Parent Info Masterpieces of Ballet and Spring Production
2021 Parent Information
Masterpieces of Ballet
Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
see your dancers calendar/notes for times
Performance: Thursday, May 13, 2021
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
- Esmeralda: Academy 2B
- Giselle: Academy 3
- LeCorsaire: Academy 4
(Day of performances: Academies 1-4 should arrive at 6:30 for cast call but no earlier; performance begins at 7:00)
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, May 14, 2021
see your dancers calendar/notes for times
Performances: Saturday, May 14; 7:00 & Sunday, May 15; 2:00
Spring Production includes preschool & kindergarten ballet only, all lower academy jazz classes, all lower academy tap classes, all lower academy hip hop classes, all lower academy contemporary classes will perform BUT NOT ALL CLASSES PERFORM BOTH NIGHTS!
Which night does your child perform:
- Saturday, May 15- Preschool Dance, Academy 1B, Academy 2B, Academy 4, Advance Contemporary, RMDT Spring Company
- Sunday, May 16- Kindergarten Dance, Academy 1, Academy 3, Advance Contemporary, RMDT Spring Company
(Day of Performance: Kindergarten/preschool should arrive 30 minutes before performance time but not earlier for cast call; Academies 1-4 should arrive at 6:15/1:15 but not earlier for cast call. Performance begins at 7:00 on Saturday and 2:00 on Sunday)
Mandatory Performance Attire
*2020 costumes will be handed out during each class sometime in April; to all students with paid accounts. (parents will be notified via app push notification 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)
Specific Costume guidelines are listed for each class here.
Other Important Costuming Notes:
- If your female dancer has more than 1 costume they MUST have a nude leotard for ease of costume changes.
- Nude liners are nice for younger dancers too. Sometimes costumes can be itchy and irritating so this helps to create a barrier when wearing costumes AND while backstage they can wear their nude liners instead of the costume the whole time.
- 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.
- Unless specified in the costume spreadsheet, ALL tights should be footed with NO holes, runs, etc.
- ALL Jazz & Tap costumes are the same.
- Stickers MUST be removed from all tap shoes.
RMSA Dance Store Hours during performance week May 11: see dance store calendar
Join our RMSA/RMDT Dance Parents Facebook Page; where you can get reminders, stay up to date, and ask questions.
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.
- 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 backstage 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.
- 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.
- To keep your dancers things together backstage, 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. Mark the basket with your dancers name and the academy they are in.
- Extra bobby pins, safety pins, hair bands, and a few clean QUITE activities (NO MARKERS) can be helpful.
- FOOD or DRINKS ARE NOT ALLOWED backstage at any time.
- 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 :).
Volunteers needed for spring performances
- 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