Student Performances

Secrets for a fun and successful show!

A well-organized and successful show is not only fun, it is a promotional tool for your classes! Student performances can be one of the most powerful marketing events. This course includes everything you need to know to organize a show.

Whether it’s your first time producing a show or your 50th, get ready to dive in with tried and true advice as well as ideas you may not have thought of before. Katayoun will share her tips and secrets for a fun and successful show, learned from organizing hundreds of shows and professional events in the past two decades.

The information in this course will help you:

1. Easily avoid first-timer mistakes.

2. Reduce the stress that inevitably comes with event planning.

3. Put your best face and foot forward to the community.

4. Use your event as a powerful marketing tool for your classes.

We will explore:

Planning & Organization

Logistics & Timeline

Vision & Goals

Building Community with Guest Dancers

Required Equipment, Services & Tasks

Business: Venue Selection, Cost Analysis & Promotion



Banquet Hall


Recruiting & Preparing Students

Benefits of Performing for Students

Goals for Different Levels of Experience

Laying Down Expectations for Class Participation

Teaching with Performance Goals

Show Theme, Content & Flow

Why have a theme?

Invite Guest Dancers

How to Create the Line-up

MC, Printed Program or Both?

Performance Information & Policies

Rehearsal Rules and Guidelines

Dressing Room Etiquette

Performer Conduct

Costuming Guidelines

Copy for Program or MC

Music Collection

The Big Event

Before the Show

Day of the Show

At the Venue

After the Show

The Next Show

Questions to ask for next time

Your Instructor

Katayoun Hutson
Katayoun Hutson

A recent transplant to San Diego, CA, Katayoun Hutson is a master teacher, author and national presenter. She served the Washington, D.C. area as a respected leader in the performing arts community for two decades, earning a reputation among students and colleagues as a passionate and dedicated creative force. Founder of the Mosaique Collaborative (formerly Mosaique Center for Cultural Arts) in Sterling, VA, she specializes in Iranian and Arab dance traditions with approximately 400 hours of advanced and specialty training in Middle Eastern dance and music. An educator and dance instructor with over 8,000 teaching hours in the classroom and the studio, her methodology highlights the aesthetics of cultural dance with a body positive approach aimed for dancers of all ages and abilities.

Katayoun is author of “Oriental Dance Curriculum, A Complete Guide for the Belly Dance Teacher: Beginner to Multilevel,” which is the first globally-distributed curriculum guide for teaching belly dance. Trained through the University of Virginia Curry School of Education in curriculum, instruction, human development and learning theory, Katayoun merges her classroom experience as a school teacher and her leadership in the belly dance community to bring tried and true teaching methods to the belly dance classroom.

Katayoun shares her expertise in teaching, offering topics ranging from multilevel classes and class formats to curriculum and lesson planning. She also shares her knowledge and perspective of entrepreneurship as well as self-publishing.

Course Curriculum

  Planning & Organization
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  Recruiting & Preparing Students
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  Performance Information & Policies
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  The Big Event!
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  The Next Show
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  Conclusion & Resources
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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