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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

 

General Recital Questions

 

2019 Dates & Deadlines

 

Technical Rehearsals

 

Dress Rehearsal

 

Recital Day

 

Audience Members

 

 

 

 

General Questions

 

Where is the recital held?

Our recital is held at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL (just west of US 45), in the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. Click HERE for a campus map - look for building JLC.

 

When is the recital held?

Our recital is held at the conclusion of the school year, at the end of May or beginning of June. The 2019 recital will be on Saturday, June 1st, at 5pm.

 

How long is the recital?

Our recital is typically about two hours.

 

Who performs in the recital?

All classes - Preliminary through Teen - are welcome to perform in the recital.

We believe that performance is an important part of dance education, and that the professional performance experience should be available to all students, not just to company members.

Faculty members also perform in our show, giving students the opportunity to see where their dance training can take them.

 

Is participation in the recital mandatory?

No. Participation in the recital is optional, however it is strongly encouraged as performance is an important part of dance education, and students enjoy getting to demonstrate what they’ve learned throughout the year.

 

Are there rehearsals on stage prior to the recital?

Yes, there are two rehearsals on stage. Each class has a short technical rehearsal during the week prior to the show instead of their regular class in the studio. There is also a dress rehearsal on the Friday evening before the recital, where we run through the entire show with costumes and lighting.

 

Is there a fee for participating in the recital?

Yes. There is a recital fee per student per class to cover costumes and accessories. See “2019 Info & Schedules” for the 2019 recital fee amounts.

 

Do audience members need tickets?

Yes. Tickets will go on sale at the studio in early April, and can also be purchased at CLC on recital day (if still available). Seating is reserved, so early purchase is recommended. Students performing in the recital do not need tickets.

Note: Purchases made at our sales event in early April will receive special early-bird pricing!

 

Are parents allowed backstage?

Only parents who volunteer prior to recital day will be permitted backstage. Parent volunteers will supervise students backstage throughout the entire show, and do not need to purchase a ticket. Volunteers may watch their children’s dances from the wings.

 

Are photos and/or video of the recital available?

Yes. Our show is documented by professional photographers and videographers. (Please note that CLC does not permit ANY personal photography/videography inside the auditorium.)

 

 

 

2019 Dates & Deadlines

 

When are recital fees due?

Recital fees are due Thursday, November 15, 2018. After this date, costume availability cannot be guaranteed, and orders are subject to additional shipping fees.

 

When do recital tickets go on sale?

Recital tickets will go on sale in early April at the studio.

Note: Purchases made at our April sales  event will receive special early-bird pricing!

 

When is the deadline to submit program ads/messages?

Program ads/messages can be ordered beginning in early April, and must be submitted by Saturday, May 4, 2019 to be included in the recital program.

Note: Purchases made at our April sales event will receive special early-bird pricing!

 

When is the deadline to order DVDs?

DVDs can be ordered beginning in early April. There is no deadline for ordering a recital DVD, however the cost of a DVD does increase after recital day.

Note: Purchases made at our April sales event will receive special early-bird pricing!.

 

When will I receive my recital DVD?

DVDs are usually ready approximately 8 weeks after the recital. This is the time necessary to achieve the best edit from the two-camera footage. You will be notified when DVDs are ready to be picked up at the studio.

 

 

 

Technical Rehearsals

 

When and where are the technical rehearsals?

Technical rehearsals will be held on May 28 - May 30, 2019 at the College of Lake County in the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. Each class will be assigned a short rehearsal time on one of these days. Students should arrive 10 minutes prior to their rehearsal start time and be ready to dance - our tight schedule does not allow us to wait for latecomers.

 

Are technical rehearsals mandatory for performers?

Yes. Students must attend their technical rehearsals to practice the spacing of their dances on stage. If you believe you will have a serious conflict with your rehearsal time(s), please speak with your instructor and email the studio as soon as possible.

 

Where will students be checked in and out?

Students will be checked in at the left auditorium door in the CLC lobby, and will remain inside the auditorium until a parent/guardian checks them out at the same door.

 

What should students wear to their technical rehearsals?

Students must be dressed in their usual class uniform and have their hair up and secured as required for class.

 

What should students bring to their technical rehearsals?

Students must bring their appropriate dance shoes, labeled with their name.

Students may not bring any food or drink into the auditorium.

Students should not bring any activities as the auditorium will be dark.

 

Can family members watch technical rehearsals?

No. These are closed rehearsals, so only students, faculty, and volunteers may enter the auditorium. This helps keep the students focused and the rehearsal running smoothly.

 

Do parents need to stay during their child’s rehearsal?

Parents are not required to stay in the building during the rehearsal, but are welcome to wait in the lobby if they would like.

 

Can students stay and watch other rehearsals?

No. Students must be picked up as soon as they are finished rehearsing.

 

Can I send another parent to pick up my child?

If you would like another adult to pick up your child, please email the studio or speak with check-in/check-out personnel  when you drop off your child. We will not release your child to anyone outside your family without prior consent.

 

 

 

Dress Rehearsal

 

When and where is dress rehearsal?

Dress rehearsal is on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the College of Lake County in the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. Student check in and check out times are individually assigned to minimize the amount of time each student must stay, and will be emailed out prior to the rehearsal.

 

Is dress rehearsal mandatory for performers?

Yes. Students must attend dress rehearsal. If you believe you will have a serious conflict with your rehearsal time, please speak with your instructor and email the studio as soon as possible.

 

Where will students be checked in and out?

Students will be checked in and out at the left backstage door in the CLC lobby.

 

What should students wear to dress rehearsal?

Students must arrive in full costume with hair and makeup done for their first dance of the show.

 

What should students bring to dress rehearsal?

Students must bring their dance shoes, labeled with their name.

If in multiple dances, students must bring all other costumes and accessories, and any necessary hair supplies.

 

How should costumes for other dances be packed?

(See below. Answer to this question under “Recital Day”)

 

How should performers’ hair be done?

(See below. Answer to this question under “Recital Day”)

 

How should performers’ makeup be done?

(See below. Answer to this question under “Recital Day”)

 

Can family members watch dress rehearsal?

No. These are closed rehearsals, so only students, faculty, and volunteers may enter the auditorium. This helps keep the students focused and the rehearsal running smoothly.

 

Can I help my child with costume and hair changes?

Parent volunteers will be backstage to assist students with costume and hair changes. Others will not be permitted backstage, and students will not be released to the lobby between dances. If you would like to assist your child, please ask about volunteering backstage.

 

Do parents need to stay during dress rehearsal?

No. Backstage volunteers will be responsible for all students throughout their rehearsal time.

 

Can performers bring snacks or drinks?

Yes, although it is certainly not necessary, as water fountains are available backstage. Be sure to send any food/water in sealed containers, and avoid anything messy or sticky (See below, under "Recital Day," for a list of permitted/recommended snacks). No drinks other than water are permitted.

 

Can performers bring games or activities?

Yes. Things like books, playing cards, crossword puzzles, and electronic handheld games are great choices, just be sure to label everything with your child’s name.

 

Can I send another parent to pick up my child?

If you would like another adult to pick up your child, please email the studio or speak with check-in/check-out personnel  when you drop off your child. We will not release your child to anyone outside your family without prior consent.

 

 

 

 

Recital Day

 

When and where is the recital?

The recital is on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the College of Lake County in the James Lumber Center of the Performing Arts. The show will begin at 5:00pm. Student check-in times will be individually assigned, and will be between 4:00 and 4:30pm.

 

Where will students be checked in and out?

Students will be checked in and out at the backstage doors left of the auditorium. The adult who checks in your child age 12 or under will be given a colored wristband, and must be the same adult who will check out your child after the show. Students age 13 and older may check themselves in and out.

 

Can students check in before their assigned time?

No. Students will not be permitted to check in until their individually assigned time.

 

Should performers arrive already in costume?

Yes. Performers must arrive in costume with hair and makeup already done for their first dance. Students may not check in until fully ready.

 

How should costumes for other dances be packed?

Costumes should be packed on a hanger labeled with the student’s name, the class name, and the dance number (in the Show Order). Accessories should be packed in a Ziploc bag attached to the hanger (by poking the hook of the hanger through the bag).

 

How should performers’ hair be done?

(To be determined by each instructor in the spring - detailed information will be emailed to you)

 

How should performers’ makeup be done?

Here are some general guidelines:

  Preliminary & Toddler - a little blush, a little lipstick, a little mascara if tolerated

  Foundational & Elemental - eye shadow, mascara, blush, lipstick

  Transitional & up - deeper tones and heavier application of everything above,

                                          plus eyeliner

 

Can performers come late or leave early on recital day?

No. Backstage doors will remain locked throughout the show. Students will only be permitted in and out during the designated check-in and check-out times.

 

Can performers bring snacks or drinks?

Students may bring a snack, but certainly do not need to as the show lasts no more than two hours. However, messy and sticky foods such as chocolate, peanut butter, jelly, yogurt, crackers, and cookies are not permitted.

Recommended Snacks include apple slices, pear slices, grapes, raisins, nuts, carrot sticks, celery sticks, cheese sticks, cheerios, and gummy fruit snacks.

No drinks other than water are permitted.

 

Can performers bring games or activities?

Yes. Things like books, playing cards, crossword puzzles, and electronic handheld games are great choices, just be sure to label everything with your child’s name.

 

Are parents allowed backstage?

Only parents on the volunteer list prior to recital day will be permitted backstage. Parent volunteers will supervise students backstage throughout the entire show, and do not need to purchase a ticket. Volunteers may watch their children’s dances from the wings.

 

Can I help my child with costume and hair changes?

Only backstage volunteers will be able to assist in costume and hair changes, as the backstage doors will remain locked throughout the entire show, including intermission.

 

If I check my child in, can my spouse check them out?

No. When you check in your child age 12 or under, you will be given a colored wristband with your child’s name. Children will only be released to the adult wearing the wristband with their name, so the same adult must check them in and out. Students age 13 and up may check themselves in and out.

 

When and where do I check my child out?

At the conclusion of the show, adults wearing colored wristbands should remain in the auditorium until their color is called. When your color is called, you should exit the auditorium through the left door and line up at the backstage door where your child was checked in. When you get to the door, display your wristband, and your child will be released to you.

Note: Do not exit the auditorium until your color is called. Your child will not

             be available for check-out until that time.

 

Can students 13 and older exit to the lobby as soon as the performance is over?

No. Students are escorted to the exit by dressing room, so even though these students are old enough to check themselves out, they must remain in their dressing room until a DTNI faculty member comes to get their group.

However, our entire check-out process takes only about 10 minutes total, so no student will need to wait for long.

 

 

 

 

Audience Members

 

Do audience members need tickets?

Yes. Seating is reserved, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets early. Students will be backstage during the entire performance, so do not need tickets.

 

Do young children need tickets?

Small children do not need a separate ticket if they sit on a parent’s lap, as tickets are per seat.

 

Are tickets available for wheelchair seating?

Yes, there are wheelchair accessible areas just inside the auditorium doors. Chairs are also available in this section, as well as permanent seating along side it, so families will not need to split up.

 

When and where are tickets sold?

Tickets are sold at the studio beginning in early April. Tickets can also be purchased at CLC on recital day (if still available).

 

What should audience members wear?

As this is an evening performance, dressy casual attire is appropriate out of respect for the performers.

 

Can audience members take photos or video?

No. CLC does not permit ANY personal photography or videography.

Professional photos and video will be available.

 

Can audience members bring food or drinks?

No. There is absolutely no food or drink permitted inside the auditorium. Concessions and water fountains are available in the lobby only.

 

Can audience members have cell phones, etc?

All cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off while inside the auditorium.

 

What time do the auditorium doors open?

Doors open about 30 minutes before the start of the performance, so at about 4:30pm.

 

What if audience members arrive late?

Latecomers will be seated between dances, at the discretion of CLC personnel.

 

Can audience members go backstage?

No. Backstage doors remain locked throughout the entire show, including intermission.