You’re invited to submit an original dance video for….

Dancing Classrooms 2021 Social Dance Showcase:
An Online Community Celebration of Defiant Joy!

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: May 18, 2021

SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO AND STATEMENT

OR

Submit on Flipgrid

Flipgrid Password: Dance2021

*Don’t forget to fill out the Google Form too!

Dancing Classrooms would like to invite individual students and student groups/classes to submit a video under two minutes long demonstrating their “Defiant Joy” through Social Dance. Anyone is welcome to submit!

What IS Defiant Joy?
Defiant joy is actively pursuing happiness and self-expression in the face of great grief and challenge. It describes the work that Dancing Classrooms has done for the past 26 years and dance teachers across NYC and the globe have been cultivating everyday online: using movement and culture as tools to develop resilience, connection, community, and pride. Through dance and the arts, young people have talked back to the world this year and we want to hear what their bodies have to say!

Your video submission can be solo or a group, from existing footage of a class, rehearsal, or culminating event… or you can coordinate safely outside or online to create a dance specifically for this showcase celebration. Videos can be any style of social dance using any style of music. With your submission, please include a statement that explains what it’s like and what it means to dance in this time of a global pandemic.

Livestreamed Awards Announcement and Community Celebration: June 12, 2021 at 11am EST

Join Dancing Classrooms as we celebrate the accomplishments of our community and of students all across the metro area!

Awards and Livestreamed Community Celebration

All submissions will be featured on a special Showcase Webpage on the Dancing Classrooms website!* In addition, everyone who submits a video will be invited to attend our online community celebration on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11am EST. This special celebration will feature select videos from the Showcase, and special dance video awards will be announced. Check back soon for more information, you won’t want to miss it!

Awards may include: Spirit Award, Best Fancy Footwork, Best Background/Scenic design, Most Creative (Artistic Teamwork), Most Elegant (Grace and Style), Most Joyful (Effervescence), Most Enthusiastic (Dynamo)…

We also may be inspired by you and create new award categories based on your submissions!

Submission Instructions

All submissions must be made using the Google Form. You will be uploading your submission video at the same time as your information. Your video should be limited to a maximum of 2 minutes. When submitting, please label your video file with your school/organization/group name and dance style for clear identification, such as: PS1234_Samba.mp4

FAQ

What size should my video submission be?
Each recording should not exceed 2 minutes in length. The file size should be no bigger than 200mb and should be in MP4 or MOV format. Dancing Classrooms is committed to highlighting the work of a diverse pool of applicants, and therefore welcomes video submissions of all quality. However, videos of 720p and 1080p resolution and filmed in landscape view are appreciated and encouraged. Most smartphones record in 1080p, and we think that’s great! 

Do I need a Dropbox account to submit? Can I submit on my phone?
You do NOT need a Dropbox account to submit! You can upload your video from the link in the Google Form on a desktop or on your mobile device.

Do you have any tips for recording my video?
Good lighting and sound are highly encouraged so we can see the dancers clearly. If you can, you should place the camera on a steady surface as opposed to someone holding it. However, videos will not be evaluated for production quality. We encourage the highest quality that’s within your limits as we want to best showcase your work!

What style of dance and music are acceptable?
Any style of social dance and music are great! Please make sure your music is appropriate for all ages.

Do I have to record a completely new video or can I use an existing one?
Either! Your video submission can be solo or a group, from existing footage of a class, rehearsal, or culminating event… or you can coordinate safely outside or online to create a dance specifically for this showcase celebration.

Who should I contact with any questions?
Please feel free to contact Mary McCatty with any questions about the festival and your submission content. Contact Marielle Young with any technical questions.

Please note:
*By submitting for the Dancing Classrooms 2021 Social Dance Showcase: An Online Community Celebration of Defiant Joy, you agree to adhere to all rules and instructions, and any others explicitly stated by the event organizers during all stages of the event. The event organizers may also change or remove certain rules or stipulations depending on their collective assessment of situations, should they merit review. Submissions must be appropriate (no hate speech, inappropriate dance moves, inappropriate music, etc.) and adhere to all rules to be featured on the Dancing Classrooms Showcase webpage. This is at the discretion of the Dancing Classrooms staff.

All participants also acknowledge and understand that their provided names, videos, statement, image, and likeness of image, may be used on Dancing Classrooms social media and/or the Dancing Classrooms website in perpetuity. Participants will maintain sole copyright of the created materials and may use and reproduce the project materials as they desire.