Dancer Info (Zoom)
ONCE YOUR DANCE SPOT IS CONFIRMED (AFTER JUNE 5, 2021):
ARE YOU ZOOMABLE?
Dancers will need to participate using Zoom. If you're not familiar with it yet, it's easy and I'll talk you through it. You'll need an internet device (laptop, tablet, desktop, phone) plus a camera and microphone. Most devices already have these built in. If not, you'll need an external one.
Check it out: zoom.us
The quality of your Zoom video depends on:
The strength and stability of your internet connection
The quality of your camera and mic
The lighting in your chosen dance spot
Some built-in cameras are great, some are not. It's perfectly ok to work with whatever you have. You don't have to spend money on an upgrade unless you want to.
Please send me a short intro to be read before your performance by July 13th.
If you can't make it for any reason, email HasaniHafla@gmail.com or call 253-858-2755
DANCER TECH CHECK and CHECK-IN
If you've participated in the previous Zoom performances before, a quick tech check should only take a few minutes. If you're still kinda new to performing on Zoom, there's plenty of time for me to help you before July 17th.
Dancers please check into Zoom at 5:00 PM PDT Saturday, July 17th. Raq the Harbor stats at 6:00 PM and this gives us time to fix things if anyone's having a connection problem. You don't have to hang out in front of the camera all day, but leave your Zoom connection open.
All dance spots are 6 minutes (subject to change, but go with 6 mins for now)
We'll be using triple redundancy for Raq the Harbor audio.
Plan A - Dancer uses Sound Share: If possible, dancers will play their own music using the screen/sound share feature. I can show you how - it's easy! This offers the best sound quality and eliminates any lag between you and the music
Plan B - David uses Sound Share: If you can't/don't want to use sound share, our audio tech, David, will play your music for you, using sound share on his end. Best sound quality, but a small lag between dancer and music is possible. Possibility of lag depends on a whole lotta variables.
Plan C - Hasani uses Sound Share: If David's connection goes down for any reason, I'll be prepared to play your music using sound share. Again - best sound quality, but possible lag.
If you will NOT be playing your own music, please email your music to both HasaniHafla@gmail.com and firstname.lastname@example.org (that's David Metz, our audio guy) no later than July 13th - but sooner is better!
The entire show will be viewable on YouTube not only during the show, but once the show is over, too.
The audience will not be able to record in a Zoom webinar, but you as co-hosts will be able to. If you'd like to record, you're on the honor system to only record your own performance.
I'll also make the Zoom recording available on request to dancers only.
STAGE You get to create your own stage space this time! Whether it's your living room, your kitchen, your patio, whatever, play around with the camera placement and make sure you're aware of when you're out of camera range. Mark the floor with tape if you need to.
Decorate if you like (or not), but bear in mind a simple, clear space behind you is best. Cool accent pieces can be to the side if you want them in the shot.
We'll check lighting during your tech check. Zoom is a little touchy about lighting and it's easy to wash yourself out with too much light. Ambient light is usually adequate. You can always run a test Zoom session with just yourself and record it to see how it looks.
HINT: You will look skinnier if your camera points slightly down at you, rather than up. ;)