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Recital 2018 Information
 
We realize that all the information in this letter is a lot to remember and take in at once, but it is essential you read it and refer back to it so that your children enjoy a wonderful performance experience and that your "supporting role" as a parent is as stress free as possible. This letter will also be posted, with all the other pertinent end-of-season information on our website: www.realdancestudio.com.

Finished Photos: On April 8th, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., you will have the opportunity to view and purchase the photos that were taken by Donner Photographic on picture day. At this time, you may reserve space for your child’s individual photo to appear in the keepsake recital program. We thank you for supporting this effort in order to be able to provide your guests who attend our show this lovely program book at no additional charge. There are no charges incurred by you for the group photos that will appear in the program. Remember,you get a free business ad if you place an individual photo of your dancer in the program!
The fees for individual space are as follows:
1/4 page- $65. 1/2 page- $100. Full page- $200.
Please have your text ready for your individual program ads!

Tickets/Digital Download Fee
Also on April 8th your ticket orders should be turned in. Tickets are $25. Please turn in an envelope and on the front, list the following information: student’s first and last name, number of tickets needed, amount of money enclosed or credit card number, name as it appears on card and expiration date or if we have your card on file you may just write “on file”.
There is no minimum on tickets. **NEW THIS YEAR**- On April 8th, the $40 digital download fee for participation in the recital will be charged to your card on file. A link to the digital version of the entire recital will be emailed to you a few weeks after the recital. There is absolutely no recording or photographing the recital and now it is completely unnecessary. Please remind your guests of this! Parent volunteers do not need a recital ticket.If you do not turn in your ticket orders by April 8th you will lose your place in the seating order, which is determined by when you registered. The first person pre-registered back in Spring of ’17 will be seated the furthest forward. Please remember the first few rows are reserved for graduating seniors and RealDance staff and faculty. Every family must order their own tickets and cannot place an order for or combine with someone else.

Dress Rehearsal - Broward College North Campus, Omni Auditorium,1000 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

Dress rehearsal is Wednesday, May 2nd and mandatory for all recital participants. Doors will be unlocked at 4:00 so we may start at 4:30. If you arrive before 4:00 we will not yet be ready to receive you so please do not arrive too early.

At the entrance of the theater, you will find tables set up with packets for you to pick up before you enter. Inside this packet you will find your order of program, pre-registration information and forms and badges and backstage volunteer line up sheets if you are a volunteer. Attached to this packet will be your wristband that you must immediately remove and put on your wrist in order to enter the building. A security guard will be checking those wristbands and they are instructed to not permit entry to any non-performing person, adult or child, who is not wearing a wristband. Be sure you are prepared! ONLY ONE ADULT PER DANCER FAMILY WILL BE ADMIITTED AT DRESS REHEARSAL!!


This is a strict, no exceptions policy that you have signed off on as well as the policy that states that your child must remain backstage for the recital. We did this before ordering your child’s costumes because we’d like to avoid any misunderstanding at the dress rehearsal and recital. These security measures are taken for the safety of all the children. Unfortunately we live in a world now where these procedures are necessary. We take security very seriously and breaches of security will result in the immediate dismissal of any person who permits entry to any person not wearing a wristband, no matter who that person is. If there is any measure of security you feel you cannot comply with please do not have your child participate in the performance. We want to continue to permit parents to attend dress rehearsal and not transition to a closed rehearsal so let’s all do our part in adhering to the rules. It is the responsibility of ALL of us to keep our children safe! Remember, we are trying to co-ordinate a cast of over 275 dancers, most under the age of 12. Thank you!

Once you've entered the building, please be seated in the designated row for your child's class. If they're in multiple classes sit with the one that performs first in the program. Their first costume is for the first dance they will perform in the actual recital, not what they wore first on picture day! (copies of the order of the program will be posted in the studio and on the website prior to dress rehearsal. We will call up one class at a time to line up on the stage to rehearse the bows. Further directions will be given from that point on before we start. The dancers should be in full costume and make up, as they were for pictures. Please be sure that there are no bows sticking out of your child's ballet shoes. Remember: no underwear or ANY jewelry is to be worn. Also, be sure your child's name and/or initials are in every single costume piece, hairpieces, shoes and tights, even earrings (use a marker for initials). Please do not use their "recital" tights for dress rehearsal, save those for the actual performance. The tights they wear for class are fine for dress rehearsal.

**NEW THIS YEAR**- We will start with the following 3 and 4 year old classes first: Tuesday 4:10 (Miss Chloe), Friday 3:50 and 4:50 (Miss Alexa), Saturday 9:00 (Miss Suzanne) and Saturday 10:30 (Miss Suzanne) so that the children may leave when they are finished or proceed into the audience to watch their dancing siblings and the rest of the dancers. ON THE DAY OF THE RECITAL THOSE CLASSES WILL BE DISMISSED TO THEIR PARENT AT THE END OF ACT 1!

We will then line up the FINALE/Bows with the rest of the dancers, and after that is rehearsed, run the show from beginning to end without stopping in order to rehearse quick costume changes. We will NOT have an intermission between the 2 acts for rehearsal. When your dancer needs to change costumes, they may use the large dressing room backstage. Please do not use the restrooms to change your dancer as not only do you risk missing their next dance, there are often dancers needing to use the bathroom having to wait for someone who is changing costumes in a stall.

One of the reasons it's encouraged to watch rehearsal is pre-registration is that Saturday and it is a good opportunity to see what the other classes are doing so you have a point of reference when registering for next season. Please do not let your child run around and distract the dancers who are on stage rehearsing. In the past,we have had to stop the rehearsal to ask children to return to their seats and watch quietly. Keep in mind that each parent is responsible for supervising their own child at dress rehearsal; class parent volunteers are for recital day only. We hope to be finished by 8:30-9:00 PM. We realize it's a "school night" and we will move things along as quickly as possible. Last year there were food trucks outside on the day of the recital, but not rehearsal. If you're scheduled to be there through your child's dinner hour, please pack something for them to eat.

PRE REGISTRATION: Pre registration begins on Saturday, May 5th at 12 noon. There will be more information about pre registration inside the packet you receive at dress rehearsal. Register early to ensure not only your reserved class space, but priority seating for next year’s recital! Popular classes fill quickly and we hate disappointing any of our families. Also, when pre-registering you "lock in" to the 2018 tuition rate. If you are unsure of your class selection, turning in your form and registration fee holds your place in the ticket order for next season.

Recital at BROWARD COLLEGE NORTH CAMPUS, OMNI AUDITORIUM
Recital day is Saturday, May 12th. All dancers must be backstage no later than 11:30 am for the 12:00 pm show. **NEW THIS YEAR**- On recital day, dancers should enter the theater and then dancers should be brought up to the stage with their costumes so they can be brought to their dressing room by ONE PARENT ONLY if they need assistance. We're hoping to keep the backstage area cooler this way by not using the side door entrance. We will do our best to help dancers arriving with costume racks since they need to be lifted on to the stage as there is no ramp. Once the dancer is with their class, if you are not a volunteer, you will exit back out into the audience from the stage. Dancers must remain backstage for the entire performance and all classes will be brought on stage for the finale. Please send smaller children with something to keep them busy while waiting for their turn to dance- e.g.: coloring books and crayons, a doll, puzzles, etc. (no markers please!!). You may also pack bottled water, and makeup and hair supplies for touch ups. We will have some snack items (pretzels, goldfish, NO PEANUTS PLEASE) but you might want to send something to snack on. Please be sure that whatever you send, it should be something that cleans up easily if spilled- that is why water only is permitted backstage.

IF YOUR CHILD REQUIRES AN EPIPEN WITH THEM BACKSTAGE YOU MUST TURN THAT IN TO MISS SUZANNE AT THE START OF THE SHOW. PLEASE CONFIRM WITH US THAT WE HAVE YOUR CHILD ON THE LIST OF THOSE THAT REQUIRE EPIPENS!

As with any theatrical production, there will be absolutely NO VIDEO RECORDING OR PHOTOGRAPHY permitted during the performance. This is also for the privacy and safety of the dancers and comfort of all audience members. Please ask your guests to observe this rule as well. We have hired private security to help ensure that there are no flash photos or videos and the Omni Center ushers will stop any recording or photography they see. Please understand that many people are not comfortable with the possibility that video of their child may end up on a website like YouTube or Facebook without their permission. We ask that you respect the privacy of the other children in your child's class and do not videotape. We do not prevent you from recording dress rehearsal however if you do, you must zoom in and record your own child only. We feel VERY strongly about respecting the privacy of each child. The relatively new phenomenon of viral YouTube videos has made this sort of recommendation necessary. We cannot control the situation 100%, but can only hope that parents work together to be certain everyone feels comfortable and secure. This is why we go to the time and trouble of having the show professionally recorded and photographed so you do not feel obligated to do that yourself, and can "stay in the moment", enjoy the show and not be concerned about recording. If you observe audience members recording during the performance please note their seat number in an email and send to realdancestudio@aol.com immediately. Doing so helps us to inform the ushers and security who are in charge of that.

We will need parent volunteers to stay backstage with each class. If no parents are willing to stay backstage for any one class, babysitters can be arranged for an additional charge to each parent in that class. If you’d like to recommend your babysitter, please give all the contact information to Jessica. Please see the attached form that may be filled out and returned to us in order to sign up to volunteer.

5, 10, and 15 Year Students and Demonstrators: We will be presenting these very special dancers at the end of Act 1 as always. Please be sure your child knows that they’re going to be presented, and not to change into their next Act 2 costume until after the presentation.

**NEW THIS YEAR**- At the end of Act 1, we will be dismissing the following classes: Tuesday 4:10 (Miss Chloe), Friday 3:50 and 4:50 (Miss Alexa), Saturday 9:00 (Miss Suzanne) and Saturday 10:30 (Miss Suzanne). You may pick up at the glass doors on the right side of the theater, up the ramp. Please take note of where that is on dress rehearsal day. If you wish to go back into the audience with them to watch the rest of the show, they will require a ticket if they sit in a seat.

POST RECITAL DISMISSAL PROCEDURE FOR ALL OTHER DANCERS: At the end of the performance, we will be dismissing the children right from the stage, meaning you will not pick them up where you dropped them off - even competition team kids! When the show is over we ask that ONE PARENT remain in the theater. We will start with the youngest children first, bringing them class-by-class in front of the closed curtain and the backstage Moms will have handed them their belongings. They will be escorted to the edge of the stage where you will pick them up. If they have too many items for the backstage mom to handle, once you pick your child up and dismissal is finished, you may then proceed to the dressing room to retrieve their belongings. Our private security will be there to assist.

TROPHY WEEK: There will be one more week of classes, May 14th-19th, where your child will get their trophies, 5 year awards and you will have an opportunity to further discuss your dancer’s fall schedule if you have any questions or are undecided about which classes they’ll be taking.

Summer: Advanced "team" classes and Saturday 9:00 "Baby Ballerinas" also continue throughout the month of June and there will be open level/age hip-hop and acro classes as well. If you have friends who want to try our studio, summer is a great time for that since it's a mini session. Thanks for all of your recommendations! Word of mouth is our best form of advertising!

Summer Intensive: Our summer dance intensives will be the weeks of 6/18 and 6/25. There will be 3 groups: entering Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. It will be from 9:00-3:00 PM every day and the cost will be $400 per week, $600 for both weeks. It's not a "camp" but more like an intense "boot camp" where there will be 5 dance classes a day with a short break for lunch. You may register your child during the last week of classes after the recital. It's required for our team members and any child with aspirations of competing for RealDance.

Fall: The fall session will begin SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th. Again, please pre-register early to ensure not only your reserved class space but priority seating for next year's recital! We now have waiting lists for many of our classes. We thank YOU, our awesome parents, for helping us grow! We do ZERO advertising. We would hate to not be able to have a space for a returning dancer who misses pre-registration.

ERRORS AND OMISSIONS: We work extremely hard to be sure every name is spelled correctly, every ticket order is filled exactly, every notice provided is correct, etc but sometimes mistakes happen! (Best Picture Oscar, anyone?). Please double check us and let us know if you find any errors on anything and we apologize in advance if we have omitted anything important. Know we do our best but like we teach your children, it's not that you make a mistake- it's how you handle it! We will always do whatever we can to fix it!

Please click here to print out the Volunteer form to bring to the studio.

Please see the following videos for help with applying age appropriate stage make up and making a proper bun.



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