Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Academy of Dance Spring Concert (but were afraid to ask)

Friday, June 3 and June 4, 2022

This is the time when we want to celebrate all the dancers have learned and accomplished this year.

But for now we need to give you a list of musts and don’ts, the details that make the difference between a show looking polished and running smoothly or being sloppy and disorganized. We ask that you read through all the following information thoroughly and carefully follow the instructions to the letter. It really will make it easier for everyone.

We do celebrate you all. We are so proud of what we have achieved together. Thanks to all of you, dancers and parents, this year’s spring concert promises to be a terrific and entertaining show.

The Schedule


Thursday, June 2, 2022 — 2:00-9:00 pm, at Tilson Auditorium at ISU, 200 N. 7th Street (behind Tirey Hall)

Your specific rehearsal time is listed below. This is the start time to be on stage, so arrive early to change into your first costume. One parent may accompany each dancer(s).

2:00-3:00 pm: Beginning Dance and Pre-Technique Students

3:00-3:30 pm: All Students for Grand Finale and Notes

3:30-9:00 pm: Students in the First Grade and up (Beginning Dance and Pre-Technique Students are welcome to stay and watch)


Friday, June 3, 2022 — Arrive 5:00 pm, Perform at 6:00.

Saturday, June 4, 2022 — Arrive 4:00 pm, Perform at 5:00.


  • Any alterations or adjustments to costumes must be completed prior to the dress rehearsal. Costumes must be wrinkle-free, on hangers (preferably in garment bags) and carried to the theater for both dress rehearsal and performance.
  • Please make sure the dancer’s name is on all pieces of all costumes.
  • Dancers must arrive at the theater wearing street clothes; under no circumstances is anyone allowed to wear costumes to the theater.
  • No underwear is worn with costumes. Yes, you read that correctly. You’ll get used to it. Really. Dancers with many changes may wear a nude costume leotard with clear straps.
  • Absolutely no nail polish and jewelry may be worn.
  • Please bring an extra pair of tights in case of an accidental run in the pair provided with your costume. Extra tights will be available for purchase in the ballroom.
  • An emergency kit for all make-up and costume issues can be found in both dressing areas.


  • All shoes must be clean and/or polished and have clean ribbons (if applicable). Soft-scrub works well on white or pink leather. Canvas ballet slippers can be washed in the washer.
  • Ballet shoes must be pink. Tap and jazz shoes must be black.
  • Beginning Dance, Pre-Technique and Modern dancers should have slip-on shoes or sandals to wear from the dressing room to the stage door (the route to the stage takes them through an outdoor parking area).
  • Make sure the dancer’s name is inside all shoes.


  • Each class will be given instructions about how hair is worn.
  • Hair should be done at home prior to both the dress rehearsal and performance.
  • Assigned headpieces only. No decorative barrettes or clips unless specified by your teacher. Use hair pins to secure your headpiece(s) that match your hair.
  • There will be kits in the ballroom and downstairs dressing areas with hair spray, extra pins, etc. for touch ups.


  • All girls are to wear blush, eye shadow and RED lipstick.
  • Older girls may wear foundation, mascara and eyeliner.
  • Because stage lights wash out facial features, all makeup should be applied a little heavier than street makeup. However, too much makeup can look gaudy and hide the natural beauty of the dancers.
  • Makeup, except lipstick, should be applied at home before the dress rehearsal and performance. Lipstick should be applied after costumes are on.
  • Please wear makeup at dress rehearsal exactly the way you intend to wear it for the show. Appropriateness of makeup will be checked at the dress rehearsal and any necessary changes can be made at that time.
  • There will be makeup kits in the ballroom and dressing areas for emergencies.
  • BOYS: See Patti for special instructions.

Dress Rehearsal

FACT ONE: For the show to be terrific, taking time for a thorough dress rehearsal is crucial.

FACT TWO: Dress rehearsals are very long and very tedious. When you’re ready to tear your hair out from boredom and frustration, please refer to fact one. My apologies in advance, and thank you for your patience.

  • Rehearsal will begin promptly to avoid going into overtime.
  • Only one adult per dancer may attend the dress rehearsal. Siblings and extra family members are a distraction. Everyone’s full attention will speed up the rehearsal process.
  • Stage Moms will be in the auditorium and will guide the class backstage during rehearsal. Parents are responsible for their children at all other times. Find your Stage Moms when you arrive and sit as a group. If your dancer is in two or more dances , find the Stage Mom for the first dance on the program.
  • Dressing room assignments will be made at this time. Parents that are accompanying the students may remain in the auditorium to watch rehearsal.
  • Please bring snacks and drinks with you, and avoid anything that can stain costumes. Food and drinks are NOT allowed in the actual theater, but you may eat in the lobby or ballroom. Please clean up after yourself.
  • 3:30 pm: REHEARSAL FOR STUDENTS FIRST GRADE AND UP. We will run the show in order. Beginning Dance and Pre-Technique students may leave at this time; however, you are welcome to stay and watch the rehearsal.


  • ONE HOUR BEFORE SHOWTIME: Dancers are to arrive at their assigned dressing area wearing street clothes and full stage makeup (they may arrive earlier if necessary). Do not wear costumes to the theater! For the audience, anticipation about what’s to come is part of the magic of the theater. One simple way to maintain the magic is to carry costumes in garment bags so they are invisible to audience members you may pass on the way in.
  • Parents, please provide dry snacks and clear drinks for your student each evening. We will not have snacks.
  • Parents are to drop off their dancers in the the dressing area, help them settle, then leave. For the safety and privacy of the dancers, only the volunteers and stage moms will remain with the dancers. This rule will be strictly enforced.
  • Once dancers are in their designated dressing area and in costume, they are to remain there. No dancer is allowed in the lobby once seating has begun. Runners will be available if you need to get a message to someone.
  • FIFTEEN MINUTES BEFORE SHOWTIME: Performance Ensemble C, Queen Beatrice, Prince Robert, the Princesses and their Mothers, the Prince’s Page, the Queen’s Secretary, Lady Tremaine, Drusilla and Anastasia will be called to the stage

Video Taping and Photography

  • A professional video will be taped during both performances and the video will be available for purchase on a flash drive.
  • Parents: if you also wish to take a video, please do so at dress rehearsal. Taking a video during the show blocks the view of other audience members. Please be courteous to other friends and family at our show.
  • Flash photography is strictly prohibited during the performance for the safety of the dancers. Flashes can be blinding and quite distracting.

A Few Theater Traditions

  • Performers are often given flowers following a performance. While flowers can’t be presented to every dancer while on the stage, it might be nice to receive them in the lobby afterward.
  • Entering, leaving or moving around the auditorium during the show for any reason is acceptable ONLY between dances, never during. It’s a matter of courtesy to the performers as well as others in the audience.
  • It is decidedly uncool to dash for the exit during a live performance until after the final bow.
  • The traditional good luck wish for actors is “break a leg;” for dancers, it is “merde,” a french phrase that, well we won’t go into the literal translation, but let’s just say it’s like saying “Oh Geez!”

Student Pick Up After the Performance

ONE FEMALE FAMILY MEMBER MAY MEET THE STUDENT IN THE DRESSING AREA. Other family members, please meet your dancers in the lobby or in front of the auditorium. For the safety and privacy of the dancers, no one else will be allowed in the dressing areas for any reason. This rule will be strictly enforced.