This long-honored and eagerly anticipated tradition is held each May! We aim to create a polished performance, instill the value of show & rehearsal etiquette, and create life-long memories. Dancers gain self-confidence, practice awareness, and learn to express emotions while working as a group to achieve creative goals. This requires regular attendance in class, dedicated practice, and participation at rehearsals.
🗓 2023 Shows – EC Glass HS (backup venue Jefferson Forest HS)
No Creative Movement, Praise, or Boys Combo.
Friday May 12 – 7:00 PM
Combo A (Mon), Combo B (Wed), & all other classes.
Saturday, May 13 – 11:00 AM
Combo A (Tues), Combo A (Wed), Combo B (Tues), & all other classes.
Act 1: Peter Pan
Take flight to Neverland as we share our version of Peter Pan! – Approx.1 hr
Act 2: Cheers to 30 years of Juli!
To celebrate our own Miss Juli’s 30th teaching anniversary, we’re reprising famous songs from her past recitals! – Approx. 1.5 hrs
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💪 Volunteers Needed
The recital is a well-oiled machine, but we need your help to make it happen! Check out our Sign-up Genius for volunteer positions. Receive a FREE Digital Download for your time!
🎟 Tickets – Choose seats online starting Apr 24
Tickets will NOT be sold in person at the studio or venue. Online sales will remain open on show day. Show mobile or printed ticket at the door. Ages 11 & up: $15, Ages 3-10: $12. Ages 0-2 Lap child: No seat, ticket. If dancer plans to watch, select seat & enter code FREEDANCER for one free ticket during checkout. Only eligible for performers. Excludes site fees.
👚 Recital Tee – Order online starting Apr 3. Due Apr 15
Short-sleeve tee features show themes on the back & studio logo on the front. $15. Purchase online with tickets by Apr 15. Handed out at the studio once they arrive.
💐 Flowers – Order online starting Apr 3. Due Apr 30
Save a trip to the florist and order a petite colorful bouquet for your dancer! $15. Purchase online with tickets by Apr 30. Pick-up in lobby before shows.
💻 Digital Download – Order online starting Apr 3. Due May 15
Preserve the night forever or share with out-of-town family! $20 for one show. $30 for both. Link emailed approx. 2 weeks after show.
Ticket sales open online Apr 24.
All other merch available for purchase online Apr 3.
To purchase merch only, click continue with checkout.
Fees go to venue rental, sound, lighting, equipment, tech crew, insurance, printing, licensing, & production.
$60 per dance auto-charged 3rd Fri in Nov. Non-refundable. Combo A: One ballet costume, Combo B: One tap costume, Combo C: One ballet & one tap costume, Other classes: One per class. Exceptions: No costume for Creative Movement, Praise, Boys, or Adult classes since they are not in the recital. We measure in Nov, order in Dec, and send home in the spring once they arrive & are paid in full. You may need to do minor alterations: pin straps, cut pant length, etc. For complicated alterations, contact us for seamstress recommendation.
Click here to view the 2023 Costume LookBook – an online catalog display of all the costumes in our show!
Wear correct shoes for uniformity. For a list of shoes per dance, see Show Order. Local provider: Carolina Connection.
🧦 Tights & Undergarments
Wear correct tights for uniformity. Nude undergarments if needed. Layer tights for quick changes. Purchase early to avoid delays! Combos, Ballet, & Pointe classes: Ballet pink footed tights. All other classes: Skin tone stirrup tights unless otherwise indicated. Caramel & Light Suntan are frequent choices. See all colors.
No bangs. Act 1: Low bun. Act 2: Low pony. Video below featuring Body Works Stylist, Emily Harris & model, Stella. Do before dress rehearsal & shows. For short hair, pin away from face. Pin hairpieces so they don’t fall on stage! Bring bobby pins, hairspray, & hairbrush for touch-ups.
Do before dress rehearsal & shows so dancers don’t appear washed out under stage lights. Foundation, neutral eye shadow, liner, mascara, blush, & red lipstick. Ages 4-7: blush & lipstick only if preferred.
Rehearsals are closed. One guardian only. Only staff allowed onstage & backstage. No running in theatre. No food, drinks in audience. No eating, drinking, or gum in costume. No jewelry, nail polish. No flash photos, videos. Cover-up costumes in audience. No valuables. Label items with name. Helpful items: Ziplocs for accessories, safety pins, & first aid items.
📖 Program Ads – Due Mar 1
Avertise your local business or display a good luck message to your dancer in our show program! Design your own or submit info for existing templates. All ads printed in B/W. Email ad content in PDF, JPEG, or PNG format by MAR 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|1/8 Page||Business card size:||3.5”w x 2.25“h||$25|
|1/4 Page||One image, short message||3.5”w x 4.75”h||$50|
|1/2 Page||Up to 2 images & message||7.5”w x 4.75”h||$75|
|Full Page||Up to 4 images & message||7.5”w x 10.00”h||$100|
📸 Picture Day: Sat, May 6
Ally D Photography. Text: 434-660-2583 or Email: email@example.com to schedule a 5 min photo slot between 10 AM – 2 PM. *Schedule longer slot for multiple costumes. All high-res digital images up to two costumes: $35. Each additional costume: $15. Pay at session. Cash, Check, PayPal, Venmo @aldawson1
🎭 Studio Rehearsals: May 1-9
At the studio. No regular classes. Regular dance clothes and shoes for dances. Dancers rehearse in time slots on different days & times than the regular year so we may space dances & finalize creative elements. Office is CLOSED while teachers are in rehearsals.
🤸🏼♀️Stage Rehearsal: Wed, May 10
At EC Glass. No costumes. Regular dance clothes & shoes. Run dances in show order. If we do dances more than once, we will do back-to back. Dancers watch from audience. One guardian allowed. Report backstage a number in advance. Dancers may leave after their last dance.
3:00 PM Staff only load-in
5:45 PM Act 1 to auditorium, sit with class
6:00 PM Act 1 Stage Rehearsal
7:30 – 9:00 PM Only the following dances: Int Lyrical, Adv Tap, Adv Jazz, Adv Modern, Adv Lyrical, Adv Hip Hop
💃 Dress Rehearsal: Thurs, May 11
Come in 1st costume, hair, & makeup! Bring items in bag or suitcase. Suitcases are helpful to drop items during quick changes and organize later! Due to busy dressing rooms, we recommend dancers change on their own. Practice changes beforehand! One guardian allowed at rehearsal if desired. Run dances in show order. If we do dances more than once, we will do back-to back. Dancers may watch from audience. Report backstage a number in advance. Teachers will take combos backstage from their seats.
3:00 PM Staff only
4:30 PM Act 1 to Dressing Room, sit with class in audience
5:00 PM Act 1 Dress Rehearsal
6:45 PM Dinner break if in both acts. Pack light dinner to eat in lobby.
7:15 – 9:30 PM Act 2 Dress Rehearsal. Pick-up in dressing room after their last dance.
👕 Dressing Rooms
Use ballet level or class name to determine.
|Combos||Cafeteria or Classroom||Enter lobby, pass theatre, go thru doors, turn right|
|Levels 1, 2, 3||Backstage upstairs right||Enter near loading dock, top floor, on right|
|Levels 4, Int, & Int/Adv||Backstage downstairs||Enter near loading dock, go up small stairs, room in front of you|
|Adv Level||Backstage upstairs left||Enter near loading dock, top floor, room on left|
|Boys in Multiple Dances||Classroom||Enter lobby, pass theatre, go thru doors, turn right|
|Teachers & Adult||Faculty Room||Enter near loading dock, go up small stairs, room on right|
|Only in one dance||Report to backstage door||Report at least 3 dances before|
|Alumni in Finale||Wear black||Meet backstage toward end of Act 2|
Come in 1st costume, hair, & makeup! Bring items in small bag or suitcase. Due to busy dressing rooms, we recommend staying seated once the show has begun and encourage dancers to handle changes on their own. Practice changes beforehand!
Friday, May 12
5:00 PM Staff only
6:00 PM Act 1 to dressing room. Combos come at 6:15.
6:30 PM Act 2 to dressing room. If only in 1 dance, may watch until 3 #s before.
7:00 PM Show. Pick-up in dressing room after their last dance.
Saturday, May 13
9:00 AM Staff only
10:00 AM Act 1 to dressing room. Combos come at 10:15.
10:30 AM Act 2 to dressing room. If only in 1 dance, may watch until 3 #s before.
11:00 AM Show. Pick-up in dressing room after their last dance.