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Dear Parents and Students,
For over three decades, Inspire Dance Arts has provided students with exciting performance experiences through its Recitals. It’s a rite of passage for thousands of dancers; a chance to shine in front of family and friends, that students anticipate with nervous excitement.
A big part of the dance training process includes learning through performance. The experience helps build self-esteem, self-assurance, and contributes to a sense of confidence. Performance opportunities contribute to children’s success in non-dance activities. That onstage experience can result in better in-school presentations, improved social skills, and strong interview skills for future college or job opportunities.
The rehearsal process is a tremendous learning experience as well. It helps the children develop retention skills, and they learn the positive aspects of working as a team.
It is the responsibility of the entire community, students, parents, teachers and directors to do their part to make a great show. The recital is only as successful as we make it - let's work together to make the recital a magical experience for your child!
We look forward to a great show!
Recital: Late May- Early June
Venue: Bert Church Theatre Airdrie, AB *Subject to change*
The Recital Bundle:
The Recital Bundle allows your child to have a fabulous experience. Included with your bundle is one complimentary dress rehearsal ticket (per family), a professional grade recital video, and a one of a kind Inspire Dance Arts T-shirt.
Participation in the recital does not require you to purchase any costume. We do our best to make new and original costumes for you year to year by using costumes and accessories from our vast storage closet.
We pride ourselves on selecting great, age appropriate costumes that students and families will love!
Information to be handed out in January and the full details in April.
Please come to the "Front Doors" on the side of Bert Church Theatre • 1000 East Lake Blvd NE, Airdrie, AB T4A 2A1
All children will be left with the capable Inspire Dance Arts staff or volunteer for the entire rehearsal and recital. All parents are welcome to stay in the lobby until the theatre auditorium doors open.
The goal of this time is to familiarize your child with the theatre stage and backstage, dressing room and process.
It is our goal to make the entire recital experience a complete JOY for you and your child.
Hair, Make-up & Tights
Dress Rehearsal: This is a CLOSED dress rehearsal and only one ticket is attached to admit ONE PERSON PER FAMILY.
This is the only chance you will have to record or take pictures of your own. Please come in to the theatre and sit in the audience with your dancer to wait for instructions.
HAIR: Inspire Dance Arts does require uniform hair styles for dancers on stage. We encourage parents to take our French braiding course earlier in the year (April) in order to practice and know what is expected of them and what needs to be done. Two French braids are preferred but one is absolutely acceptable. No colour elastics or clips should be used as they will be removed if used. The studio does offer assistance with braiding for a fee of $30. This covers the time used and replenishment of the hair kits used. If you are interested in this service, pelase email or call the office well in advance.
Bangs should be pinned back as it is helpful to have your child's hair off their face so that parents, family, friends and the video camera can clearly see your little star on stage.
Make-up: Each child should have on: 1) lipstick 2) blush and 3) purple-ish eye-shadow
Please see below a tutorial on stage makeup to better assist you. Little dancers do not need to wear as much makeup as the girl in the video. False eyelashes are optional for all dancers.
Please remove all jewellery, underwear, watches and earrings, etc.
Costume: Please have your child ready to dance in: 1) first costume 2) proper tights 3) French braids 4) shoes.
Stage tights are not going to match skin tone. Tights are "classical ballet pink" or "tan" and have no correspondence with ethnicity.
No parent will be allowed to remain backstage during the rehearsal or the show for any reason. Should your child have a medical condition or safety issue that our staff needs to be aware of, please submit it in writing to: email@example.com.
Please be advised that it is Inspire Dance Art's mission to make the recital a positive experience for all involved. We reserve the right to prevent your child from performing onstage if your child is demonstrating any kind of physical or emotional distress. Even in this case, we must adhere to the no refund policy on recital tickets and recital fees.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
How to Prepare:
- Ensure your child has slept well the night before.
- Ensure your child has had a good breakfast.
- Please ensure that your child has gone to the bathroom BEFORE leaving your home.
- Students MUST arrive to the theatre dressed in their costume with hair and make-up done!
- Remind your child to ask a grown up for help if needed.
- Inspire Dance Arts has arranged many staff members to help with our performance.
What to Bring:
- NO food and drink for your child. Water only but it will also be provided backstage. Please do not eat or drink in your costume.
- Make sure your child has brought all costume pieces, shoes, tights, and accessories the theatre and that every item is clearly marked with your child's name.
- Finale shirt and black bottoms to wear. All labelled.
- A labelled bag for them to place their items.
- Do not bring any extra items that can be lost, broken or stolen.
Inspire Dance Arts and the Theatre Staff will not be held responsible for ANY lost, broken, or stolen items while at the theatre.
In Case of Emergency:
Inspire Dance Arts makes every effort to create a safe, fun, positive, rewarding and enjoyable recital experience for your, your guests and your child.
However, should there be a case where IDA needs to contact you; it is your responsibility to ensure that your contact information is correct in our database.
- The recital will last approximately 2 hours
- The recital will include a 15 minute intermission.
Safety & Dismissal
Safety is our number one priority.
No child will be permitted to leave the theatre without their own parent that:
1) Is known to the IDA staff
2) One parent only in the line please, as to avoid congestion.
All dancers age 11 and over will be released through the theatre to meet up with their family.
Thank you in advance for your understanding, cooperation and assistance.