FYDC 2021 Season Information
Beginning in the 2021 season, students of FYDC will be 10 or older. NOTE: If you were in Junior Company this season (Ruth/Esther) or last season (Out of Egypt), you will be grandfathered into the 2021 Company! The new age only pertains to new, incoming students.
Additionally, with only two Company levels, both Apprentice and Senior Company will be split into two tiers as we continue to keep our practice groups within capacity limits. If you are accepted into FYDC 2021, you will be placed in Senior Company Tier 1, Senior Company Tier 2, Apprentice Company Tier 1, or Apprentice Company Tier 2.
FYDC will host its first Mini Camp, The Art and Heart of Worship, for students 10 and younger this August! It's the perfect opportunity for younger students who are interested in performance, dance, or FYDC to get a taste of what we're all about.
Student Directorial Team
New this season, members of Senior Company will have the chance to audition for the student directorial team. This team will be responsible for creating a 5(ish) minute pre-show video that will set the tone for each live performance (and video stream).
A word/theme will be announced approximately one month prior to each audition date (a different theme will be chosen for each audition date to maintain a level playing field). Prospective members of Senior Company who would like to be considered for the student directorial team will create and choreograph their audition variation based on the applicable theme. Before you perform your variation, the FYDC audition team will ask you about your process and interpretation of the theme.
2021 Guest Faculty/Leadership
We have big dreams this season! It takes a village, and we're thrilled to announce ours:
In addition to the Captain positions we implemented last season, we're excited to add two more Captains to our crew! Jorja Horst will be coming on as our Costume Captain, and Tonya Hayden will expand her role of Stage Manager to include the responsibilities of Props/Sets Captain.
In addition to these administrative additions, we look forward to welcoming the following guests who will be working with our cast throughout the season:
Caroline Arthur ➟ (Read More About Caroline)
Ms. Caroline is a Turning Pointe alumna, former FYDC pointe soloist, current member of Ingredients Dance Company and staff member with Dance Revolution. Caroline will be working with the cast throughout the season and choreographing a number in our production.
Sarah Hirleman ➟ (Read More About Sarah)
Improv and acting extraordinaire, Turning Pointe and Improvasaurus' own Ms. Sarah will be back this season to assist with auditions and work with our cast throughout the season on facial expression, acting, pantomime and character development.
Sara Murdaugh ➟ (Read More About Sara)
The director of Turning Pointe's Training Division, Ms. Sara will be returning throughout this season to work on polish, partnering, choreography and aerial silks.
Peter Zapalo ➟ (Read More About Peter)
The Director of Sports Science and Medicine for the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team for 10 years, Peter developed a workshop for the Pennsylvania Ballet for injury prevention and increased mobility/stability in the feet/ankles of dancers. He'll be leading this workshop toward the end of Intensive Week, when your feet are nice and tired! (It's going to feel SO good!)
Joanne Bischof ➟ (Read More About Joanne)
Author Joanne Bischof will join us via Zoom to discuss the heart and message of the story, and pray over this season with us as we kick things off Intensive Week.
We are so excited to announce our 2021 production: "LionHeart," based on "The Lady and the Lionheart," by Joanne Bischof.
"The tattooed man at the circus. At first, the story began as a reflection on 'Beauty and the Beast,' and while those threads are still a special part of this tale, something even mightier was at hand as words tumbled on to page.
It's the story of a man, who, through pain, bore darkness so that others could have life.
A fictional resonance of a very true account: The Gospel. Has there ever been a greater love story than that one?
So the two themes entwined together. A book that allowed me to step out and feel the sun reflecting off the sides of tents. Hear the timbre of workers' voices as they steady wagons. Smell the scents of animals from every corner of the world and watch the lines of townsfolk form along the midway. It allowed me to experience a world that, in the shade of the Big Top, could be heaven on earth, or at times, much darker. When it came to the 'good versus evil' in this story, the circus seemed an appropriate location for such a battle to wage.
But in life, just as within the story, the darkest night is not the end. The battle has been won. Light has risen. A new day dawns. And though the act is complete, and the scars are forever there on he who gave his life, we, like Holland (the baby), are given hope. We, like a small pride of lions, have had the price paid for our freedom. And we, like Ella (the nurse), have the honor of being invited as the Bride of Christ. What a gift we have been offered. If this story could play a small role in pointing toward that gift, given by a man who did not have to walk the hard, hard road for us, but chose to anyway, my greatest hope for this story will be fulfilled. That these pages would point to the One who is the most lionhearted of them all."
We can't wait to see how God will work in us and through us this season!
Questions? Reach out anytime: FideleYouthDanceCompany@gmail.com