Dance

Dance Recital Frequently Asked Questions                                          

What is my responsibility for dress rehearsal and recital? Parents/guardians need to deliver your dancer to the Delaware Academy High School Auditorium dressed in their correct costume with nude footless tights (optional, but recommended), black sneakers, pink leather or pink canvas ballet slippers or foot undies, hair in a French braid or two French braids with tons of hairspray, and makeup ready to go by 4:45pm Friday and 5:45pm on Saturday. We will take a BIG GROUP PHOTO at 5pm SHARP.

 “Backstage helpers” will be with all the dancers in Mr. Deegan’s music room. They are in charge of the classes before they go onstage and in between dances, but as a parent/guardian, it is your responsibility to make sure your dancer is ready for the stage, but once you deliver them to us, we will take care of the rest. You can just sit back and enjoy the show!

Recital Tickets: Tickets are sold at the door at 6pm on Recital night. There are no assigned seats and it is first come, first serve! Sponsors receive one free ticket at the door. Kids 5 & under are free, people age 6-10 cost $6.00 and 10 & up are $12.00.

Snacks and Activities: Please pack water and snacks that are not messy for the dress rehearsal and recital. For the people who only take one class, there will be a long wait between their performance and the bows at the end of the show. Kids are welcomed to bring any quiet activities that they would like, for the dressing room.

How do I make my dancer’s costume look nice? Hang the costume up immediately after you receive it. Please LABEL ALL COSTUMES on the hangtag, so that kids do not mix up their costumes and/or we can identify the proper owner if anything gets left behind at dress rehearsal. We recommend that you include all costume accessories, i.e. gloves, socks, hairpieces, etc. in a baggy and attach it to the corresponding hanger.

What do the backstage helpers do? The backstage helper helps keep the class together before the performance. About 2-4 dances before the class is set to perform, the backstage helpers will come get the class. They will also take children to the potty when necessary and help with any quick costume changes.

What color tights does my dancer wear? Nude footless tights are recommended for any costume, aside from full-length pants, but are not required.

What should my dancer’s hair look like?  Hair is pulled back in a French braid or two French braids don’t be afraid to use lots of hair spray and bobby pins.

Do I wear underwear under my dance costume? This is a personal choice, however, this is what your tights are for. You do not need to wear any underwear under your costume if you are wearing tights, but you are welcome to. Older girls are invited to wear thong underwear to hide the underwear lines that show through a costume. If you are only in a hip-hop class and are not wearing tights, the choice is yours. Bras are allowed if they do not show and are pinned appropriately in your costume. Nipple petals or reusable pasties are preferred.

Should my dancer wear makeup for dress rehearsal and the show? Yes, please make sure your dancer is wearing full make up for both the rehearsal and the show. Stage makeup for all dancers include: Foundation, powder, silver eye shadow, pink blush, RED lips, mascara. Older dancers should also wear eyeliner and mascara. There are bright stage lights, and they will wash out your dancer’s face if they do not wear makeup. We want to see our dancers’ beautiful faces!

When will doors open? Doors open at 6:00pm.

How long is intermission? 15 minutes

How long is dress rehearsal 3 and ½ hours, but may run late!

How long will the show last? Approximately 1½-2 hours.

Will there be snacks during intermission? Kim Eighmey from Sweet Endings will provide cupcakes again this year! She’s AWESOME! Food needs to be kept in the hallways. Food is not allowed in the auditorium or in the backstage area or dressing rooms. Bottled water only will be allowed in the auditorium and dressing room area. 

Where do I enter Delaware Academy? Front and center. The kids can be left at the auditorium and there stuff can be dropped off in Mr. Deegan’s music room. 

What time do I need to be there? I repeat, please arrive to dress rehearsal by 4:45pm, so we can get started at 5pm sharp and on Saturday at 5:45pm.

How long do I have to change between dances? You can estimate that each dance is approximately 2 ½-4 minutes long, so please refer to the recital line-up to estimate your time to change. 

When will my pictures be available? 4-6 weeks after picture day.

Can I videotape? We ask that people keep recordings and snapshots to a minimum, as we will have a videographer and a photographer shooting on performance day! FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IS FORBIDDEN! It can distract dancers and cause them harm.

Professional DVD’s are available for $30.00 IF AT LEAST 25 PEOPLE PRE-PAY by 5/20. We have Sweet Home Productions out of Oneonta this year. Please sign-up for a copy & PAY CASH by the May 23rd If we get 25 to pre-pay, the DVD’s will also be sold at the door. It takes 3-6 weeks to receive your copy. DVD’s can be picked up at the studio.

FLOWERS: MANY dancers receive flowers from friends and parents. We do not sell flowers at the show, so be sure to pick some up before coming. Please support our local florist: Sheila’s Florist and/or the flower shop in Price Chopper are an option.

EXTRA DANCE OPPORTUNITY for ALL Hip-Hop Dancers & Level I Dancers: We know families enjoy seeing their child in more than one dance routine in the recital, so we are inviting dancers from ALL Hip-Hop classes to perform the hip-hop warm-up dance in the recital. For all the kids in Creative Movement, Baby Ballet, Modern I & Hip-Hop I, we welcome you to dance along to the song “Happy & You Know it” for another performance opportunity. Participating is optional! If you participate in the warm up dance, you will need black leggings or capris, black sneakers and the RECITAL TANK (It’s on the way!). For the Happy & You Know It dance we may have the kids from Baby Ballet and Creative Movement wear their shirt over their costume.

Additional Notes:

IF NEEDED: black leggings, ballet slippers, tights, foot undies, bras or nipple petals, booty shorts & black sneakers are NOT INCLUDED with costume.

BLACK sneakers are REQUIRED for ALL Hip-Hop Dancers, NUDE colored foot undies for all Modern Dancers and PINK Ballet Slippers for all ballerinas and Creative movement dancers. If you have your sneakers at the studio…DONT FORGET TO GRAB THEM BEFORE REHEARSAL! Dancers should double knot black sneakers so that they do not come undone on stage and WEAR NO SHOW BLACK SOCKS.

Please do not wash or dry your costume. Just in case! Please feel free to alter your costume, but please DO NOT USE safety pins, as they can stab a dancer during their performance.

Dancers are not allowed to have any loose glitter. It is strictly prohibited.

Dancers should not wear any jewelry except for anything that came with the costume, not even wedding rings or facial piercings. These can get caught on costumes or other dancers and cause harm.

Please tuck in your ballet bows on your ballet slippers. 

Dancers should not have any nail polish on at dress rehearsal or recital unless it is clear, LIGHT baby pink or French. This goes for the feet and the hands.

Please be sure that your dancer’s costumes are unwrinkled by either steaming them with a steamer or by turning on a hot shower and hanging your dancer’s costumes in the hot bathroom to get them unwrinkled.

If there are any tags inside your dancer’s outfit that are visible when your dancer puts it on, please cut them out.

HAIR PIECES: If you have a hair accessory, please be sure to use bobby pins to secure it in place, so that it does not fall off onstage.  If your child is in more than one dance the hair piece is NOT REQUIRED! If your child is wearing a hairpiece, you can place it anywhere…just please make sure it is REALLY SECURE! 🙂

Dancers should bring a change of clothes for after dress rehearsal, so their costume can be hung back up on the hanger.

Once dancers have finished performing, they will sit quietly in the dressing room. Again, feel free to send your child with a snack, water and an activity book or a quiet activity to entertain them during down time.

Please enter and exit between recital dances out of respect and courtesy to our dancers and other audience members.

Each class will come back on stage for the bows at the end of the show. After the bows the curtain will close for a moment and then will reopen, so parents can collect their kiddos! J We hope to see you in August to register for fall dance, so we can do it all over again! Have a great summer!!

Summer Theatre & Tap Dance Workshop COMING THIS JULY! This summer we will offer a 1-week summer theatre and dance camp. This camp will meet for 2 hours per evening. A 45-minute tap class w/Vicky Lundell, then a 15 min break, then a 1-hour theatre class w/Raegan Reed. We will read from the Alice in Wonderland play. Ages 5 & up welcome! Time & date to be determined based on what is best for all interested parties! Please contact Raegan for more info or to get signed up!

The cost will be $100 for the 10-hour summer camp. ($10 per hour, like usual). SPACE WILL BE LIMITED!

Please contact Raegan Reed or the front desk if you have any other questions.

As always thank you for your continued support and encouragement!

We are happy to help!

xo,

Raegan Reed & The Delhi Dance Studio Staff

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Raegan Reed holds a BFA Degree with a major in Dance from SUNY Brockport. Upstate Life Magazine named Raegan the Face of Fitness in Delaware County. Raegan has been a fitness and dance instructor for over 10 years and has had experience teaching in NYC, Florida, Upstate NY, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, and will travel to Jamaica to teach in 2017. Reed is the owner and dance studio director at The Cardio Club & Delhi Dance Studio in Delhi, NY since 2009.

As a college student, Reed was the President of the SUNY Brockport dance department, as well as an officer of the SUNY Brockport competitive Dance Team. Raegan was a dance competition adjudicator for Shine Dance Competitions in Canada for 3 years, an advisor for the SUNY Delhi Dance Team and is an adjunct professor of Dance at SUNY Delhi as well.

While living in NYC Raegan was a guest instructor on the WB Morning News Show several times and  has also appeared on New York 1 News, WBNG News and been photographed for Jane Magazine and the New York Times. Raegan Reed was a featured dancer at the American Theatre of Actors (Off-Broadway) in NYC, where she performed in “Shirley at the Tropicana”.

Raegan has trained with several professional dance companies, including: Garth Fagan, Gus Giordano, Sean Curran, David Dorfman, Complexion’s, Manhattan Dance Project, & Lisa Race. She has studied and performed at NYU, Alvin Ailey Dance Studio, Broadway Dance Center, The American College Dance Festival, and Heidelberg New Music Festival. Raegan has written, produced, and hosted a Television Pilot entitled “The List”.

Reed was the president of the Greater Delhi Area Chamber of Commerce for 4 years, the chair person for the Delhi Children’s Christmas Fund, the creator of the LiveFit Challenge, and is the founder and President of C.L.A.S.I., The Catskill Ladies Association to Support & Inspire.

Raegan enjoys spreading her love for dance amongst the youngsters and adult dancers in her community and hopes to continue to do so for a long time.

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