Recital time is both fun and exciting and a little scary for new dancers and dance parents. Here is some standard information about how the weekend usually works.
ADVERTISING is available in the program. A business card ad is $10.00. We distribute over 1200 programs.
BUTTONS are presented to the dancers when they know their dances and can “perform” them.
COMBINATION CLASSES learn a separate ballet and tap dance. Usually one of their dances is before intermission and one after intermission. All other classes learn one dance per class.
COSTUMES Please remember to write your dancer’s name in all pieces of their costumes, headpieces and shoes. PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK YOU HAVE ALL ACCESSORES! (You can put accessories in a plastic sandwich bag and hang the bag on the costume hanger or safety pin it to the costume.) There will be extra tights available at the recital if needed. Make sure all combination classes have elastic in their tap shoes. Dancers should wear their first costume to the recital so they are ready. Make-up is encouraged so your child can be seen on stage. Hair should not be in the dancers’ faces. All students should have books, quiet games, etc, to use while waiting
DANCE NOTES AND MUSIC CDs/USB can be requested after January. You can provide me a blank CD or the charge is $1.00 if I provide the CD.
DRESS REHEARSAL is the Friday night before the recital from 4:00 – 8:00 at Clinton High School Vernon Cook Little Theatre. We block the rehearsal in half hour intervals and the times are given in the April newsletter. We run the rehearsal in the order of the performance for the backstage crew and many, many other reasons. You don't have to stay for the entire rehearsal. You may leave and come back. You do not have to stay for the 'finale'. We don't wear costumes on this night, however we do use all props. There is food sold that night (pizza/drinks, etc) if you would like to stay and watch the rehearsal. Please sit in the auditoriuM until your group is called to the stage. You need to know the names of your dances as that is how they are called. NO FOOD, DRINKS OR GUM IN THE AUDITORIUM AT ANY TIME! NO EXCEPTIONS!
DVDs of the recital are produced by T2 Productions. The form to be completed is located in the studio lobby prior to the recital. He does have a table set up at the dress rehearsal and all performances. The cost is $30.00 ($35.00 if you would like it mailed to you) and must be prepaid before the completion of the last performance and included with the order form. Please make all checks payable to him. DVDs are usually ready for distribution in July.
FLOWERS (carnations) are sold at the recital performances.
PATRON sponsors are available in the program for $5.00.
PERFORMANCES are Saturday at 1:00 and 6:00 and Sunday at 2:00. The dancers younger than 3rd grade are only scheduled to be in one of the Saturday performances. Only dancers who are in 3rd grade and older are included in the Sunday performance. The school doors will open 45 minutes prior to the performance to get your dancers situated in the commons and the theatre doors open 30 minutes before curtain.
PHOTOS will be taken several weeks before the recital. You will come during your normal class time but dressed in your costume with hair and makeup done. You can order pictures if you would like but it is not mandatory. Please have your dancer come for the group picture even if you don’t plan on ordering pictures. The photographer will be at CHS the night of the dress rehearsal and will pass out the photos at that time. You will need to talk to him about any problems with your photos.
SEATING is first come/first served the day of the recital. Please do not save seats. We ask you to stay seated during the recital. It is very distracting when people are leaving/entering the theatre constantly. There are two volunteers with each class and they are there to supervise, help change costumes, take to the restroom and help with whatever is required. Volunteers may watch from backstage or the theatre as their class performs. Please arrive 30-45 minutes before the show and take your dancer to the cafeteria where they will wait with their group at one of the tables. The school doors will open at 12:15/5:15/1:15. The theatre doors will open 12:30/5:30/1:30.
TAP FINALE rehearsals are only for Stylettes (3rd-5th grade tap), Jr. Rockettes (6th-8th grade tap), Rockettes (9th-12th grade tap) and Adult Rockettes. These rehearsals are scheduled during the respective classes involved the three weeks prior to the recital. They wear their class costume.
TICKETS may be ordered/purchased with no limits. You may pre-order tickets once April tuition and all outstanding balances are paid. We will send home a form for you to fill out to ensure that your payments are properly recorded. You can pay for your t-shirts with this form or pay for them separately when the t-shirts arrive. (Make sure you signed up for a t-shirt if you pay for one.) For those who prepay, you can pick up your tickets any time after they go on sale to the public which is usually two weeks before the recital. The cost of the tickets are $8.00 in advance and $9.00 the day of the recital. The ticket money covers the cost of the school rental, custodians, scenery, programs, tickets, and many other recital expenses. Tickets are sold on a first come – first served basis. There are no exchanges or refunds. Children under 3 don’t need a ticket if they sit in your lap.
T-SHIRTS are usually ready for pickup two weeks before the recital date. The cost is $15.00. You must pay for your t-shirt when you pick it up (if you haven’t already prepaid). The sign-up for T-shirts is usually February – March and the artwork is posted at that time. We provide sample sizes. Many of the dancers wear their recital t-shirt to the dress rehearsal!
VOLUNTEERS are required to supervise each class as they are waiting to perform. Sign-up sheets are posted in the lobby in February. This is extremely important and very much appreciated!!!!