Expression Dance Studio presents our 9th annual recital "A Dream is a Wish" on Saturday, June 23 at Lyons Township High School NORTH Campus/Reber Center, 100 S Brainard, LaGrange. There will be 3 performances - at 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 6:00 PM. Each class is in only one show. Please check the website www.expressiondancestudio.com to verify which show your dancer is in. The class schedule is color coded to indicate which recital each class is in. Below, you will find helpful information to prepare you for the recital. Please read the entire packet to become familiar with the recital process. If you have any questions after reading the packet, please call the studio at 630-968-5678 or email us at email@example.com.
This year, we are asking parents to please stop at the front desk and sign off on your child participating in the recital. This will help us ensure the accuracy of our rosters as well as communicate key information about the recital to you.
In an effort to keep costs low, there will be a flat $60 per costume, per class fee. The costume fee is due when you commit to participating in the recital or no later than February 15th.
Costumes will go home with the dancers at the beginning of June. Photos of the costumes will be available to view in the lobby at the studio. Shoes and tights will need to be worn to match the costume. If you need to purchase shoes or tights, this will be separate from the costume fee.
If your dancer already has the appropriate shoes and tights and they are in good condition, there is no need to purchase new ones. This year, we are excited to partner with “Curtain Call for Class”, a website that allows us to offer you everything you need at a significant discount off store prices! We will have sample shoe sizes available in the office for you to try on, and then you order off the website. It’s convenient and inexpensive! Instructions for purchasing are also available at the studio and on the website.
Here is a general list of the shoes and tights needed:
Express Start: Pink Ballet Shoes, Pink Tights or Black Velcro Tap and Pink Tights
Jazz: Tan Jazz Shoes & Tan Tights
Tap Level 1: Black Mary Jane/ Velcro Tap Shoes: Tan Tights
Tap Level 2 & 3: Black Lace-up Tap Shoes: Tan Tights
Lyrical: Tan Jazz Shoes & Tan Tights
Ballet: Pink Ballet Slippers and Pink Tights
Hip Hop: Black Gym Shoes or Black Jazz Shoes
T-Shirts: All dancers, both company and recreational, will be required to purchase a $15 recital t-shirt. They will be wearing these at the end of the show for bows. The studio and the “Dream is a Wish” logo will be on the front and the back will have EVERY dancer’s name on it. These t-shirts will be worn during the final dance bow performance. All dancers will be participating in this performance! These t-shirts are great keepsakes to remember the show. The recital t-shirt fee is due when the costume fee is paid.
All of the dancers* will have the same hairstyle. We will be parting the hair down the middle and keeping it in a low bun at the small of the neck. The staff will be going over the hair in all of the classes when it is closer to recital time.
You will need:
Hairspray or gel
Comb and brush
Hair donut (not required but can make it easier to do hair)
Hair net and bobby pins
*Express Start classes may have any hairstyle they choose as long as it is pulled off of the dancer’s face.
All of the dancers will need to wear make-up to prevent their face from appearing washed out on stage. Base foundation, eye shadow (browns, purples, blue, darker colors), eyeliner to outline the top line, blush and lipstick will be required. Express Start dancers will simply need blush, lip gloss and mascara if so desired.
Recital tickets will go on sale Monday, April 30th at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be $15 apiece. This year we are happy to offer RESERVED seating for all of our shows and ONLINE TICKET SALES! More information will be coming regarding ticket sales. This link will go live at 10:00 AM on Monday, April 30th.
Video taping and photography are strictly prohibited during the recital. You may, however, record the dress rehearsal. All shows will be professionally recorded and available to purchase on DVD for $40. Ordering information will be available in May.
We will also have a professional photographer taking group and individual pictures of the dancers on Dress Rehearsal day. Prints or CDs will be available for purchase. More detailed information about the pictures will be sent out in May.
Expression Dance Company will be performing Company Showcases on Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22. Both shows will be at 7:00 PM. Dress Rehearsal and Picture Day for the Company Showcases will be on Wednesday, June 20th at Lyons Township High School.
All recreational dancers will need to participate at the dress rehearsal on Friday, June 22, from 10:00 AM -4:00 PM at Lyons Township High School North Campus (company dancers will have their own Dress Rehearsal, as specified above). You will be given a specific window of time for your class’s rehearsal, so you will not need to be there for the entire 6 hours. We will be running the dances on stage in full costume. Right before the dancers run their dance, they will be taking their class group photo. If you would like individual shots, your dancer will be able to take them as well during the dress rehearsal. After the dancers are finished with pictures and running their dance on stage, they are free to leave.
Dancers and parents may watch the show from the auditorium during the dress rehearsal. During the recital, all dancers will be staying in the cafeteria. On the day of the recital there will be a live video feed of the show in the cafeteria for the dancers to watch. During the recital, please be sure to bring books and games to entertain the dancers. Each class will be assigned to a specific table with 1 or 2 parent supervisors. As a parent or guardian, you will need to check your dancer in/out with the table mom at the beginning and end of the show. Dancers will never be left unsupervised. We will be asking for volunteers to help with the table supervision in April, prior to ticket sales. If you are a table mom you are able to watch your dancer from back stage and will not need to buy a ticket for the show you volunteer for.
Our recital program will contain ads from local businesses, good luck notes to individual dancers, and photos. Ad space will be available for purchase in April. Prices will be $25 for a business-card sized ad, $50 for a quarter-page ad, $100 for a half-page ad, $200 for a full-page ad, and $350 for the inside front or back cover, in full color. This is a great way to easily advertise to hundreds of people!