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Spring Show 2024

Please read the following show information carefully. If you want your dancer to perform, then yahoo! There is nothing else to do at this time. If you DO NOT WANT TO PARTICIPATE in the show, then you must OPT-OUT by 2/2.

 When and Where? *Please note- dress rehearsal and show are on separate weekends*

  • Saturday, April 20th Mandatory Dress Rehearsal. SAVE THE WHOLE DAY- SCHEDULE TO COME
  • If you do not make it to the dress rehearsal, you will not perform in the show. No exceptions.
  • Sunday, May 5th Show at 3:00pm.
  • Both dress rehearsal and show: Monfort Concert Hall at Union Colony Civic Center – 701 10th Ave. Greeley, CO 80631

How much?

  • $100 non-refundable production dues, charged to card on file on 2/5.
    • $75 for each sibling
  • $85 non-refundable costume fee (per class), charged to card on file on 2/5. (Progressive Pre-Primary costume $125 total.)

Why?
Spring Show is a great time for dancers to celebrate their growth throughout the session. This is the moment where the kids’ hard work, dedication and accomplishments get showcased on stage. We want them to feel like stars, and it’s the show that really gives them their time to shine.

But seriously, is it worth it? Of course we think so! And over 95% of our student body participates, so they must agree.

Why is the show in Greeley? This venue is a dream come true from every angle of esthetics, professionalism, size and value. It’s worth the drive.

Is this one of those three-hour dealies? My niece’s recital is SOOOOO LONNNNNG. This year’s show will be approximately 2 hours total with a 15 minute intermission. It is important to note that nobody will be allowed to check out early, such as during intermission. If you will not stay for the entire show, then opt-out of the performance.

Do we have to participate? Participation in the show is 100% optional. About 95% of our student body performs in our shows. Imagine going to baseball practice week after week but never playing a game- the Christmas and Spring shows are our World Series. If you can swing it, we highly recommend joining in the fun.

Who should NOT do the show?  Skip it if you have a scheduling conflict, you don’t want to invest the time or money, you are grumpy about driving to Greeley, you will not stay for the entire performance, your dancer wears a diaper, or you are stressed in any capacity about naptime, being away from mom for a couple of hours, crying on stage, etc.- It’s okay to wait until this feels good for the whole family- dance is supposed to be fun! Rest assured your dancer won’t be treated differently or sit out during class time.

What are “Production Dues?” Is that just a way for you dance teachers to get rich? We wish. The $100 non-refundable production dues collected in advance give us working capital to produce this show, including but not limited to the venue rental, EDC staff, venue custodial staff, light, sound and stage management professionals, videography, show t-shirts, show pins, program design, a digital download of the show, and more. We are very excited to offer the kids such a fun show experience while still keeping the show affordable for our families. Therefore, production dues are non-refundable because we are planning so far in advance, like a wedding.

What is not included? Tell me the true cost of participating.

  • Tickets are not included in the production dues and must be purchased for every human in the auditorium. ($12.50-$25.00. Children under 2 on a lap are $3.50- which covers the venue ticketing fee for their free ticket. Performers do not require a ticket.)
    • At this time there are no official limits to the number of tickets you’re able to purchase, however we ask you to try to limit yourself to no more than 6 tickets per student, and we are expecting a near sell-out show at this 1600-seat venue.
  • There will be OPTIONAL products and services offered to you at an additional cost such as professional photos, flowers and cake pops for your dancer, etc.
  • Dance shoes are not included. Dance shoes must follow our dress code (color, style) if the dancer wants to perform with us.

  What should I know about costumes?

  • For $85 we will measure, order and deliver a complete costume to your dancer, including new tights.
  • Each class has a separate costume.
  • Tech-only classes (Acro, Open Barre, Turns & Leaps, Technique Conditioning and Pointe/Pre-Pointe) do not perform and do not require a costume.
  • Pre-Primary students perform one style and have one costume, all chosen by the class teacher.
  • Progressive Pre-Primary Students perform 2 styles and have a 2-in-1 costume at $125.
  • Parents are responsible for the correct style and color of shoes, per our dress code.

Sounds like an investment. We don’t have extra money right now. The Spring Show is an investment of both time and money, and we feel you. If you’re just not down with it and the show doesn’t sound fun, then it’s okay to opt out. Your dancer will still participate fully in every class. BUT if you would love your child to participate, and just can’t swing the money right now, then PLEASE consider applying for the Giving Fund.The Giving Fund is not for people living in a cardboard box (although we’d love if we could help them too), it’s for regular dance folks like you who are just in a tough spot at the moment. Let’s keep all our kids dancing and performing.

What do I need to do as a parent? I come hang out and help the whole time, right? Your role is an important one. First, we need you to support your dancer and be a bright, positive light in their dance experience, including show. Second, we need you to help your dancer get to class each week. Lastly, we need you to help them arrive on time and prepared with their costume and correct shoes, and with their hair and makeup done. You will be there to assist them during dress rehearsal. During the show, you will sit in the audience and clap enthusiastically. That is the extent of your involvement- easy peasy!

Great! So I will come hang out and help my dancer then. We repeat, ONLY EDC staff is allowed to help on show day. We need you at Dress Rehearsal and we will explain as it gets closer, but at the show you will sit in the audience. Your child is in great hands, we promise.

How many times will I get to see my dancer on stage? This depends on how many classes your dancer takes. Each class performs one dance in the show, except Acro, Open Barre, Turns & Leaps, Technique Conditioning and Pointe/Pre-Pointe, which are strictly technique classes and do not perform. Pre-primary classes perform ONE of their two styles of dance from their class, not both. Progressive Pre-Primary students perform two of their styles, not all four. The entire cast performs a finale dance at the end of the show.

 So it seems to me my dancer will only be on stage for a few minutes of the whole show. Is it really worth it? Absolutely! While it’s true YOU may only see your child up there for a few minutes, it is an entire experience for THEM. There is the thrill of getting ready and being back in the dressing room, the butterflies as you wait excitedly in the hall a few numbers before your turn, your chance in the spotlight, the giggly discussing of the play-by-play with fellow dancers on the way back to the dressing room and the joy of celebrating with family after the show. The kids LOVE to be a part of a greater whole- it’s very satisfying. Showtime is both a memory-maker and a learning experience for the kids. This is a very big deal to THEM!

When my dancer isn’t on stage, what will they be doing? We have an army of teachers and volunteers backstage with the dancers while waiting their turn on stage. We entertain our youngest dancers with movies and coloring books, while our oldest dancers have support changing costumes and hairstyles, in preparation for their next dance.

At my son’s preschool, the teachers came out and did the performance with the kids. Why don’t you come out and dance with them so they look really good? We think they look great already! They are so darned cute the only thing we could do by being on stage is distract from that. We want all the attention on them. And most importantly, this is contrary to what we are trying to teach. We are not interested in teaching the kids to just follow the adults so they look better, we are interested in building the necessary skills (confidence, discipline, memorization, courage, independence…) so they can do it themselves and enjoy the lovely side effect of self-pride.

No but seriously, could you just do it on the side where we can’t see you but they can? It really does look better. Nope, no and definitely not. For all of the reasons stated above, no. But furthermore, this will just create a dance where all of the kids’ faces are turned to the side the whole time. You paid good money for those tickets! We want you to see your child’s full face, not just the side. Trust us on this, we are experts.

I didn’t grow up dancing, but all my 5 year old did was spin around and point her foot a few times. Can I get my money back? Respectfully, we disagree. We saw a dancer who was strong and confident enough to get out on stage in front of people and smile. We saw a dancer who knew when the dance began, how it ended, and even remembered some of the middle all on their own! We saw them plie, releve, bourre, arabesque, chasse, tendu and pique. We saw a dancer who got out on stage without an adult holding their hand. We saw a child who tried something new and sort of scary to most people. We’re pretty proud. You should be too! Now head out and get that sweet dancer some flowers!

All right, we’re totally in. But I want my child to ROCK. What can I do to help? Yay! Ok most importantly, please help your dancer have fantastic attendance and arrive prepared to dance (shoes, hair, uniform). Try not to miss unless it’s really necessary. If a dancer has an injury (not a contagious illness), consider bringing them anyway to observe the lesson and/or stand in their place in the formation if able. If your dancer misses four classes after the opt-out period ends on 2/2, then you will still receive your costume, but your dancer will not perform on stage.

  • We often tell our dancers, “Practice makes confident.” If you can help your dancer practice at home by encouraging them to show you their dance, doing it with them, having siblings do it together, watching the BAND videos, or any other manner of encouragement, this helps. BUT don’t make practicing a chore, homework, or otherwise lame and boring. Dance is FUN!
  • And finally, please leave the coaching to us. We value progress over perfection, and we’re excited for you to see the kids’ growth. Avoid the comparison trap of any kind, and help us celebrate your child on their own unique journey with dance.

 You did not answer all my questions. Now what?

  • We will post everything in the Performance Hub on your EDC app, which will cover burning questions in detail.
  • Join us for a brief Zoom on Monday, 1/29 from 7:00-7:30pm to talk everything show and get questions answered. Meeting ID 262 142 1166, Password 5678
  • We know you may still have questions -especially if it’s your first show- so please do not hesitate to ask. We are here to help! Please email crystal@elevatedanceonline.com for any logistical questions, or dena@elevatedanceonline.com for the philosophical questions, and we will make sure you are confident and comfortable with all things for the show!

For the Costume Reveal Slideshow, click here.

Receiving Costumes

We will begin distributing costumes on Saturday, March 2nd.

  • If your dancer is absent, they will try on their costume the next week during class. We do not send home costumes unless a staff member has approved the fit of the costume.
  • Dancers must be in dress code to try on their costume.
    • All dancers will stay in the studio room to try on costumes OVER their leotard and tights. We’d like to slip boys’ costumes over their clothing as well, so try not to wear “way baggy” clothes these next two weeks. If we need to send boys to Studio J to change, we will.
    • We do not have the time or the space to send dancers individually to the bathroom.
  • Once your dancer has received their costume, please be sure to TAKE IT OUT OF THE GARMENT BAG so it can breathe. You will notice that tutus will need to be fluffed and costumes will need to be steamed. Please refer to the “Caring for your Costume” section below.

Caring for your Costumes

Please treat costumes with the utmost care until AFTER the show. Do not wear them to bed or wash them. We want to keep the colors bright and costumes clean. 

  • Please hang costumes up to relax wrinkles, and steam if necessary. 
  • Fluff tutus. 
  • Spray glitter costumes lightly with aerosol hairspray.
  • If your costume is too big or too long, use safety pins to correct it. Take care of this ahead of dress rehearsal. 
  • Boys will be in their own boys’ dressing room. 
  • Primary-Advanced female dancers will be in multiple girls’ dressing rooms. If your female dancer has multiple costumes, we require a nude leotard as her base undergarment (tights go over the nude leotard for quick changing.) If your dancer is in only 1 number, but is concerned about nudity while changing into their finale t-shirt and black pants, then we recommend she wears a nude leotard as her base undergarment, as dancers will not leave the dressing room to go to a bathroom to change.
    • If you would like to order a nude leotard for your dancer from EDC, they are $21 for a child and $23 for an adult size. 
    • The deadline to order from us to arrive in time for dress rehearsal is 3/15. Place your order through your EDC app in the Apple or Google Play store. [Log in>More>Studio Store>Dancewear>Select the nude leotard and order like any other online shopping platform.]
    • PSA- YOU DO NOT WEAR UNDERWEAR WITH YOUR TIGHTS. Tights ARE underwear.. You do not want your panties showing on stage- we are a family show! =)

Shoes 

  • Ballet students wear pink leather ballet shoes.
  • Tap students wear black tap shoes (polish them!). 
  • Jazz students wear black slip-on jazz shoes (polish them!).
  • Lyrical students wear tan slip-on lyrical turners.
  • Hip Hop students wear their regular black hip hop shoes from class and plain black no-show socks (boys.)
  • Pre-Primary Students wear only the shoes required for their performance.
    • Monday tap/ballet 4:30pm – pink leather ballet shoes 
    • Monday tap/hippety hop 4:30pm – black tap shoes
    • Tuesday tap/ballet 5:15pm – black tap shoes
    • Wednesday tap/ballet 4:30pm – black tap shoes
    • Thursday tap/hippety hop 4:30pm – black tap shoes
    • Saturday 9:00am – black tap shoes
    • Saturday 9:45am – pink leather ballet shoes
  • Monday/Wednesday Progressive Pre-Primary Students will only need black slip-on jazz shoes. They will be barefoot for one of their dances.
  • Tuesday/Thursday Progressive Pre-Primary Students will only need black slip-on jazz shoes. They will be barefoot for one of their dances.