RMSA Yearly Dance Photos

Dance pictures will be taken at Thompson Portrait Studio; 2526 Sheridan Ave. located across the street from RMSA.

Below are a few things to remember so picture day will run smoothly and on time. Please read through carefully as this will answer most questions you will have.

-EVEN IF YOU DO NOT PLAN ON ORDERING PICTURES PLEASE ATTEND THE SCHEDULED PHOTO SESSIONS AS CLASS PICTURES ARE TAKEN.

-2020/2021 year picture days are broken up into several days.  Please refer to this page or the class calendars in the app to see what time your dancers are scheduled. Take note of any calendar "details" or more information that maybe listed specifically for Academy levels. (Opt into your studio app dance group/academies GROUP to receive smart phone push notifications as reminders.)

-HANG CUSTUMES & take care of TULLEd costumes with enough time to allow them to air dry! Scrunched costume in pictures (or on stage) do not look nice.

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 (tulle 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.

-Have ALL pieces of each costume you have (shoes included) with you for pictures; including the correct color of tights and shoes. We can not wait for you to fetch missing items. We must stay on schedule to keep things running smoothly.

For picture day (dress rehearsals and performances) we encourage families to come up with a system to keep all your childs dance items together and that your child can work with.

  • Keep items neatly (not scrunched) in a labeled bin like a laundry basket
  • Put ALL costumes on different hangers and use something like a labeled garment bag.
  • Put accessories & hair pieces in a zip lock baggie WITH your child name on it and hook it into the hangers that go with the costume.
    • Some hair pieces can be clipped onto the costumes directly so they aren't lost. Clipping them to the neck is best so they are easily found.
  • AS ALWAYS LABEL EVERYTHING YOU CAN; ESPECIALLY SHOES! To label costumes, feel free to write names on freezer tape and stick on the inside collar area of costumes (as long as we can't see it when they have the costumes on)
  • Bring the tights that are the right color without holes, runs, pelts, and discoloration. If you forget, Mel will edit holes and runs in the tights for a fee of $50 per hour spent editing photos.

-Hair: females must have all hair up in a ballet bun (no bangs) and Jazz/Hip Hop in a pony tail; just like it is listed in the performance costumes attire spread sheet. If you need to use hair clips, etc. make sure they are the color of the hair and blend in so they are not seen.

-Academy 3 and younger MUST have a parent/guardian present to help with costume changes and hair.

-There will NOT be a dressing room or restroom available, so have your dancer wear a body liner. If your dancer does not have a body liner, they will need to change at RMSA across the street; DO NOT WEAR DANCE SHOES OUTSIDE.

-Veteran Tip; have your female dancer put on their body liner FIRST and THEN tights as most academy dancers WILL have to change tights depending on the costume/dance styles. Body liners and tights can be changed into at home or at RMSA and worn into the photo studio.

-NEW THIS YEAR: Mel will be doing online ordering for ALL dance photos AND they will be shipped directly to your home.

How it will work: Like past years, each dancer will be photographed individually in each costume and with their dance class groups. AFTER picture day, pictures will be uploaded to a secure website that parents will receive a photo shop link via email from RMSA. Through this online photo shop, Parents will be allowed to pick and order their favorite photos from several shots taken and also choose from a variety of photograph gift items you may want. (This means parents no longer have to "approve" shots during the photo shoot which should speed things up on picture day.)

-Tap and jazz are the same costume, only one picture will be taken and it will be in jazz shoes. Academy 4 and up may wear tap shoes (due to costume changes) for their pictures, but for safety reasons, they must put them on right before the picture and take them off right after. They are much too slippery on floors.

-Have your child practice a pose to do for jazz/ballet/hip hop, etc. prior to picture day that is within their skill level. Some kids get stuck in a rut and do the same or similar pose for all. Please avoid jumping and stunts as they take too long to perfect for the camera. This has been tried previously and we got off schedule, which was frustrating for everyone.

Please feel free to call, Melissa the photographer at 307-250-1192 or email thompsonportraistudio@gmail.com  any questions you may have. She is looking forward to another great photo day with your children!