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Perform In BASSH


General BASSH Audition Guidelines


Please read the guidelines carefully.  Do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions!


We are excited to announce that our BASSH 2022 program is almost full! We will not be holding further auditions for the fall program. However, please watch for our announcement regarding BASSH 2023! 

New policy: We will not be requiring in-person auditions, but will be happy to view high-quality video. Instructions on acceptable formats will be forthcoming early in 2023. Otherwise, the same guidelines for pieces apply:


  • All choreographers must be adults, age 18 and older.

  • The minimum performer age is 14, or by permission of the directors.

  • The maximum number of performers per group piece is 16.

  • The maximum number of minutes per piece, whether duet or group, is 4.

  • At least 75% of your piece should be complete at the time of audition.

  • All dancers should be in the audition video.

  • All choreography and music should be appropriate for audiences of all ages.  Use clean music versions only.

  • If accepted, the performance piece auditioned must be the same piece performed at the show.

  • Each studio/group may submit up to 2 pieces. 

  • Not all submitted pieces may be accepted. However, if a piece is not accepted for BASSH itself, it is possible for that group to perform in the BASSH Afterhours fundraiser.

  • No solo acts. However, a group number may have one or more short solos within it.


If you have a special circumstance you would like to discuss, please contact us at


BASSH Creative Guidelines


The BASSH Production Team is committed to continuing the BASSH legacy of bringing social dance to the stage.  We are also excited to take BASSH to new heights of entertainment in a format that supports and encourages the evolutionary, creative nature of dance.


As you develop your BASSH pieces, we invite you to …




The following ideas can help add variety, texture, and an element of surprise! 



All dancers’ movements synchronized

All dancers on stage the entire time

All dancers wear matching costumes

Chosen music is traditional for the dance genre

Use the same song from beginning to end

Strict focus on technique and “the moves”

Stay within your genre


Dancers doing different things and occasionally synchronizing movements

Dancers enter and exit at different times

Costumes fit a color theme but vary slightly to fit personalities and/or flatter different body types

Chosen music is non-traditional for the dance genre

Mix music cuts; use remixes of traditional music

Set a scene, tell a story, create a feeling, involve audience emotions such as laughter and surprise

Collaborate with another dance group

BASSH 2022 Important Dates and Costs


Before submitting your application, please make sure you and your dancers can commit to all the below dates and meet choreographer and performer guidelines. 




  • August 1: BASSH Applications Due  

  • Tuesday - Thursday, November 8th - 10th, 5:00 - 10:00 pm: Tech rehearsals at the New Vic Theater. All performers should wear costumes and bring lighting cues documents.

  • Friday, November 11th: Full dress run-through at the theater, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Call time: 12:00. All dancers should be in full stage make up, as there will be photographers.

  • Friday, November 11th: First Show: Cast Call Time: 6:30 pm, Performance 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, November 12th: Second Show: Cast Call Time: 6:30 pm, Performance 7:30 pm


Cast Donations: Please send before October 1st.

A $25 donation from each dancer helps produce a professional-quality show, including: 

  • Theater rental and production

  • Show promotion and press coverage


Cast Advertisement 

There will be tables in the foyer of the theater for artists to place advertising materials  for their studio, such as flyers, business cards, etc.


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