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 their costumes, tights, shoes, and any accessories and refer to it to make sure you have all your supplies before going to the auditorium.
Bring at least one extra pair of tights. Also bring extra hair gel, bobby pins, and hairspray. Other handy extras include:
- Baby wipes/Shout wipes (to fix makeup mistakes or wash hands)
- Baby Powder (for itchy costumes)
- Safety Pins (For repairs)
- Clear Nail Polish (to remove minor holes or runs in tights when there isn’t time to change them)
- Nail Polish Remover (in case you forgot to take it off already)
- Pain Reliever of Choice
- Band-Aids (the “invisible” kind)
For many parents and dancers (especially if this is your 1st year) all this information can seem overwhelming. I would like everyone to approach the recitals with confidence and excitement. Therefore, in the month of May we will be holding a parent meeting to make sure that all this information has been well received and understood. Parents of EVERY first year student are required to attend. Parents of all dancers must come and fill out photography cards. The meetings will take place in the lobby during class times to make sure it is convenient to everyone.
The week of April 16th through the 19th, we will take pictures of each class to appear in the program at the recital. Hopefully, all the costumes will be in by this date and students will have their pictures made in recital costumes. However, just in case your child’s costume has not yet arrived, please make sure he or she is dressed in tights and dance clothes appropriate for a recital program.
The dress rehearsal allows the students to become familiar with an auditorium and feel comfortable with their performance, costume(s), and being onstage. Lighting, music, cues, costume changes and all other logistics are rehearsed so that the students make the best impression possible. Participation in the dress rehearsal is mandatory.
I try run an organized and timely dress rehearsal; your help with the process will guarantee a professional production. Our Dress Rehearsals will be at the Hardin Valley Academy Auditorium this year. Please arrive at least 15- 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Students should arrive in their first performance costume with hair and makeup just like recital. Dancers will sit in the middle of the auditorium with their class and watch the show. Parents will sit on the sides of the auditorium. Dress Rehearsal is also the only opportunity for parents to video and/or take pictures. No video or photography is allowed during the recital.
Dress Rehearsal Guests
Parents and Guardians may accompany each student to the dress rehearsal. No other guests please! Each dancer will be given two complimentary tickets for the dress rehearsal.
Dress Rehearsal Drop-Off
Students will come to the auditorium wearing the costume of their first performance and sit with that class. If a student is in more than one routine, they will have their name posted in the dressing room. Place other costume(s) below the dancer’s name and then proceed to the auditorium to find their class row. After the dancer has changed costumes, they will return to the auditorium and will sit in a new row with the other dancers in that routine.
All students are required to participate in the finale, which will be rehearsed during the last month of classes. A run-through of the finale will take place at the dress rehearsal between Acts I and II. After the finale is rehearsed at Dress Rehearsal, students who dance in ACT I only are allowed to leave, but are welcome to stay and watch the remainder of the show. All students will remain in their last performance costume for the finale.
Dress Rehearsal Dismissal
Students will be dismissed from rehearsal once they have completed all of their routines, including the finale. We will rehearse the finale between Acts I and II so that students who are not in Act II do not have to remain through the end of rehearsal.