A Mandatory dress rehearsal is held on Wednesday, May 29th at McAlister Auditorium at Furman University. Any child not at his/her designated rehearsal will not be permitted to participate in the recital. No one will be allowed in the audience during rehearsal. *Please note: Rehearsal times run differently than recital times. If your child is in the early rehearsal, do not assume that she is in the first Act. Consult your schedule carefully (cover page)!
Recital is Friday, May 31st at McAlister Auditorium. There will be one show with two separate acts. ACT I beginning at 5:00 and ACT 2 beginning at 7:15. We anticipate the entire show being over by around 9:30. Children will be assigned a drop off time based on which Act they are in rather than show time. Dancers will be dismissed as soon as they are finished performing. Drop off and Pick up locations and rules will be the same as rehearsal. DC staff will be present out front to assist your child out of your vehicle and will escort them backstage and to their dressing room. You will not be allowed to take your child backstage unless you are a backstage volunteer. Please look very carefully at the cover sheet for your child’s drop off and pick up times. Do not assume that they are in the first or second act based on their rehearsal time. They do not coincide at all. It is imperative that you look over your times carefully. Please remain seated during the performance as much as possible. If you have a young child or need to get up for health reasons please request tickets at the end of an aisle. The show will last approximately 4 hours total including both Acts and a brief intermission. Each Act will run around an hour and a half. Videotaping and flash photography are strictly prohibited during the performance!
Please drop off your child on time! Please refer to the cover sheet for your child’s drop off time for rehearsal and recital. Do not assume that your times will coincide. Rehearsal and Recital times are very different. Please look carefully at your cover sheet for all of your appropriate times. Your child should arrive in costume, with hair and makeup complete (see complete hair and make-up guidelines at www.dancers-corner.com). Please do not send your child in to rehearsal or recital wearing tap shoes. Furman does not allow tap shoes in the lobby, and it is very slippery for the dancers. Please put your child’s tap shoes in a bag with his/her name in them, and send them in rubber soled shoes. For children in multiple classes, a rehearsal order and show order will be posted on the bulletin board in studio 1 during picture week and on the website, so that you can prepare your child’s costumes in the needed order. Dancers should be dropped off at the front entrance of the auditorium. DC Staff and backstage helpers will be out in front of the auditorium to help your child out of the car and walk your child to their dressing room to meet the backstage volunteers. If you prefer to walk your child in, you are welcome to do so. Just be sure to park your car and walk with them. You will not be able to “run them in” from the front drop off area. Traffic will need to keep moving just like a school car line.
Parents must park and come inside the front lobby to pick up your child when they are finished rehearsing, and when they finish performing. Please wait in designated areas marked with posters of the class song (s) to pick up your child! If your child is in more than one class, pick them up with the class of the last dance they rehearsed/performed. Do NOT try to go backstage! This greatly delays pick up time! Your Pick Up Pass for your child is included with this packet. You must have your pick up pass with you to display to the backstage parent. They are required for both dress rehearsal and recital. This is for your child’s safety. Dancers will be brought out to the lobby as soon as they are finished performing their last routine and will be allowed to go home, or back into the audience to watch the remainder of the Act that they were in. Please note, if your child is going to go into the audience, he/she will need to have ticket to do so. Please be courteous to those around you and do not try to stand and exit while a dance is on stage. It will take us a few minutes to get your dancer out to the lobby, so it would be best to wait until the following dance is exiting the stage to get up and leave. We would hate for someone to miss their child’s performance due to people standing up and moving around the auditorium while a dance is in progress. Please be mindful of this when entering or exiting the auditorium.
Backstage volunteer sign up is at the front desk in studio 1. DC requires at least 2 volunteers per class. If you sign up to work backstage, you must work the rehearsal as well as the recital. A backstage volunteer meeting (TBA) will take place in May, and will provide all volunteers with your badges to gain access into the backstage area, detailed instructions and tips on safety and procedure
All performers must remain backstage until they are finished performing.
Only backstage volunteers are permitted backstage during rehearsal or recital. An attendant will be at the backstage entrance where volunteers will need to sign in and show their backstage badge to enter the backstage area, and to enforce your child’s safety. Children will be FULLY supervised in the backstage area for the entire duration of the rehearsal and recital. The same volunteers will stay with each class during rehearsal and the recital and remain with the class until every child is picked up on both days. Your child’s safety is very important to us. Please help us keep all of our students safe by respecting and following these rules.
Costumes are handed out in classes as they arrive (during April and May). Your instructor will inform you about how to use any accessories included and how to care for your costume. The following guidelines are specific for different styles of dances, if your child takes more than one class, review all of the necessary listings. These guidelines apply for dress rehearsal and recital. Because stage lights are very bright and will wash out your child’s face, see makeup application and how to properly put hair in a bun instructions.
PRESCHOOL: Ballet pink tights, black tap shoes, hair in a high bun (including any bangs). Light makeup.
COMBO: Same as Preschool but will also need to have pink leather ballet shoes.
JAZZ: Caramel colored tights (not pantyhose). Tights should not be shiny. Caramel or Tan “gore boot” jazz shoes. You want the shoes and tights to match and be as close to your child’s skin tone as possible. Hair in a high bun (including any bangs). Full makeup.
TAP: Same as Jazz with tap shoes.
BALLET: Ballet pink tights, pink ballet slippers with elastic sewn across the foot. Hair in a high bun (including any bangs). Full makeup.
HIP HOP: Teacher will advise class if tights are required, and what hairstyle they will need. Clean soled light weight sneakers. If your child takes another class in addition to hip-hop, hair can be left in a bun. Full makeup.
Recital tickets will go on sale beginning Wednesday, May 1st at 10:00 AM. We will accept cash, check or credit card for payment. There will be a 4% fee added to any credit card payments. You are responsible for picking up your tickets. They will not be sent home with your child. If you are unable to pick up your tickets on this day, tickets will continue to be available at DC, during normal office hours, until Thursday, May 23rd. It will be assigned seating, so please make sure you get all the tickets you need when you pick up your four pre-paid tickets in order for them to be all together. Your tickets will only be good for one Act. If you want to stay for both acts, you will need to purchase additional tickets for both Acts. People with Act 2 tickets will not be permitted to enter the auditorium until the entire first Act is over due to the fact that the seats will most likely be occupied. If your child is in Act 1, and you would like to return to your seats after you pick up your child, you may do so but will need to be sure to have a ticket for your dancer as well. This also applies to anyone who has a child in Act 2. Recital tickets cannot be purchased at Furman. Tickets can be picked up in Studio 1. There will be two ticket lines in the lobby at DC. A line for dancers in Act 1 and a line for dancers in Act 2. Please make sure you get in the correct line. There will be signs posted to help direct you.. You may not pick up tickets for families other than your own. This holds up the line, and is unfair to others. Seating is assigned for best available seats on a first come first serve basis. Children under the age of 2 will not require a ticket, but will have to sit in a lap. If they require a seat, you will have to purchase a ticket for them.
Each family receives 4 comp tickets (included in participation fee you paid). Additional tickets may be purchased for $10.00 each. All accounts must be paid through the year (including May) in order to pick up your tickets! We will only accept May payments in the ticket line; however feel free to pay off account in full prior to this date, as it only helps to move the ticket lines along more quickly. If your account is past due for any amount other than May, you will be asked to wait in a separate “past due” line to make that payment, then you will be sent to the back of the appropriate ticket line. Please look below to see if your account is past due at this time. Tickets will not be sold in the past due line. If you have any inquiries about your account, please contact us prior to the ticket sale day as, NO account disputes whatsoever will be handled in the ticket lines!
Programs will be available for each family at the Recital. Please do not grab extra programs as we usually only allow for two per dancer, and want to make sure each and every family receives a program. If you have a large group (grandparents, aunt and uncles etc..) please feel free to grab an extra copy or two. Please be sure to check the spelling of your dancers name for the program at the front desk before May 6th. We want to make sure all of our dancers are included in each of their dances, and the spelling of their name is exactly the way you want it to be. Thank you for taking the time to check each of your child’s classes carefully on the list and initial if correct. If changes need to be made, please do so directly on the sheet.
We will be holding a special awards ceremony for our dancers during their classes the week of May, 13th – 17th at the end of your child’s normal dance class! You will be invited to come into your child’s class this week and join them while they get their award. The awards will be handed out the last 15 minutes of each class. Please feel free to invite family members and bring your cameras! This will be their last week of classes for the year. They are also welcome to wear their costume this week!
Mitchell’s Photography will take individual and group pictures at Dancers Corner in Studio 1 the week
Of May 20th – 23rd. during your child’s regular class time(s). Please note, Friday classes will have pictures made on Thursday, May 23rd in the evening (exact times will be sent home with your child in class). There will not be Friday classes held during this week. Pictures will take the place of that class. Your child should arrive in costume but hair and makeup are your preference. Your child should arrive “camera ready”, as the dance studio is transformed into a photo studio for picture week and you will be unable to get your child dressed and ready here. Parents are not permitted in the studio during pictures. Photo sessions will take the place of regular classes, so you should be prepared to pick your child up at his/her normal class end time.
All orders will be placed directly through Mitchell’s Photography. Mitchell will provide each child with a detailed order form during her photo session. Upon ordering your pictures, Mitchell’s Photography will mail your package to you. After picture day, if you have any questions regarding your child’s pictures, please contact Mitchell’s Photography directly; contact info will be on order forms. As always, the purchase of photos is optional, but please attend so that all dancers are present for the group shots.
Dancers Corner offers you the opportunity to purchase other optional recital souvenirs through outside vendors and Dancers Corner such as commemorative tees, DVD recordings of the performance, ad space in our programs and flowers/gifts for performers! Students will receive a packet with all order forms for these optional “extras” in classes very soon!
We are looking forward to another amazing Recital! This is such a special day for all of our students and their families. It is very important to us that it is a quality and professional show that you and your child can be proud to be a part of. Thank you for helping us make this happen by following all of the above guidelines.