Dancer Border The Dance Conservatory

Recital Policies/Info

*DANCERS MAY NOT WATCH THE PEFORMANCES UNTIL AFTER THEY HAVE FINISHED PERFORMING.

*DANCERS MUST HAVE A TICKET TO WATCH THE SHOW.

*DANCERS MAY NOT ENTER THE AUDITORIUM IN COSTUME.

What do I do the day of? Arrive 30-45 minutes before show time. All dancers will head to the assigned dressing rooms. Dancers under 12 will need to be checked in and out by a parent or guardian. If your child is to leave only with you, and not with another family member, please let the volunteers know when you check them in. PLEASE DO NOT CHECK YOUR CHILD INTO THE DRESSING ROOM UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO LEAVE THEM THERE. It is too confusing for the hard working volunteers to have dancers running in and out.


*PARENTS MUST LEAVE DRESSING ROOM 10 MINUTES PRIOR TO SHOWTIME.

***IF YOU FEEL YOUR CHILD WILL BE DIFFICULT TO HANDLE DURING THE SHOW, PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING IN THEIR DRESSING ROOM, OR PICKING THEM UP AFTER THEY HAVE FINISHED PERFORMING.

PLEASE DO NOT CHECK YOUR CHILD INTO THE DRESSING ROOM UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO LEAVE THEM THERE. It is too confusing for the hard working volunteers to have dancers running in and out.

What if my child has a costume change? A dressing room will be provided for your child.


Can I wear nail polish or jewelry onstage? No. Please remove all toe and nail polish, as well as any jewelry (unless specified by your instructor).

Do I need to help my child change costumes? Nope! We have volunteers assigned to your children to help them change costumes. You are welcome to come backstage to help, but we strongly encourage that you enjoy the show you paid to see. You do not need to come backstage to help them.

What if I need to get up in the middle of the show? Please remember that everyone onstage is someone's child and their family and friends are excited to see them perform. Leaving the auditorium should be kept to a minimum and only if completely necessary. If you must leave, only do so between dances.

Can my dancer sit in with me in the audience? Dancers are only allowed to sit in the audience AFTER THEY HAVE FINISHED PERFORMING. We pride ourselves on a well run, professional show and on the safety of your dancers. We cannot do that if we do not know where the dancers are.

Dancers MUST STAY BACKSTAGE IN THEIR APPROPRIATE DRESSING ROOM UNTIL THEY HAVE FINISHED PEFORMING. All dancers 12 and under must be checked out by a parent, we do not allow them to leave the dressing room on their own.
COSTUMES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE AUDITORIUM.

Can I take pictures or video tape my child when they are onstage? Absolutely NOT. Not only is it dangerous for the dancers, we have professionals to take photos and videos for you! Ben Maldonado puts together an amazing video of each and every performance, which includes the highlight video seen at the beginning of the shows. Kelly Lehto with Island City Photography is backstage and in the audience capturing the performances from a very unique and artistic angle.

Please, don't make us confiscate your cameras and video recorders
(including cell phones!)
Keep them in your purse!

What should my hair and makeup look like for recital and dress rehearsal? All female dancers should have their hair in a low bun at the nape of the neck and a part on the left side of the head. All female dancers should wear a base foundation, powder, blush, mascara and a red lipstick. Older female dancers, in addition, should wear black eye liner, and black/grey/white eye shadows. Miss Brooke will be giving a free hair and makeup demo at the studio
Male dancers should wear a neutral lipshade, powder, and a neutral blush.

Should my dancers wear under garments with their costumes? Absolutely NO UNDERWEAR SHOULD BE WORN ON STAGE. Underwear under a dance costume is unnecessary, leaves lines and hangs out of costumes. If we notice your child is wearing underwear, we will ask them to take them off. Some dance costumes may require a dance bra underneath. Have your child try their costume on at home and remember that lights will be shining on them. You can purchase dance bras through discountdance.com or dancewearsoluntions.com as well as purchase them at Bottoms Up in Okemos. Please remember that discretion is key and all straps, hooks etc should be hidden. Dancers should not attempt to "push themselves up" onstage, but support themselves onstage. If your child is wearing a bra, you should not be able to tell.

What if my dancers costume doesn't fit? Your dancers costume may need slight alterations. Safety pins are tacky and reflect light onstage. Often times a simple adjustment to straps etc can make your dancer look more confident and professional.