GUDC stands for Georgetown University Dance Company, the oldest dance company affiliated with Georgetown University. We are a group of students who are passionate about dance and sharing our love for it with the community.
What styles of dance do you do?
GUDC dancers come from a variety of backgrounds and styles, but most have trained in ballet, modern and/or jazz. Every week we take one ballet technique class and one modern, jazz, or hip-hop class. Our choreography, however, goes far beyond what we learn in classes, ranging from jazz to ballet to modern to tango and even Broadway.
Where do you rehearse?
For the 2014-2015 academic year, we are fortunate enough to have use of the recently renovated dance studios in the Healey Family Student Center on Georgetown’s campus.
What is a typical rehearsal schedule?
GUDC dancers have two mandatory hour and a half technique classes every week. During the 2014-2015 school year, these will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:45pm to 6:45pm. Beyond those two classes, dancers are able to tailor their rehearsal schedule to fit class and other extracurricular commitments. At the beginning of each semester, rehearsal schedules are distributed and dancers may choose to audition for pieces on the basis of which rehearsals they can make. Most dancers commit to an additional 3-12 hours of rehearsals beyond the technique classes.
How many members are in GUDC?
GUDC typically has approximately 15-20 dancers in the company, although this number fluctuates from year to year.
Do you have to audition to become a member?
Yes! Auditions take place in early September of every academic year and are open to any undergraduate student (many members join in their sophomore, junior, and even senior fall semesters!). Typically, auditions consist of a ballet barre and a short selection of choreography taken from past performances. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend!
What leadership positions are available for members?
Our members do so much more than dance – and that is a huge part of our success as an organization. GUDC is a self-presenting organization, meaning that members play a key role in organizing all performances and outreach activities, as well as ensuring that day-to-day elements of company life (classes, rehearsals) run smoothly. Each spring GUDC dancers elect a Director, Assistant Director, Production Director, Treasurer and Secretary for the next year. Supporting these leaders are company members in charge of Publicity, Outreach, Costumes and Alumni Relations. In addition, student members are encouraged to choreograph original works for performances.