2022 Spring Performances

We are delighted to have your child dancing with us at The Dance Foundation for our 2021-2022 season! 

Dancing on the Wind (3 yr old – 2nd grade classes) – Saturday, April 30 @ 1:00 & 3:00; Sunday, May 1 @ 1:00, 3:00 & 5:00
Adventure Awaits (3rd-12th grade classes) – Saturday, April 30 @ 7:00
Petite Class Showings (2 and 2 1/2 year old classes) – May 2-7 during class times
Performances are free to attend; no tickets are required.

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2 year old and 2 and a half year old classes 

SHOWCASE                       

Please mark your calendars for this end of the year event during your child’s last dance class in May. We will meet at the regular class time, but we invite family and friends to watch the students dance. The performance will last about 15 minutes. It will take place in The Dance Foundation’s studio theatre.

  • Girls should wear pink or flesh tone footed tights and ballet shoes that match the color of their tights with their costume. Boys should wear black ballet shoes. Consider if your child needs new tights or shoes. We have these available for purchase in our dancewear shop for your convenience.
  • Hair should be secured away from the dancer’s face in a way that is comfortable for them.
  • Please note if there are any minor adjustments that you need to make to the costume (i.e. the straps are slightly too loose and need to be sewn shorter). Please make minor alterations at home.

The mini-showcase dates – during your child’s regular class time:
May 3, 2022                        Tuesday 10:10am at The Dance Foundation
May 5, 2022                        Thursday 9:15am at The Dance Foundation
May 6, 2022                        Friday 9:15am at The Dance Foundation
May 7, 2022                        Saturday 9:15am at The Dance Foundation
May 7, 2022                        Saturday 10:10am at The Dance Foundation

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3 year old through 2nd grade classes / “Dancing On The Wind”

PERFORMANCES:
Saturday, April 30th / Sunday, May 1st
at the Alabama Theatre – 
1817 3rd Ave North, Downtown Birmingham.
Your child’s class is in either Cast A, B, C, D, or E.
Each class only performs in one cast.  
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CAST A –  Saturday, April 30th     1:00pm                 (Arrive at 12:40pm)
CAST B –  Saturday, April 30th     3:00pm                 (Arrive at 2:40pm)
CAST C –  Sunday, May 1st            1:00pm                 (Arrive at 12:40pm)
CAST D –   Sunday, May 1st           3:00pm                 (Arrive at 2:40pm)
CAST E –   Sunday, May 1st            5:00pm                 (Arrive at 4:40pm)

  • There are no dress rehearsals. You will only come to the Alabama Theatre for the performance.
  • It is extremely important that all students arrive in costume and stage ready at their drop off time and no earlier. There is not a good place to change your child’s clothes once you arrive, please bring them ready. The recitals run back to back and TDF staff will not be available to receive your child before their scheduled arrival time.
  • Students and audience members will enter the theatre together through the main entrance under the marquee. Dance Foundation staff will greet you and receive your dancer and give you your pick-up ticket. After your drop off your dancer, you may proceed into the theatre and find a seat.
  • All performers will be seated with their class in the audience and remain with their class until the entire recital is over, which will last around 45 minutes.
  • After the recital is over, we will call parents by class to pick up students. Please be patient and wait until you hear your child’s class called, so we can avoid crowding and confusion. When called, please send one adult to pick up your child with the pick-up ticket given to you at drop off.

COSTUME INSTRUCTIONS

  • Please note if there are any minor adjustments that you need to make (i.e. the straps are slightly too loose and need to be sewn shorter). Please make minor alterations at home before photo call week.
  • Hair – Some costumes come with a hairpiece. Look to see if there is a clip or bow pinned to the side of the costume or in the costume bag for your child’s hair.
    • Dancers ages 3 and 4 – hair needs to be secured away from their face in a way that is comfortable for them. Any included hairpieces can be placed anywhere you desire in dancer’s hair.
    • Dancers in Kindergarten- 2nd grade classes – If possible for the individual’s hair, a bun should be at the crown of the head (not the top of the head). Hair should be secured tightly and neatly without wisps. The goal is to have hair off the face and neckline in an elegant style that does not move around. Any included hairpieces should go on the right side of the child’s bun.
  • Tights and shoes – Consider if your child needs new tights or shoes. We have these available for purchase in our dancewear shop for your convenience.
    • 3yr old – 2nd Grade Ballet – pink or flesh tone footed tights. Ballet shoes MUST match the color of tights chosen.
      • Kindergarten and 1st grade Tap – will wear the same tights as ballet with black tap shoes
      • 2nd grade Tap –flesh tone footed tights with black tap shoes
      • 2nd grade Modern – flesh tone footless tights; bare feet.
      • Boys age 3-2nd grade – black ballet shoes (black tap shoes for tap classes).
  • Costume changes – If your child has a costume change, they will receive a separate a sheet with details.

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3rd through 12th graders / “Adventure Awaits”

As students prepare for the recital, attendance in class is imperative in order to learn the choreography with classmates and be confident on stage. Your dancer will have a more enjoyable recital experience overall if they are as prepared as possible.  However, please keep your dancer home if they do not feel well. If a dancer must stay home, we encourage observation of class via Zoom.

COSTUMES, UNDERGARMENTS, TIGHTS, SHOES, HAIR, MAKEUP

  • Please keep all costumes on hangers in a garment bag with dancer’s name on everything.
  • Tutus can be hung upside down in a steamy bathroom to help reduce wrinkles.
  • Female dancers should wear tights (NO panties, NO bras) under their costume. Nude camisole leotards may be worn for additional support and/or coverage.
    • Ballet classes – classical pink ballet shoes and classical pink tights, or a dancer may choose to wear shoes and tights that match their flesh tone. Tights and shoes MUST match each other.
    • Modern classes – bare feet; flesh tone footless tights (NOT convertible).
    • Jazz and Musical Theatre classes – tan shoes; tights are optional (must be flesh tone if they cover the ankles).
    • Tap classes – black tap shoes; tights and/or no-show socks are optional (tights must be flesh tone if they cover the ankles and socks must be black).
    • Hip Hop classes – clean-sole sneakers; tights and/or socks are optional (tights must be flesh tone if they cover the ankles).
  • Male dancers should wear briefs under their costume; all shoes should be black.
  • A hairstyle is assigned for each class and can be found on the enclosed cast list. If the assigned hairstyle is not possible for the individual’s hair, an alternate hairstyle may be worn as long as all hair is neatly and tightly secured off of the face and neckline.
  • If a hairpiece comes with your costume, bring it to photo call week. Your dancer’s teacher will instruct dancers on placement of the hairpiece, if using.
  • Students should wear makeup for dress rehearsal and performance.  Stage lights at The Alabama Theatre are very bright and can wash out the dancer’s face, so makeup is recommended for all dancers. Makeup is optional for photo call.
  • HAIR – see bottom of page

PERFORMANCE WEEKEND – April 29 & 30

Dancers should arrive to both dress rehearsal and performance wearing their first costume (see enclosed cast list for show order) with hair and makeup performance-ready. Dancers should also arrive wearing street shoes (not their dance shoes) and something covering their costume (ie. bathrobe, overdress, etc). Additional costumes should be carried on a hanger in a garment bag. Everything should be labeled with dancer’s name.

Each dancer should bring a dance bag containing their dance shoes, a bottle of water and any other necessary hair, makeup or personal items. Everything should be labeled with dancer’s name.

Students will check in when they arrive and will receive a dressing room assignment where they can put their belongings.

Our staff will be assigned to help with costume changes; parents are not allowed backstage.

DRESS REHEARSAL

  • Friday, April 29, 2022
    4:00-9:00 PM
    THE ALABAMA THEATRE – 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham
  • Parents/family members are welcome to drop their dancer off or stay and watch from the audience.
  • Dancers may eat dinner during their downtime. Parents may send their child with a sack dinner or may bring their child dinner later. The front/lobby doors of the theatre will be locked; use the backstage door only.
  • After the final run through has begun, around 7:45 pm, dancers may leave after they are finished dancing with each of their classes (refer to the enclosed cast list in program order). Students will gather their belongings and wait seated in the audience (house right) until they are picked up. Parents should park and enter through the backstage door on 18th Street; a security guard will let you in. Please pick up your dancer from the audience. Our staff will sign each dancer out as they leave with their parent/guardian. No one will be permitted to leave the theatre without a parent/guardian or another adult approved by you.

PERFORMANCE

  • Saturday, April 30, 2022
    Dancer call time: 5:30 PM / Performance: 7:00 PM
    THE ALABAMA THEATRE – 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham
  • The theatre lobby and house will open at 6:40 and no earlier. AUDIENCE SEATING WILL NOT BE OPEN UNTIL 6:40 PM. If you arrive early, you will have to wait outside the theatre on the sidewalk. Family members must enter through the front lobby of the theatre. The performance will begin at 7:00 and last about 75 minutes.
  • Dancers who are in only one class will be permitted to sit in the balcony to watch, chaperoned by our staff, following their performance on stage.
  • The performance will end with a finale including all dancers together on stage. After dancers have gathered their belongings, they will be released into the audience through the doors near the stage on house right.
  • The Alabama Theatre does not allow anyone other than performers and those directly involved with the performance to be on stage at any time. Please help us with this by not taking photos on the stage before or after the performance

HAIR (CLASSES LISTED IN PROGRAM ORDER)

  1. Ballet IV class (low bun at base of the head)
  2. Modern I Wednesday class (bun at crown of the head)
  3. Ballet I Monday class (bun at crown of the head)
  4. Modern IIA Monday class (low bun at base of the head)
  5. Ballet IIB class (bun at crown of the head)
  6. Ballet IIIA class (bun at crown of the head)
  7. Modern IIIB class (bun at crown of the head)
  8. Ballet IIA Tuesday class (low bun at base of the head)
  9. Modern I Monday class (bun at crown of the head)
  10. Ballet IIA Monday class (low bun at base of the head)
  11. Modern IIB/IIIA class (bun at crown of the head)
  12. Ballet IIIB class (bun at crown of the head)
  13. Modern IIA Tuesday class (low bun at base of the head)
  14. Ballet I Wednesday class (bun at crown of the head)
  15. Modern IV class (sleek low ponytail)
  16. Musical Theatre class (ponytail [one or two, high or low – depending on other class needs)
  17. Jazz IIIB/IV class (high ponytail)
  18. Jazz IIB/IIIA class (low ponytail [one or two] with baseball cap)
  19. Tap I class (ponytail [one or two, high or low – depending on other class needs)
  20. Tap II class (ponytail [one or two, high or low – depending on other class needs)
  21. Hip Hop I class (low ponytail [oneon sideor two pigtails] with beanie hat)
  22. Hip Hop II class (low ponytail [one on side or twopigtails] with beanie hat)
  23. Tap III/IV class (ponytail [one or two, high or low – depending on other class needs)
  24. Finale/Entire Cast

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