CHANGES FROM LAST YEAR: • Why is my student only performing at one recital, and not both like last year? Based on our survey results and CenterStage’s student growth within this past year, we are trying our very best to keep recitals to under 2 hours in length. This is challenging with 200 dance students! It is our expectation that students Level 4 and up will continue to dance in all recitals. A break down of which classes perform at either performance will be posted in the lobby at CenterStage a month before recital.
• If I have a child in each recital, do I need to buy two DVDs? Possibly! Greg Rodenius, our videographer, has put together a great and affordable package, allowing families to customize their DVD orders. Please see your Recital Webpage for more information! COSTUMES • Does my child need to arrive in his/her first costume? Yes! • Is jewelry allowed? If so, what kind? Why or why not? No jewelry. This includes bracelets, necklaces, all earrings, etc. If it is not part of the costume, it can be distracting. There is also potential for it to be lost, or catch on a costume. •What type and position on head should bun/hairstyle be? Student’s hair should be parted over their left eye, with a low bun as close to the nape of the neck if possible. If a student’s hair is too short to pull into a bun, it can be parted and slicked back. Students can choose to pay $10 to have this done the morning of the recital! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your appointment! Click here for a video demonstration! •What is the placement for costume hair accessories? Please ask your student’s instructor. •Are hair accessories other than those provided with the costume allowed? No. •Is hair/body glitter or shimmer spray allowed? No. •What kind of makeup should dancers have? What color palettes are acceptable? There is no specific make up or color palette. Students should have at least rouge and lipstick on. Heavy street make-up is encouraged. •Do dancers need a specific style/color of shoe or add-on shoe accessory? Students should wear the dance shoes they wear for class. Confirm with your instructor that you have the correct style and color. •Are students allowed to watch the recital? Dancers must stay backstage during the duration of the recital, even if they are only in one number. This is to prevent distractions such as entering and exiting the theatre and to keep backstage running smoothly. •When can my dancer change out of his/her last costume into street clothes? After their final bows! •What is your policy on undergarments under costumes? Panties cannot be worn under tights for young students. This created bunching and can they can almost always be seen from the audience. Older students must have correct dance undergarments that are not visible under the costume. Each student in our Level 4/Elementary classes and up should have received a nude leotard with their costume. This leotard will help cover any undergarments and make the student more comfortable to change in the dressing room.
DRESSING ROOM •Who is allowed in the dressing room with my dancer? We have allowed time before the performance for mothers or legal female guardians to prepare their dancer. Once the performance begins, we encourage all mothers/guardians to enjoy the show. We have volunteers and teachers backstage to take care of our students. •What if I have more than one dancer participating in the show? Each student is assigned a dressing room with their specific level. •Will I be expected or required to send someone to change my child between dances if I can't? No, we have volunteers and teachers in place to help prepare students for multiple dances. We also have a special location for any quick changes in between numbers. •Will there be someone to check my child's costume before he/she goes onstage/to holding area to make sure all pieces are there and being worn properly, or is this my responsibility? Yes. This is the job of the volunteers and teachers. •What if my child's hair or makeup needs to be touched up between dances? The volunteers and teachers will also take care of this. •Is my child allowed to leave the dressing area alone? Must I be there to escort him/her if he/she needs to leave? All students will be escorted to the stage, or restroom by their dressing room volunteers. •Will the dressing room be monitored by a responsible adult at all times? Yes. We have adults supervising each room. •Where are the restrooms located? Restrooms are located in the lobby of CenterStage. Students should not do hair or make-up in the lobby restrooms. •May I take photos in the dressing area? No, because there may be some students changing. We encourage photos to be taken in the lobby or on stage between shows. •Are food and drinks allowed in the dressing area? If so, what kind? Only bottled water. Our recitals are not long enough to have snacks or anything that could stain a costume or spill. •Are electronics allowed in the dressing area? If so, what are the rules regarding their use? No, our recitals are not long for a student to need to bring any electronics. If a student should decide to bring a phone, ipad, or some other electronic, CenterStage is not responsible for that item being lost or damaged. •Should I send something to keep my child busy between dances? If you wish, although we will have activities. •Where do I pick my child up after the recital? After each performance, parents may greet their student at the stage. Classes will be dismissed by level. •Are flowers allowed in the dressing area? Yes
OTHER QUESTIONS •Will yearbooks be on sale before recital day? Yes. •Will tickets be assigned seating? Yes. •Will tickets be available at the door? Yes, but availability is not guaranteed. Tickets purchased at the door will be available just 1 hour before the show starts. Purchases at the door will automatically be assigned the best available seats. •Is there a limit on the number of tickets allowed sold per family? No. •If dancers would like to attend the show they are not performing in, must we purchase a separate ticket for them? If CenterStage students are not in that particular performance, they must purchase a ticket. •Will there be flowers for sale in the auditorium? We are working with our usual florist to see if this is an option this year! •Will there be concessions? Yes. All proceeds from concessions will go to our dance scholarship fund! •What is the parking situation? We are encouraging our families to make arrangements to carpool with other family members as much as possible. All of our staff, students who drive, and volunteers will be parking on the side and behind the building to allow more parking in the front.
Overflow parking is available across the street at the Public Utilities Building. We will also be providing a golf cart to help ferry people up the hill or across Hancock Street if needed.
*We have had audiences larger than 200 people attend our SpringBoard shows this year, with very people having to park across the street. We have a good system and knowledge staff to help park vehicles. Additionally, our cap for recital audience members is 200. •What if my child has a food allergy - how can I ensure his/her safety around others' snacks? Please confirm with us that we have their food allergy on file. We will make sure that the Volunteers are aware of this. We will not be providing shared snacks, and will encourage students to not share snacks. •Will a performance class order be provided prior to the first show? Yes, it is currently posted on your recital webpage. •What is auditorium etiquette in between shows? After each recital, all students and parents will need to clear the auditorium, so we can clean, sound check, and reset for the next performance.
RECITAL BAG CHECKLIST • Costumes - labeled and in bags • Correct number and colors of tights • All necessary dance shoes • All costume and hair accessories • Cover-up (robe or button-up shirt) • Street clothes for after recital • Ponytail holders or no-snag rubber bands • Hair pins or bobby pins • Hair nets if needed • Hairspray • Makeup kit • Safety pins • Cotton pads or q-tips for makeup • Makeup removal wipes • Band-AIDS • Alcohol or antiseptic wipes • No-spill water bottle • Approved snacks • Tissues
What Our CS Family is Saying
"THANK YOU for caring about about the WHOLE child, for costumes & choreography & music that are age appropriate...THANK YOU! For the self confidence I see you cultivating & nurturing in not only my child but so many others...THANK YOU! For the COURAGE to take on this task & follow your heart...THANK YOU! My daughter would not be where or who she is today without her CenterStage family. With every ounce of my soul, I THANK YOU!" - Jennifer Moore
"Thank you for creating a performing arts studio and not just another competitive dance studio. I am grateful to be a part of a studio where all the girls are accepted and are offered many things to choose from, beyond dance so they can explore so many different avenues of the performing arts! I so appreciate that when my daughter graduates she is going to take with her all the wonderful memories from class, the friendships she has made, and the life lessons she learned from you guys!" - Deanna Rice
"CenterStage is not a place. It's the people" - Christian Bare, Instructor and Director
"I cannot say enough positive things about Centerstage. The teachers, staff and kids are so kind, caring and encouraging to each other. The support is unbelievable! My daughter has made amazing friends at this studio, many of whom are much older than she is, but they have helped coach and encourage her along the way and she looks up to them so much. I greatly appreciate the modest recital costumes and clothing, they are very much age appropriate. Perhaps most of all however, is the dedication of the owners and teachers. They truly pour their heart and soul into this studio and the children that attend it." - Jessica Vaughn
"Thank you for giving me a new family and a new place to call home. I owe who I am today to the CS Family." - Christian Wilken, Instructor from Nebraska