2014 Spring Concert (Recital) Info

Hey Parents!  If you did not receive this as an email, please let me know!  That means I don’t have a current email address for you in my Parents group in Gmail and you may be missing important information.

Here it is!  Your go-to guide for our Spring Concert! You might want to flag or star this email in your inbox so that it’s easy to find as we go through the next month and a half of recital prep.  Just a quick reminder: please make sure that unless your dancer is sick, they are in class and on time until the end of the year.  We make changes to the dances every week and when dancers are missing or late is slows us down.  As silly as it may sound, please check the schedule and make sure you know what time classes begin and err on the side of being a little early.  I know that we’re human and things like sickness and traffic jams happen, but we’ve had a lot of dancers missing and late to class recently.  I don’t want our recital dances to suffer!


Back to recital info!  If you have any questions that I don’t address in this email please let me know!


Recital will be held at South Doyle Middle School at 1pm on May 17.  Dancers need to arrive at the theater no later than noon on the day of the show.  I will have a cast list and check off dancers as they arrive.  We may need to run of the dances on stage before the show, so please be there on time!


The fee for the Spring Concert is $25 per dancer this year.  This goes to cover auditorium rental and other production expenses as we will not be charging for tickets.  Many local studios charge a fee AND make friends and family purchase tickets.  I want you to bring your entire family and everyone you know to our concert to celebrate the hard work your dancer has put in all year.  For this reason, a fee is necessary.  This fee is now past due.  If you have not paid, please do so the next time you’re at the studio.


How the Spring Concert Runs

Our Spring Concert is just as much a celebration of the work the dancers put in at the studio as it is the work and time you as parents put in getting them to class on time, dressed in the right clothes with their hair just so.  Often parents are required to change their dancer’s costumes, spend the show dashing from the audience to backstage, and end up missing their dancer’s performance.   For that reason, I ask that parents enjoy the show from auditorium.  Ms. Annie, Ms. Jen, and I will all be backstage staffing the show in addition to any of my dance friends I can rope in to help with costume and shoe changes.  Hair will stay the same and only shoes and costumes will change.  This also allows the dancers to be a little more independent and manage their own backstage time.  Rest assured that your dancers will be safe and happy backstage!


Please no food or drink backstage.  Dancers who are in 3 or more dances may have water backstage to stay hydrated, but the show is short and we don’t need to have lots of crazy snacks and beverages going on.  Chugging water backstage leads to lots of bathroom trips and it’s inconvenient for dancers to need to use the restroom right before they run out on stage.  Please make sure your dancer uses the bathroom before they go backstage.


Dress Rehearsal and Pictures

This year we have the school reserved for the dress rehearsal so mandatory Dress Rehearsal will be held Friday, May 16 at South Doyle Middle at 6pm.  It is incredibly important that ALL DANCERS attend dress rehearsal. Dress rehearsal is our practice run for the big day so dancers must be in FULL COSTUME and MAKEUP.  This is our one chance to make sure that straps are the right length, hair isn’t going to fall down, and see how long it takes for quick changes.  The past two years we have done Dress Rehearsal at the studio, but with our growing enrollment and the addition of the wall closing in the small studio, this would be impossible this year.


Dress Rehearsal is run in the order of the show.  Many of our dancers have quick changes and need to practice running the show exactly as it will happen at the show.  Dancers are encouraged to stay and watch the other classes (this may be their only chance to see them), but are free to go after they are done dancing.  At the recital, all dancers will stay backstage until the end of the show when they will come out for final bows.  The only exception is our Creative Movement class.  These dancers will be backstage for the first half of the show and then will be released to their parents in the theater.


Pictures will be done at the studio on Thursday, May 8 by Photoplay Studios.  Neil and Elizabeth have done our pictures in the past and are fantastic.  I know that most of you do not attend class on a Thursday night, but this was our best option as we can’t do pictures at the school.  (Knox County doesn’t allow anything to be sold on their property and families will be ordering and paying for pictures the day of the shoot.)  Even if you do not intend to order photos, please plan to attend the day of pictures.  Both of the composites we have from the past two years have every dancer who performed on stage in them.  I will be sending out a schedule for pictures and you will not have to stay the whole time.  Just arrive shortly before your scheduled time ready to have your picture taken and then you may leave.



All dancers are required to wear stage makeup.  The purpose of stage makeup is to make the facial features of the dancer visible to the audience.  From a distance, eyes and lips can appear small or even disappear when on stage.  The distance from the audience and the stage lights wash out a dancer’s facial features, so stage makeup is applied just like regular makeup only a little heavier.  Dancers need to wear neutral colored eyeshadow such as brown and mauve tones (no blue or light purple, please), blush (either brown or pink), eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick (a dark pink/red shade that flatters their skin, not brown). Younger dancers (7 and under) may forego the eyeliner.  Glitter is acceptable in small amounts. (Because being sparkly is fun.)


Creative Movement dancers do not need to wear mascara, but they do need eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, and maybe some eyeliner if you can swing it.  I want you to be able to see their smiling faces!



All dancers will have their hair in a low bun.  There’s little opportunity to take hair down, put it up, take it down, etc in addition to the already quick changes many of our dancers will have.  So even our hip hoppers need to have a bun for uniformity.  (The ONLY exception is my Tuesday 10yr and up Hip Hop class who will be closing the show.  They will wear their hair half up.  We will talk about this more during class.)


To make your bun, you need a ponytail holder, hair pins, bobby pins, and a hairnet that matches your hair color fairly closely.  Start with a low ponytail, twist the ponytail clockwise, then wrap the ponytail around the base clockwise.  Pin with hairpins until secure, wrap the hair net around the bun, and secure hairnet with bobby pins.  If you need hair help, please don’t hesitate to ask.  I’m a bun master after years of modern dance and I can teach you how.  PLEASE make sure that you know how to do a bun before dress rehearsal and the concert because I’m going to be running around crazy and may not have time to do your dancer’s hair.


If your dancer has short hair, let me look at it the next time you’re at the studio and we’ll decide what’s best for recital.  It needs to be back as much as possible.  If you’re worried about doing a bun, see me.  I’ll give you a quick bun lesson.  It’s easier than you think.



Dancers MUST have the appropriate shoes for the dances they are in: pink ballet slippers, tan jazz shoes, bare feet or dance paws (foot undies) for lyrical, bare feet for modern.  Hip hop dancers need to have black, low-top Converse sneakers.  The ones you can buy at Target with the white star on the side (Converse One Star) are perfectly acceptable, as are the often more expensive Converse with no star (strangely called Converse All Stars despite their complete lack of stars.)  Target usually sells these for around $30, but you can also find them at Kohls, Journeys, Shoe Carnival, etc.  I’m all about getting the best deal on these.  Keep in mind that these are to be DANCE SHOES ONLY as no street shoes are allowed in the studio.  Please do not wear these to school and then to dance.



Here’s the break down of items your dancer will need in addition to their costume and any special requests.  All hair pieces will go to the right of the dancers bun.


Monday Hip Hop – Let it Out

Black low top Converse with no-show socks.  No tights needed.

These costumes will need a form fitting, white camisole tank top underneath for modesty.  I think almost okay to wear without since there is a jacket over the orange top, but they will be more comfortable with a little extra coverage.


Monday Jazz – Happy

I think these are good as is.  No tights necessary, though you can wear tights underneath if you need them for another dance.  Tan jazz shoes


Monday Ballet

Pink tights, pink ballet shoes


Monday Beginning Tap – Surf’s Up

Tan tights, tan tap shoes


Monday & Thursday Ballet/Jazz – Bein’ Green & I Got You

Tan footed tights that go down into their shoes.  Tan jazz shoes, pink ballet shoes

You all know the drill for which pieces for which dance.  Sequin stuff for jazz, tulle tutu for ballet.  Flower headband for both, flower on the right.  We will not wear the halter part of the leotard for ballet or jazz since they don’t fit everyone quite right.

Tuesday Hip Hop – Weekends

Black Converse with no show socks.  No tights necessary.  We will wear our hair half up and talk about this a bit more in class


Tuesday Jazz 10-12yrs – Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That

Tan Jazz shoes, no tights necessary

These dancers have not yet gotten to try on their costumes as they just finally all came in.  We had a couple sizes on backorder.  They will try on outfits on Tuesday.


Tuesday Jazz 13&up – Grace Kelly

Tan tights, tan jazz shoes


Tuesday Ballet 10-12yrs –

Pink tights, pink ballet shoes.

These dresses will need a nude leotard underneath as they are gorgeous white.  They are lined, but the dancers will be more confident with a nude leotard underneath.   These also just all arrived, so we will try them on next Tuesday.


Tuesday Ballet 13&up – Team

Pink tights, pink ballet shoes


Tuesday Lyrical – All of Me

Tan footless or convertible tights, bare feet.

I’m still working on making these look less wedding dress-ish.  Ugh.  We’ll sort something out and I’ll provide the supplies/do the alterations


Tuesday Modern – Social Butterflies

Tan footless tights, bare feet

Trying these on Tuesday


Wednesday Pointe

Pink tights, pointe shoes

We’ll try these on Wednesday.


Wednesday Special Needs – Girl on Fire

Tan tights, tan taps


Wednesday Adult Ballet

Pink tights, pink ballet shoes

I just got the white leotards in, so we’ll try those on next week


Wednesday Adult Modern – Say Something

Tan footless tights, bare feet (unless Annie says otherwise)

One of these is still on backorder, but the other 3 were on my porch today.  Hooray!  We’ll try on the 3 we have next week.


Thursday & Saturday Creative Movement – Sing a Song

White footless tights, bare feet

I initially thought tan tights, but those are going to be hard to find outside of a dance shop.  I think white footless tights are the way to go.


Thursday & Monday Ballet/Jazz – Bein’ Green & I Got You

Tan footed tights that go down into their shoes.  Tan jazz shoes, pink ballet shoes

You all know the drill for which pieces for which dance.  Sequin stuff for jazz, tulle tutu for ballet.  Flower headband for both, flower on the right.  We will not wear the halter part of the leotard for ballet or jazz since they don’t fit everyone quite right.


Thursday Leaps & Tricks

Tan tights, tan jazz shoes


Thursday Intermediate Tap – You Should Be Dancing

Tan tights, tan taps

These should be here soon.


Thursday Company Dances

You all know what to do!  Same things from competition


Thursday Advanced Tap – Dirty Boogie

Tan tights, tan taps


**Please make sure all tights are free of holes, shoes are clean and fresh looking, and leotards, pants, etc are in good condition.**


If I make any changes to these costume requirements I will let you know immediately.  You may order shoes or tights from me at the studio or purchase them at the local dance shops (Dancers Den or Dancer’s Shoppe)


Names in the Program

I will use the name and spelling on dancers’ registration sheets for the program listings.  I will have a print out of the cast with everyone’s name spelled the way I think it’s supposed to be at the studio the next few weeks.  Please check with me to make sure I have the correct spelling and name (in cases where someone goes by a middle name or nickname) to prevent any crazy program listings.




Summer Info


Our 6-week Summer Session will run from June 2-July 18 (no classes the week of July 4).  Summer session is not mandatory, but highly encouraged, and I’m working on the summer schedule now.  Dancers lose a lot of technique when they don’t train regularly and summer is no exception.  Also keep in mind that summer is a great time to dip your toe in the pool and try out new classes.  Does your ballerina want to try Hip Hop?  Does your Jazzy Diva want to try out some tap?  I’m looking to add some more classes over the summer, so if there’s something you’re interested in taking, please let me know!


I’ll let you know more info about week long camps as soon as I finalize the details and I’m hoping to have some Saturday Workshops over the summer as well!  There are a lot of talented dancers and teachers in Knoxville and the surrounding areas and I want to bring them to RDS to share their knowledge.  Please let me know if you have any workshop requests, too!


Zumba® and Strength/Cardio classes will take a short break between May 17 and June 2 and then continue on our regular schedule (Monday and Wednesday at 7:30pm, and Saturday at 10am) throughout the summer, with the exception of the week of July 4.  If you haven’t tried a class yet, you should!  Your first class is free and after that, individual classes are $6.  No dance experience is necessary!  I’ll teach you everything you need to know in the hour that you’re there.



Congratulations!  You made it through all the information!  I know it was quite a lot.  It took a loooong time to write!


We will NOT be allowed to sell DVDs, T-shirts, or concessions at the recital so I will have DVD preorder information coming your way soon.


Registration for Summer AND Fall semesters will be opening soon.  Our schedule will remain mostly the same, but I need to double check with my teachers availability before making any tweaks.


Thanks for all of the time and energy you devote to your dancers!  Ms. Annie, Ms. Jen, and I greatly appreciate your allowing us to teach your children!

Ms. Valerie

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