Use a zip lock bag to hold any accessories for each dance with dance name and dancerʼs name on bag. Please use a sharpie to write on bags. Perhaps listing on the bag what needs to return to the bag will be of great help to all people backstage. Some people like to use small, see through storage containers as will.
It is important to stay calm and have a positive attitude. With over 200 dancers participating in our recital, there are bound to be some issues. Make sure to remember we are here to put on a great show and to have fun. Do not make comments about other dancers, teachers, choreography etc.
Please use nude band-aids if your dancer has an owie.
Calm begins with the parents! Letʼs all stay calm and keep the volume and urgency levels “low” all days. There is no challenge that canʼt be worked out. We always find a way! No problem is too big!
There will be backstage help. Explain to your dancer that other dancerʼs moms will most likely be helping your dancer get ready. Dancers need to listen and stay with them at all times. If you would be interested in helping backstage, please look for a backstage sign-up sheet soon. Only moms who have signed up will be allowed backstage during recital.
Respect all others space and property in the dressing rooms. Please stay in your designated area. There will be ample space for all dancers backstage.
Covered bottled water ONLY is allowed in the dressing rooms. It is the best thing your dancer can drink to be healthy and the easiest to clean off of the floor and will not show on the costume if spilled.
Please us proper etiquette when in the theatre. Please turn cell phones to silent, stay seated until the dance has finished, do not “save” seats, donʼt call out dancers names from the audience , and overall be respectful. If you have a crying child, please exit through the doors into the lobby. Dancers have worked very hard and everyone is here to enjoy the show. Please do your part to make this a positive experience for all.
Family and friends do not belong backstage. Please wait to give that special dancer gifts, flowers or hugs, until after the show.
~Hair and Make-up~
Yes, your dancer has to wear make-up for pictures, rehearsal and recital. All of these events have bright lights and will drown out your childʼs face. It is called theatrical make-up. At a minimum they should have brown and ivory eye shadow, mascara, blush and dark pink or red lipstick. Optional make-up for older girls ages 12 and up: eyeliner, foundation, and powder. NO JEWELRY ALLOWED, you will have to take it off!
We have a few fans that will be in the dressing rooms. If you have one that you can bring, please let your teacher know.
No nail polish is allowed. Clear or nude is OK! There will be nail polish remover on rehearsal and recital days. If your child comes with it on, it will be taken off.
~Passing the Time~
Please feel free to bring coloring books, activities, and games for dancers to occupy their time. Also bring a blanket for dancer to sit on to keep their costumes clean.
The recital is not an “on that day” activity. Please be sure you have gone through everything and double checked shoes the night before. The show will not wait for someone to run home.
The Dance Company has an “Open Door Policy”. Ask any questions that you may have at any time!
You can pack some “neat” snacks for your dancer if youʼd like. Crackers, fruit roll-ups, goldfish, or grapes would all be acceptable. Please keep it to a small portion.
Timing is everything! Be on time and be where you are supposed to be at all times. This will keep things running smoothly, be less confusing, and less stressful for your director and all of the other dancers. We cannot hold the show if youʼre late.
We will have a professional videographer. If you choose to use your own video camera, it must not distract the dancers or other audience members. Stay in your seat or arrange your camera at the back of the audience.
Make sure your dancer is well rested. They will need it! Not having a nap is the number one reason for crankiness in little ones, followed by being hungry.