Each year, we produce one large-scale show at a local theatre that includes a large stage, lights, curtains, costumes, etc. While participation is not mandatory, we encourage all dancers to participate, from our youngest to oldest dancers, our most beginners to our most experienced.
This onstage experience is one way to share with family and friends all the work our dancers put into their training. It is also way to develop more confidence and independence.
In addition to our larger performances, we will often put on smaller, more intimate shows in-house. Look for these opportunities as they come up.
A few things to keep in mind as we head into performance season:
Costume deposits must be made on time and are non-refundable.
Costumes are required for all numbers: each number requires something a little different – shoes, tights, dress, pants, hair piece, etc. If you or your dancer has committed to being in the recital, there is a costume deposit required for each routine. If you don’t make your deposit, then you may get left out of the costume order, and therefore, may not be able to participate in the show.
All dancers must attend their weekly classes.
If you miss too many classes it makes it hard for the teacher and the other dancers to learn the routine. Each dancer has their important place in each number – missing too many classes may mean you or your dancer are asked to sit out in fairness to those who are consistently working hard every week.
Dancers are required to attend the dress rehearsal the night before the show.
These rehearsals are crucial to the success of the show. Because performing on stage is very different than being in the classroom, little changes may happen during dress rehearsal to make the routine work in the new stage environment. For little dancers, this may be their first stage experience. It can be scary, seeing all those faces looking up at you. Dress rehearsal gives your little dancer a chance to become comfortable.
During the performance, backstage rules and protocol must be strictly observed.
The behind-the-scenes action of a recital is a very exciting process. It is highly organized and depends on everyone working together toward the same goal – a great show. During the show, dancers are required to stay in the green room—there are no exceptions to this rule. Little dancers will have a backstage mom looking out for their needs and safety. Dancers must check in at the beginning of the show, and check out at the end. No parents other than backstage moms are allowed backstage during the show, including intermission. There is no food or drinks, other than water, allowed in the green room.