Recital 2021 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.

Finished Photos: On Saturday, March 27th beginning at 1 PM, 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- $75. 1/2 page- $120. Full page- $225.
Please have your text ready for your individual program ads!

Tickets/Digital Download Fee Also on March 27th your ticket orders are due. Tickets are $30. Please turn in an envelope and on the front, list the following information: student's first and last name, number of tickets needed, amount 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 will be an initial limit of 2 per family but we will be able to let you know once all orders have been turned in how many tickets we can reserve for you. You may be able to buy 1 or 2 extra. We are currently only permitted by the Township Theater to sell a very limited amount of seats due to distancing requirements.
On March 27th, 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.If you have not received studio emails this season please confirm your email address with us. There is absolutely no recording or photographing the recital. Please remind your guests of this! Parent volunteers do not need a recital ticket.If you do not turn in your ticket orders by March 27th you will lose your place in the seating order, which is determined by when you registered. The first person pre-registered back in Summer 2020 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. Due to the seat configuration in the theater to allow for distancing parties greater than 2 may not be seated together. Thank you in advance for your understanding as this is a unique and hopefully one time situation.

Dress Rehearsal at Township Center for Performing Arts 2452 Lyons Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33063. Dress rehearsal is Wednesday, April 28th for Show #1 and Thursday, April 29th for Show #2. VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE. You have also received emails confirming which show your dancer is in, or if they're in BOTH. Dress rehearsal is mandatory for all recital participants. There are no classes at the studio on those nights.

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, 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!! Performers who attend BOTH dress rehearsals will be given TWO wristbands. Please do not lose the one you need for the next day!

This is a strict, no exceptions policy that you have signed off on. We did this before ordering your child’s costumes because we’d like to avoid any misunderstanding at the dress rehearsal. These security measures are taken for the safety of all the children. We take our responsibility of overseeing your children very seriously. 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 a few hundred dancers, most under the age of 12. Thank you!!

Once you've entered the theater, please be seated in your designated seats which will be marked with signage. Their first costume is for the first dance they will perform in the actual recital, not necessarily what they wore first on picture day! (copies of the order of the program are attached, they're posted in the studio and they're on the website: The dancers should come dressed in their costume with their makeup and hair done, as they were for pictures. Please be sure that there are no bows sticking out of your child's ballet shoes, no underwear sticking out and no jewelry is to be worn. Tiny earrings can catch on hairnets and costumes and are a safety hazard. Older dancers are to wear their stage earrings that they should already have. Also, be sure your child's name and/or initials are in every single costume piece, hairpieces, shoes and tights, even stage earrings (use a marker for initials). Please do not use their "recital" tights for dress rehearsal, save those for the actual performance. Layer the tights if your performer can do that to save time when changing. The tights they wear for class are fine for dress rehearsal.

There will be a changing area that you will be shown when you arrive. Please do not use the restrooms to change your performer as not only do you risk missing their next dance, there are often performers needing to use the bathroom having to wait for someone who is changing costumes in a stall.

Please do not permit your performer to run around and distract the dancers who are on stage rehearsing. Keep in mind that each parent is responsible for supervising their own performer 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. There's no food permitted in the theater so if your child needs to eat something, please take them outside.

Performers will sit in their seats and wait to be called up onto the stage to rehearse. We will be setting light and music cues at this time. The dress rehearsal also serves as an "orientation" for the very young performers who haven't been on a stage before or have limited stage experience. Don't be alarmed if they look like they're not doing their best work or if they are very distracted. They're mainly there to get used to the stage, see where they enter and exit, experience the bright lights, etc. The goal is to eliminate any unknowns for them on recital day and familiarize them with the theater experience and of course to have fun!! Please applaud them so they get used to that as well. Once they're finished with their last dance, they can leave.

PRE-REGISTRATION: Pre registration begins on Saturday, May 1st 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. 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 Township Center for Performing Arts
Recital day is Saturday, May 8th. There is a 2PM show (dancers/classes age 6 and under as well as some additional older classes) and a 7PM show (dancers/classes age 7 and older). Several classes are in BOTH shows but those families will only be able to purchase tickets for one. Each dancer under the age of 13 in both shows will be issued 1 companion ticket. All dancers must be backstage no later than 1:30 pm for the 2:00 pm show and 6:30pm for the 7pm show. Drop off procedure information will be given at dress rehearsal so parents may see the lay out of the theater and dressing rooms.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 BUT 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.


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 Township 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. We cannot control the situation completely but can only hope that parents work together to be certain everyone feels comfortable and secure and their child's privacy respected. 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.

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 email us if you would like 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.

POST RECITAL DISMISSAL PROCEDURE At the end of the performance, You will pick up your dancer where you dropped them off. More information on drop off and pick up will be given at dress rehearsal.

TROPHY WEEK: There will be one more week of classes, May 10th-15th, 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 6/14 and 6/21. 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 $450 per week, $650 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 WEDNESDAY, 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 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 program note is exactly as requested, every notice provided is correct, etc but sometimes mistakes happen! 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! Thank You and ENJOY THE SHOW!

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

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