACK CAMSOLE LEOTARDS, Fleshtone“CONVERTIBLE” TIGHTS, NUDE BALLET SLIPPERS AND A BLACK BALLET SKIRT(Removable) FOR AB PROJECT: COMPANY
CLASSES AND REHEARSALS.
ALL Males are permitted to wear white form-fitting tops, black tights, white ballet shoes and white socks (HEIGHT MUST REACH THE CALF MUSCLE). (Socks and shoes will be removed during some rehearsals.)
All males need to have a dance belt to ensure proper body protection for movement/choreography.
Students out of dress code will be asked to sit and observe. THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN AB PROJECT: Company
CLASS/REHEARSAL IF THEIR ATTIRE DOES NOT ALIGN WITH THE ABCD POLICY.
Please ensure that all dancers have the required attire by the first day of the Anthony Burrell Center for Dance COMPANY dance season: Monday October 15th, 2018
AB PROJECT: COMPANY are required to bring both Nude Ballet shoes and black Jazz shoes/Sneakers to EVERY class/rehearsal. THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN AB PROJECT: COMPANY CLASS/REHEARSAL IF THEIR ATTIRE DOES NOT ALIGN WITH AB PROJECT: COMPANY POLICY.
*** It’s expected for students to bring all required dance footwear to the class as the schedule is subject to change.
Proper attire enables the instructor the ability to see the dancing body clearly to give individual corrections. It also ensures the success and routine of the Anthony Burrell Center for Dance.
Once class begins, warm-ups or any type of overlays are NOT permitted on to the floor.
Hoodies are not allowed in any of the AB PROJECT: COMPANY classes/rehearsals.
Socks are not to be worn inside of the studio.
• Camisole Leotard: https://www.baumsdancewear.com/product/bw-classwear-value-cotton-strappy-back-leotard/
• Transitional Tights: https://www.baumsdancewear.com/product/body-wrappers-value-supplex-convertible-tight-2/
• Black Ballet Skirt: https://www.baumsdancewear.com/product/body-wrappers-premiere-chiffon-wrap-skirt-4/
• Pink/White Ballet Slippers: https://www.baumsdancewear.com/product/deluco-deluxe-leather-ballet-7/
• Jazz Shoes: https://www.baumsdancewear.com/product/capezio-jazz-ankle-boot/
• Boy’s Dance Belt: https://www.baumsdancewear.com/product/body-wrappers-full-seat-support-dance-belt/
AB PROJECT: COMPANY:
All female dancers are expected to wear low buns for EVERY class. There are NO exceptions!!! All buns must be neat and secure for the duration of the class/rehearsal. Females should bring necessary items and products to secure/fix their buns throughout the dance day. Females will be approached if their appearance does not comply with these regulations.
All buns should be at the “nape of the neck” and secured with HAIR NETS to reduce any mishaps.
All hair must be slicked back nicely with no lose hair! The use of gel and proper hair products are helpful to ensure clean and well-maintained low buns.
All males are expected to have neat and presentable hair. If a male has long hair, hair must be secured in a low pony-tail at the “nape of the neck.”
Dancers are NOT allowed to wear head scarfs, head-wraps, head bands or fabric of any sort around their heads for any of AB PROJECT: COMPANY classes. (It’s a NO!)
Sports Bras cannot be worn by themselves. They are only allowed under all leotards.
Below we have attached examples of the bun style that aligns with the daily curriculum of the AB PROJECT: COMPANY.
Dancers should keep all braids, bantu knots and etc. to an EXTREME MININUM. Hair styles of this sort do not enable free movement of the neck or spine and in fact encourages injury. It applies extra weight to that of the bone structure as the dancers engage in full-body movement AB PROJECT: COMPANY Minis requires all dancers to move in healthy ways that encourages proper technique of body structures. (Please see the policy regarding braids etc. for all performances.)
All performances and chosen performers are left to the discretion of the Artistic Director. Students that have been suspended, in trouble with other teachers, grades lower than the expected grade point average and etc. will be ineligible to perform and will be advised to observe and focus on their academics.
Dates/times will be given in a timely fashion in order to secure that all performances are successful and run as smoothly as possible. All performances will be designated extra time for tech rehearsals and costume preparation.
Dancers will be expected to arrive dressed in full hair and makeup and ready to perform.
If any dancer fails to show up performance- ready at the expected arrival time, the dancer WILL NOT PERFORM. Our Artistic Director/Choreographer will not respace and/or change choreography to fit the unprofessionalism and/or lateness of any dancer.
All female dancers will wear Low Buns or Bone straight ponytail for all AB PROJECT: COMPANY performances. Students will be expected to have Low Buns with a part on the “LEFT” side for all performances.
DANCERS WILL NOT BE PERMTTED TO PERFORM IF THEY ARRIVE TO THE THEATER WITH ANY OTHER HAIRSTYLE THAN THE STYLE LISTED. Braids with designs, Bantu Knots or anything of that sort, will not be permitted to perform in any of the AB PROJECT: COMPANY performances. (This is a REQUIREMENT AND NOT NEGOTIABLE.) Please use wisdom in ensuring that these guidelines are followed. (THIS IS NOT NEGOTIABLE.)
All nail and toe-nail polish are to be removed prior to all tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances. Failure to do so will result in loss of performance privilege.
AB PROJECT: COMPANY Performance Necessities:
• All female dancers need a nude body-tight to use as an undergarment for all costumes.
• All males need to have a dance belt to ensure proper body protection for movement/choreography.
• Dancers should bring ALL dance footwear.
• Dancers should pack all classroom attire as this will be worn during the tech/spacing rehearsals prior to the show.
• All female dancers will be required to wear Make-Up for all performances.
Selection for Choreographic Works The selection process is decided upon by the choreographer and/or Artistic Director. The process for selection depends upon the complexity of the work, technical proficiency of the student, ability to perform as an ensemble member, attendance, participation and grades. While, a choreographer or rehearsal director has no control over illness, injury or other obstacles that prevent students from dancing in a performance, we strongly encourage students placed as understudies or in a secondary role are required to attend every rehearsal and to work diligently because understudies have been called upon to perform on numerous occasions. We encourage all students to learn any and all choreography within the AB PROJECT: COMPANY. This will add to their general dance knowledge and dance vocabulary.
**Additionally, choreographic works will be a part of an audition process. Students will audition for works as well as individual parts and roles.
Non- Participation Policy: All students will be responsible for any choreographic and/or studio (technical) work missed.
Should a dancer NOT be able to fulfill his/her commitment to performing in a choreographic work due to any of the reasons listed (including but not limited to the reasons listed below), he/she will be replaced. Some of those reasons are:
1) Consistent Tardiness
2) Excessive Absences
3) Disruption of class, rehearsal and performance resulting in dismissal
5) Failure to learn assigned roles
6) Failure to be productive with directors, students, guest choreographers and administration
7) Physical injuries
8) Negative attitude and work ethic
Performance Evaluation: All performances will be evaluated as it effects their future roles/positions within the company.
Assessments are based on:
o Quality, Retention, Technical Proficiency, Performativity, Tech Rehearsal(s), Make-up, Hair Preparation, Connection to Music, Clarity and Precision of Movements, etc. Additionally, all performances will be analyzed and critiqued by the AB PROJECT: COMPANY and directors during their next class/rehearsal in order to ensure consistent progress
Anthony Burrell Center for Dance: AB PROJECT: COMPANY
This agreement is entered into for the Anthony Burrell Center for Dance, a pre-professional youth company offered at Anthony Burrell Center for Dance.
The purpose of this agreement is to protect the dancer and Anthony Burrell Center for Dance by outlining the company’s expectations of the dancer and to what extent the dancer is accountable to the curriculum.
This contract shall be in effect for the 2018-2019 dance school year. In extent of service, the dancer is expected to become a contributing and working member of the pre-professional youth company in all the Anthony Burrell Center for Dance classes, rehearsals, and performances. (This also includes their role as Anthony Burrell Center for Dance within the Anthony Burrell Center for Dance
In cases of severe illness, death in the family, or extreme circumstances (approved by the Artistic Director), the dancer is excused from rehearsals and/or performances. In cases of illness, appointments, or outside commitments, the dancer must notify the AB PROJECT: COMPANY Artistic Director that he/she will be unable to attend class or rehearsal, via email (Anthony@Anthonyburrell.org), written note from parent or doctor/primary care physician.
*Notifying a need for early dismissal or absence on the day of a tech rehearsal or performance is UNEXCUSED and will also result in the dancer possibly being unable to perform during the next performance Additionally, if the dancer fails to attend the final rehearsal before a performance or tech rehearsal, they will not be allowed to perform.
AB PROJECT: COMPANY is not allowed to be under another contract with any other youth company if they are under the AB PROJECT: COMPANY contract. This presents a huge conflict of interests and will result in an immediate termination from the company.
EXPECTATIONS OF SERVICE
1. The dancer’s technical ability and AB PROJECT: COMPANY and impacts the company as a whole. Therefore, in addition to AB PROJECT: COMPANY dance classes, the dancer is expected to maintain a high level of technical expertise through rigorous dance study at the Anthony Burrell Center for Dance
2. The dancer’s demeanor is an essential part of being a superior company member. The dancer is expected to work with a cooperative, professional attitude at all times. The dancer will show respect for fellow dancers, the Director, guest teachers, choreographers, and the art form. If a dancer fails to demonstrate such qualities, he/she will be dismissed from any class, rehearsal and/or performance and an adjustment will be reflected within the director’s consideration of terminating this contract.
3. The dancer should maintain exemplary conduct since he/she represents the AB PROJECT: COMPANY as a pre-professional youth company of Anthony Burrell Center of Dance. Academically, the dancer must maintain a “B” or above average in all of his/her classes in order to participate in the AB PROJECT: COMPANY’ activities and performances. Dancers are subject to all rules and regulations of the dance school regarding academic probation, attendance policy and discipline contract, with disciplinary action taking precedence over all aspects of the AB PROJECT: COMPANY.
CONFLICT OF INTRESTS
The Dancer affirms, to the best of his/her knowledge, no actual or potential conflicts exist between the dancer and his/her service to the department. Should a conflict of interest arise, the dancer should immediately inform the Artistic Director.
Let it be hereby known that this dancer has committed to the AB PROJECT: COMPANY at Anthony Burrell Center for Dance for the 2018-2019 dance school year and agrees to the terms stated within this contract.
I _______________________________ (Student Name) hereby agree to the terms above as a means of ensuring the safety of the dance space, my peers and teaching staff. I agree to follow all rules and procedures ensuring a successful dance season.
In order to ensure a successful dance season within the AB PROJECT: COMPANY at Anthony Burrell Center for Dance, please sign below ensuring your comprehension of all expectations and mandated protocol.
Name (Print): ___________________________________Date: __________________________
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Please submit by Monday Oct 1, 2018
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