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Dear Parents and Students,

For over two decades, Dance Kids has provided students with exciting performance experiences through its recitals. It’s a rite of passage for thousands of dancers; 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, self-assurance, and contributes to a sense of confidence. Performance opportunities contribute to children’s success in non-dance activities. That onstage experience can result in better in-school presentations, improved social skills, and strong interview skills for future college or job opportunities. 

The rehearsal process is a tremendous learning experience as well. It helps the children develop retention skills, and they learn the positive aspects of working as a team.

It is the responsibility of the entire community, students, parents, teachers and directors to do their part to make a great show. The recital is only as successful as we make it - let's work together to make the recital a magical experience for your child!

We’ve created an online guide in an effort to clarify Dance Kids' preferred recital process. It can be found below.

We look forward to a great show!
Directors & Staff

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RECITAL CAN BE FOUND BELOW

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Save the Date!

Recital: Sat, August 17 and Sun, August 18, 2024

Venue:
York Woods Library Theatre

Recital Fee: Auto charged on July 20, 2024 at 8:00am

Address
: 1785 Finch Ave W, Toronto, ON M3N 1M6

Times: 12:00pm, 2:30pm and 5:00pm (Dancers have been assigned to different show times)

Dance Kids Recital

Be informed and stay informed!

It is important for you to be informed and stay informed about your child's upcoming recital for several reasons:

  1. Support and Encouragement

  2. Emotional Support

  3. Preparation

  4. Attendance and Participation

  5. Celebrating Achievements

  6. Encouraging Skill Development

In summary, staying informed about the upcoming recital is crucial for you to provide support, encouragement, and emotional assistance, as well as to help your child prepare for the performance. It also allows you and your extended family to celebrate your child's achievements and understand the broader developmental benefits of participating in the recital.

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Dance Kids Recital

Participation Fee Includes:

  • Costume Rental
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Family Photo Booth Set-Up
  • Individual Photo Booth Set-Up
  • Venue Deposit
  • Professional Staff
  • Administrative Costs
  • Digital Content

It's important to note that the specific items covered by the dance recital fee can vary from one dance school to another.

Parents and participants are informed in advance about the fee and what it covers.

This fee is meant to ensure that the recital runs smoothly and that participants have the necessary costumes and resources to make the event a success.

Dance Kids Recital

Student Fittings

Students will be fitted for the Summer 2024 Recital during their regular class time, the week of July 15-19, 2024

  • It is important that your child is present as we prepare for the recital.

  • Your child put the sizing costume over their regular dance wear. 

  • The teacher will take note of the size you agree on.

  • The costume will be distributed to you 1 or 2 weeks before the recital.

  • You MUST have a change of clothes for your child on the day of the recital because you MUST return the costume that day BEFORE you leave the theatre
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Dance Kids Recital

Recital Participation Fee Due

Friendly Reminder: The recital participation fee is scheduled for an automatic charge July 20, 2024 at 8:00 AM.

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Practice at Home

We are just a few weeks away from the much-anticipated recital! We hope you are as excited as we are for this special event.

To help dancers prepare, we've provided a practice resource below.

☞ It is our goal to have the dancers perform with little to no assistance from their teachers.

Please click the button to access materials that can be used for home practice.

This will help ensure that everyone is well-prepared and ready to shine on recital day!

PRO TIP:

The best way to see if your child know and can remember the dance choreography, ask them to teach it to a friend or family member (grandparent, parent, aunt or uncle, sibling, cousin, neighbour).

We also suggest "recital practice play dates" this can be a fun and fantastic way for children to bond, have fun and solidify their learning. 

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Gather Your Friends and Family

Recital Tickets:

This is your chance to secure the BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE and show unwavering support for your child. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience their talent up close and be part of this unforgettable event.

Set a reminder for the upcoming ticket release to ensure you're among the first to reserve your spot. Tickets are sure to go quickly, and we wouldn't want you to miss this chance to witness a spectacular performance!

Recital tickets are $20 +Ticket Fee each
LAST DAY TO ORDER is August 18, 2024 AT 5:00PM!

FIND MY SHOW BUY TICKETS HERE
Your Presence Makes a Difference!

Recital Tickets:

We want to emphasize the invaluable role you play as a supportive audience member and the positive impact your presence can have on our young performers. 

Here are a few reasons why children thrive with lots of supportive audience members:

  1. Boosting Confidence
  2. Creating a Positive Atmosphere
  3. Motivation to Excel
  4. Building a Sense of Community
  5. Validation of Efforts
  6. Encouraging a Love for the Arts

Recital tickets are $20 +Ticket Fee each
LAST DAY TO ORDER is August 18, 2024 AT 5:00PM!

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Ensuring a Delightful Recital Experience

Recital Tickets:

As we gear up for this exciting event, we want to share some important reminders to ensure a delightful experience for everyone involved.

Please remember: 

  1. This is a new experience for the children so please be patient.
  2. This is live theatre so anything can happen.
  3. It's about the progress and not perfection.
  4. Audience should cheer and applaud for everyone.
  5. It is our goal to give you and your child a wonderful recital.
  6. No flash photography as it can blind and distract the dancers.

Recital tickets are $20 +Ticket Fee each
LAST DAY TO ORDER is August 18, 2024 AT 5:00PM!

FIND MY SHOW BUY TICKETS HERE
Get The BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE

Recital Tickets Go On-Sale:
July 21, 2024 @ 11:00am

 

Recital tickets are $20 +Ticket Fee each
LAST DAY TO ORDER is August 18, 2024 AT 5:00PM!

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Arrival & Sign-in:

Please come to the "Back Entrance" on the South-East side of Madonna Catholic Secondary School • 20 Dubray Ave, North York, ON M3K 1V5

All children must be left with the capable Dance Kids Canada staff for the entire rehearsal and recital (90 mins). All parents are welcome to stay in the lobby until the theatre auditorium doors open.

The goal of this time is to familiarize your child with the theatre stage, backstage, dressing room and process. 

It is our goal to make the entire recital experience a complete JOY for you and your child.

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Hair, Make-up & Tights

HAIR: Dance Kids does not require uniform hair styles for dancers on stage. We encourage parents to style their children's hair in a way that will make your child feel most comfortable and confident. 

It is helpful to have your child's hair off their face so that parents, family, friends and the video camera can clearly see your little star on stage. 

Make-up: Dance Kids does not require your child to wear make-up. As a parent, you control what make-up is worn by your child, if any. 

Tights: Tights are mandatory under your child's costume. Please get "white" or "classical pink" tights at Amazon, Walmart or H&M.

Stage tights are not going to match your child's skin tone. Tights are "classical ballet pink" or "white" and have no correspondence with ethnicity. 
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Short Rehearsal:

No parent will be allowed to remain backstage during the rehearsal or the show for any reason. Should your child have a medical condition or safety issue that our staff needs to be aware of, please submit it in writing to: hello@dancekidstoronto.com before August 10, 2024.

Please be advised that it is Dance Kids's mission to make the recital a positive experience for all involved. We reserve the right to prevent your child from performing onstage if your child is demonstrating any kind of physical or emotional distress. Even in this case, we must adhere to the no refund policy on recital tickets and recital costumes.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. 

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How to Prepare:

  • Ensure your child has slept well the night before. 
  • Ensure your child has had a good breakfast. 
  • Please ensure that your child has gone to the bathroom BEFORE leaving your home.
  • Students MUST arrive to the theatre dressed in their costume.
  • Remind your child to ask a grown up for help if needed.
  • Dance Kids Canada has arranged many staff members to help with our performance.
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What to Bring:

  • You may pack food and drink for your child, however, please use disposable packaging.
  • Make sure your child has brought all costume pieces, shoes, tights, and accessories the theatre and that every item is clearly marked with your child's name.
  • Do not bring any extra items that can be lost, broken or stolen. 
  • Dance Kids Canada and the Theatre Staff will not be held responsible for ANY lost, broken, or stolen items while at the theatre.

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In Case of Emergency:

Dance Kids Toronto makes every effort to create a safe, fun, positive, rewarding and enjoyable recital experience for your, your guests and your child. 

However, should there be a case where Dance Kids Canada needs to contact you; it is your responsibility to ensure that your contact information is correct in our database. 


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The Program:

The recital will last approximately 20 to 30 mins. 
The recital will include an awards ceremony at the end. 

  1. A Video Message

  2. Every Breath You take
    (3 mins) Ballet Dance
    Level 2 Ballet Students

  3. "A" You're Adorable
    (3 mins) Ballet Dance 
    Level 1 Ballet Students 

  4. Welcome to the World
    (3 mins) Ballet Dance
    Level 1 Ballet & hip Hop Students 

  5. Dynomite
    (3 mins) Hip Hop Dance
    Level 1 Ballet & hip Hop Students 

  6. No Excuses
    (3 mins) Hip Hop Dance • Girls
    Level 1 Hip Hop Students 

  7. Boo Thang (5:00pm Only)
    (3 mins) Hip Hop Dance • Boys
    Level 1 Hip Hop Students 

  8. Barbie 
    (3 mins) Hip Hop Dance • Girls Group A
    Level 2 Hip Hop Students

  9. T.B.A 
    (3 mins) Hip Hop Dance • Girls Group B
    Level 2 Hip Hop Students

  10. Turn it up
    (3 mins) Hip Hop Dance • Boys
    Level 2 Hip Hop Students

  11. Play My Music
    (4 mins) FINALE
    All dancers 

  12. Do You Believe in Magic
    (14 mins) AWARDS & GOODBYE DANCE
    All dancers 

  13. (10 mins) Curtain Close & Sign-out 

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Safety, Dismissal & Sign-out:

Safety is our number one priority.

No child will be permitted to leave the theatre without their own parent that:

1) Is known to the Dance Kids staff
2) Must be the SAME parent who was present at sign-in.

Thank you in advance for your understanding, cooperation and assistance.