Focus, Los Angeles
Focus: Season 4 the ultimate commercial dance experience held July 7th - 12th, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. This experience is founded in participant inclusivity and self-compassion. At Focus: Season 4 all participants will be encouraged to embrace their individuality while collaborating with their fellow unit members, from all over the world. Focus unit members (dancers who attend Focus) will transform in the magic of Hollywood, train with renowned professionals, film a music video, and connect with fantastic dancers from all around the world. Focus is open to dancers ages 12+ by invitation or audition only.
Dancers younger than 12 may be invited or audition with special recommendation from their studio owners.
HOW WE COMMIT TO INCLUSION
1. ACCESS CHECK-INS
Every Liberate Artists experience includes an Access Check-In which, "allows people to share any access needs they might have if they feel comfortable." (Disability Intersectionality Summit)
We check in with our registrants to meet their needs and provide reasonable accommodations because all bodies are dancing bodies if they want and choose to be.
2. USE PRONOUNS AND DANCER'S CHOSEN NAMES
At every Liberate Artists experience, we create name tags with dancers’ pronouns and preferred names because every dancer should know that their identities are worth respect and acknowledgment.
3. BUILDING REST INTO OUR SCHEDULE
Recovery is an important component of building strong and healthy dancers. We include rest during our longer experiences to allow dancers to recover from movement and partner with organizations such as Doctors For Dancers to further reduce the risk of injury.
4. DEEA SAFETY TIPLINE
We also partner with our sibling organization, Dance Education Equity Association, to ensure that our experiences are always growing to be safer, more equitable, and more inclusive. Our teaching artists go through training to reduce the risk of harm and we utilize the DEEA Safety Tipline as a resource for safety. It’s an anonymous (if you’d like) tipline where folks can submit any instances of harm they may have endured at a Liberate Artists experience. This tipline was created to reduce the risk of harm from bullying, racism, discrimination, othering, and abuse of any kind. We’ve implemented policies, inspired by transformative justice practices, to work with students who have been harmed and/or causing harm.
TRAIN WITH ALL STAR FACULTY
FILM A MUSIC VIDEO & BE FEATURED IN OUR WRAP VIDEO
Be cast in our original music video with a professional recording artist. All Focus unit members will audition and be cast in our music video. Each year our music video is directed and choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance winner Lauren Forderman.
OUR 2022 RECORDING ARTIST WAS ARI!
Arianna, also known as Ari, is a dancer from Indianapolis, IN. She has been a technically trained dancer since she was 2 years old, studying styles including ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and modern. Arianna loves dancing because it allows her to express emotions she cannot put words to, especially after the recent loss of her grandmother to COVID. Arianna hopes to spread joy through her artistic passions and her hobbies include painting, cooking, playing with her dog, and singing/songwriting. Arianna is featured on Lizzo's hit show "Watch Out for the Big Grrrls" on Amazon Prime TV.
HOTEL DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED IN EARLY 2023
GET YOUR HOLLYWOOD RED CARPET PREMIERE
Fantastic faculty, a music video/documentary shoot, and that's just the beginning. Additionally, Focus will include:
• Over 40 hours of training and filming
• Industry Submission
• Unit Inauguration Ceremony
• Freestyle Battle
• Brand Development
• In Class Filming and Photography
• Mindfulness + Movement
• Optional Heels Class
• Family Volunteer Opportunities
• Music Video Filming on a Set
• Wrap Party
Focus: Season 3 will conclude with a red carpet premiere featuring you in our documentary and music video!
Focus: Season 3 will be held at various locations throughout Los Angeles. Auditions will be held at the hottest dance studio in Los Angeles, The Playground LA. Classes and rehearsal will be held at 3rd Street Dance (where So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars have filmed) and our music video shoot locations will be listed in the schedule.