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
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
Copy for Program or MC
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
Based in the Washington, DC area, Katayoun is the 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.
Best known for her interpretations of folkloric dance and the Persian dances of her heritage, in her 15 years of teaching experience, she has had the opportunity to educate diverse audiences about the beauty and benefits of Middle Eastern dance. She has taught in a wide range of venues including: health clubs, senior centers, schools, and community centers, adapting her class format to each audience, accumulating over 8,000 instructional hours in the classroom and the dance studio.
Before becoming a studio owner, she had a successful full-time career as an elementary school French teacher at a prestigious private school while maintaining a lively schedule of dance training, teaching and performing. Through her classes and teacher-training program, she aims to bring out the best in her students, while taking into consideration their individual needs and interests.
An entrepreneur and community leader, she has served on the boards of WAMEDA (Washington-Area Mid-East Dance Association) as an officer, and co-founder of Tiraz Dance Network. Currently, she serves as CEO and Artistic Director of Mosaique Center for Cultural Arts in Sterling, Virginia, an organization she founded in 2009, where she teaches 10-14 classes per week to adults and kids of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Extensively trained in folkloric, Oriental and Iranian dance and music, her expressive performance style has been described as “elegant and earthy,” “powerful yet subtle,” with “perfect musicality and interpretation.” She performs as a soloist and with her dance company Troupe Eshveh, which specialize in folkloric dance with a modern twist.
Katayoun will share her expertise in teaching, offering topics ranging from multilevel classes and class formats to curriculum and lesson planning. She will also share her knowledge and perspective of entrepreneurship as well as self-publishing.