Below is general information regarding our Spring Showcases. 2020 Information will be posted soon!

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Our annual Spring Showcase is always an exciting event! Following the guidelines below have proven successful in the past, so let’s continue  to have many more successful shows! Some rules come directly from our venue, so please be sure to read them closely.

Meetings will be held in the Spring to review all details and answer questions to ensure the best experience for you and your dancer! Showcase meetings are required for new students, and encouraged for return students.

Guest Information and Etiquette

  • Venue: TBA
  • Parking: TBA
  • Absolutely no recording or photography is permitted. This includes cameras, cell phones, iPads, or any other devices. This is a safety hazard and privacy issue for our dancers. Our choreography is property of SESD, and we need to be cautious of where and how that is distributed. DVDs will be professionally recorded and available for purchase, and a professional photographer will be on site taking photos that you can purchase after the show!
  • Bouquets, DVDs, and Show-themed shirts will be available for pre-order in the spring.
  • Guests should remain seated during all dances. If you must leave the auditorium, please do so in between dances–not when dancers are on stage.
  • Guests should plan to stay for the entire show; all our dancers work very hard to learn and polish their dances, and proper etiquette states guests should not leave early.
  • Only dancers, instructors, and pre-selected volunteers are permitted backstage pre-show, during the show, and post-show. Doors to the dressing room area will be locked to ensure dancers are in a safe place with an SESD volunteer.
  • All dancers are required to stay for the entire show, and can be picked up from the lobby after Curtain Call (bows) at the end of the show. This policy is not only polite theatre etiquette, but also allows SESD to  be sure each dancer is picked up by her parent/guardian. Dancers will wait backstage with our volunteers so you can enjoy the show!

Showcase Policies and Fees

  • Showcase participation is mandatory for all SESD students.
  • Showcase Fee: $65 (max $95 per family) due by the end of September
    • Showcase and ticket fees go towards the cost of venue rental, vendors, programs, staff, music licenses, props, guests artists, etc.
  • Costume Fees: Due by the end of October
    • Creative Movement, Foundations, Flip Flop Hip Hop, and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1: $55
    • Levels 2-3 Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Beg/Int Acro, and Beg/Int Hip Hop: $55
    • Levels 4-5 Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Int/Adv Acro, Int/Adv Hip Hop: $60
    • Ballet 5 Solo Costume: $70
  • Showcase and Costume fees are non-refundable.
  • Ticket Information:
    • Each family will receive 4 complimentary tickets for each show in which your dancer performs.
    • Additional tickets are $13.50
    • More information will be sent as the current season’s details are finalized.
  • Showcase Meetings:
    • 2020 Dates:
      • Friday, April 24th, 7:00-7:30pm
      • Sunday, May 17th & 31st following Show 1 Full Cast Rehearsals
    • Showcase Meetings are required for new students, and encouraged for return students. If you have any questions regarding the Showcase, please attend a meeting.
    • Show day is VERY busy. It is extremely important attend Showcase meetings and ask all questions prior to the show date. Katherine will be tied up running the show; coordinating lights and sound with the technicians, checking on dancers, and much more. We want this experience to be as smooth and pleasant as possible, but there is no guarantee Katherine will be able to answer phone calls, texts, or emails at any time during the day. If you have a question and cannot find Katherine, look for someone in a “volunteer” shirt or your dancer’s teacher. Showcase meetings will eliminate most of the stress and confusion!
    • Please remember that volunteers and staff are following Katherine’s instructions, and are dedicated to making this show as wonderful as possible for all participants. Hopefully everything will run smoothly, but if a conflict or issue does arise, please remember that we are all here for the kids–it’s THEIR day to shine, not worry about adult problems. Please contact Katherine after the show if you have any concerns; we want everyone to feel important and respected–because you are!–but in the middle of shows is not always the best time to have such an important conversation. I want to be able to give you 110% of my attention, and I cannot do that in between shows/rehearsals.

Performer Eligibility, Expectations, and Attendance Policy:

  • Eligibility:
    • June tuition and any other outstanding fees should be paid in full no later than 2 days prior to the show date in order for dancers to remain eligible to participate in the Showcase.
      • June tuition remains the same as other months. Tuition is calculated for the entire year, and divided equally each month. Therefore, we do not charge more for months with 5 weeks, and we do not pro-rate for months with less than 4 weeks.
    • While we welcome dancers to join our program at any point in the season, dancers must be officially enrolled in class, and have paid Showcase and Costume fees no later than January 30th in order to participate in the current season’s showcase.
      • Eligibility regarding dancers who enroll late in the season is always up to instructor’s discretion.
    • Dancers must attend each full cast (if applicable) and dress rehearsal to remain eligible to perform.
    • New students: One parent must attend a Showcase meeting to remain eligible to perform.
  • Attendance Policy:
    • Showcase choreography begins in January in all of our dance and acro classes. Regular attendance in the spring session is extremely important.
    • Dancers in Level 2 and 3 are allowed 6 excused absences January-May, three of which can be after March 1st. Any extra absences could affect a dancer’s eligibility to perform. While it may be possible to make up missed classes with a private lesson, it is no guarantee that missed choreography can be “made up.” It is imperative dancers are in class unless they have a contagious condition (according to our Illness Policy) or experience a family emergency.
    • Level 4 dancers are allowed 10 absences all season, 6 of which can be missed January-May, 3 after March 1st.
    • Creative Movement, Foundations, and Level 1 dancers are expected to attend regularly to remain eligible to perform, but there is no set number of absences for these levels. Parents will be contacted if attendance becomes a concern for younger students.
    • The three weeks prior to the show are absolutely mandatory except in the event of contagious condition (according to our Illness Policy) or graded school event. Dancers who are absent the three weeks prior to the show may be pulled from their class dance if the instructor deems it more beneficial for the class as a whole.
    • Dancers work very hard to retain their choreography, and it puts extra pressure on their classmates when students are routinely absent. We thank you for realizing how important regular attendance is, and assure you that your dancer will be very glad they put in the time and effort when the big day arrives!
    • Picture day, full cast rehearsals, and dress rehearsals are mandatory.
    • Dancers who are absent from any full cast or dress rehearsal are not permitted to perform in the show. If you experience an emergency the day of a rehearsal, contact Katherine ASAP.
    • Dancers may not leave full cast or dress rehearsals earlier than their designated dismissal time.
    • Please review all dates and times carefully. Full Cast and Dress Rehearsals are absolutely mandatory.

Performer Preparedness

  • All Performers:
    • Our photographer will be photographing dress rehearsal; all performers should be dressed exactly as if it were Show Day.
    • Clean nails, no colored nail polish. Nude polish and “French tips” are acceptable.
  • Nude Leotard/Appropriate Undergarments:
  • Earrings:
    • Creative Movement, Foundations, BTJ1, FFHH, and All level 2 dancers: No earrings
    • Hip Hop and Acro: No earrings
    • Levels 3-4 Jazz, Tap, Modern: Diamond earrings supplied by SESD
    • Ballet Levels 2-4: No earrings
  • Costume Box:
    • Dancers in multiple classes or with multiple costumes/tights/shoes are required to have a “Costume Box”—including Foundations and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1.
    • Please do not send your dancer’s “dance bag.” Instead, use a clear plastic box (with a lid) clearly labeled with your dancer’s name.
    • Creative Movement dancers do not need a box or dance bags; all personal items should stay with parent, not in the dressing rooms.
    • What goes in a “Costume Box”?…Costumes and hair pieces, dance shoes, tights, red lipstick and other make up necessities, brush/comb, hair spray, hair gel, extra hair ties and bobby pins, band aids, water bottles, sealed snacks, and anything else your dancer may need backstage! Be sure to label ALL items with your dancer’s name or initials.
  •  Hair:
    • Hair should be slicked back with gel and hair spray, no bangs or “fly-aways.”
    • Dancers with hair in a bun should use a hair net over the bun and plenty of bobby pins.
    • Hair styles are posted on the “Costume Boards” in the lobby.
  •  Tights & Shoes:
    • Tights and shoes are generally the same as required by our Class Attire Policy; if different styles/colors are required, they will be posted on the costume board.
    • Please note, Foundations and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1 will only use their Theatrical Pink (mesh/back seam) tights this year. No Caramel tights.
    • Tights should not have holes—we recommend purchasing a new pair before the show, and using them in class the next season.
  • Costumes:
    • Costumes should not be worn except for Picture Day, Dress Rehearsal, and Showcase. There is no guarantee that lost or damaged pieces can be repaired or replaced.
    • Please be sure to keep all headpieces with the appropriate costume.
  • Make Up:
    • Please do not bring spray glitter to the venue. Roll-on glitter or glitter that is applied with a brush/make up applicator is acceptable, if desired.
    • Creative Movement and Foundations classes should have Milani 07 “Best Red” lipstick. Other make up as desired by parent. We recommend light, natural blush and mascara.
    • Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1 should apply Milani 07 “Best Red” lipstick and light stage make-up (blush, neutral eye shadow a bit heavier than every day wear, eyeliner, and mascara).
    • Dancers enrolled in Levels 2-4 should apply Milani 07 “Best Red” lipstick and stage make-up (foundation if needed, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner—winged preferred, and mascara).
    • Dancers in Level 4+ should apply false eye lashes.
  • Eye Shadow Tips:
    • Traditional “smoky eye” make up does not always look best on stage. We recommend the same technique but with neutral colors. Eye shadow palettes are a great way to achieve this look and usually have instructions on the back of the package.
    • Choose a color theme: Gold/tan/dark brown, silver/light grey/dark grey, and mauve/light pink/off white hues usually work well together.
    • If in doubt, start light and add more color/shadow if needed.
    • If your dancer has multiple costumes, we recommend tan/natural colors.

Dressing Room & Drop Off/Pick Up Policies

    • Dressing Room and Backstage Etiquette:
      • Only pre-selected volunteers will be allowed backstage; parents should remain in the auditorium.
        All performers will be expected to stay for the entire show, and can be picked up in the lobby after Curtain Call (bows). Performers will remain backstage with an SESD volunteer and doors leading to the backstage area will be locked—this is a safety precaution.
      • During the show, dancers should remain in their dressing room until they are called by the director or a backstage runner. There will be a volunteer assigned to the downstage area to help with costume changes and make-up and hair touch ups.
      • Dancers should keep the dressing room area tidy. Keep all shoes, costumes, hair pieces, etc. in your costume box, not on the floor.
      • After your last dance, dancers should quickly gather their things and begin tidying up the dressing room before bows. This is not our space, and we need to treat it with respect and leave it in better shape than we found it.
    • On Show Day…
      • All dancers should arrive promptly during their Call Time with hair and make-up ready.
      • Parents and guests may wait in the lobby until Doors Open. Parents and guests should not go backstage or to any dressing room unless directed to do so by SESD staff member.
      • Creative Movement, Foundations, Flip Flop Hip Hop, and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1:
        • Please arrive 5 minutes prior to Call Time to use the restroom. Then, please send 1 parent to quickly escort your dancer to the breezeway (to your left after you enter the lobby). Dancers will be checked in and escorted to their Dressing Room by our backstage runner.
        • Please arrive in first costume, hair and make-up ready. Foundations, Flip Flop Hip Hop, and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1 dancers will need a small-medium sized “Costume box” for their tights and shoes.
        • Due to the small backstage area, we ask that parents quickly drop off their dancer and return to the lobby to avoid congestion downstairs.
      • Dancers in levels 2-4:
        • Please arrive at designated Call Time and report directly to dressing room (same as was assigned at Dress Rehearsal) with hair and make-up ready. Parents do not need to escort dancers to their dressing room.
      • When the show ends:
        • Creative Movement parents may pick your dancer up from the stage—please only send one parent/guardian to avoid congestion near the stage.
        • All other classes: Please pick up your dancer in the breezeway that leads to the backstage area where you dropped off your dancer. We will have them gather their items from the dressing room quickly, then send them up to you!

Rehearsal Information

  • Full Cast vs. Dress Rehearsal
    • Full Cast:
      • Only required for dancers performing in the Ballet portion of the show (Creative Movement, Foundations, BTJ1, Ballet 2-5).
      • Full Cast rehearsals are at SESD, not the Showcase venue.
      • Typically, we do not wear costumes—please wear regular ballet class attire unless instructed otherwise. Hair should be slicked back in a bun.
      • Dancers should arrive 10 minutes earlier than their call time so we can begin promptly. Dancers should wait quietly in the lobby until they are invited inside the studio room.
    • Dress Rehearsal:
      • Dress Rehearsal is for all dancers/classes, but not all dancers/classes have to stay the entire time. Detailed Call times and dismissals are posted at the end of this document.
      • Dancers should arrive during their Call time with hair and make-up ready, in their first costume with a cover up.
      • Creative Movement, Foundations, and BTJ1 parents should take their dancer to their designated section in the auditorium during Call Time.
        • Creative Movement Parents: Please wait in the audience in your class’ designated section during rehearsal. Class volunteer will bring your dancer to you when they are ready to be dismissed. Please remember flash photography and videos are not permitted.
        • Foundations Parents: Please wait in the audience in your class’ designated section during Tap/FFHH rehearsal. After we change out of tap tights/shoes, class volunteer will walk dancers down to wait with you until their ballet dance. Please remember flash photography and videos are not permitted.
        • *Flip Flop Hip Hop Parents: Please wait in the Stage Right backstage area to quickly change your dancer into their Ballet/Tap costume/Tap shoes, then you may return to your seat. Dancers will wait backstage for Tap, then class volunteers will change them into ballet and bring them back to you in your seat to wait for their ballet piece.
        • BTJ1 Parents: Please wait in the audience in your class’ designated section during Tap/FFHH rehearsal. After we change out of tap tights/shoes, class volunteer will walk dancers down to wait with you until their ballet dance. Please remember flash photography and videos are not permitted.
      • Dancers in Show 1 (Ballet) should check in at their Call Time in the lobby for dressing room assignments. Dancers may be picked up from the lobby after their dismissal time.
      • Dancers in Show 2 (Variety) should check in at their Call Time in the lobby for dressing room assignments. Dancers may be picked up from the lobby after their dismissal time.
        • *Be sure to check for Production and Performance Team Call Times as these may differ from your dancer’s regular weekly class Call Time.
      • During Dress Rehearsal, dancers should stay in their dressing room or seats in the auditorium until they are called by the director or a backstage runner. There is no reason for dancers to roam around the auditorium, lobby, etc. unsupervised.
      • Dancers will not be permitted to leave their dressing rooms during Lunch Break. Please send a healthy lunch with your dancer. Dancers in levels 2-4 who will be rehearsing for more than 2 hours should bring healthy snacks and at least 2 water bottles. Please do not send food/drinks that could soil costumes. Dancers should bring a cover up/other clothes to wear while eating.
      • Our photographer will be photographing dress rehearsal; all performers should be dressed exactly as if it were Show Day.

Optional Opportunities for Extra Performances

    • Ballet Solos:
      • Click here to learn more about our annual ballet production!
      • Each year, we perform a traditional “story ballet” which includes all Creative Movement, Foundations, and Ballet classes levels 1-4. Our level 4 dancers are eligible to perform a solo role.
      • Soloists are selected by Mrs. Katherine in the Fall semester. Invitations are sent out in the middle of the Fall semester, and agreements are due by Christmas break. Solo roles are announced when we return from Christmas break.
      • Soloists are allowed 10 absences all season, 6 of which can be missed January-May, 3 after March.
      • Soloists are expected to arrive in proper class attire each week.
      • Soloists are expected to act as positive role models for younger students. This includes professional behavior in and out of class, assisting and/or encouraging younger dancers in rehearsals if needed, and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the year.
      • If applicable, soloists are required to attend their character’s corresponding weekly class during the months of May and June. Soloists are welcome to begin attending as early as April, if desired.
      • Soloists are expected to retain their choreography as soon as it has been taught. Rehearsal videos will be sent, and soloists are strongly encouraged to write down their choreography.
      • Soloist roles are a privilege and require dedication from both dancer and parent. Please carefully review all expectations before accepting soloist roles.
  • Understudy Roles:
    • Each soloist in Show 1 (Ballet) will be assigned an understudy. Generally, understudies are selected from our Ballet 3 class.
    • Dancers are not required to accept their understudy role if dancer and/or parent feel they cannot commit to all understudy expectations. The role of an understudy is extremely important as dancers could be called upon to perform at any moment.
    • Understudies are expected to arrive in proper class attire each week.
    • Understudies are allowed 6 absences January-May, 3 of which can be missed after March.
    • Understudies are expected to act as positive role models for younger students/classmates. This includes professional behavior in and out of class, encouraging other dancers, and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the year.
    • Understudies are expected to attend all soloists’ rehearsals, as well as retain their soloists’ choreography throughout the season—unexpected injuries, illness, and other extreme events can strike at any time, and understudies must be prepared to fill in at a moment’s notice.
    • Rehearsal videos will be sent to both soloists and understudies, and dancers are always encouraged to write down their choreography.
  • Show 2 Production
    • What is Showcase Production?…Open to dancers in levels 2-5, the Production number will open Show 2! Production will be a fast paced, high energy piece featuring different styles and highlighting each dancer’s best skills.
      • Elite Team dancers are required to participate and attend all rehearsals.
    • Rehearsal Schedule:
      • Announced prior to sign-ups
      • All rehearsals are absolutely mandatory, no exceptions.
    • Rehearsal Fee: $15
    • Costume Fee: $55
      • Both fees due no later than January 30th
      • Performance Team dancers do not need to pay extra fees as they are built into annual team tuition; and Team members will use their Team costume for the Opening Number.
    • Each level/technique will have a featured section!