Welcome to Your Spring Performance Guide
Our goal for our studio home is that all information is convenient, clear, and consistent. Please refer to this page for all pertinent information for the Spring Performance
We want to partner with our dance families to create a wonderful experience for all dancers and parents, so if you have a question or you’d like us to add something specific to this page for our collective dance family to benefit from, please email email@example.com
A big part of the dance training process includes learning through performance. The experience helps build self-esteem, self-assurance, and contributes to a sense of confidence. Although performance opportunities can help prepare some students for a possible career in dance, they also contribute to a student’s success in non-dance activities. That onstage experience can result in better in-school presentations, improved social skills, and strong interview skills for future college or job opportunities. The rehearsal process is a tremendous learning experience as well. It helps the children develop retention skills, and by working with their classmates on a group performance, they learn the positive aspects of working as a team to create the best end result.
Dedication to recital commitments is the responsibility of both students and their parents. We’ve created this handbook in an effort to clarify what we expect from you in terms of commitments and responsibility to the performance, the school, and other students and parents.
By allowing your child to participate in the “Holiday Diversion”, you commit yourself and/or your child to the following dates and events.
Make it your responsibility to keep abreast of this important information. Our goal is to make the recital an organized, exciting experience for everyone involved. It’s a team effort; students, their parents, teachers and the director are key players in the show’s success.
By participating/allowing your child to participate in the Baltimore School of Dance recital, you commit yourself and/or your child to our policies and the following dates and events.
Performance contract and Fee of $50
Recital tickets go on sale
During class times
Photo shoot during class and dress rehearsal
At the studio
Program ad deadline
At the studio
June 7 5:00-9:00pm
Tech Rehearsal (select classes)
At the studio
June 8 5:00-9:00pm
Tech Rehearsal (select classes)
At the studio
June 10 2:00-4:00pm
Individual times will be given at a later date
June 10th 4:00pm
June 10th 4:40pm
June 10th 5:00pm
House opens for audience
REHEARSAL / CLASS/ES DAY/TIME
2:00PM-4:30PM. PHYSICS OF DANCE MON & WED 5:15
2:00PM-3:00PM ABC'S OF DANCE TUES 3:15 & SAT 10:00
2:30PM-3:30PM ABC'S PREBALLET/JAZZ/TAP TUES 4:00 &
2:45PM-3:45PM. SATURDAY 12:45 BALLET AND WED POINTE
3:00PM-4:00PM MONDAY 7:00 BALLET
WEDNESDAY 7:00 BALLET
MONDAY 6:00 MODERN/CONTEMPORARY
Participation in the dress rehearsal is mandatory. The dress rehearsal allows the students to become familiar with the auditorium surroundings and feel comfortable with their performance, costume(s), and being onstage. Lighting, music cues, set changes, spacing, and all other logistics for an organized and professional performance are rehearsed so that the students make the best impression possible. If you/your child misses the dress rehearsal you/your child WILL NOT be allowed to perform. NO EXCEPTIONS.
We run an organized and timely dress rehearsal; your help with the process will guarantee a professional production. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to curtain time. Students should arrive with hair and makeup done. Please do not arrive without hair and makeup complete.
All students are required to participate in the final bows, 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. All students will remain in their last performance costume for the finale.
Students must respect other students’ space and property in the dressing rooms. The students will spend more time in the dressing rooms than onstage or in the auditorium, so please do your best to keep them organized and clean. No food or drink is allowed in the dressing rooms other than water. Backstage moms are necessary and are responsible for cleaning up after the children in their care.
One parent or guardian may accompany each student under the age of 12 to the dress rehearsal and are required to wait in the auditorium. Please, no siblings who do not dance! Additional attendees at the dress rehearsal will be subject to the full cost of a recital ticket.
Student Drop-Off and Pickup
Dress Rehearsal Drop-Off and Pickup
Parent or guardian should bring the students through the main entrance of the school to the hall outside the dressing room, where they will be checked in and placed under the supervision of their class mom(s). Parent or guardian must remain in the facility until his or her child(ren) have been dismissed. When a class has completed its last performance, the class mom will bring the group to the auditorium to be picked up. Parents (other than backstage moms) are not allowed in the dressing rooms once the children have been checked in for the rehearsal. No men should enter the dressing room at anytime. Absolutely NO ONE should enter the backstage area or dressing room via the stage or backstage door.
Dress Rehearsal Dismissal
Students will be dismissed from rehearsal once they have completed all of their routines.
Recital Performance Arrival and Dismissal
Parents or guardians should bring the students to the lobby, where they will be checked in and placed under the supervision of their class mom(s). Students will remain backstage for the entire performance. After the finale, the class mom will bring the group to the lobby to be picked up. Parents are not allowed in the dressing rooms after the children have been checked in for the recital.
- Parents are not allowed in the dressing rooms after the children have been checked in at the theater.
Please do not attempt to pick up your child during the performance. All students will be under the supervision of responsible adults and will be safe for the length of the performance. The dressing rooms will be stocked with various activities.
Recital Volunteer Information
Anyone interested in volunteering to help backstage is welcome and desperately needed. CLICK HERE FOR SIGNUP GENIUS There will be an orientation for all volunteers, and all must abide by the policies set forth by The Baltimore School of Dance. The recital weekend is a hectic experience; all volunteers must work in a cooperative manner at all times. Our backstage managers work very hard to put an efficient system in place, and we ask that all volunteers rely on their experience and follow their instructions. All volunteers will receive an identification badge at the dress rehearsal, which must be worn in the theater at all times. Please do not bring guests with you while you are volunteering.
Class mothers are needed for each class to supervise the dancers. They do not need a recital ticket and will be able to watch their children perform from the audience. Class moms must assure that each child in her care is safe and accounted for. They are responsible for making sure that each child is in the proper costume, has the proper accessories and shoes, and is backstage at the appropriate time. They are also responsible for seeing that all children return to their appointed dressing room after their performance.
If there are too many volunteers for one class, some may be asked to work with children from another class. During their class’ performances, room mothers leave the students at the stage door with their teacher and watch the dance from the back of the auditorium. Volunteers are not allowed to enter the stage area.
TUESDAY/SATURDAY ABC'S BALLET BUTTERFLIES
TUESDAY/SATURDAY ABC'S TAP MISS POLLY
TUES/SAT ABC'S PRE-BALLET TAP W/O MUSIC
TUES/SAT ABC'S PRE-BALLET BALLET
MONDAY MODERN DOLLHOUSE
MONDAY BALLET VILLAGERS
WEDNSESDAY JAZZ FULL JAZZ
WEDNESDAY BALLET SWANILDA AND FRIENDS IN SQUARE
WED POINTE/SATURDAY BALLET SWANILDA AND FRIENDS IN THE HOUSE
Costumes are included in youth tuition and will be distributed at the dress rehearsal ONLY IF all tuition and recital fees are paid. They may be taken home after the show.
Costumes are NOT included in adult tuition and are to be returned after the show unless you would like to purchase them.
Tights and shoes are not included in recital or tuition fees.
Please see class dress code page to purchase correct tights and shoes. CLICK HERE FOR DRESS CODE PAGE
Hair and Makeup
All female students are required to wear makeup for the recital and dress rehearsal: For the boys, a little blush works well. (See photos and youtube links below.)
Uniform hairstyles are required. All female students must wear their hair in a bun unless otherwise indicated. No bangs or beads are allowed. Dancers with short hair must pull their hair away from the face and slick it down. (See photos and links below.)
Stage makeup: CLICK HERE
Bun tutorial: CLICK HERE
DO NOT PLAN TO DO HAIR AND MAKEUP AT THE STUDIO!! THERE IS NOT ENOUGH TIME OR ROOM. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR CHILD'S HAIR AND MAKEUP DONE PRIOR TO ARRIVING AT THE DRESS REHEARSAL.
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 costume, tights, shoes, and any accessories, and refer to it to make sure you have all your supplies before going to the theater.
Bring at least one extra pair of tights of each color. Also bring extra hair gel, hair nets, bobby pins, and hairspray.
Tips: Other Handy Extras
- Baby wipes/Shout wipes (to fix makeup mistakes or wash hands)
- Baby powder (for itchy costumes)
- Safety pins (for emergency costume repairs)
- Clear nail polish (to repair minor holes or runs in tights when there isn’t time to change them)
- Your pain reliever of choice
- Band-Aids (the “invisible” kind)
Recital Photography and Videos
Class photos will be taken at the studio. All students are required to be present for their class picture. After the group photo shoot, students may choose to have solo portraits made in any or all of their costumes. There is no obligation to purchase photos. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your child’s scheduled time.
Dress Rehearsal and Photo Shoot Hair and Makeup
Consider it the same as a performance. All female students are required to wear makeup: lipstick, blush, eye shadow (not blue), and mascara. For the boys, a little blush works well. (See Children’s makeup sheet)
Uniform hairstyles are required. All female students must wear their hair in a bun unless otherwise indicated. No bangs or beads are allowed. Dancers with short hair must pull their hair away from the face and slick it down. Please see Ms. Amy for guidance on how to do short hair.
Photo and Video Purchase
Photos and video will be available for purchase through the ONLINE STORE on our website. Group pictures will be taken of all pieces. If you want an individual photo of your dancer, please see Ms. Amy to request it.
We will videotape the recital. No personal video cameras including cell phones are allowed in the auditorium. Video taping someone else’s child or choreography without permission is strictly prohibited! Anyone caught video taping will be asked to leave. The estimated cost of a video is $30.
Tickets go on sale online June 1 and cost $12 each in advance/$15 at the door. All studio accounts (tuition, costumes, etc.) must be paid in full before any family member may purchase recital tickets. Tickets will not be reserved without payment.
In an effort to create an organized and professional atmosphere, all tickets are reserved seating. Each member of the family must have a reserved seat. No children will be allowed to sit on a parent’s lap. If younger siblings would be uncomfortable remaining seated for two hours, please don’t bring them to the recital. Children who are running around the auditorium or crying are distracting to audience members. All of our recitals are considered family entertainment and are less than two hours in length.