Guidelines

ZAK-PAC RULES AND REGULATIONS:
You must have your provided identification with you at all times to participate in classes and main events as well as for other areas of the ZAK-PAC venue including food areas. If you are seen without your identification you may be asked to leave a classroom or the venue. This is for the safety and security of all registered participants.

BEHAVIOR:
In accordance with the ZAK-PAC teaching philosophy, attendees are expected to maintain professional classroom etiquette at all times. Please be respectful to all instructors, volunteers and especially to your fellow ZAK-PAC participants. The ZAK-PAC experience is meant to encourage and support your fellow participants while fostering a collaborative, friendly and creative experience.

Be on time to all classes and competitions, ready to learn or perform. Keep your schedule with you at all times. All cell phones and other electrical equipment must be silenced in the classrooms. If you must use your phone, due to an emergency, please do so away from the entrances of any classrooms or other performance areas. No video or photography or recording of any kind, visual or audio, is permitted within ZAK-PAC instructional classes or from outside classrooms.

Good sportsmanship is expected from all competing attendees and teachers. Failure to display such conduct may result in asking attendees to no longer participate in the ZAK-PAC weekend, without reimbursement of fee.

NO SMOKING is permitted in any of our venues or anywhere within venue limits.

ATTIRE:
ZAK-PAC attendees are expected to bring proper attire that allows for the proper movement in all classes. For example, no jeans are allowed in the dance classes. Please wear clothes that do not restrict an actor’s/dancer’s movement. When not in a class or performance, attendees must wear coverups such as over shirts or leggings for modesty purposes.

Proper shoes are required for dance classes and for competitions. No loose fitting shoes, flip-flops or sandals may be worn for ANY class. For dance classes in carpeted rooms, a leather or plastic soled shoe must be worn for the safety of the student.

For competitions, casual, appropriate audition attire is the best option. Students may also wear class attire used during the weekend. For dance competitions, please wear appropriate attire that allows for movement (no baggy clothes or clothes that hide dance lines and extensions). Unless used as a prop for a monologue or song, costumes and costume pieces are unnecessary. Participants are not judged on their appearance during the ZAK-PAC competitions.

CHAPERONES/INSTRUCTORS/PARENTS:
Supervising chaperones/adults, excluding official ZAK-PAC volunteers, may not sit in on Master Classes, except for events held in the main events area and other specified times of which adults will be given notice. Chaperones/adults may sign up to Volunteer for the ZAK-PAC weekend with the knowledge that this does not automatically allow them access to their student’s/attendee’s classes. Coaching from the wings or the audience is absolutely prohibited during the competition process.

VENUE:
Please respect the property of the venue at all times. Excess noise or loitering in areas not being expressly used by ZAK-PAC may be cause for removal by venue staff or ZAK-PAC organizers. Help us maintain a pleasant relationship with the venue so that they will look forward to our return visits. The venue is very experienced with this kind of event and is thrilled to be hosting us. They will do their best to accommodate and facilitate an exciting ZAK-PAC weekend. It is the responsibility of the ZAK-PAC attendee to be respectful at all times to venue staff and other guests.

ZAK-PAC and the venue are not responsible for personal injury or property loss. Please take your belongings with you to each class or leave them with your chaperone if applicable. You must have your identification with you at all times to participate in classes and main events as well as for other areas of the venue including food areas. If you are seen without your identification you may be asked to leave a classroom or the venue.

COMPETITIONS:
Participants agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the competing student shall be solely within the discretion of the director of ZAK-PAC and that all results of a competition are final. Judges and ZAK-PAC Directors make all final decisions for entry into the Finale Showcase. The director has the right to change the manner and method at any time deemed necessary.

Performers will not be allowed to re-perform a competition piece once their time has completed.

No dangerous props (swords, fire, etc.) permitted. No live animals. No scenery. If you cannot hold it or stand on it, it is considered scenery and is not a prop. If Props are used, they must be an integral part of the competition. Prop set-up time should take less than 30 seconds. Costumes are unnecessary unless they are part of a prop or routine. Participants are not judged on appearance during competitions.

All competitions, music, choreography, and attire must be suitable for family viewing and listening.

Coaching from the wings or the audience is absolutely prohibited during the competition process.

Rules will be interpreted in the spirit of fairness to all participants. Attendees are understood to recognize the risks of physical injury inherent in theatre performances and must be willing to assume those risks. It is agreed upon entering any ZAK-PAC event that participants, including students, parents, teachers, and other spectators, will not hold ZAK-PAC or its owner, directors, employees, or host facilities liable for injuries sustained, illnesses contracted by them, or loss of property while in attendance and/or participating in any activity of a ZAK-PAC event.

Students who choose to have their work adjudicated should realize that just as in real-life professional competitions, they may not receive the feedback that they expected or even hoped for. Our adjudicators are professionals who have been in the same position as the competing students. As such they will be kind, respectful, professional, but also honest in sharing their response.

Competition Music requirements:
Competing participants must bring their own music to the event on an individual CD or iPod. All music will be handed in at registration. As a back-up, competing participants should send music digitally prior to the weekend to peter@zakarak.com. All music must be recorded at the proper speed and sound level. There must be only one routine per CD. A back-up of all music must be accessible in the event that it is needed. Please label all music devices clearly with attendees name, competition title and contact info should the CD or iPod become lost. All competitions, music, choreography, and attire must be suitable for family viewing and listening.

Competition Time Limits:
Students will be asked to strictly adhere to 5 minute time slots for competing of which 2-1/2 minutes will be for the actual competition material so as to allow time for adjudicator response and feedback.

VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY:
Participation in any ZAK-PAC event indicates participant’s permission for ZAK-PAC to use any photographs, audio or video taken during the event in promotional venues including, but not limited to, newspapers, brochures, ads, television, videos, newsletters, printed ads and the Internet. Participants and teachers entering a ZAK-PAC event give their permission and consent to the organizers of ZAK-PAC to use their images or photographs or appear in videos, television or any other electronic media including the internet and social media for advertising, news coverage or any other commercial use of our events. ZAK-PAC will have a videographer and photographer during the weekend providing videos and photos of performances for purchase at a later date.

Video, photography and recording of any kind (including audio and visual) are only allowed in the main events area during specified times. No instructional classes, public or private, are allowed to be recorded.

SAFETY:
For the security of all ZAK-PAK attendees, you must have your provided identification with you at all times to participate in classes and main events as well as for other areas of the venue including food areas. If you are seen without your identification you may be asked to leave a classroom or the venue.

It is agreed upon entering any ZAK-PAC event that participants, including students, parents, teachers, and other spectators, will not hold ZAK-PAC or its owner, directors, employees, or host facilities liable for injuries sustained, illnesses contracted by them, or loss of property while in attendance and/or participating in any activity of a ZAK-PAC event. Any performer taking classes or performing competitions takes certain inherent risks. These include, but are not limited to sprains, bruises, pulled muscles and broken bones. Participation in this event indicates the acceptance of such risks by participants.

ZAK-PAC does not assume responsibility for forgotten music, photographs, awards, or other items.

CONSENT FORM:
Each parent or guardian MUST manually sign the official ZAK-PAC Consent Form (click to download consent form) in order for each participant to attend. The parent or guardian signed consent form must be submitted at registration at the time of the event in exchange for the students registration packet and credentials. If the ZAK-PAC Consent Form is not received at registration, the student will not be permitted to attend.


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