Masterpieces of Ballet and Spring Production

2019 Parent Information

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Masterpieces of Ballet

Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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Performance: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Masterpieces of Ballet includes ALL ballet classes except Preschool and Kindergarten. Please check calendar for detailed scheduling. Each ballet class (except preschool & kindergarten) is in one of the following ballet excerpts:

  • Sleeping Beauty:  Academy 1, Academy 1B, Academy 3, Academy 4, Advanced Ballet
  • Les Sylphides: Academy 2, Academy 5, Advanced Ballet

(Day of performances: Academies 1-4 should arrive at 6:30 for cast call but no earlier; performance begins at 7:00)

Spring Production

Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Performances: Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11, 2019

Spring Production includes preschool & kindergarten ballet only, all academy jazz classes, all academy tap classes, all academy hip hop classes, all academy contemporary classes will perform BUT NOT ALL CLASSES PERFORM BOTH NIGHTS!

Which night does your child perform:

  • Friday, May 10- Academy 1B, Academy 3, Academy 4, Academy 5 Jazz, Advance Contemporary, Kindergarten Dance, RMDT Spring Company
  • Saturday, May 11- Academy 1, Academy 2, Academy 5 Jazz, Advance Contemporary, Preschool Dance, RMDT Spring Company

(Day of Performance: Kindergarten/preschool should arrive at 6:30 but not earlier for cast call; Academies 1-4 should arrive at 6:15 but not earlier for cast call. Performance begins at 7:00)

Mandatory Performance Attire

*2019 costumes will be handed out during each class sometime in April; to all students with paid accounts. (parents will be notified of exact date)

**Stage make up is required for performances for all dancers. It should be applied at home and lightly (foundation, mascara, light blush, mauve lipstick)

ALL Ballet Dances:

Girls:

  • Costume & head piece (only need nude leotards IF you have more than one costume)
  • Pink tights WITH FEET (no holes, runs, etc.)
  • Pink ballet shoes
  • hair pulled up into a ballet bun; NO BANGS
    • hair pieces go on right side of bun

Boys:

  • Costume
  • Black Ballet Shoes
  • Black Socks

Jazz/Tap (same costumes):

Girls:

  • Costume & head piece (and nude leotard IF you have more than one costume)
  • Nude tights WITH FEET; NO NYLONS (no holes, runs, etc.)
    • OR black socks if costumes have pants
  • Black tap shoes (please remove stickers)
  • Nude Jazz shoes
  • Hair pulled back into a pony tail, NO BANGS

Boys:

  • Costume
  • black tap shoes (please remove stickers)
  • nude jazz shoes

Hip Hop

  • Costume & head piece (and nude leotard IF you have more than one costume)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Nude tights if costume is shorts or a skirt; socks if costume is pants
  • Hair pulled back into pony tail; NO BANGS

Contemporary:

  • Costume (and nude leotard IF you have more than one costume)
  • Nude stirrup or footless tights (no holes, runs, etc.)

Other Important Notes 

When we are rehearsing, performing on a professional stage, and getting ready/waiting back stage there are a few things to know:

  • Rehearsals are extremely important for not only the dancers but the stage crew and instructors. There is a lot to work out and put together so that the show is the best it can be. Parents and dancers can help it run smoothly and on time by: having all items you need like correct shoes, being on time to your rehearsal slot, if you're not on stage remaining seated towards the front-- this way you can see what's going on and hear when it's your turn, and keeping voices down. We know rehearsals can run long but it is very distracting and disrespectful to have kids rolling down aisles, running through the auditorium, and climbing over seats. Dancers on stage need to be able to hear teachers instructions, and directors need to be able to communicate with stage crew, etc. We also ask that, just like during a performance, if younger siblings are there too they also stay seated and are removed from the auditorium if they begin to fuss loudly.
  • Costumes with the "fluffy tulle" skirt need to be "soaked out" (and dried) before the performance so they fluff out and lay nice. Simply soak the bottom part (skirt) in hot water for 20 seconds, shake out, hang upside-down, and relay the layers so they lay nice. Let hang upside down till dry and hang in a safe place.
  • Dancers SHOULD NOT HAVE ON nor BRING: nail polish, jewelry (including earrings), food- of ANY kind, or gum.
  • Dancers should come to performances with light makeup applied but please leave ALL makeup at home, including lipstick. These can make big messes back stage on costumes, on young "unsupervised" dancers, and in the carpet.
  • 2 Different ways on how to make a ballerina bun:
  • Dancers should NOT wear their costumes or dance shoes to the auditorium.
  • To keep your dancers things together back stage we encourage parents to make sure names are marked on items and to bring a marked laundry basket or something similar that everything can fit in.
  • Extra bobby pins, safety pins, hair bands, and a few clean quiet activities (NO MARKERS) can be helpful.
  • Parents should drop off dancers backstage (Pre-Ac 2 by entering the right "side door" that is up the long sidewalk; Ac 3 + entering the left "side door" backstage entrance). We do try to have these doors marked. Once in the hallway look for marked areas where the different classes will "set up camp". Feel free to get your child situated. Parents of younger dancers: it is very helpful for you to have your child try using the bathroom and help them get dressed into their costume. Parents are not allowed to stay backstage unless they signed up before hand to volunteer backstage; volunteers will have name tags.
  • Traditionally flowers are given to dancers after they perform. We do sell fresh cut flowers from a local flower shop in the lobby before performances, during intermission, and after if there are any left.
  • Dance performance etiquette is different than orchestra or piano concerts. During dance performances feel free to clap, hoot, and holler when something moves you. Dancing is hard work and the dancers thrive off of the audience energy!
  • ALL dancers must stay for the entire performance.
  • During intermission: parents are NOT allowed backstage and ALL dancers MUST STAY backstage.
  • After the performance is over parents can go and pick up child; please make sure you leave with everything you brought :).

RMSA Dance Store Hours during performance week May 6:

Monday & Tuesday 3:30-5:30 | CLOSED Wed | Thursday 4:00-5:00

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Volunteers needed for spring performances

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FAQ 

  •  What is Masterpieces of Ballet and Spring Production?
    • For lack of a better word, it is our end of year recital but it is so much more than just a recital. We have professional staging, lights, choreography, and direction; it truly is a show.
  • Can I go get my child after they have performed?
    • No, for many reasons all dancers must stay backstage throughout the entire performance. Please also know, parents are not allowed backstage except for drop off before and pick up after the performances (unless you have signed up to volunteer backstage).
  • Where does all the money go from ticket sales for these shows?
    • All money from ticket sales help to fund our production; the rental of the auditorium, backdrops, stage crew, etc. Tickets sales cover only about 50% of the production. The other 50% is covered by donations.
  • Can I attend without purchasing a ticket?
    • Unfortunately, you cannot attend if you do not purchase a ticket. Parents are notified of pre-public sale discounted tickets that are available for RMSA families for 2 weeks before sales are open to the public, after this tickets are full price.
  • Will tickets be available at the door?
    • Yes, tickets will be available at the door. You can also purchase online (once available for purchase): here

Join our RMSA/RMDT Dance Parents Facebook Page; where you can get reminders, stay up to date, and ask questions.