Irish dance classes in Richmond, VA

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Recital 2016!

Everything you need to know about our June 25 recital!

Theme: Back in Time

Date: June 25, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Cosby High School, 14300 Fox Club Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112

MANDATORY Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 1:00 pm, Cosby High School

List of Topics
Costumes, Hair & Make-up
Recital Tickets
Recital Etiquette
Dress Rehearsal
Recital Performance
Order of Dances
DVD Ordering Information
Recital Photo Information
Cookie Pre-Order Information
Ads in Recital Program!


ALL DANCERS: No jewelry, no temporary tattoos, no nail polish!  Please remove any of these before you arrive for the dress rehearsal!

Costumes & Tights: Please make sure you bring ALL costume pieces and the Capezio tights you were given to the dress rehearsal.  You must have your dancer's name in EVERY costume piece and your tights, no matter how small!  Just remember that there are 70 dancers, many of them with multiple costumes and costume pieces and it is VERY easy to lose things in the chaos! It is very helpful to have a large tote bag or crate to put all of your dancer's items in.  Just make sure it has his/her name on it!

Shoes: All dancers must have appropriate dance shoes by June 1.  Sprites 1 & 2 - black ballet slippers or ghillies.  Beginners and up - ghillies and/or jig shoes.  ALL ghillies MUST have elastic in them by June 1!

Make-up: All students will need to wear makeup so that they don't appear washed out onstage. We recommend a foundation one shade darker than your natural skin tone, neutral eye shadow (beige, browns, etc.), blush and a dark pink or red shade of lipstick. Mascara and eyeliner are helpful as well. NO blue, silver, green, pink or purple eye shadow!Picture

Hair:  Please secure any stray hairs away from the face with bobby pins, hair spray and/or gel.  Please use a hair-colored ponytail holder in the hair - do NOT use a colored (red, green, pink, etc.) one.  For those classes whose hair is listed as "Bun at crown of head", please see this website for instructions!  Here is a photo for reference - note that the bun is at the CROWN of the head, not at the back or smack-dab on top (aka 'cupcake head').

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Recital Tickets

Recital tickets (wristbands) will be $12 adults/$10 seniors and children ages 4-11.  Seating is general admission.  Tickets will go on sale at the studio on June 1.  Cash or check only for recital tickets - no credit cards.  Tickets will also be available for sale at the door. 

Dancers will be given a special dancer-only wristband that they must wear if they wish to watch the remainder of the recital after they have danced (or Act 1 if the dancer is only in Act 2). Dancer wristbands will be distributed at dress rehearsal.

Recital Etiquette

No videorecording or flash photography during the show. Still, non-flash photos are permitted.

Please turn off all cell phones and other 'noisy' electronics or set them to vibrate.

Please do not enter or leave the auditorium during a dance number. If you must leave the auditorium during the show, please wait until the end of a dance before opening the auditorium doors. Our door monitors will be there to make sure the doors stay closed during the dances.

Please stay until the end! All of the dancers have worked very hard this year and the dancers at the end of the show deserve just as nice an audience as the dancers at the beginning. We anticipate the show to run no more than an hour and a half.

If you would like to retrieve your dancer after he/she is finished his/her dance(s), you may do so. You must put on the dancer wristband in order for your student to be admitted into the auditorium.  Dancers may sit in the auditorium with you after all of their dances are finished.  If your dancer is ONLY in Act 2, he/she may sit with you during Act 1. 

No food or drink in the auditorium. This includes gum!

No dancer may chew gum on or backstage. Feel free to consume drinks or snacks in the lobby area.

Clapping is good! If you see a particularly difficult element or something you like, clapping is encouraged. The more energy you give to the dancers, the more energy they will give back to you.

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Dress Rehearsal

All students must attend the mandatory dress rehearsal at Cosby High School at 1:00 pm on June 25.  There will be a brief meeting prior to the rehearsal.   Dancer recital wristbands will be distributed at this meeting.

Please arrive for the dress rehearsal and have your dancer dressed in their first costume and sitting in the auditorium no later than 12:45.  Hair and makeup are optional for dress rehearsal.

Please bring all of your dancer's costume pieces and shoes and change in the dressing room at the school.  DO NOT wear your dance shoes in the parking lot!  Make sure that your dancer's name is in his/her shoes and in every single costume piece.

No males are allowed in the girls'/ladies' dressing rooms.

Dancers may not eat or drink (other than water) in their costumes!  This is a VERY important rule.  We cannot replace costumes that get food or drink on them the night of recital!  If you MUST eat a snack, please remove your costume before doing so OR bring a cover-up to wear.  An old large robe or large button-down shirt work well.

You may videorecord your dancer at the dress rehearsal.  NO videorecording during the recital!

After your dancer has finished all of his/her dances, you may leave until 6:00 pm that evening.

Recital Performance!

Dancers must arrive and be in their dressing rooms no later than 6:00 pm for the evening recital peformance.  Dancers should bring their costumes and shoes to dress at the school.

Hair and makeup may be done in the dressing room after you arrive.

The recital will start at 7:00 pm and run roughly an hour and a half.

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We will need volunteers to help with a number of jobs.  Jobs will include helping during the dress rehearsal, working out front to sell tickets and monitor the doors to the auditorium, and working back stage helping in the dressing rooms.  We request that only females sign up as dressing room helpers.  You may sign up to be a volunteer by emailing Andrea. We are always happy to sign off on volunteer hours for middle and high school students, so feel free to have those members of your family volunteer!

Order of Dances - Downloadable PDF

Hair style is half-up, half-down (use french braids to pull the hair back) except as noted.

Sprites 2 - Dinosaurs

Adv. Beg. Soft Shoe - Cavewomen

Primary Soft Shoe - Ancient Egypt

Pulse - Pompeii

Primary Hard Shoe - Vikings

Continuing Teens/Adults - Spanish Conquistadoras

Sprites 1 - Tudor Princesses - bun at crown of head

Open Soft Shoe - Salem Witch Trials

Int. Soft Shoe - Revolutionary War

Beg Soft Shoe - Irish Immigrants

Adv. Beg. Hard Shoe - Cowgirls - hair in low pony


Beats - Antebellum South

Daria solo - Turn of the Century

Trebles - Newsies

Open Hard Shoe - WWII/Rosie the Riveter

Primary Teen Soft Shoe - Elvis

Int Hard Shoe - Moon Landing

Beginner Hard Shoe - Disco

Dad/Daughter Dance - Lord of the Dance

Miranda Solo - 2004

Full company (Trebles, Beats, Pulse, Reprise) - Finale

Recital DVDs

Videorecording is permitted during the dress rehearsal ONLY.  No videorecording of ANY kind is permitted during the recital show.  Lowe Productions will be videorecording the recital for us again this year and making DVDs available for purchase.  The quality of these DVDs is GREAT, but it will take a couple of months for the DVD to arrive at the studio.  The DVDs are well worth the wait!  You can order your DVD online in advance or you can download the form and bring it with your payment to their table at the recital! 

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Cookie Bouquets

One of our dance moms is taking pre-orders for cookie bouquets.  She makes FANTASTIC cookies and what a neat gift for your dancer!  Orders are due in the studio no later than June 8.  You can fill out the order form and bring your check or cash into the studio.  No credit cards.  Checks should be made out to: Alison Reining.

Recital Photos

Real Life Photography will be taking our recital photos again this year.  Photos will be taken in the studio on May 22.  We have order forms available for download here and in the studio.  Please bring your completed order form and form of payment with you to dress rehearsal!

Photo Schedule for Sunday, May 22 (Downloadable PDF)

1:00 PM Beg. Soft Shoe
1:10 PM Sprites 2
1:20 PM Beginner Hard Shoe
1:30 PM Continuing Teen/Adult
1:40 PM Celtic Treble
1:50 PM Adv. Beginner Soft Shoe
2:00 PM Adv Beg Hard Shoe
2:10 PM Intermediate Soft Shoe
2:20 PM Primary Soft Shoe
2:30 PM Sprites 1
2:40 PM Full Company Photos – Trebles, Beats & Pulse – bring solo/school dress/jumper AND finale costume!
3:00 PM Primary soft shoe for Teens
3:10 PM Pulse
3:20 PM Beats
3:30 PM Open Hard
3:40 PM Prim Hard
3:50 PM Int Hard
4:00 PM Open Soft

Advertising in the Recital Program

We are offering our families and local businesses the opportunity to advertise in our recital program.  If you would like to place an ad in the program, please use the Ad Order Form and submit the form, payment and your digital ad no later than June 1!
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