Tap Convention/Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Performance Audition

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Hartford Marriott Downtown

200 Columbus Boulevard

Hartford, CT 06103

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U.S.T.D along with Emmy Award Nominated celebrity choreographer, Chloe Arnold, present…….The ULTIMATE “TAP” convention!

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USTD will be producing a televised holiday tap performance to be featured in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and we are searching for America’s top tap dancers to join the performance group! The convention, scheduled for Sunday September 29th 2019 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown in Hartford, CT, will serve as the audition for this incredible performance opportunity. Dancers will be scouted and selected by our team of tap professionals in 2 separate age divisions. The performance is calling for dancers ages 7-14. This group of talented dancers will be included in the entertainment lineup for a planned routine/performance in Herald Square for the NBC cameras on Thanksgiving Day! Don’t miss your chance to be part of this amazing experience! A minimum of 90 dancers will be chosen for the opportunity! Registrations will be limited for each division and we do expect to sell out quickly.

Event Schedule:

Mini Division (Ages 7-10):

7:15 am – 8:00 am Check-In

8:00 am – 8:20 am Warm-Up

8:20 am – 8:30 am Introductions

8:30 am – 9:30 am Master Class #1 Alicia Monaco

9:40 am - 10:40 am Master Class #2 Kelly Kaleta and Ryan Casey

10:45 am – 12:15 pm Master Class #3 Chloe Arnold

12:30 pm Mini Performance Group Selection Announcements

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Chloe Arnold Meet & Greet

Junior Division (Ages 11-14):

11:30 am – 1:15 pm Check-In

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm Warm-Up

1:50 pm – 2:00 pm Introductions

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Master Class #1 Kelly Kaleta and Ryan Casey

3:10 pm – 4:10 pm Master Class #2 Alicia Monaco

4:15 pm – 5:45 pm Master Class #3 Chloe Arnold

6:00 pm Junior Performance Group Selection Announcements

6:15 pm – 6:45 pm Chloe Arnold Meet & Greet

$150.00 per participant includes:

(groups of 10 or more $125.00 per participant)

3 1/2 hours of class (1½ hours with Chloe Arnold who will be choreographing and setting the performance piece PLUS an additional 2 hours with our special guest artists and creative team}!

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tap Performance Audition

Meet and Greet

Complimentary Autograph Poster

Performance Group Requirements – a minimum of 90 dancers will be selected to perform at the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dancers selected at the convention will be required to adhere to the following in order to be eligible to participate:

· Attend Parents Meeting/Costume Fittings Sunday September 29th 2019

· Pay $250.00 additional performer’s fee (exclusive of convention fee) to cover rehearsals, and other related production expenses – fee will be due on location Sunday September 29th 2019 (cash, Master, Visa, or Discover – personal checks will not be accepted for payment)

· Attend a minimum of 3 rehearsals (see below – times TBD):

Sunday October 27th Brewster, NY

Sunday November 10th Brewster, NY

Sunday November 24th Brewster, NY

*Rehearsals are 100% mandatory – NO EXCEPTIONS

· Attend a mandatory NBC camera block set/staging week of parade (Tentatively Monday November 25th in the evening)

· Sign performance agreement to be provided at meeting Sunday September 29th 2019

Convention Faculty

Lead Choreographer – Chloe Arnold

Guest Choreographer – Ryan Casey

Guest Choreographer – Kelly Kaleta

Guest Choreographer – Alicia Monaco

Macy’s Performance Creative Team

Natasha Flanagan – Creative Director

Chloe Arnold – Lead Choreographer

Alicia Monaco – Creative Assistant

Lisa Cavaretta – Creative Assistant

Refunds – All registrations are NON-REFUNDABLE unless the event is otherwise cancelled by the producers at which time a full refund will be issued as a credit back to the credit card from which it was charged.

“Sold Out Policy” – All registrations will be processed on a “first come first serve basis” and be subject to availability. Class sizes WILL be limited; therefore, it is strongly recommended that interested participants register early. Once class sizes have reached their capacity the online system will automatically close out the event and a “Sold Out” message will appear in the registration area prohibiting any additional registrations.

“Walk-In” & Late Rate Registration – will be accepted on a given convention date providing the event has not been “Sold Out,” and will still be subject to availability on the convention date. Additionally, Walk-In registrants will be charged the late rate of $200.00

Checking In – participants should arrive at check-in time as posted on their respective schedule to allow ample time for “Warm Up.” The Check-In table will be divided evenly into two lines based on the first letter of the participant’s last name (A-M and N-Z). Upon Check-In, participants will receive a packet containing a color-coded wristband and complimentary autograph card. Once checked in, participants will proceed directly to the event room for “Warm Up.” Parent or Guardian of all participants will be required to sign a participation waiver at check-in.

Observer Wristbands – a limited number of Observer Wristbands will be made available for a purchase price of $20.00 and may only be purchased at the event. The number of Observer Wristbands sold will be determined by event personnel to ensure the safety of participants and the quality of the classes. Observer Wristbands will be sold at the Concession Booth on a “first come first serve basis.” Observer Wristbands will not be available at the Check-In table. Observer Wristbands are Non-Refundable and may not be transferred from one person to another. USTD will not be held responsible for lost or stolen wristbands. Excessive talking, cell phone use, videotaping, and or otherwise disruptive behavior will result in the observer being escorted out by event personnel as to maintain a proper atmosphere for participants to learn and artist to conduct class.

What to Wear – Tap shoes are required. There is no requirement on what to wear, however, as the event is a “family friendly” atmosphere, participants are expected to dress appropriately.

Participant Wristband Policy – Participants will be required to wear event wristbands for the duration of the convention and respective age division. If a participant should lose or remove their wristband USTD will require full repayment to re-enter convention room, no refunds, no exceptions.

Food & Beverage Policy – Participants are encouraged to bring water and light snacks. There will also be water stations provided in the convention room.

Cancellation Policy – Event producers reserve the right to cancel the event for any reason. Should event producers cancel the event a full refund shall be issued in the form of a credit to the credit card used for registration.

Change of Venue – Event Producers reserve the right to change venue locations due to any potential unseen circumstances

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200 Columbus Boulevard

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