Important Dates Photo Day Dress Rehearsal Recital Show Order/Rehearsal Times Costumes Flower Reservations Order Video & Post Your Photos Studio Party

Important Recital-Related Dates


May 7, 2020
Dress Rehearsal for Recital (on THURSDAY!!)

Photo Day is April 27.

Thursday April 27th 3:30pm-5:30pm.

Daniel Doke’s Camera 3 Photography will be at our studio to give you the opportunity to have your dancer’s photo taken in his/her recital costume or dancewear.

The appointment sign up sheet is now available at the desk!

Two ways to sign up:
1. Come in and select your appointment time.
2. Call or email us and we can help you select a time that is convenient for you.

Dress Rehearsal Info

Date: Friday May 12, 2017
Place: Lowell Memorial Auditorium 50 East Merrimack Street Lowell, MA 01852 www.lowellauditorium.com
Time: Please click on the “Show Order/Rehearsal Time” tab to the left.

Guidelines for Dress Rehearsal . . .
Dress Rehearsal is for dancers and one parent/chaperone. No guests are allowed. Dress Rehearsal is not a place to bring family/friends. Anyone attending dress rehearsal other than our dancers and chaperone will be charged full price for a ticket. This rule will be strictly enforced so DO NOT bring extra people. All dancers participating in the recital are required to be at this rehearsal. It is very important that every dancer is familiar with the stage, exits and entrances, etc. to ensure a smooth show. We will have an ‘open rehearsal’ meaning that the dancers who are not having a turn on stage and their chaperones are allowed to sit in the auditorium and be our ‘practice audience’. As long as the noise level stays down we will continue with the open rehearsal. If it gets too loud and our rehearsal becomes unproductive, we will have to close it. Please keep in mind that we try to move along a quickly as possible. This rehearsal is for all involved: the dancers, choreographers, lighting crew, sound technician and backstage crew. Each group will rehearse once, some, for many different reasons may need to be run twice or even three times. Some routines are easier to block and light and some are harder so we ask that everyone brings their patience as we transfer all routines from the studio to the stage!

If You Are In One Dance Only . . .
Please arrive at the auditorium with one chaperone, in your costume with hair and makeup done. Upon entering the auditorium, look for the row of seats assigned to your dance and take a seat. Please wait quietly until you are called to the stage.

If You Are in Multiple Dances . . .
Please arrive at the auditorium with one chaperone dressed in your first costume with hair and makeup done. Follow signs to your dressing room. Find a spot to set up your costumes in the order you will be wearing them for the rehearsal and then proceed to the auditorium and sit in the row assigned to your group. Please wait quietly until you are called to the stage. At dress rehearsal the routines will be called to the stage from the auditorium, at recital you will be called from your dressing room.

Videotaping And Picture Taking . . .
Personal picture taking and videoing is strictly forbidden on the day of the actual show. Anyone found using a camera, camera phone etc. will be asked to leave. Because of this restriction, you are encouraged to take as many pictures and videos at the dress rehearsal as you like! Please take advantage this opportunity and tell your guests about this rule for recital day. Lowell Auditorium staff will be enforcing this rule. Your cooperation is imperative and greatly appreciated. The actual recital will be professionally recorded by Performance Video Productions who will be mailing ordering information to your home soon.

Notes About Costumes . . .
Your stage presentation requires some preparation. Kindly prepare your costume by doing the following:
1. Try your costume on at home to see what adjustments need to be made in advance.
2. Securely fasten all hair and headpieces with bobby pins, gel and hairspray.
3. Do not wear underwear under your tights! Tights take the place of underwear.
4. Tuck in all strings on ballet and pointe shoes. Double knot anything that ties-shoes, costumes!
5. Label all costume pieces, shoes and props with your name on it. This way we can notify you if we found it.
6. Check the website under ‘recital notes’ to find out proper accessories, hairstyles etc…
7. Our dress rehearsal will be professionally photographed. Costumes, hair/make-up etc. should be done exactly as it is expected to be for both dress rehearsal and recital.
8. All dancers in multiple routines need to wear a tan leotard with clear straps as a base under all costumes. This provides privacy when changing costumes as there is not enough time for dancer’s to leave the dressing rooms to change in the bathroom between routines.

One Final Note . . .
The most important thing to bring to dress rehearsal is your patience. Please know that we are all trying to speed it along while making sure the dancers feel comfortable with their performance on the stage and that the technical crew is ready for the show. It is a tough balance to keep everyone happy while producing such a large scale production. Again, we really want the kids to be able to see their siblings and friends perform and an open dress rehearsal is their opportunity. We will need the chaperones to help us maintain a workable atmosphere in the auditorium so we can have a productive ‘open’ rehearsal. Thank you so much!

Recital Info

Date: Saturday May 13, 2017
Place: Lowell Memorial Auditorium 50 East Merrimack Street Lowell, MA 01852 www.lowellauditorium.com
Time: Curtain time is 4:00pm SHARP! Performers are to be in their assigned dressing rooms READY TO DANCE no later than 3:15pm. Our show is 2 hours long.

Guidelines for Recital . . .
Dancers should arrive dressed in their first costume with hair and make-up already done. Dancers should report directly to the dressing room assigned to his/her class, follow signs posted in the lobby on the wall. Please do not bring your whole family backstage to drop off your dancer. One female only please. It is a good idea to bring something to keep the children busy such as coloring books, games etc.

Rules To Be Followed By all Performers . . .
To help our event run smoothly we have rules in place to be followed by all performers. Parents, we ask that you make your dancer aware of these rules:

There are absolutely NO dancers allowed in the audience the day of the show with the exception of our littlest groups: Getting To Know You and Be Our Guest (after they have performed) as well as the male partners in Father/Daughter. The balcony and floor will be monitored. Should you be found in the audience by security you will be ushered to the directors and you will not be allowed to perform. If you are not in the dressing room assigned to you, we will not know where to find you and you will risk missing your group perform. This actually happened, a dancer was not where she was supposed to be and she missed her routine. It was her only dance in the show. The dancer, her family and guests were devastated. Sometimes the show runs fast so we ask that you be ready and waiting for your dance to be called from the dressing rooms. This includes intermission. We need you in your dressing rooms even during intermission. This is when we begin lining up Act II. Sometimes instructors will need to speak to you during the show or at intermission so you need to be where you are assigned to be so we can find you. NO friends, family or guests are allowed in the dressing rooms. Only a parent wearing a ‘backstage pass’ badge obtained at ticket day.

Costume Note & Behavior Expectations . . .
We take care in selecting appropriate costumes for each dance and age level to promote uniformity on stage and a family show atmosphere. Any dancer who alters his/her costume in any way besides the normal alterations for fit will not be allowed on stage. They are to be worn the way you were instructed to wear them along with the requested hairstyle/makeup, tights and shoes.

All J & D dancers are expected to be on their best behavior, use their manners and be respectful towards chaperones, runners, backstage crew and each other. We are all here to make YOUR performance go well. We ask that you please leave the dressing rooms neat and take what you came with.



Attention Male Partners In Father/Daughter Dance. . .
Dance Like Your Daddy
Please wear your ‘outfit’ to the auditorium. A complimentary ticket will be given to each male partner at ticket day so they have a reserved seat to watch Act I. Please proceed to the backstage area immediately following #10 in Act II. The hallway is a circle around the stage so you will find the line up area and your dancer will be meet you there. After you perform you can watch a few more dances in the audience and then go back to the lineup area to meet your dancer for the finalé.

Finalé . . .
All dancers will stay backstage the entire show and come out for the Finalé bow/dance with the exception of our male dancers who should head backstage for finale after #12 Act II. After Finalé dancers will head back to their assigned dressing rooms to gather their things. Please be respectful of our dancers who may be changing, do not bring your whole family back to the dressing rooms.

Important!. . .
All parents planning to go backstage during the show for ANY reason...help with costume/hair changes, retrieve a little one, etc...you MUST be wearing a ‘backstage pass’ badge. We will have them at ticket day and during the weeks before the recital at the front desk. This is a sticker to be worn and show to security to enter the backstage area before, during and after the show. This is done for your child's safety and they are very strict.

Show Order/Rehearsal Times

ACT I
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DRESS REHEARSAL TIME - 4:00-5:00
1. Chicago
2. Egypt
3. Sing Away the Blues
4. Cosmic Love
5. Show Off
6. Lucky
7. Feel the Beat
8. Shopping
9. Paris Swing
10. Open Hands
11. Westworld
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DRESS REHEARSAL TIME - 5:00-6:00
12. How Far I'll Go
13. Shake the Room
14. Sleepover
15. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
16. Run
17. Getting Dressed for Tea
18. Singing in the Rain
19. The Princess Diaries
20. For All the Girls

ACT II
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DRESS REHEARSAL TIME - 6:00-7:15
1. Thoroughly Modern Millie
2. Imagine
3. Breathe
4. The Locomotion
5. The Greatest
6. No Return
7. Sea Cruise
8. Far East Beat
9. Move, Shake, Drop
10. Once More I Can See
11. Friend of Foe

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DRESS REHEARSAL - 7:15-8:30
12. Goodbye
13. Hot, Hot, Hot
14. A Change is Gonna Come
15. Dream
16. 20th Anniversary Alumni Dance
17. Not About Angels
18. Class of 2017
19. Naughty
20. Dance Like Your Daddy
21. Mars Mix
22. Finalé (no rehearsal)

Costume Details

Important Notes...
We take care in selecting appropriate costumes for each dance and age level to promote uniformity on stage and a family show atmosphere. Any dancer who alters his/her costume in any way besides the normal alterations for fit will not be allowed on stage. They are to be worn the way you were instructed to wear them along with the requested hairstyle/makeup, tights and shoes.

Your stage presentation requires some preparation. Kindly prepare your costume by doing the following:

1. Try your costume on at home to see what adjustments need to be made in advance.
2. Securely fasten all hair and headpieces with bobby pins, gel and hairspray.
3. Do not wear underwear under your tights! Tights take the place of underwear.
4. Tuck in all strings on ballet and pointe shoes. Double knot anything that ties-shoes, costumes!
5. Label all costume pieces, shoes and props with your name on it. This way we can notify you if we found it.
6. Click on costume tab above and find your class to read about proper accessories, hairstyles etc…
7. Our dress rehearsal will be professionally photographed. Costumes, hair/make-up etc. should be done exactly as it is expected to be for both dress rehearsal and recital.
8. All dancers in multiple routines need to wear a tan leotard with clear straps as a base under all costumes. This provides privacy when changing costumes as there is not enough time for dancer’s to leave the dressing rooms to change in the bathroom between routines.
9. Do not iron costumes! Wrinkles can be steamed out with a steamer or hung on a hanger in the bathroom through a few showers.
10.Tan Leotard: All dancers in more than one routine are required to wear a tan leotard under their costumes for privacy purposes while changing. See Tan Leotard from www.discountdance.com
Please click on your class to reveal all the details you need to know for your costume.

Flower Reservations

Floracause will be back once again with their beautiful flowers! This is also a fundraiser for the Angels Above Charity which is dedicated to providing support to chronically ill and critically ill children and their families at Massachusetts General Hospital. Flowers will be available at recital for purchase. However, if you'd like to reserve your bouquet in advance you can do so! Just download the form below and it will have all the information you need.

Flower Reservation Form

Order Video & Post Your Photos

Performance Video Productions will be mailing info directly to your home before the recital. If you would like to order a DVD online after the show, you can visit www.MyDanceVideo.com

Share your dress rehearsal and recital photos with us! Download Cluster, a free app for both Apple and Android devices and join our private group where you can view and post to our photo live feed! Last year we collected over 300 photos from lots of dancers, parents, and teachers - it was a huge success and so much fun!

Link to App for photo feed: https://cluster.co/i/VUZK9T76

After-Recital Party!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
at J & D Dance Academy

Please wear clothes you can dance in, bring your dance shoes and a labeled water bottle or two! We will be dancing for each other and having snacks! This is a fun class for the dancers to mingle, reflect on the recital and just have fun with each other before summer break!

3:30-4:30
Elementary age dancers

5:00-6:00 Middle School & High School age dancers