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Grecian Odyssey Dancers is the officially known name of the dance program. The governing body of the dance program will be the dance council.
The purpose of the dance program is to bring our people together in Orthodox Christian fellowship and to afford them the opportunity to live, learn, and experience the Hellenic culture. We also strive to grow together in spirit and strength, always to bring out the best in each participant in ethics, morality, character and leadership, holding high the banner of Orthodox Christianity. This mission includes:
“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;” - Romans 12:10
MEMBERSHIP: All participants in the program must adhere to the following requirements:
c. Upholding these requirements for all dancers is the responsibility of the dance council, instructors, parents, and dancers.
COUNCIL: The dance council shall consist of a Director, Treasurer/Secretary, Music & Education Coordinator, Costume Coordinator, and Fundraising Coordinator. Instructors are included in an ex-officio capacity. The parish priest shall serve as a spiritual advisor to the council members, dancers, and parents. The roles and responsibilities of the council members are as follows:
b. Advancement from one group to the next will be based on age and /or performance ability. Special exceptions can be petitioned to the council for review and approval.
PRACTICES & PERFORMANCES
SCHEDULED PRACTICES: Scheduled practices shall be conducted weekly with the practice schedule set by mid-August of each year, and will be held from September until the Greek Festival, unless other performances necessitate continued or additional practices.
OTHER PRACTICES: Each instructor may schedule additional practices as required to prepare for specific performances or competitions.
PERFORMANCES: Performance decisions are made by the instructor, based upon each individual’s abilities, commitment, attendance, and skills.
INVENTORY: An up-to-date inventory of all costumes shall be maintained. All costumes shall be housed on church property in a secure, climate-controlled area.
COSTUME EXPANSION: Instructors may suggest and recommend which costumes to expand for Council approval. The Costume Coordinator shall then source the purchase of new costumes, or costume parts, or try to solicit the talents of a seamstress from the parish. The costume coordinator will make every effort to keep the quality as high as possible and the cost as reasonable as possible.
COSTUME RENTAL: If an individual costume needs to be borrowed for a non-Dance Group function, a rental fee of $25 will be charged as well as a $500.00 refundable security deposit. The security deposit will be refundable upon return of costume and the costume must be in excellent condition. The costume coordinator will itemized the costume(s) being rented to ensure all pieces are returned to St. Katherine’s collection. Only stewards of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church are eligible to borrow costumes.
FUNDING SOURCES: An annual budget needs to be submitted for inclusion in the parish budget. Funds to support the budget will come from registration fees, donations, annual dances, performances, luncheons, or other fundraising events. Dancers and their parents are expected to participate in these fund raisers. Volunteer hours are expected of all parents throughout the year to support this program.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Participation in the dance program is a privilege. Dancers are representative of our Orthodox church; therefore, all conduct should reflect positively on our community.
Section 7.1: Participants in the dance program, including dancers, instructors or council members, must sign and agree to the Metropolis of Atlanta Code of Conduct and Demeanor.
Section 7.2: Participants and observers are expected to exemplify the highest moral and ethical conduct at all times. Any violation of the Code of Conduct will lead to dismissal from the dance program as determined by the council.
Section 7.3: Participants under the legal age found with alcohol or anyone found with illegal drugs will be immediately disqualified from participation. Non-smoking, drinking or eating areas will be strictly enforced.
Section 7.4: Damage to personal or public property of any kind is strictly prohibited and is the sole responsibility and liability of the person or persons involved.
Rev A Oct 2, 2011