2018 Recital Week
Information and Details for Families
DETAILS AT A GLANCE - MARK YOUR CALENDERS!
Recital Tickets on sale on line:
Tickets are for reserved seating.
Purchase your tickets on line at:
Advertisements and Boosters Due:
Provide camera ready artwork (high resolution JPEG or PDF) by email
Artwork is due by Friday, May 19th, 2017
RECITAL REHEARSAL WEEK: MAY 21st – 26th 2018
“Recital Dance Class Rehearsals” (required attendance, get this on your calendar!)
Not in costume. At the dance studio on Mon, Tues, & Wed. May 21-23.
See schedule for your rehearsal times.
“Recital Dress Rehearsals” (mandatory dress rehearsals)
Thursday & Friday - May 25th & 26th, 2017
In costume with full hair and makeup.
See schedule for times (and remember to arrive 30 minutes earlier than call time)
Attendance at the high school theater dress rehearsals are mandatory. For the safety of the students, failure to participate in the dress rehearsals may result in the student not being permitted to perform in the show on recital day.
Saturday, May 26th, 2018
Volunteers arrive by 11:30 AM to set up.
Student drop off by 12:00 PM
Showtime 1:00 PM
PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL THEATER
(Located on Forest Hill Blvd. just East of Lyons before the turnpike overpass)
Dear Parents and Students,
As a Performing Arts studio, many of our students perform on-stage throughout the year in musical theater productions, full-length ballets and dance concerts with Broadway Stars, Wellington Ballet Theatre, and Momentum Dance Company.
But, for some of you who are new to the stage, or enrolled solely in our school of dance, we are pleased to produce an end of the year showcase which offers our students a professionally directed performance that allows them to present to their families and friends the results of a year’s hard work, dedication, and progress.
For our fifteenth consecutive year, Dance Arts Conservatory Center for the Performing Arts will provide students with an exciting performance experience through its recital. The annual staple of the dance school, the recital conjures images of childhood and Americana for many. It’s a rite of passage for thousands of youngsters, a chance to shine in front of family and friends that they anticipate with excitement.
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 children’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.
For all of these wonderful reasons and more, we look forward to this recital season with each family!
It is our hope that this recital handbook will answer many of your general questions about how the recital process works. Please keep it on hand, and reference it as often as you wish so that you will remain clear about the recital process and your specific responsibilities as parents and guardians. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions!
Rocky & Dorie Duvall
As recital week approaches, all recital information and updates will be posted inside the studio or sent via email. If we do not have your email address it is your responsibility to check the bulletin board for all recital updates. Please make it your responsibility to keep abreast of this important information. It is our goal to make the recital experience organized and exciting for all involved. It’s a team effort: students, their parents, the teachers, and the director are all key players in the success of the show.
Recital Day - Backstage Moms Volunteers – Sign up now at the front desk!
For the safety of the children, we need plenty of Moms backstage to help the children on the day of the show! If you are not already signed up, and want to, now is the time to register at the front desk to volunteer in the dressing rooms to supervise the dancers backstage. Our backstage moms assure that each child is safe and accounted for and are responsible for making sure each child is in the proper costume, has the proper accessories and shoes, and is on stage at the appropriate time. They are also responsible for seeing that all children return to their appointed dressing room after their performance, and for making sure they are checked out safely into the hands of their parents. In order to help keep recital fees low, backstage moms will be still required to purchase a ticket. All volunteer moms should arrive at the high school by 11:30 on the day of the recital to help set up their backstage dressing rooms and wear solid red shirts so they are easily identified as being volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please see the front desk right away.
All props are the property of Dance Arts Conservatory and are to be returned to the backstage prop master after the performance. Props include such items as wigs, canes, parasols, beach balls, etc.
Tights and Shoes
Color and style of tights and dance shoes will be announced for each class and listed in the parent costume book on the front table. Please purchase new tights for the recital, and do not wear or wash them before the dress rehearsal or performance. (Note: Having a second pair of tights in their bag at the performance offers students and parents a great sense of security).
Hair and Makeup
Makeup for the recital; red lipstick, moderate blush, light eye shadow, and mascara are all acceptable. For the boys, a little blush works as well. Hair should be worn in a tight, slicked-back bun at the cheekbone line, and the hairpiece application will be announced in the costume book.
Costumes will be distributed to the students as they arrive, and when all outstanding balances for the season (including tuition) are paid in full. Costumes will not be released until studio balances have been paid in full. Upon receipt of costumes, please have your child try them on to see if alterations are needed and to verify that all pieces are included. Other than this, to ensure that there are no costume problems, students should not wear their costumes, accessories, or tights prior to the photo session, dress rehearsal, or performance.
No refunds will be made if a parent or guardian withdraws a child from the school after costumes have been ordered and prior to the recital. Parents or guardians may pick up purchased costumes at the school from the time of costume distribution and up to the performance. Costumes not picked up by the recital will be donated to charity.
We recommend that your child’s name be placed in all costumes, shoes, accessories, and tights. Place costumes in a garment bag with your child’s name on the outside. Pack accessories in a clear plastic bag with your child’s name on the bag and on each item. Hats should be stored in a hatbox or similar container to prevent damage. Press all costumes prior to the dress rehearsal and the performance. Please do not wash costumes in your washing machine; dry clean them only (after the recital).
THE RECITAL WEEK - REHEARSAL DAYS
The entire week of the recital, we are in what we call “Recital Production Week” and there are important rehearsals both at the studio and at the high school that you will need to attend.
“Recital dance class rehearsals” (required attendance, get this on your calendar!) are held at the dance studio on Mon, Tues, & Wed. May 21-23. The purpose of these rehearsals is for the students to have the chance to perform their numbers in front of their friends in other classes and also for the teachers to have the chance to do any final cleaning of the dance numbers. Please check the schedule to see what times your child should attend. (Need another look at the schedule? Look for Schedule for DAC Recital Week. It was sent out by email, is posted on the board at the studio, on our website in the schedule section, and is attached to the end of this letter for reference)
“Recital dress rehearsals” (mandatory dress rehearsals) Attendance at the high school theater dress rehearsals are mandatory. For the safety of the students, failure to participate in the dress rehearsals may result in the student not being permitted to perform in the show on recital day. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time. The dress rehearsal will be held at Palm Beach Central High School. The dress rehearsal allows the students to become familiar with the auditorium surroundings and feel comfortable with their performance, costume(s), and being on stage. Lighting, music cues, set changes, and all other logistics for an organized and professional performance are rehearsed so that the students make the best impression possible. We run an organized and timely dress rehearsal; your help with the process will guarantee a professional production. To keep the rehearsal as short as possible for each family, all dances will have a “scheduled time” for their rehearsal on stage. Rehearsal times for each class and dance will be announced prior to the rehearsal to notify every one of his or her rehearsal times. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time. (If you are not on stage at the scheduled time you will miss your opportunity to practice your dance on the stage! Don’t be late; we will stay on time for our rehearsal!) Please plan on being at the rehearsal for at least 2 hours. Students may arrive in their first performance costume. One parent or guardian should accompany each student to the dress rehearsal to remain with them in the auditorium and assist them with their costume changes. Please do not bring siblings who are not in dance, or any additional friends or family. As soon as your child has run all of his/her routines, they will be dismissed from the rehearsal. (Need another look at the Dress Rehearsal schedule? Look for Recital Rehearsal Schedule for Thursday, May 24/Friday, May 25. It was sent out by email, is posted on the board at the studio, on our website in the schedule section, and is attached to the end of this letter for reference)
THE RECITAL DAY
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 of your supplies before going to the theater. Bring at least one extra pair of tights in each color they will be performing in. Also bring extra hair gel, hair nets, bobby pins, and hairspray. Other handy extras include: Baby wipes/shout wipes, baby powder, safety pins, band-aids and clear nail polish to repair minor holes or runs in tights when there isn’t time to change them!
Recital Day - Back Stage Student Drop Off
Your child may be dressed in their first costume when they arrive. You should enter through the student back stage entrance next to the parking lot (not through the front of the theater lobby doors) Once inside, follow the posted hallway directions to sign your student in at their designated backstage dressing rooms at 12:00 pm.
With them they should have all costumes, dance shoes, accessories, and some favorite games or coloring books for fun. (All personal dance items should have your child’s name written clearly inside, especially on shoes and costumes!!!) We will also have small snacks and water in the dressing room for the children, but we encourage you to also send along additional snacks (provided they are not too sticky or messy – so that they do not get on your child’s costume!) Students must respect other students’ space and property in the dressing rooms. The students will spend more time in the dressing rooms than onstage, so please do your best to keep them organized and clean. We are always mindful that it is a privilege to use these dressing rooms during our show, and so we must all remember to treat them with respect!
When you drop your child off in the dressing rooms, make sure to sign them in with the group supervisor keeping in mind that whoever signs them in when they are dropped off, will need to be the person to sign them out after the show. You can also let the group supervisor know where you will be sitting in the auditorium so that in case your child needs you, we'll come get you right away!
Once you feel comfortable with your child's group arrangement, you may proceed back outside the building, to re-enter through the theater lobby.
DO NOT come backstage during intermission!!! This is a crucial time for many of our little dancers to be changing costumes so please respect their process and privacy by NOT visiting the backrooms mid-show! FOR THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN we don't want any traffic in the back rooms at all! If you are still feeling concerned about your little one and would like to be with him/or her backstage during the show, we welcome you to sign up as a volunteer in their dressing room as a backstage mom! (Please sign up on the list at the front desk ASAP).
Can my Child Leave During the Show?
& After the Show Procedure
Students are required to stay until the end of the show for finale bows. FOR THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN, we will not permit any parents backstage for pick-up until all of the children have been returned to their dressing rooms. Once they are all safely returned to their backstage dressing rooms, they will remain dressed in their final costume, and the parents will be permitted backstage to sign them out. Remember, the parent or guardian who signs them in must be the same one to pick them up.
MORE RECITAL INFORMATION
Backstage Recital Moms
Moms are invited to sign up to volunteer in the dressing rooms and supervise the dancers backstage. Our backstage moms must assure that each child in her care is safe and accounted for and 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. In order to help keep recital fees low, backstage moms will be still required to purchase a ticket. All volunteer moms should arrive at the high school by 11:30 on the day of the recital to help set up their backstage dressing rooms and wear solid red shirts so they are easily identified as being volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please see the front desk right away
Can Backstage Moms Still “See” their Childs Dance Numbers Performed Onstage?
Yes, a backstage mom can either watch the dance close up from the stage wings or go out to the house to see the dance number performed on stage from the audience.
Recital Ticket Policy
All studio accounts (tuition, costumes, etc.) must be paid in full before any family may purchase recital tickets. This year, tickets are reserved seating and are on sale online. Tickets are $25.00 and are purchased at: dac.ticketleap.com/dance-recital-2018/
Video and Flash Photography
Absolutely no video recording is permitted (including hand-held phones or video cameras) in the auditorium on the day of the recital. “Lightening Video” will be on site to take a professional recording of the performance, and DVD’s will be available for purchase. You may get on that order list at the front desk, or contact Lightening Video directly at (561)641-8181, or order online through their website www.lightningvideos.com ).
Flash photography is a serious distraction and safety issue for our dancers on stage.
PLEASE DO NOT USE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!
No eating, drinking, or smoking is allowed in the auditorium, but drinks and snacks are permitted in the lobby. Please visit our concession stand at intermission. All of the proceeds contribute to our non-profit charitable organization (Wellington Community Theatre) to raise money for our Wellington Ballet Theatre and Broadways Stars Performing Arts programs.
Recital Costume Photos
We are pleased to refer you to Masterpix Photography if you would like to have professional photographs taken of your child in costume. To schedule a photoshoot, contact Jacob Master at (561) 248-2741 or email at Dontblink@masterpix.biz
Boosters & Advertisements
We put a lot of heart into creating a memorable recital program for the children so that they will have a beautiful keepsake of their special dance debut! Would you like to include a booster or photograph in our show program to celebrate your child's performance? Advertisement space is also available for local businesses. All artwork must be camera ready and be submitted by email (high resolution JPEG or PDF) by Friday, May 19th.
Specs & Prices are:
Half-page (3.75h x 4.75w) $60
Full-page (7.75h x 4.75w) $110
Thank you for your continuing business and for your cooperation in making this recital the best it can be! If you ever have any questions, please always feel free to contact us by email email@example.com or (561) 296-1880. Your help and support with this creative process will make this year’s recital a successful one!
Last Revised 05/09/2018