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Dance Troupe

The Monster Troupe's Dancers are a grass roots, community dance troupe which performs once a year at the Portsmouth Halloween Parade. The number and members of the processional arts, dance group vary each year depending on community interest and are comprised of both non-dancers and dancers alike.

Photo Credit Paul Sorli

Our Dance Mistress, Tia Almeida Pike, has years of experience as a dance instructor, teaching people from all walks of life and helping to build community. Historically, Tia organized, choreographed and instructed a number of flash mobs around Portsmouth. Her most famous was "Jai Ho", a large flash mob a number of years ago in Market Square on Children's day.

In 2017, the Dance Troupe joined the Monster Troupe's Beetlejuice characters
dancing to Harry Belafonte's "Banana Boat - Day O"  song.

Photo Credit Kevin Baringer

In 2018, we are doing something totally different but just as exciting.
We're feeling rather Devilish, in fact!!

Want to Join Us???   No Dance Experience Necessary, we'll teach you!
We will be accepting participants through September 25.

Photo Credit Tara Sullivan

How to Register:  Email the Dance Mistress at Dancers@MonsterTroupe.com   to let her know you're coming. Include your full name and email address. Please print out the liability waiver (there will also be copies available on site), fill it out, sign it and bring it to your first rehearsal.
2018 has a maximum of 30 dancers, so sign up soon!

Rehearsals Start:  Tuesday September 4, 2018

Rehearsals Dates:

>September 4 Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm
>September 16 Sunday 10:30am-noon
>September 18 Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm
>September 25 Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm
>September 29 Saturday 3:00-4:30pm
>October 2 Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm
>October 10 Wednesday 7:00-8:30pm
>October 16 Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm
>October 20 Saturday 10:30am-noon
>October 23 Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm

Rehearsal Location:  3S Artspace has generously donated our rehearsal space. You can get directions here

Season Cost:  $20 suggested donation

Minimum Age:  16 years old

Dance Troupe Costume:  The dancers are responsible for making their own coordinated costume in conjunction with the "theme" as outlined by the Dance Mistress.

Attendance:  With the understanding that joining the Dance Troupe is a time commitment, we want to put on the best performance we can for the thousands of people who watch the Parade every year. To this end, excessive rehearsal absences will be discouraged.

Parade Details:  October 31st, 2018   7:00pm
Parade route length is 1.1 miles. Your can see the parade route here

Photo Credit Roger Goun Photography

Photo Credit Roger Goun Photography
Photo Credit Paul Sorli Photography

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