Recital Handbook

Stars On Stage Dance Academy

Recital Handbook


Since 2003, Stars on Stage Dance Academy has offered students with exciting performances/recitals. The recital is a rite of passage for many, conjuring up images of childhood. It’s 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 and contributes to a sense of confidence. Performance opportunities contribute to success in various aspects of a child’s non-dance activities, including better in-school presentations, better social skills, and stronger interview skills for college and job opportunities and preparation for a possible professional performing career. The choreography process is a tremendous learning experience as well. It helps the child develop retention skills and working with classmates to create a group performance sets the example of the positive aspects of working as a team to create the best end result. The recital offers students and their families a professionally directed performance and allows our students the opportunity to present the results of an entire year’s hard work, dedication and progress.

Dedication to the recital commitment is the responsibility of both our students and parents. We’ve created the Stars On Stage Dance Academy Recital Handbook to offer our dancers and their parents a clear understanding of their commitments and responsibility to the recitals, our dance program and your child’s classmates.


As the season progresses, additional recital information or updates will be posted in the dance studio, and in monthly newsletters. It is your responsibility to keep abreast of this very important information. It is our goal to make the recital experience organized and exciting for all involved. The recitals are truly a team effort; students, their parents, the teachers and the director are key players in the success of the show. Please make it a priority to keep updated with the latest information.


To insure student’s confidence in their performance, we ask parents or guardians to encourage their child to rehearse their choreography for the recital on a regular basis. A copy of your child’s dance music will be made available. Please provide a blank

recordable CD or pay $3 for a copy of the music. While home study is valuable, it does not replace regular class attendance. It is imperative that students attend class on a

regular basis. Absenteeism may result in a student not being able to perform in the show out of consideration for classmates who have worked hard and remained dedicated.


Many hours are spent determining the correct costumes for each class. Costumes will always be modest, age appropriate and of the highest quality possible. Recital costumes are made to order; for the most part, they are made and shipped from out of state.

The director holds the final decision on all costume selections.

· Delivery: In an effort to insure costume delivery for photographs and an organized distribution to our students, the Stars On Stage places orders by December 15th. Costume manufacturers begin their production process as soon as the order and payment is received. They do not accept cancellations, changes to the order or offer refunds.

Stars On Stage does not order a costume unless fees are paid in full. Parents or guardians accept full responsibility for all expenses, including surcharges and postage fees for costumes that are ordered late. Stars On Stage does not take responsibility if the costume company cannot deliver a late order for recital.

· Payment schedule for costumes:

December 1st – Costume Deposit

February 1st – Costume Balance

· Sizing: Each student’s measurements will be individually calculated by dance staff to determine the proper size to be ordered. All costumes are final sale.

· Alterations: Once the costume is distributed, the expense of alterations will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

· Distribution: All costumes will be distributed to students during their class time. Not all shipments will be received at the same time. Costumes typically do not arrive until late March, early April. Students should not wear their costumes or accessories prior to picture day, dress rehearsal and performance. Stars On Stage is not responsible for

replacing costumes damaged by wear.

· Taking it home: Try it on. Hang your costume in a closet where it has space to breathe. Tutus should be hung upside down to allow for expansion. Do not wash or iron your costume. Check straps that may need to be sewn or pinned. Label

your costume with your child’s name.

· Recital day: We suggest that female dancers do not wear underwear underneath their tights or may wear NUDE undergarments. They tend to fall below the

leotard and show from the stage.

· Withdrawal: If a parent or guardian withdraws their child from the program at any time they will not receive a refund for costume payment. They may pick up their paid costume at the time of general costume distribution and up to 15 days after the performance. Costumes not picked up after 15 days will be either donated to

charity or resold.

· Tights: To avoid discrepancies in color and shade of tights, students are required to purchase tights through Stars On Stage or a recommended vendor. Be sure to purchase the correct style number. Having a back-up pair of tights can

offer a great sense of security for the student and parent or guardian.

· Shoes: A list of shoes required for the performance will be provided through the director and instructor. Students are required to have the correct color and style of shoes for performances. Shoes may be dyed or painted to achieve the correct color. Stars On Stage reserves the right to adjust the color of shoes for a student.


Participation in the dress rehearsals is mandatory.

The dress rehearsal offers your child the opportunity to become familiar with the auditorium surroundings and become comfortable in their performance, costume and stage. It offers your child’s teachers and the director the opportunity to be sure your

child makes the best possible impression. Lighting, music cues, set changes and other logistics for an organized and professional performance are rehearsed. We run an organized and timely dress rehearsal; parents and guardians help with the process will guarantee a professional production. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your child’s scheduled rehearsal time. Students should arrive in costume, hair pulled back in proper hairstyle. Students should wear street shoes until arriving at the auditorium. Students will be dismissed from rehearsal once they have completed all their routines. Food and drink during the rehearsal is not permitted and is strictly enforced. No exceptions.

Dressing Room Etiquette

Students must respect other’s space and property in the dressing rooms. Parents, guardians and guests who are not serving as official volunteers are not permitted in the

dressing room. Do your best to keep the dressing rooms organized and clean. No food or drink is allowed. Label all your belongs so they can be returned if left behind, including costumes, street clothes, shoes, tights, make-up bags, dress bags. Lost and found items

will be donated to charity or discarded 15 days after recital.

Dress rehearsal guests

Parents or guardians may accompany students to rehearsal. Please no siblings who do not dance. Other guests should wait to attend the recital performance and will be asked to leave the rehearsal area.

Recital drop off and pick up

Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the show. Students should arrive in costume, hair pulled back in proper hairstyle (make –up on), and a bag with their dance shoes and belongings in it. Students accompanied by parent or guardian should locate the check in table in the lobby where they will be checked in and turned over to their class mom. Parents or guardians must remain in the auditorium or lobby until the class has been dismissed. When the recital is over, the class mom will bring the entire group and their belongings to the check in table in the lobby and the director will dismiss each child to their parent or guardian (No other family member or sibling will be allowed to pick up the students from dismissal).

During the show, parents or guardians are not allowed to pick up children back stage until the end of the show, no exceptions. Please designate ONE Parent or guardian to pick up your dancer at the Check In Table.

Video and photography

Dress rehearsal is the opportunity for parents or guardians to video tape or shoot non- flash photography of their child. The recital will be professionally videotaped. Order forms will be available prior to and at recital.




All students will participate in a finale at the end of the recital. Students

remain in their final costume for the finale.

Recital tickets To attend the Stars On Stage Dance Recital all attendees must purchase a ticket (Students of SOSDA do not need a ticket). All accounts must be paid in full before the recital or the student will not be able to participate in the show.


No eating, drinking or smoking in the auditorium. Dancers will remain backstage with their class moms during the recital. Horseplay will not be tolerated.


Class moms (volunteers) are needed for each class to supervise the dancers. Classes with more than 10 students require two volunteers. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer. A volunteer form is required. Volunteers will receive an identification badge which must be worn during rehearsal and recital. Guests and younger children are not allowed backstage while you are volunteering. If there are too many volunteers, you may be asked to work with children from another class. All volunteers need to be prepared to work within the system to make everything flow. Volunteers will watch their child perform from backstage only. Our Backstage managers work very hard to make sure everything works; please rely on their experience. We ask all volunteers to follow all instructions from the backstage manager. Recital weekend is a hectic experience; all volunteers must work in a cooperative manner at all times.


Recital isn’t an “on that day” event. Gather all your costumes, accessories, shoes and makeup several days in advance in case something is missing or isn’t exactly right. Write down your dress rehearsal time and location of recital. A check list of your child’s

routines will be provided, including their costume, color tights, shoes and any accessories. Make sure you have all your supplies before arrival.


Bring at least one extra pair tights, extra hair gel, hair nets, bobby pins, safety pins and hair spray with you. A few other items that may come in handy:

Baby wipes (fix make up, clean dirty hands)

Baby powder (for itchy costumes)

Clear nail polish (fix minor runs in tights)

Your pain reliever of choice (older students only)

Band aids


Family members and friends do not belong backstage or in the dressing rooms during rehearsal or recital. The same applies during intermission and after the show. There is a lot of backstage activity and limited space. Dressing rooms are a private area. Parents or guardians may not pick up children from the dressing room during the show. If you wish to present flowers to your dancer, please do so in the lobby area.


All female students should but don’t have to wear make-up for recital: red lipstick, blush, eye shadow.


All students must wear their hair as the teachers requested for the class. Short bangs are OK; if they are long enough to be pinned back, they should be pinned back. No beads. For dancers with short hair, it must be pulled away from the face and slicked down. Pin all hair accessories hats, bows, flowers and such to the hair.


All props are the property of the Stars On Stage and need to be turned in backstage after the performance. Props include any items that are used to enhance a routine, including but not limited to canes, parasols, beach balls, etc..


Trophies are awarded to students who have danced in a Stars On Stage Dance Academy recital for 3, 5, 10, and 15 years consecutively. Forms will be distributed to assist our staff with making sure all students who are eligible receive a trophy. Trophies

are presented to students at recital during the finale.

If you have questions about any of the information in this handbook, please contact us at 631-476-7556.

Happy Dancing

Miss. Michelle, Miss. Kerri, Miss Sarah

Stars On Stage Dance Academy Staff

Stars On Stage Dance Academy · 371 Boyle Road · Selden ny 11784 631-476-7556