Dear Dance Delaware Families,
The time has come for our Big Annual Event of the Year! DD Studios provides an exciting performance experience with its June recital. The recital is the annual staple of the dance school. It gives our students a chance to shine in front of family and friends, something they anticipate with nervous excitement.
The recital offers our students a professionally directed performance that presents the results of a year’s hard work, dedication and progress, to their families and friends.
A big part of dance training is learning through performance. Although performance opportunities can help prepare some students for a possible career in dance, they also contribute to children’s success in non-dance activities. The performing experience helps build self-esteem and self- confidence and can result in better in-school presentations, improved social skills, and strong interviews for future college or job opportunities.
The rehearsal process is a tremendous learning experience as well. It helps the children develop retention skills and by working with their classmates on a group performance, they learn the positive aspects of working as a team to create the best end result.
Dedication to recital commitments is the responsiblility of both students and their parents. We’ve created this handbook in an effort to clarify what we expect of you in terms of commitment and responsibility to the annual recital, the school, and other students and parents.
KEY CONTACT INFORMATION FOR DD STUDIOS:
2005 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
302-998-1222 – ph
Place of recital: TBD
Dates/Times of Recital:
Tuesday - TBD– 5:30pm to 10pm – Spacing Act I & II
Thursday -TBD – 5:30pm to 10pm – Dress Rehearsal Full Show
Friday -TBD – 7pm Show (arrive at least 45 minutes ahead)
Saturday -TBD – 3pm Show (arrive at least 45 minutes ahead)
*Please be aware, when you receive your schedule for our rehearsal week(Beginning of June), it is tentative. We give it to you to guide off of, but please understand if we run early on times, we will continue to rehearse to get everyone out as early as possible.
We greatly appreciate your support and understanding in making our show a huge success.
Hair: Bun - center back of head, slicked down, unless otherwise specified by teacher.
Make up: All natural colors - earth tones - please NO blue or purple eye shadow - want the dancers to look as natural as possible. Must wear some make up because the stage lights will wash them out.
Costumes: We ask you to CARRY your costumes - DO NOT WEAR THEM. Be sure you have pink tights with your ballet costumes and tan tights for your tap costumes.
Arrival for Rehearsal/Performance Nights: There is a door in the front of the school by the auditorium where you will enter to sign in your child/children. Once your child is signed in, you may continue to front lobby where you will enter the theatre.
Parking: Please park in designated parking spots. Do not park in the Handicap Spaces unless you have the appropriate state issued handicap tags.
Concessions: There will be food and drinks available all week at the theatre.
Tickets: Go on sale one month ahead and will continue to pre-sell tickets for the show all week at the theatre.
Pre Order Flower Deadline: TBD
DVD Orders: You will be able to go online to our website – DanceDelaware.com – click on “Recital” and there will be a link where you are able to order your dvd of the show.
We work hard to make the dance experience organized and fun. Keeping you informed is one of our primary goals.
Newsletters and important updates are printed and handed out to our students at the conclusion of class. If you have any questions regarding the information distributed, we encourage you to contact the office a t 302-998-1222 between the hours of 5:30pm - 8:30pm Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm.
We do our best to answer email on a daily basis, except on weekends. Feel free to email questions to us at: DanceDelaware.firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure that the students feel confident about their performance, we ask parents and guardians to encourage them to rehearse their recital choreography on a regular basis. If you would like a copy of your child's music, please please email us at: DanceDelaware.email@example.com or contact the office. We will be glad to email the songs to you.
At various points through out the choreography process(usually March - May), we will invite parents to videotape choreography at the end of class to assist the student when practicing at home.
Our goal is to make the recital an organized, exciting experience for everyone involved.
We spend many hours selecting the costumes for each class. They are always age appropriate and of the highest quality possible. We include the proper tights with costumes but not shoes.
NOTE: no jewelry or underwear is to be worn with costumes. This includes during dress rehearsals and performances.
Fees and Payment
There is a $75.00 recital fee per family which includes 4 complimentary tickets, a show t-shirt per family. The cost of your recital fee includes the time of the DD Studios teachers and staff, the rental of the beautiful Auditorium for rehearsals and performances, backstage help and entertainment, backdrop/props/set/scenery.
In an effort to ensure that costumes are delivered in time for our recital and with organized distribution to our students, costume orders are placed months before hand. Costume manufacturers do no accept cancellations or offer refunds, therefore DD Studios does not refund costume deposits.
Costumes will only be distributed to take home if your account is up to date.
If your account is not paid in full(including tuition) by the week of the recital your child/children will be unable to participate in the recital. This includes June tuition as well. Your child/children will be working with their teachers during the week of the recital, which is equal to the four classes you received each month from September through May.
We recommend that you label all costumes, shoes, accessories, and tights with your child's name. Place the costumes in a garment bag with your child's name on the outside. Pack accessories in a clear plastic bag(labeled with your child's name). Hats should be stored in a hatbox or similar container to prevent damage.
Costumes with fringe - you will notice a string at the bottom of most fringe skirts or trim, which is to keep the fringe from getting tangled before the performance. Once the string is removed be sure you keep the fringe skirts on a hanger to keep them from getting tangled.
NOTE: To ensure that there are no costume problems, students are not allowed to wear their costumes, accessories, or tights prior to the dress rehearsal or performance.
Tips: Costume Common Sense
- Always have a second pair of tights available
- Place costumes in a garment bag for travel
- Carry hats in a hatbox or container to prevent them from damage
- Place your name in all costumes and shoes
- Bring a small sewing kit for any costume 'emergencies'
Hair and Make Up - where steve left off
Hair: MUST be slicked back in a bun directly in the back of your head. NO bangs or beads allowed. Dancers with short hair must pull their hair away from the face and slick it down. Some students may be asked to wear their hair differently but ONLY if their teacher specifies. Otherwise, all hair is in buns, no exceptions.
Make Up: All Natural Look! Brownish eye shadows, Mascara, Rose colored blush, Pink lip-stick on younger students, Red/Burgandy lip stick - teens/up. Absolutely NO blue eye shadow or bright pink blush. Earth tones are the best.
The recital isn't a one-day activity. Gather all costumes, accessories, shoes, and makeup several days in advance so you'll know if something is missing or isn't right. Make a checklist of your child's routines, listing the costume, tights shoes, and any accessories, and refer to it to make sure you have all your supplies before going to the theatre.
Bring at least one extra pair of tights of each color. Also bring extra hair gel, hairnets, bobby pins, and hairspray.
*You are able to purchase extra tights and a bun kit right here at DD Studios. Inquire at the office.
TIPS: other Handy Extras
- Baby wipes/shout wipes(to fix makeup mistakes or wash hands)
- Baby powder(for itchy costumes)
- Safety pins(for emergency costume repairs)
- Clear nail polish(to repair minor holes or runs in tights when there isn't time to change them)
- Your pain reliever of choice
- Band-Aids(the "invisible" kind)
Please do not send your child to the dress rehearsal or recital with snacks or beverages that could stain their costumes. Crackers, energy bars, apples, carrot sticks, and string cheese are good choices. Water is the best beverage; please do not send juice boxes or other sticky beverages. And never give them chocolate bars!
*DD Studios will have a concession stand in the lobby of the theatre during recital week.
Participation in the dress rehearsal is mandatory. The dress rehearsal allows the students to become familiar with the auditorium surroundings and feel comfortable with their with their performance, costume(s), and being onstage. Lighting, music cues, set changes, and all other logistics for an organized and professional performance are rehearsed tha tthe students make the best impression possible.
Why a Dress Rehearsal?
Often parents question the importance of the dress rehearsal for their child. In fact, the key to a successful performance for your child is the dress rehearsal. Here's why:
- The stage is much larger than the classroom and is often intimidating to the children
- The stage lights can be frightening and disorienting to young children.
- Modifications to the choreography can be made at dress rehearsal. A student who misses the rehearsal will not have the chance to practice any of the changes onstage.
- Students often rely on the classroom mirrors to help them with spacing and formations. Having the chance to dance without the security of the mirror before the performance is very important for their confidence.
- Students have the chance to practice their stage entrances and exits and get used to being in such a large space.
- Confidence is critical to a successful performance. The dress rehearsal offers your child the chance to feel ready for the show.
- The dress rehearsal is the only opportunity for parents to videotape their child's dance numbers or take pictures of the show.
There's another big reason why the dress rehearsal is important. One of the main objectives of our curriculum is to teach the spirit of teamwork and the commitment to classmates. When children miss the rehearsal, the result can cause confusion for the remaining students(an absence affects spacing and timing). We run an organized and timely dress rehearsal; your help with the process will guarantee a professional production. We do ask for your patience during the rehearsal process for any unexpected delays that may occur. Please arrive at least 45 minutes before curtain time. We ask that NO costumes be worn to the recital. Costumes should be carried and put on in the dressing room.
Dressing Room Etiquette
Students must respect other students' space and property in the dressing rooms. The students will spend more time in the dressing room than onstage or in the auditorium, so please do your best to keep them organized and clean.
Dress Rehearsal Guests
One parent or guardian may accompany each student to the dress rehearsal. Please, no siblings who do not dance! Please make appropriate arrangements.
Additional attendees at the dress rehearsal must pay the full cost of a recital ticket.
Enthusiastic applause is encouraged; however, it is never appropriate to scream out a child's name.
Children should not bring handheld electronic games or other devices with sounds and/or lights that could be a distraction for other audience members.
Because we present a professional performance, we ask that everyone remain seated during the entire performance. If you do leave the auditorium during the show you will be allowed back into the auditorium only between dances. This rule is strictly enforced; please do not create a disturbance with the auditorium security in regard to this policy.
Children must remain seated for the enitre performance, we ask that everyone remain seated during the entire performance. Allowing children to run around or otherwise disrupt the performance is not fair to other audience members and it is extremely distracting to the dancers.
Parents who bring infants to the performance should quickly exit the auditorium if the infant begins to cry or create a distraction for the audience.
The use of video or flash photography is strictly prohibited during the recital. It is important that you pass this policy on to your recital guests.
DD Studios does offer an opportunity to purchase a professional video and/or still photographs of our recital.
- Once again – One parent or guardian may accompany each student to dress rehearsal. Please, no siblings who do not dance!
Student Drop Off and Pick Up
Parents or guardians should bring the students to the assigned dressing room, where they will be checked in and placed under the supervision of the class mom(s). Parents or guardians must remain in the auditorium until their children need changed into their second act costumes at intermission, then return and remain there until children have been dismissed.
Students will be dismissed from rehearsal once they have completed all of their routines. When a class has completed its last performance the parent/ guardian will be allowed in dressing room at any other time.
Parents or guardians should bring the students to the assigned dressing room, where they will be checked in and placed under the supervision of the class mom(s). Parents or guardians must remain in the auditorium until their children have been dismissed. After the finale, the class moms will bring the groups back to their dressing room for pick up and to be signed out.
Tickets go on sale May 20st and the cost is $15. Children under 3yrs old is Free.
All accounts (tuition, costumes, etc.) MUST be paid in full before family members may purchase tickets.
Video and Photography
Parents or guardians may videotape or photograph only their children at the dress rehearsal. No electrical outlets will be available, so be sure your batteries are fully charged. Please note: NO video or photography will be allowed at the recital. Security will ask you to bring any cameras back to your car. The recital is professionally videotaped/photographed which you are able to purchase for a fee.
No eating, drinking, or smoking is allowed in the auditorium or dressing room. During the dress rehearsal and recital, when the dancers are not onstage they must remain in the dressing room with their class moms.
Family members and friends are not permitted backstage or in the dressing room during rehearsal or the recital, including during intermission and before and after the show. Only 1 parent or guardian is able to go into the dressing room before, at intermission, and end of recital. There is a lot of backstage activity in a limited space, and the dressing room is a private area. Please remind your family and guests to be respectful of these areas. Those who wish to greet performers after the show or present flowers may do so in the lobby area.
All props are the property of DD Studios and are to be returned to the backstage prop master after the performance. Props include such items as canes, parasols, tambourines, beach balls, etc.
- No Video or photography will be allowed at the recital.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help backstage is welcome. A volunteer form is required and is attached to this handbook. There will be an orientation for all volunteers, who must abide by the policies set forth by DD Studios. The recital weekend can be a hectic experience and all volunteers must work in a cooperative manner at all times. Our backstage managers work very hard to put an efficient system in place, and we ask that all volunteers rely on their experience and follow their instructions.
All volunteers will receive an identification badge at the dress rehearsal, which must be worn in the theatre at all times. Please do not bring guests, including children, with you while you are volunteering.
Class mothers are needed for each class to supervise the dancers and keep them safe and accounted for. Class Moms do not need a recital ticket and will be able to watch their children perform their number(s) from backstage/audience. They are responsible for making sure that each child is in the proper costume, has the proper accessories and shoes, is backstage at the appropriate time, and returns to the appointed dressing room after the performance.
Volunteers needed for each class will be determined by the number of students (1 to 9 students = 1 volunteer, 10 to 19 students = 2 volunteers; 20 or more students = 3 volunteers).
If there are too many volunteers for one class, some may be asked to work with children from another class. During their own children’s performances, room mothers leave the students at the stage door with the Backstage Runners and watch the dance from the auditorium. Volunteers should not enter the stage area. Because there will be live microphones backstage, only dance teachers and assistants are allowed in the wings.
THE RECITAL IS FOR EVERYONE
When everyone puts the children first, the recital experience is one they’ll never forget. We appreciate your compliance with the rules and guidelines in this handbook and hope that DD Studios Annual recital will be as fun and exciting for you, as it is for all of our staff. Thank you for working with us to create a memorable and educational experience through performance for