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Recital Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Time TBA

Lakewood High School Auditorium

4400 Briercrest Ave, Lakewood, CA 90713

Parents and Students,

We are so happy to be able to share the numerous benefits that kids can gain from participating in a dance recital or performance. As a form of physical activity, dance offers many advantages for children's physical, emotional, and social well-being. Through participating in a recital or performance, children can develop confidence, discipline, creativity, and teamwork skills.

Dancing requires physical coordination, balance, and strength, which can improve children's motor skills, flexibility, and endurance. It also promotes cardiovascular health and helps to prevent obesity and other health issues. As kids learn dance routines and practice for a recital, they can also develop self-discipline and perseverance, as they work to improve their technique and memorize choreography.

Beyond the physical benefits, dance can also help children to develop emotionally and socially. Through expressing themselves through movement and music, children can develop a sense of self-confidence and self-esteem. They can also learn to regulate their emotions and express themselves in a healthy way.

Participating in a recital or performance can also foster a sense of teamwork and collaboration, as children work together to create a cohesive performance. They can learn to support each other, take constructive criticism, and work towards a common goal


Dedication to recital commitments is the responsibility of both students and their parents. We’ve created this handbook in an effort to clarify what we expect from you in terms of commitments and responsibility to the annual recital, the school, and other students and parents.

YOUR CHILD SHOULD ARRIVE AT TBA  WITH MAKEUP DONE AND IN 1ST COSTUME, READY TO DANCE.

Costume rules

  • No jewelry (including earrings) is to be worn with costumes. Small studs are acceptable.

  • It looks unprofessional to have undergarments sticking out of costumes.

  •  Tan body suits can be purchased from Discount Dancewear for recital as an alternative to underwear.

  •  Nail polish should be removed from hands.

  •  Temporary tattoos should also be removed.

Costume care
We require that you label all costumes, shoes, and tights with your child’s name in permanent marker on tags not directly on costumes. Place the costumes in a garment bag with your child’s name on the outside. Hats should be stored in a hatbox or similar container to prevent damage. Keep all costumes clean and wrinkle free, prior to the the performance. Please do not wash costumes in your washing machine (check the care label); dry clean them only (after the recital)

 Remove any tags that could hang out of the costume.
 If costume straps do not have snaps or are not attached, please sew them prior to picture day. Please inquire about how straps should be attached.
 Many costumes come with headpieces or hats. 
NOTE: To ensure that there are no costume problems, students should not wear their costumes, accessories, or tights prior to the recital.

Costume Cover-ups
Students can wear a cover-up when in costume but not performing. A bathrobe or sweats work best. The cover-up helps keep the muscles warm and prevents costumes from becoming soiled.

Tights, Shoes, Hair, and Makeup


Tights -
To ensure that there are no discrepancies in color and style, students are required to purchase specific colo
red  You may purchase tights from us by preordering with the order form on the Information Table in the studio. Tights for the recital performance.  Tights are available from dancewear stores such as Elite Dancewear in Los Alamitos, Target and also at Amazon. Please purchase new tights for the recital, and do not wear or wash them before the performance. (Note: Having a second pair of tights on hand offers students and parents a great sense of security.)

Shoes -
Be sure that all shoes are cleaned prior to the recital. 3-6 yr. old girls tap shoes may have matching bows that accompanied your costumes. In that case please attach to your child's Tap Shoes.

Tap Shoes should be Black

Ballet Shoes should be ballet pink

All upper level class shoe colors will be noted to specifics.

NOTE : Not all Costumes came with shoe bows.

Recital Make-Up & Hair Tips

BUNS FOR EACH CLASS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Tiny Toes & Taps 3 to 4 Years (ALL DAYS & TIMES) - High Bun, No Part

Ballet & Tap Combo I Wed 4pm - 

Ballet & Tap Combo III Wed 7pm - 

Ballet & Tap Combo II Thurs 6pm -

Ballet & Tap Combo I Friday 6pm -

MBD Allstar Dance Team Fri 7pm

Ballet & Tap Combo I Saturday 10am

Pre Acro Dance - 

Acro Dance I-2 -

STAGE MAKE-UP

The following Make-Up tips are recommended, but not required. Tiny Toes students 2-5 years are not required to wear full make-up, but at the least, apply blush and lip gloss.  I’m providing these tips for those of you who are hair and make-up challenged. If your dancer does not have on stage makeup, they will appear on stage—as a faceless dancer. Theatre, concert hall, and auditorium stages are huge. These stages are also elevated and are a distance away from the audience.  The distance from the stage to the first row can be up to 100 feet. Whether you and your family are sitting in the 13th row or in the balcony, you want to to be able to see their face.  Stage makeup will help your dancer’s facial features look bigger, brighter, and more pronounced on stage.  If your dancer does not have on stage makeup and they are performing on a stage with bright, shining lights, their face and facial expressions will be washed out and hard to see. You want the stage lighting to enhance your dancer’s facial features, not wash them out.

Make-Up Tips:

Dancers need to wear special makeup when performing  Distance of the performer from the audience can cause the facial features to fade with distance


How-To Do Makeup on Children

1) Skin -- Foundation

With large powder brush, smooth translucent loose powder over entire face

2) Cheeks –

a. With blush brush, apply peach/pink or rose blush starting at hair line and pulling color forward and blending up

b. Contour hairline and under jawbone with cheek color.

3) Eyes –

a. With shadow brush, highlight brow bone with white (or beige) eye shadow

b. Apply secondary (brown) shadow in crease

c. Apply darkest brown shadow with makeup brush, darkest at lash line gradually fading up into crease.

d. Apply darkest shade of brown shadow along lower lash line, but keep the line thin to avoid “raccoon eyes”

4) Lips –

a. Line and fill lips in with Pink Lip Liner. Use a q-tip to blend, if necessary.

b. Fill lip in with Lip Stick or Lip Gloss (pink) No RED.

Visit the Link below for a full Tutorial: THIS TUTORIAL USES RED LIP COLOR, BUT WE LIKE PINK! THESE TIPS IN THE TUTORIAL ARE SIMPLY SUGGESTIONS. YOU MAY USE YOUR OWN COLORS TO MATCH YOUR CHILD"S SKIN TONE. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR A VIDEO TUTORIAL

Recital Make-Up Tutorial

Hair Tips: How to do the Perfect Bun

The bun keeps hair from flying in a dancer's face; it also creates a clean, elegant line for the dancer. Follow these steps to make the perfect bun:

Materials List:

Hairspray or hair gel

Bobby pins

Elastic Ponytail Holder (2)

Comb & Brush (fine tooth comb preferred)

1. To start the process, wet your hands and the hair with water. This will give you better control over the hair. Gather the hair and pull it back to the nape of the neck. Apply hair gel if you need more control over the hair.

2. Use a hair brush to smooth out rough or uneven areas. Form a pony tail by brushing the hair from the jaw line to the nape of the neck. This will form a low bun and will not conflict with dancers who are wearing hats. The placement of the pony tail determines the placement of the bun.

3. Use an elastic hair band to secure the pony tail. A tidy pony tail with hair drawn snugly back is the key to making a good bun.

4. Apply more water or gel to keep the hair neat, and twist the pony tail.

5. Coil the pony tail, by twisting it until it starts to form a circle around the base of the ponytail.

6. Use a second elastic pony tail all around the coil to secure it and then use bobby pins to secure the bun to the rest of the hair. Slide each pin through the outer part of the coil, then into the base of the bun.

For extra hold, when the bun and hair are all secure, use LOTS of hairspray.

If your dancer’s hair is too short for the bun, please have the front half of the hair pulled up and secured so it is out of the dancer’s face. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR A VIDEO TUTORIAL

Hair Bun Tutorial 

 

Planning

BE PREPARED! Gather all costumes, accessories, shoes, and makeup several days in advance so you know if something is missing or isn’t right. Make a checklist of your child’s routines, listing the costume, tights, shoes, and any accessories, and refer to it to make sure you have all your supplies before going to the venue

                                         Snacks
Please do not send your child to the recital with snacks or beverages that could stain their costumes. Crackers, energy bars, apples, carrot sticks, and string cheese are good choices. Water is the best beverage; please do not send juice boxes or other sticky beverages. Please never give them chocolate!

►►►ALL STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE AT 10:15AM ◄◄

Dancers are to arrive in their first costume, with their hair and makeup done, as there will not be enough time to complete it when they arrive.  

Only Lead volunteers are permitted onstage during recital. Please do not come up and take your child off the stage at the end of the FINALE.

ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO STAY FOR THE DURATION OF THE SHOW, AND WILL RETURN TO STAGE FOR OUR BIG FINALE AND CURTAIN CALL. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR CHILD AND LEAVE EARLY, AS IT IS EXTREMELY DISRESPECTFUL TO THE OTHER PERFORMERS. EVERYONE DESERVES TO HAVE A GOOD ROUND OF APPLAUSE, WHEN THEY FINISH EACH OF THEIR DANCES. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 Dancers are to arrive at the LAKEWOOD HIGH AUDITORIUM BY 10:15 AM. Seating will open to the public at 30 minutes prior to show time, and  will begin promptly at 11:00 aM.  The recital will be approximately 2 hours (if there are no glitches). All dancers  will need  to remain  with their class, in assigned dressing rooms and should not be wandering around. We DON'T want them to miss their dance! We will have class moms assist overseeing them as they await their turn on stage. When dancers arrive, they will check in with their room mom. You will sign in your dancer and also need to sign them out when picking them up from their class moms. 

AUDIENCE ETIQUETTE

Allowing children to run around or otherwise disrupt the performance is not fair to other audience members or the dancers. Parents who bring infants to the performance should quickly exit the seating area, if the infant begins to cry or create a distraction for the audience. Also, please be mindful of picture taking and video taping, and do not not stand in front of other audience members, while doing so. Please sqat down, or stay on the side.

        TICKET SALES & SEATING

Ticket Sale dates will be announced in October. Please remember that every guest who occupies a seat, including children, who cannot sit on a lap, will require a ticket to attend. Seating will open to the public at 10:30 AM and the show will begin promptly at 11:00 AM. We encourage our dance families to let their guests know, this.

ARRIVAL TO THEATER & CHECK IN PROCEDURE 

We will have a "Check in Booth" with their Room Moms signing their particular class in and escorting them down to the dressing rooms. Please bring them to the "Check in Check Out Area", which will an easy up located just outside, on the right side of the theater.  DO NOT BRING THEM ONTO THE STAGE.  You will need to sign them in when you arrive and sign them out before you depart.  THIS IS IMPORTANT!  PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THME WITHOUT SIGNING THEM OUT. Your child’s safety is very important to us. Please help us keep our students entirely safe by respecting and following these rules.

 

IMPORTANT!!!!

ALCOHOL, DRUGS, CIGARETTES, VAPING AND SMOKING ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED!!!! LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE CALLED IF NECESSARY. LAKEWOOD HIGH STAFF WILL BE ENFORCING THIS!

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR DANCER

  • Please ensure that your child has proper shoes and tights for Recital day, as they will stand out and not look uniform with their class.  

  • Snack will not be needed, as the performance is not that long, and children should be fed before they arrive at the Auditorium.  Please allow at least 45 minutes prior to performance for your child to eat, so that we don't have any upset tummies.

  • Dancers Name should be on all of their belongings and kept in a garment bag attached to their costume hangers. We need all parents to have all of their dancer’s things together for each dance. Since some of our dancers have several dances & costume changes, please have your child organized. Dancers should have all costumes, headpieces and shoes with them for recital. Please have your child arrive in their first dance costume, We highly recommend that you make a "To Bring" list prior to Recital day.

  • Have extra bobby pins, hairspray and makeup for touch-ups with them.

Dancers  need to wear makeup when performing, because distance of the performer from the audience can cause the facial features to fade or blur. However, it is not required.
NO BRACELETS OR NECKLACES NO  RUB ON TATOOS

  1. DANCE SHOES: ballet shoes strings must be tucked in.

  2. HEADBANDS, HEADPIECES, TIARAS MUST BE SECURED.  An extra bobby pin is always best.

  3. PROPER TIGHT COLOR!  Don't let your child stand out for the wrong reasons.  No runs or rips, and you may want to have an extra pair on hand, just in case.

  4. MOST IMPORTANTLY, SPEAK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE AHEAD OF TIME AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO SMILE AND ABOVE ALL "TO HAVE FUN!"

DANCIN' FOR A LIVIN'

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Printable Recital Information Packet
Performance & Participation Waiver
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