Kerri’s Dance Studio … 1851 Madison Ave. Suite 500 … 323-7296
We are into our last 2 months of the season at Kerri’s Dance Studio. We have had so much fun working with your children! Our focus is now on recital and making it the best and least stressful as possible.
I think the key to eliminating a lot of the stress from recital weekend is to have as much info as possible and to trust us as a staff. We have been doing this a long time (longer than I’d like to admit) so trust we will do everything we can to make your little one look great, feel great, and have FUN!!!
The recital weekend is June 9th – 10th at the Mid American Center. We will have 4 performances, 2 on Saturday, and 2 on Sunday each at 1:00 and 6:00pm. Lists of your dancers routines and which show they will be performing in are out now, it was emailed on the 2nd. If you did not receive this please check at the desk and we will get you a copy. When you receive the list, please be sure to read every column. Again you may be listed to perform in more than one show, check all columns.
Many Costumes are arriving each week! When a costume arrives, we will do a fitting in class with our staff. We will take notes of any adjustments that are needed and then take those to our seamstress. All costumes will be steamed and prepared before being sent home. Once home please keep them in good shape and know they may need steamed again before pictures. If you have any questions about costumes please feel free to email us or check at the desk. Be sure to check what tights and shoes are needed for all costumes at the desk or using the flyers in the lobby. We are happy to send home a copy of these flyers as well upon request. We will continue to issue costumes as they arrive. This can be all the way through mid May so please do not panic.
All dancers are required to pay a recital fee to participate in the shows. This is to cover the costs of auditorium rental, backdrops, programs, and so much more. The recital fee is $40 for one dancer and $45 for families with 2 or more dancers. These fees must be paid in full before tickets can be issued. We will hold 6 tickets for families with 1 dancer and 7 tickets for families with 2 or more dancers. These tickets can be picked up after fees are paid and after April 16th. Dancers ages 7 and up are required to stay backstage during the performance and cannot be in the audience. Dancers 6 and under may sit in the audience but they will need a ticket. Anyone entering the hall will need a ticket. Babies who will sit on a lap will not need a ticket.
If your dancer is in more than one performance you will only receive tickets for one of the performances. You may trade tickets for other performances as long as they are available. If you have a request for which show you would like tickets too, you may place that request with the desk after the list of who is in what show is published. You will be issued tickets to your “main” show. The one that has all your dancers’ routines, siblings, etc.
Parent passes will be issued with tickets. These are the passes that will allow a parent into the dressing and backstage area. THIS IS NOT A TICKET. You may not stand in the back of the hall either due to fire codes. This was a problem last year with some parents who just wanted to slip in and watch one dance. This will not be allowed unless there are unsold tickets. If there are unsold tickets we will issue them to parents who are there for multiple shows so they may slip in and watch. Please do not feed the usher “a line”. Last year people were throwing out the “Kerri said”, it is here in writing. It will only be allowed if there is available seating, we will not know that until rehearsal. Plan accordingly.
Tickets for the recitals will go on sale April 16th at 4:00pm. There are no early sales and no holding of tickets. You must purchase tickets in person. Tickets will be first come first serve. In the event a show becomes sold out we will begin a waiting list for tickets and buy back any unwanted tickets. Again this is only if a show sells out prior to June 3rd. Tickets are $12.00 each. Be sure you know which show you need tickets for when you come to purchase them.
Before recital weekend we will have dance pictures. Pictures will take place May 14th through the 17th in the main studio, during normal class times, with the exception of Saturday. Saturday dancers will be photographed during the week based on the following schedule.
Miss Rachel’s 9:00am class form the Mall of the Bluffs studio will have photos taken on Monday, May 14th at 6:00pm
Miss Ashley’s Saturday Main studio classes will be photographed as follows –
8:45am - Beginner Combo - Wed. May 16th at 6:15pm
9:30am – Beginner Tap & Jazz class – Wed. May 16th at 6:30pm
10:15am – Junior Tap/Jazz – Wed. May 16th at 6:45pm
11:00am –Junior Ballet class – Wed. May 16th at 7:15pm
11:30am – Junior Hip Hop class – Wed. May 16th at 7:30pm
Tumbling class should also come to be photographed. Tumblers should wear their showcase leotards or a black simple leotard. We will take a groups photo as well as individuals. Again these pics will be taken at your normal class time but at the main studio and not the Mall location.
Pictures will be taken by Move Up Images photography. We will pass out ordering forms and information. The photographers will take a group picture of each costume and any individuals or buddy shots wanted. This means a Jr. Tap and jazz combo class will take a jazz picture and a tap group picture. Pictures are not required to purchase but we do want everyone there and participating. This is a chance to see how all the costumes and their parts work, what adjustments will need to be made, ect. It’s essentially a dress rehearsal. I will look at all the costumes closely through the week and send out any notes for details and adjustments after. PARENTS MAY NOT TAKE THEIR OWN PICTURES ON THE BACKDROP. You make take your own candid shots in the lobby etc. but no cameras or phones will be allowed in the dance rooms where photos are being taken. Parents not following this guideline will be asked to leave.
Rehearsal for the recital will Friday, June 8th from 8:30am – 9:30pm. Please plan accordingly now. A specific time schedule is included in this packet. Please send dancers in regular dancewear and with all their dance shoes. We will have tours of the backstage area, dressing rooms, and green room during rehearsal. Dancers will more than likely only get one chance to practice on stage so please be on time and ready. This rehearsal is REQUIRED unless already specifically excused Those who do not attend will not be allowed to perform in the recitals. Please read the schedule carefully so be sure you know where you are suppose to be when. Rehearsal will be at the Mid American Center. Arriving early is nice especially if you do not know the facility well. It’s also nice for the kids to arrive a bit early to watch others rehearse and get comfortable. At rehearsal you will be able to pick up your recital T shirts and dance pictures.
At rehearsal I will call groups to the backstage area as needed. Please sit in the theater until your routine is called to the backstage area unless on a tour. Make sure dancers have the correct shoes for the routine. Do not leave shoes in the backstage area, all our shoes look the same and someone always loses a pair of shoes at rehearsal.
Recital - On the days of the performances dancers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show if they are in the first 10 numbers. A show order will be published at a later date. The theme for this years’ show is “Better When I’m Dancin” All songs are about dancing in some way! It should be fun and entertaining. We have lots of fun little props and surprises in store. The Saturday and Sunday shows will be at 1:00pm and 6:00pm. The doors to the theater will open for seating 45 minutes prior to show times. Please inform family and friends of this. We will have early handicap seating for those in need. If this is required for you, you will need to see the KDS head usher and she will get you seated early.
There is NO SEAT SAVING beyond one for mom who is likely changing and attending to the dancer. If you or your family is not respectful of this policy an usher may ask you to leave. Please understand most shows will be sold out and the theater has policies in effect for large shows. This is one of them so please be aware and respectful.
After a dancer is dressed and ready to go they need to report to the green room. The green room is the only area monitored by the KDS staff and volunteers. This will be where dancers will wait to go on stage. Volunteers will assemble groups and a KDS staff member will get the dancers and bring them to the backstage area. After they perform, dancers will be taken back to the green room. Young dancers will not be allowed to leave the green room without a parent. Please remember KDS will not responsible for any backstage area other than the stage wings and the green room. Do not leave young children unattended in the dressing rooms. If your older dancer stays in the dressing room understand it is not monitored and we are not responsible for any dancer or valuables left in the dressing rooms.
Dancers should be in the green room at least 5 dances prior to theirs.
At the end of each recital all the dancers are asked to come and sit on stage for a short acknowledgment ceremony and final round of applause. This is not required, especially since it is a very long day for the little ones but we would like as many dancers there as possible. You never know if your name is going to be called for something special, we want you to be there!!!
After the acknowledgements we will keep the little dancers on stage until an adult comes to get them. Remember only parents with a parent pass sticker may come into the dressing areas. All of this is to keep your kids safe!
Lists of the order of each show will be available as the days get closer. If you dancer is in a combo class that will perform 2 routines they will likely have 1 dance in each ½ of the show. There will be a 10 minute intermission in the middle of each recital. There will be app. 45 dances in each show.
There is NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY and NO RECORDING/VIDEOTAPING of the dance recital. This is truly for the safety of your child. The flash of a camera is very distracting on stage and can even cause a dancer to lose footing and fall. If there is a costume malfunction having just 1 professional recording of the show will allow us to edit the video and be sure it is not in the wrong hands. With the technically advanced world we live in a video can spread like wildfire, I am putting interest of your child at the forefront. We will provide a professional recording for purchase of each show through Mr. Video productions. They do a great job, have a fast turn around, and are reasonably priced.
We want you to have all the info you need and feel comfortable with this whole process.
LOTS more info will be coming home, this is just an over view but please feel free to ask any questions. Thanks for the opportunity to work with your child. We all love our jobs and hope it is a great experience for all.