What is Orchesis?

Orchesis is a performing dance company/club that encourages all forms of dance including: jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, lyrical, tap, character, ethnic styles etc.  It is a co-curricular activity that, along with performing, focuses on exploring, creating, and producing dance as an art form.  NO EXPERIENCE is necessary.  Orchesis is also an excellent opportunity to make close friends and offers many performance opportunities at several school related events.  

Orchesis will be made up of two groups: 1) Palatine Orchesis Dance Company and 2) Palatine Orchesis.  

PALATINE ORCHESIS: No tryouts  for general orchesis and open to all enrolled at Palatine High School for the school year.   Need to turn in the following to Mrs. Coleman 1) a completed interest form.  The group will not exceed 50 members for the  school year.

PALATINE ORCHESIS DANCE COMPANY:  Company includes students from Freshmen thru Senior year at PHS, selected by audition of technique, skill, and performance.  SEE THE COMPANY TAB FOR MORE INFORMATION.


Commitment:
Orchesis is a YEAR long activity and if you are chosen as a company member or join general orchesis you are making a major commitment.  You should consider rehearsal expectations of Fall and Winter activities when trying out for Orchesis.  Please make every effort to schedule work or studio classes around ORCHESIS REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES as they do in any PHS athletics or activities.  If you plan on being involved in other activities, a hard copy of a schedule must be arranged and discussed with Mrs. Coleman.  You have the choice to be a part of Schedule I, II or both.  This option will allow for the most flexibility if you are considering a Fall or Spring Sport.  

Failure to adhere to required orchesis rules, rehearsals and performances may result in suspension from dances and performance opportunities and possibly from the group entirely when necessary.  In order to be a successful program and team, all members must work together to be honest and 100% committed.  Orchesis members will abide by the same academic rules as student athletes.

COMMON QUESTIONS:
WHAT IF I ONLY KNOW 1 DANCE STYLE?
That is perfectly fine as general orchesis will encompass all dance styles and you will have the opportunity to perform in the dance style of your choice and one of the directors choice.  Remember dance is an art form and your specific style of choice will be an important part of the program.  

WHAT IF I DON"T KNOW HOW TO DANCE?
As long as you have an interest to make a commitment, learn new dance styles, make great friends and dance, you have a reason to be a part of Orchesis for the year.  

WHAT IF I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANOTHER SPORT or CLUB?  
Check with Mrs. Coleman to see if this would work.   Orchesis has a short fall season and a solid commitment is necessary.  Check the Schedule Tab to understand a general Orchesis Schedule.

WHAT IF I NEED TO MISS PRACTICES?
After three absences you may be removed from the team.  Conflicts must be communicated at the beginning of the season.  

WHEN DO WE PERFORM?
CLICK THE PERFORMANCES TAB.  FUTURE PERFORMANCES MAY BE ADDED.
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