DC Recital Information

REHEARSAL

Dress Rehearsal will be held at Dancers Corner the week of May 3rd – May 7th during your child’s normal class time. Dancers should arrive fully dressed in their recital costume with hair and makeup complete. It is very important that all dancers attend Dress Rehearsal in order for teachers to check costumes, hair, and makeup, and for dancers to have a chance to practice in their costume before recital. Parents will be allowed to come into the classroom at the end of each rehearsal to go over any necessary changes or details with their teacher. This will also be a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the recital. Please do not enter the classroom while rehearsal is in progress. Your teacher will come out and tell you when you can enter the classroom.

RECITAL

Recital is Saturday May 8th at the Greenville Convention Center. We are thrilled to be able to hold and in person recital for our dancers this year! This is a new venue for us, so we appreciate your cooperation as we try to create the best possible experience for your dancer and your family. There will be one show with two separate acts. ACT I will begin at 6:00 PM and ACT 2 will begin at 8:00 PM. 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. Dancers will be dismissed as soon as they are finished performing, and parents will need to pick up their dancer at the same location as drop off after they perform. 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 times. It is imperative that you look over your times carefully. The show will last approximately 4 hours total including both Acts and a brief intermission. Videotaping and flash photography are strictly prohibited during the performance! If your dancer is in Act 2, you will not be allowed to enter the auditorium until Act 1 is complete.

COVID PROTOCOLS

All seating will be properly socially distanced by the Greenville Convention Center in order to comply with COVID safety guidelines. Dressing Rooms are very large and open spaces which will allow dancers to spread apart and safely distance from each other. Masks are required for audience members due to the City Mandate that is still in order, and the Convention Center is in the city. Dancers will not be required to wear masks while performing, however are more than welcome to wear them if they choose. We ask that you not congregate in the lobby area, or line up early to get good seating. Please plan on arriving at the allotted time listed. This will help eliminate overcrowding, and will also help the shows to run smoothly and timely. We will be doing everything we can to assure your safety, and the safety of your child. We want this to be a fun and stress free experience for all of you! We are so happy to be able to provide a true stage experience this year, while still keeping our dancers and families safe.

DROPOFF

Please drop off your child on time! However, please do not plan to arrive early to line up for seating. There is another event in the space and you will not find parking, or be allowed in the venue until 5:15 that day. Plan to arrive at your allotted time that is listed on the attached sheet. Drop off will be at the entrance to the Convention Center that is located off of Exposition Drive.This is the second left after you turn by Krispy Kreme off of Pleasantburg Dr. We will have signs to help guide you to the correct entrance. The Convention Center is very big, and has multiple entrances and buildings. There will be multiple large events taking place that same day. We will begin the show promptly at 6PM and cannot hold the show for any dancers who arrive late. We do not want any dancers to miss their performance, so please be sure to arrive on time. Your child should arrive in costume, with hair and makeup complete. There will not be a space to get your child ready at the venue. They must arrive ready for their first routine. If they have costume changes, they will be able to change in between dances in the dressing room. See below for hair and makeup specifics. Please put your child’s belongings in a bag with his/her name on them. For children in multiple classes, a show order will be posted in studio 1 during rehearsal week, so that you can prepare your child’s costumes in the needed order. Once you arrive, you will need to park your car and bring your child into the Convention Center. You will ride the escalator to the 2nd floor where you will meet a DC Staff/Assistant/volunteer that will take your child to their appropriate dressing rooms. Once your child is picked up you may enter the auditorium and find your seat. There will be a $5 parking fee per car. Please note this is not a fee that Dancers Corner is charging. This is a standard fee that the Convention Center charges. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but have no way to waive it.

PICKUP

Once your child has finished performing, they will immediately be taken to gather their belongings from the dressing room, and will be brought out to the same place you dropped them off. Please exit the auditorium and meet your dancer at that time. If your child is in more than one class, pick them up with the class of the last dance they 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 recital so please do not lose these passes. This is for your child’s safety. 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. Once you pick up your dancer, you are welcome to leave. If you plan to go back into the auditorium, you must have an additional ticket for your dancer. Please be sure to enter and exit in between routines, so that you are not distracting audience members who are trying to watch their dancer.

BACKSTAGE VOLUNTEERS

Backstage volunteer sign up is at the table in the lobby in studio 1. DC requires at least 2 volunteers per class. Backstage volunteers will receive a detailed letter with detailed information and a backstage badge that will be required in order to gain access into the backstage area and dressing rooms. You will be able to see your child perform if you are working backstage from the side of the auditorium.
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 recital. The same volunteers will stay with each class during the recital and remain with the class until every child is picked up once they finish performing. All dancers must remain in their dressing room until they are finished performing. Your child’s safety is very important to us. Please help us keep all of our students safe by respecting and following these rules.

BACKSTAGE ETIQUETTE AND TIPS

  • Send a dry snack and clear drink with your child.
  • Please be sure to send a note with your child concerning any allergies or medical conditions he/she may have.
  • Dancers Name should be on all of their belongings and sent in a bag. Dancers should have all costumes, headpieces and shoes with them.
  • Have extra bobby pins, hairspray and makeup for touch-ups with them.
  • Dancers Corner is not responsible for any items left at the venue. Any items that are left in the dressing rooms will be discarded following the performance.
  • The Convention Center, as well as Dancers Corner, expects the backstage area to be left neat and tidy after recital. It is the responsibility of the backstage volunteers and of the students to be sure that nothing is left behind, and the dressing rooms are left completely clean.
  • Dancers are expected to remain in their dressing rooms.
  • Dancers are expected to keep the noise level backstage minimal.
  • DC and the Convention Center are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • No bright nail polish, jewelry or accessories that are not part of the costume should be worn at rehearsal or recital.
  • Please avoid underwear under tights/ costumes, as it creates lines and bumps that can be visible under lights.

COSTUMES, HAIR, AND MAKEUP

Most costumes have been handed out in class. If your child has not received a costume, please ask your instructor. We do have a few that are still arriving and should be handed out by Spring Break week. 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, light makeup and hair pulled back are both necessary to help see your dancer’s face on stage. We do not want them to look overly “made up”. Please use colors that highlight your child’s face, not overpower it. We still want them to look natural. Your instructor will be able to let you know if any changes need to be made at dress rehearsal. If you need information on how to do a high bun, or light stage makeup, there are links on youtube that are great for that.

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.

TICKETS

Recital tickets will be available for pick up beginning the week of April 12th. Our office will open on Monday April 12th at 10 AM to begin ticket pick up. We will have the office open that day until 7PM to pick up tickets. If you are not able to pick up your tickets that day, our office is open on Wednesdays from 1-4 weekly. Each family will receive 4 complimentary tickets included with their recital fee. Due to COVID Restrictions and limited seating, we will be able to offer 3 extra tickets per family this year to purchase if needed. Tickets will be for general seating. The Convention Center does not offer assigned seating. Extra tickets will be $15 each. If you need more than 3 extra, please let us know the day you pick up your tickets, and we will make a note of it. If we have extra tickets to sell once all of our families have picked up tickets, we will contact you. However, we cannot guarantee extra tickets other than the 3 we are offering. You are responsible for picking up your tickets. They will not be sent home with your child. You may not pick up tickets for other families. Your tickets will only be good for one Act unless you have a dancer, or dancers, that are performing in both Acts. Then you would receive tickets to 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. Please do not line up early in order to get seats, and please do not try to save seats. You will not be allowed to do this due to COVID regulations, and will be forced to wait outside in order to keep crowding to a minimum. We will have seating arranged to make sure you will be able to see your dancer. And, everyone with a ticket will be guaranteed a seat. There will be a blocked seating section for our DC Company families for both shows. Please do not try to sit in this section unless you have a child that is in our DC Company this year. Your ticket will reflect if you are in Company, and you will need to have this specific ticket in order to sit in this section. 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 The Convention Center. Tickets can be picked up in Studio 1. Everyone entering the auditorium will be required to have a ticket. We have to have an exact count of how many people are in the auditorium. We understand that some families will have infants and small children that will not necessarily require a seat. However, they will still be required to have an actual ticket due to restrictions. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. This is a rule we have no control over, and we appreciate your understanding. All accounts must be current in order to pick up tickets. We will be drafting all accounts for the month of May on April 26th, in order to close out our records to prepare for summer registration. 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

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 April 23rd. 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.

AWARDS CEREMONY

We will be holding a special awards ceremony for our dancers during their classes the week of May, 10th-13th along with picture week! 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 at the beginning of each class and then your dancer will have their pictures made. Please feel free to invite family members and bring your cameras! Dancers will need to wear their recital costume to class this week☺! Parents and family members will not be allowed into the studio while pictures are being taken. Please plan to wait outside during this time, and we will bring your child to you as soon as they are finished with their picture.

PICTURES

Mitchell’s Photography will take individual and group pictures at Dancers Corner in Studio 1 the week of May 10th – 13th. during your child’s regular class time(s) immediately after they receive their end of the year award. Please note, Friday classes will have pictures made on Thursday, May 13th 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.

MAY CLASSES

May will be a fun end of the year month for our dancers! After Awards and Picture week, we invite your dancer to Bring A Friend to class the week of May 17-21st! The final week of May will be a fun party dance class! You are welcome to arrange refreshments with your teacher for this week of class. Please keep in mind that there may be possible allergies with some of the students. Please let your instructor know if your child has a food allergy before this week.

RECITAL “EXTRAS”

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.