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Dance/Circus Recital

Refer to this post throughout the year for important information about our Dance/Circus Recital!

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Use the Checklist at the link below to keep track of important dates and tasks!


WHY DO WE DO A RECITAL?

Performing for an audience is a crucial aspect of building up our students’ Confidence, which is a core value here at CCA. Being able to perform on a stage will set kids up for success when it comes to public speaking and leadership roles. Recitals also give students the chance to showcase what they’ve been working on all year. What’s the point of learning how to dance if you don’t get to perform?! :)


HOW DOES A RECITAL COME TOGETHER?

Our recital is split into three performances, each lasting about 2 hours. All classes are divided between these three performances with our Principal level classes performing in all three. Some students may perform in multiple shows simply because of the way our classes are divided. Tickets will need to be purchased for each show you attend

Recital Show 1

Friday, June 3rd @ 6:30pm

  • Mon - Little Leapers

  • Petite 1 Combo

  • Primary 2 Ballet/Tap

  • Acro 1

  • Acro 4, Acro 5 & Acro 6

  • All Elem., Jr., Sr. Dancers

​Recital Show 2

Saturday, June 4th @ 10:00am

  • Bumble Babies

  • Tue - Little Leapers

  • Petite 2 Combo

  • Primary Jazz/Lyrical

  • Acro 4, Acro 5 & Acro 6

  • All Elem., Jr., Sr. Dancers

​Recital Show 3

Saturday, June 4th @ 2:00pm

  • Twinkle Tots

  • Wed - Little Leapers

  • Primary 3 Ballet/Tap

  • Acro 3

  • Acro 4, Acro 5 & Acro 6

  • All Elem., Jr., Sr. Dancers

You can check your Parent Portal for a refresher on what class(es) your child is in!


TICKET SALES

Online sales begin Wednesday, April 13th, at 12:30pm. Tickets are $12 each plus processing fees. A code for 2 complimentary tickets per students will be emailed to families and posted in your Parent Portal under More > Bulletin Board.



PICTURE DAY

Picture day helps you feel more confident going into our Recitals by already knowing exactly how your child should be dressed for the show. All students should be present so that no kiddo feels excluded when group pictures are printed in our Recital Keepsake Program. PLUS, you can have your child’s portrait included in our Recital Keepsake Program if it’s taken by our photographers!


Picture Day Schedule - Saturday, May 7th

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time.

  • 9:00am - All Junior and Elementary Classes

  • 10:30am - Sparkler Production Number (minus Senior level students)

  • 11:00am - Acro 5+, Acro 4 and Primary Classes

  • 1:00pm - Petite 2 Combo, Mon - Little Leapers, Acro 3

  • 2:00pm - Petite 1 Combo, Wed - Little Leapers, Acro 1

  • 3:00pm - Twinkle Tots, Tue - Little Leapers

  • 4:00pm - Bumble Babies


STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Congratulate your performer with their portrait and a message from you in our keepsake program! Milestones such as 1st year, 5th year, 10th year, 15th year and Senior year and Sparklers will be marked with a special badge!



T-SHIRTS

Students get a commemorative t-shirt for participating in this show. Please add your child's t-shirt size to the Google Spreadsheet below. (You will need to download the Google Sheets app or use a desktop computer.)


You can order additional t-shirts for yourselves at $20 a piece, too. Just add your name and t-shirt size to the bottom of the list!



DRESS REHEARSAL

We host a one-day dress rehearsal to give students the chance to practice their dances on the stage in the venue of our shows. This event is crucial for helping students feel confident about their performance! Each class is given a specific time to be at dress rehearsal. All students need to attend for the sake of their entire class.


Date: Thursday, June 2nd starting at 4:00pm

Venue: Zion Church, 114 Zion Road, Clarion, PA 16214



TIGHTS & SHOES

Please make sure your kiddo has the correct shoes and tights for each of their dances. And don't forget to label them all!

Bumble Babies, Twinkle Tots, Little Leapers

​Pink ballet shoes, ballet pink tights (boys - black ballet shoes, black pants)

Petite Tap

Black tyette tap shoes, tan tights

Petite Jazz

Barefeet, tan tights (convertible or footless)

Primary Ballet

Pink ballet shoes, ballet pink tights

Primary Tap

Black Mary Jane or tyette tap shoes, tan tights

Primary Jazz & Lyrical

Barefeet, tan tights (convertible or footless)

Principal Level Ballet

Pink ballet shoes, ballet pink tights

Principal Level Tap

Black laced tap shoes, tan tights

Principal Level Jazz

Tan jazz shoes, tan tights

Principal Level Lyrical

Nude lyrical shoes, tan tights

Principal Level Contemporary

Barefeet, no tights

Principal Level Pointe

Pink pointe shoes, ballet pink tights

All Acro Classes

Barefeet, no tights

Need to purchase something? Here are a few ways to do that!

  1. At the Dancer's Shop on Main Street in Clarion

  2. Through our Office

  3. Discount Dance website (Use our Teacher ID: 73570 for a 5% discount!)

  4. Any retail store that exclusively sells dance attire


HAIR REQUIREMENTS

For girls, hair should be pulled up off of the neck and out of the face into a tightly secured dance bun with loose ends pinned and sprayed down. Click on the links below to view some helpful video tutorials for putting your child's hair in a bun!



Whatever you do, don't forget the bobby pins! The bobby pins are the most important piece to holding the bun together during class. You can get all of these supplies at Walmart, Amazon, Dollar Tree or anywhere that sells common hair supplies!

If your child’s hair is too short for a bun, please use hair ties, bobby pins and barrettes to pull the hair back completely away from the face and off of the neck as much as possible!


Boys with long hair should also have it pulled away from the face and off of the neck as much as possible!


SPONSORSHIPS

If you are a local business owner or know one, please consider sponsoring our shows by purchasing ad space in our program. These beautiful keepsake programs are a great way for local businesses to show their support of the arts in our community!


Simply fill out the online form below and submit your ad. Forms are due by May 6th!



VOLUNTEERS

In order to make these shows a success for the kids, we need help from the parents! There are 3 important types of volunteers needed:

  1. Ushers - to collect tickets at the door

  2. Childcare Helpers - to watch the little ones back stage (must have clearances)

  3. Stage Crew - to help set up and/or tear down the stage (must have some muscle!)

To volunteer for one of these 3 areas, please add your name to the to the Google Spreadsheet below. (You will need to download the Google Sheets app or use a desktop computer.)



MILESTONES & RECOGNITIONS

The following students will be recognized at this year's Recital. If you believe your child should be on any of the lists below, please let us know right away!



1st Year Students

  • Alexa Aukamp

  • Audrey Bailor

  • Genesis Barrios

  • Abbigail Beichner

  • Lydia Beichner

  • Bryn Bell

  • Emma Bell

  • Emma Bertoni

  • Grace Bertoni

  • Layla Beyer

  • Annabelle Blair

  • Matilyn Bucholz

  • Wren Bullers

  • Mathias Bundy

  • Rylah Clowser

  • Anna Confer

  • Nora Coulson

  • Bearrett Courson

  • Sairy Courson

  • Tristan Courson

  • Alexander Crain

  • Rylee Deloe

  • Ellie Doverspike

  • Harper Hart

  • Nuvelle Henry

  • Tenley Hibell

  • Amelia Hubler

  • Grace Karg

  • Abigail King

  • Audrey Kirby

  • Kendall Kossman

  • Grace Kunselman

  • Kinzleigh Lauer

  • Brooklyn Lewis

  • Kynslee Little

  • Daisy Maus

  • Jolene Maus

  • Hanna McCoy

  • Lucille Mealy

  • Violet Mealy

  • Ryan Means

  • Peyton Mercer

  • BraeLynn Miller

  • Everly Mohney

  • Memphis Morrison

  • Amelia Nolf

  • Sabrina Packer

  • Regan Pavlock

  • Rowan Robertson

  • Teighan Ruth

  • Olivia Say

  • Eden Schreckengost

  • Cora Shaffer

  • Ava Slagle

  • Bella Slagle

  • Aubrey Smerker

  • Nora Smith

  • Alaina Stanford

  • Exuberance Tarr

  • Taheton Tarr

  • Truett Tarr

  • Abby Trofin

  • Asher Trofin

  • Tyler Trofin

  • Benjamin Underhill

  • Hayden Welch

  • Mason Welch

  • Rylee Wells

  • Olivia Wolff

  • Charlotte Zacherl


5th Year Students

  • Natalie Comilla

  • Emily Dunkle

  • Michaela Klein

  • Kinley Luton

  • Emma Martin

  • Fiona Robertson

  • Coryn Snell

  • Abigail Underhill


Perfect Attendance

  • Alexa Aukamp

  • Emma Bell

  • Alexa Bonk

  • Whitney Boozer

  • Rylah Clowser

  • Nora Coulson

  • Macie Gatesman

  • Tenley Hibell

  • Amelia Hubler

  • Taylor Ion

  • Abigail King

  • Grace Kunselman

  • Brooklyn Lewis

  • Leighton Manuel

  • Daisy Maus

  • Ethan McDonnell

  • Addison Owen

  • Teighan Ruth

  • Olivia Say

  • Exuberance Tarr

  • Taheton Tarr

  • Truett Tarr

  • Emberly Troese

  • Benjamin Underhill

  • Mason Welch

  • Zoie Wolbert


Sparkler Milestones (3rd, 5th, 7th or 10th year)

  • Elise Beach - 3rd Year

  • Ava Chambers - 3rd Year

  • Dana Coulson - 3rd Year

  • Emily Dunkle - 3rd Year

  • Zoie Wolbert - 3rd Year

  • Lacie Lewis - 5th Year

  • Clara Coulson - 7th Year

  • Virtue Milford - 7th Year

  • Grace Schmader - 7th Year


PERFORMANCE DETAILS

  • Location: Zion Church, 114 Zion Road, Clarion

  • Show 1: Friday, June 3rd at 6:30pm

    • Childcare check-in will begin at 5:45pm. Students must be checked in no later than 6:15pm.

    • Box Office opens at 5:45pm.

    • Auditorium doors open at 6:00pm.

  • Show 2: Saturday, June 4th at 10:00am

    • Childcare check-in will begin at 9:15am. Students must be checked in no later than 9:45am.

    • Box Office opens at 9:15am.

    • Auditorium doors open at 9:30am.

  • Show 3: Saturday, June 4th at 2:00pm

    • Childcare check-in will begin at 1:15pm. Students must be checked in no later than 1:45pm.

    • Box Office opens at 1:15pm.

    • Auditorium doors open at 1:30pm.


PERFORMANCE POLICIES

  • No jewelry, earrings, or exposed body piercings are allowed except for small crystal stud earrings. No watches, bracelets or hair ties should be left on a student’s wrist.

  • All nail polish must be removed.

  • Underwear must not be worn with leotard costumes. It’s like wearing a swimsuit!

  • All students must have their hair in a tightly secured bun. If the student’s hair is too short for a bun, please use hair ties, barrettes, bobby pins and/or hair spray to pull it straight back out of the face and off the neck.

  • Students should wear some makeup to prevent their faces from being washed out under the light. Basic brown eyeshadow, light blush and some lip gloss is sufficient for young students!

  • No adults will be permitted backstage after the show has begun. It’s important for our childcare atmosphere that you do not go backstage to see your child… even during Intermission. Our Childcare Team will have your seat number in case you need to be reached.

  • We have a grand finale and company bow at the end of each show that includes all of our students. Childcare checkout will start at the conclusion of each show and no child will be dismissed early. For the safety of all our students, we appreciate your cooperation in this!

    • NOTE: Bumble Babies MUST be picked up during Intermission of their show. For proper audience etiquette, please bring your Bumble Babies back into the auditorium to enjoy the rest of the show with them rather than leaving! :-)


RECITAL AUDIENCE ETIQUETTE


Out of respect for all of our performers, please share these policies with any guests you have attending our shows and ensure that they are followed:

  • We recognize that seeing your child, niece, friend, or loved one onstage is an exciting experience, whether it's for the first or fiftieth time. Enthusiastic applause is encouraged; however, it is never appropriate to scream out a child’s name or yell in any way.

  • Siblings or children attending the recital should not bring handheld electronic games or other devices with sounds and/or lights that could be a distraction for other audience members.

  • Because we present a professional performance, we ask that everyone remain seated during the entire performance. If you must leave the auditorium during the show, please exit and enter the auditorium only between dances.

  • Children must remain seated for the entire performance. If you think they will have a hard time remaining seated during the performance, please do not bring them to the recital. Allowing children to run around or otherwise disrupt the performance is not fair to other audience members.

  • Parents who bring infants to the performance should quickly exit the auditorium if the infant begins to cry or create a distraction for the audience.

  • The use of video or flash photography is strictly prohibited during the recital. It is important that you pass on this policy to your recital guests.


HELPFUL PERFORMANCE TIPS!

  • Label every single item in your child’s possession before checking in.

  • Pack some activities, mess-free snacks and water for your child.

  • For multiple costumes, we suggest bringing a laundry basket to put them in after they have been worn. You may also want to invest in a portable garment rack.

  • KEEP IT POSITIVE! The last thing your child wants or needs is to hear you complain about anything. Be sure to speak positively about the entire performance to your child! That means speaking positively about them AND others involved in the show. Here are some great affirmations to share…

    • “It looked like you had a lot of fun!”

    • “I love watching you dance.”

    • “Thank you for bringing joy to our community through your dancing!”

    • “Your teachers have worked so hard to help you put on a good show!”

    • “You made a difference on that stage by sharing a story of hope.”

    • “Your passion really showed through on that stage!”

    • “I love the heart you have for making a difference through dance.”

    • “You and your classmates dance so well together!”

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