Recital 2019 – Information Page
Allegro – IMPORTANT 2019 Recital Info
Recital – The year-end recital will be on Saturday, June 15th at First Ontario Concert Hall (formally Hamilton Place Theatre) located at 1 Summers Lane in Hamilton, L8P 4Y3. There will be two shows on Saturday at 12:00pm & 5:00pm. Please check the schedule this will be posted at the studio or on our website to see which show(s) your class is performing in.
Tickets – Recital Tickets will be available for purchase at the studio. To keep the cost of ticket prices down, all recital tickets will be sold through the studio. The cost of tickets are $20.00 each ($16.81 + $2.19 HST + $1.00 Theatre Improvement Fee). Dancers that will be joining their families in the audience will require a ticket.
Arriving at the Theatre – Dancers should arrive at the theatre about 45 minutes before the performance begins. A change room list will be posted on the board when you first walk in. Please find your class name and head to the designated change room. Dancers may stay backstage for the entire show until they are picked up by their parents or they may leave earlier as long as they are picked up and signed out by their parents. The show will be approximately 3 hours long including intermission.
Signing In and Out / Backstage Wristbands – When arriving at the theatre, ONE parent must sign in their dancer at the door leading to the dressing rooms (this door can be accessed from the main lobby). Upon signing in, you will receive a numbered wristband and this number will be recorded next to your child’s name. Please remember that the same parent who signed in their child must also sign them out after the performance and must have the matching numbered wristband on them. This procedure may slow things down however it is a safety precaution that we must take. You will be given access only to their assigned dressing room where you will drop off your dancer, get them settled in and then precede to the audience. Volunteers and/or the parent of Creative Movement Dancers will only be admitted access to the backstage area and must be wearing a colour coded wristband indicating backstage access. Once the performance begins only parents with kids in Creat. Mov. and Backstage Help Volunteers may remain backstage. The change room/backstage areas are very tight and there is a capacity that we must not exceed at any time.
Dancers Watching the Show – Dancers are allowed to watch the show before (or after) they dance, as long as there is time. However, please be sure to sign them in at the sign in table before the show begins (so that we know they have arrived) and write “in audience” beside their name. This way we do not worry about missing dancers. Please plan to return your dancer to the backstage area at least 12 dances before their scheduled dance. This will give them time to join their group and warm up. Once your child has finished dancing, you are welcome to grab them from the backstage area, sign them out and take them into the audience to watch the remainder of the show. Please remember dancers must cover up their costumes when in the audience and also have a ticket /seat.
Dress Rehearsal – There will be 2 dress-rehearsals on Tuesday, June 4 at First Ontario Concert Hall. The first dress rehearsal will be for the 12pm dancers and will start at 4:15pm. The second dress rehearsal will be for 5pm dancers and will start about 5:30pm. All Recreational Dancers must attend dress rehearsal in full costume with their hair and makeup done as if it were a real performance. This gives dancers a chance to get acquainted with the stage and practice their spacing before performing it to an audience.
During the dress rehearsal, parents will be in charge of their own kids. Each family will only be allowed one parent backstage with them. No additional brothers, sister, grandparents or friends will be permitted backstage due to capacity regulations. You may leave as soon as you are done dancing. THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS TO THE AUDIENCE DURING DRESS REHEARSAL. Click the red link below to see the dress rehearsal schedule, your on-stage time and arrival time. Please remember, our dress rehearsal usually runs on time and sometimes even ahead of schedule. Arrive at the theatre at least 30-45 minutes before your scheduled time to ensure you are warmed up and do not miss your practice time on stage.
Pictures – Photos will be taken at the studio between Sunday, June 9th – Thursday, June 13th. There will be no charge to get your photo taken and please remember photos are optional. Every student will have an individual and group shot ready to purchase in the lobby on the day of the recital, not through Allegro. Additional enlargements and packages may be ordered through the photographer on that day, or by mail. Click the red link below to see the Picture Day schedule. Please arrive in full costume with your hair & makeup done. We almost always run on time so please do not be late as you may miss your group photo.
Hair & Makeup for Recital & Dress Rehearsal – For all Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Creative Movement & Acro routines, hair should be worn in a very neat medium high bun with no wispies and a hairnet that has elastic around the edge. For Hip Hop routines, please wear a low ponytail. Makeup is required for all dancers. Blush & lipstick is sufficient for the little ones, however Level 1 and up should apply heavy street makeup in neutral colours on the eye, brick red lipstick and rosy blush so that they are not washed out by the stage lights. Also, remember to remove nail polish, tattoos & stickers from your shoes.
Tights & Shoes
- All Ballet dancers please wear ballet pink tights & pink ballet slippers.
- Jazz and Tap routines wear footed beige tights (unless told otherwise by their teacher). Jazz classes wear beige jazz shoes and Tap dancers wear tap shoes.
- Acro and Lyrical dancers should wear beige footless tights (unless told otherwise by their teacher). Acro are in bare feel and Lyrical in “Body Wrappers” beige pleated half-soles or beige jazz shoes.
- Hip Hop dancers are to provide their own clean black low cut converse style (real or imitation) shoes for the recital worn with black ankle socks.
Please check your tights for runs and snags (you may need to buy a new pair for the recital. Please do not wear underwear with your tights.
Backstage Help – Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for backstage help. Please remember, if you have offered to help, you will not be able to watch the show from the audience and you will have to stay backstage for the entire performance to help with your group. We still require a lot of extra help for all the shows. Please see the sign-up sheet in the studio if you would like to volunteer, the sign-up sheet can be found on the competition board. Also, Comp Parents, please note that we request that you volunteer for at least one show since your kids will be dancing in both.
Videos – First Ontario Concert Hall does not allow videotaping or flash photography in the theatre however a professional DVD of the recital will be available. Pre Order forms are available at the studio now or click the link below to download the form. As well, you may contact New Starz / Marlene at 519-749-9835 to order one. Please note that we are using a new videographer this year and videos will be picked up at the studio after recital.
Directions to First Ontario Concert Hall – Take the QEW/ON-403 W via the ramp to Hamilton. Continue on the 403 W and follow signs for Hamilton/Brantford. Take the Main St E exit and merge onto Main St. Turn left on Summers Lane and First Ontario Concert Hall entrance is on your right. Underground and street parking is available. In the past we have had some dancers that have missed their dress rehearsal due to traffic. To avoid that, please allow ample time to get to First Ontario Concert Hall and plan for traffic on Wednesday night.
Entering / Exiting the Theatre – If you have to enter the audience once the show is in progress, please be respectful of the dancers and audience members by waiting until a routine is finished to be seated. Wandering in and out in the middle of a dance is very distracting to the performers on stage and also to those watching the show. Please make a very big effort to stay seated for the entire performance and if you must leave, please wait until intermission. In previous years, not only have audience members been distracted by parents coming and going, but also, patrons have hurt themselves because they are navigating the theatre in the dark. Thank you for understanding.
Show Order – The exact show order will be posted in the studio and on our website at the beginning of June. Please note, once it is posted, there may be very minimal adjustments for unforeseen conflicts with quick changes.
Customer Appreciation Day – We will have a fun outdoor celebration at the studio for dancers and their families on Wed. June 19 from 6-8pm ; Dress-Up Photo Booth, Bouncy Castles, Pony Rides (between 5:30-7:30pm), Hot Dogs, Hamburgers & More, All FREE of charge!!!! When leaving the theatre on the day of recital, please rsvp to this event with the backstage greeters. Since food and beverages will be served, it is helpful for us to have an idea of how many guests will be attending.
Recital Video Order Form – Video Order Forms will be available shortly
SATURDAY, JUNE 8th IS THE LAST DAY OF REGULAR CLASSES FOR ALL STUDENTS.