Recital Information 2019


Full Costume Dress Rehearsals: 

At Westside High School. Rehearsal "A", Saturday 5/11 8:00-11:30am |  Rehearsal "B", Saturday 5/11 1:00-3:30pm.

When you enter through the main entrance, you will check in at the table in the lobby and will be directed toward your dancer's dressing room. When you arrive at your dressing room, please drop students and all of their belongings backstage with the StageMoms quickly, and return to the auditorium to watch, or head home. Students will be released after they've rehearsed their last dance (please refer to the rehearsal schedules below). Please note that we try to remain on schedule, but may run early if things are going smoothly so plan to return to the high school 30 minutes early just in case. 

These are fun and exciting days for the kiddos, but they can be long days and some dancers will have a lot of time between their dances to wait in the dressing room. Please send plenty of "costume friendly" snacks and activities with your child. When packing snacks for your child for this weekend, please remember nothing chocolate, cheese-coated, sticky, or full of food coloring!  

If you haven't already done so, please label all costume pieces, tights, shoes, and activities you will be bringing backstage.

Rehearsal A Check-In : 7:30-7:45am. Dancers are on stage for finale* at 8am.

Rehearsal B Check-In : 12:30-12:45pm. Dancers are on stage for finale* at 1pm.

*All students, except those in our Me & My Buddy classes, are in the All Studio Finale.

The schedules below are subject to changes to make the show run as smoothly as possible.

  1. Rehearsal A Schedule

  2. Rehearsal B Schedule

  3. Find out if your dancers are in “A” or “B” here



At Westside High School. Recital "A" Saturday 5/11 6pm  |  Recital "B" Sunday 5/12 at 11am. 

Students will report to their StageMoms in full hair and make up. Just like at rehearsal, parents are to drop students off with their StageMom and return to the lobby. All students will remain backstage until after the finale, where parents may pick them up from their dressing room. 

Parents and visitors are NOT allowed backstage during intermission as students are making quick changes before their next routines. 

Recital A - Doors will open by 5:45pm. The show will start promptly at 6:00pm. We anticipate the show wrapping up around 8:00pm. 

Recital B - Doors will open by 10:45am. The show will start promptly at 11:00am. We anticipate the show wrapping up around 1:00pm.

The auditorium will be cleaned out between shows, so please do not attempt to save seats between rehearsal and recital. Items left on chairs will be removed and placed in our lost and found. 

Recital A Check-In : Students may report directly to their dressing rooms between 5:15-5:30pm.

Recital B Check-In : Students may report directly to their dressing rooms between 10:15-10:30am.

  1. Recital Video. Order your recital videos online anytime between now and show day for the best price!

Hair + Makeup + Tights:  

For our Me and My Buddy Dancers:

  1. Hair/Makeup/Costume Instructions

For Our Dancers Ages 3+:

  1. Makeup

  2. Hair

  3. Tights

For our Male Dancers:

Hair: Hair should be clean, combed, and styled in it’s usual manner. If your dancer’s hair is long, gel or hairspray to hold it in place will ensure your dancer looks polished on stage and isn’t tempted to touch his hair in the middle of the routine.

Makeup: Though it’s not required, our male dancers may choose to wear foundation, bronzer underneath the cheekbones, and/or eyeliner and mascara to help features pop on stage. The decision to wear makeup or go with a bare face is up to each dancer and their parents.

Tights and Shoes: Male dancers will wear black pants on stage and will not need tights. Shoes should match the selection for your class(es), with the exception that ballet shoes should be black instead of pink to match your black pants.

Other Important Notes:


  • Tutus and skirts will likely need to be steamed. You may be able to hang the costume in the bathroom with a hot shower running to get the wrinkles out - other costumes may have fabric in need of a steamer or the steam setting on your iron. Just be careful with the heat settings and do a test patch on the underside before steaming top layers, just to be safe!

  • Items should be carried to and from these events in a garment bag (a trash bag works in a pinch!). Please do not cram costumes into a small bag or wear them in the car to help prevent wrinkles and stains.

  • Please remember to label each piece with your dancer’s name in case things get mixed up backstage.


  • Jewelry and nail polish must be removed.

  • Underwear is not allowed under costumes. 

  • Please write your dancer's name in every item they bring. This includes shoes, tights, costumes, and any personal belongings you hope to bring home.

  • When you arrive to Westside, please check in at the table in the lobby and follow the directions to your dancers dressing room. Little ones may want to run to the restroom one last time before dropping students off with their StageMoms.

  • All classes will have at least one designated “StageMom”. When dropping off your dancers please find your StageMom and return to auditorium. NO Parents are allowed backstage unless specifically instructed by an SDA faculty member. StageMoms will be in charge of hair and makeup touch-ups, as well as any costume changes that are required backstage. 

  • In addition to the garment bag holding dancer’s costumes (if you don’t have a garment bag, an upside down garbage bag will work - we just hope to keep costumes clean during transport!), we suggest each dancer brings the rest of their belongings in a laundry basket or large bin with their name on it. This laundry basket should hold all the other belongings that don’t fit on hangers in the costume bag : dance shoes, tights, costume accessories and grooming items. Having these items in an open bin instead of in a small dance bag helps tremendously during quick changes, and provides each dancer with a “home base” to keep their belongings which allows even little ones to be more self-sufficient backstage.

  • Be sure your dancer has drinks and snacks (no chocolate, orange cheese products, or drinks other than water and please no peanuts or peanut products).  Books, games, or other activities will certainly help during long waiting periods. You may not take your dancer from Westside in between his/her dances.

  • Parents and visitors are NOT allowed backstage during intermission at recital as students are making quick changes before their next routines. 

  • Cameras and video cameras are not allowed during recital, but are encouraged during rehearsal. We ask that if you take pictures during rehearsal, please share them with us by emailing or tagging us on InstagramFacebook or YouTube!


FREE TICKETS: All free tickets must be picked up by Thursday May 9.

  • Each family will receive 2 complimentary tickets for each show they have a dancer in.

  • Students who are only performing in one show are able to receive a complimentary ticket to the other performance to cheer on their friends and siblings from the audience. 

  • StageMoms and other volunteers will receive 2 additional free tickets as a token of our appreciation. 

  • Students and StageMoms will not need tickets, as they will be backstage for the entire recital.


  • Tickets are available in the studio Monday April 29 - Thursday May 9 for $8/ticket.


  • Tickets sold at the door are $10/ticket.