This is a HUGE email, jam packed with important info.
Please make sure to read it thoroughly!
Your account will be charged a performance fee with June tuition. Seating will be assigned for the event. June is the final payment of the season. 


The end of the year performance is very exciting and a great opportunity for your kids to show off their hard work and more advanced dance abilities! This year we feel it is more important than ever to provide our students with an opportunity to celebrate and show off all they have learned and overcome this year. I always like to give a reminder to all the parents that this can be a great opportunity to be supportive, caring and proud for your child. No matter what happens on that stage, your children have learned a lot of dance and gained life skills, such as developing work ethic and how to face challenges and to work towards achieving a goal.  We have all been working through this trying time and are excited to provide your dancer the opportunity to shine on stage!

Many of our first time performers will be distracted by their beautiful costumes, the lights, the stage itself and they may not dance at all! Some may not even go on the stage! We do everything we can to give dancers the opportunity to perform, however we don't force crying children to perform. Sometimes the most shy and reserved student breaks out of their shell and puts on an amazing performance.  I just never know and I'm always surprised. Whatever happens, be proud of your kids and be sure to tell them so!

This year our recital will look very different from previous years. This email will outline what to expect in our first ever outdoor recital!


  • All accounts must be current and have a zero balance by June 18th in order for your child to perform.  No exceptions.

  • A set number of guests will be allowed per family as determined by the Washington state performing arts guidance and our space limitations.  You will be notified no later than 7 days before the show. Siblings and babes in arms are counted towards each family's audience member. 

  •  All individuals (ages 5 and up) in attendance must wear a face covering. 

  • Per the COVID19 Performing Arts Guidance, for phase 3 outdoor performances dancers are permitted to perform without a mask. Masks must be worn before and after performing. If you wish for your dancer to keep their mask on, please purchase a fleshtone mask for the recital. 

  • Please do not send your student with any food. They should only need a water bottle.

  • Dancers should not wear nail polish, jewelry or underwear with their costumes.

  • Make sure we have a cell phone on file, so we can contact you if you are running late!

Picture Day 

All dancers are invited to our costumed picture day, June 4th & 5th with Class Act Portraits at our Federal Way Location. Below is the photo shoot schedule, please be on time. Each group will take both a masked and unmasked photo. The day of the photo shoot please let us know if you do NOT wish to participate in the mask less photo shoot. 

Please wear performance hair and light make up (as appropriate) with your costume, tights and dance shoes. Photography packages begin at $22 and this year you will be able to order online. 
No purchase is required!  Class Act will photograph each dancer in 2 poses and you can review the pictures online before ordering.  It is important that you attend to be in the group picture even i
f you do not plan to order pictures.  This year photos will be shipped directly to your home!

Hair and Makeup:

If you haven't already done so please consult the color coded show chart. Locate your child's show, then class row. Read the entire row to find out what hair style, tight color and dance shoes your child needs. 

All classes should have their hair styled per the performance chart below. Our most used hair styles are the “Princess style” or a neat bun located on the crown of the head. Do not place the bun directly on top of the head and it is not a good bun unless it has at least ten bobby pins. Long or thick hair will require more. If your costume as a hat you will need to make a "low bun". In such a case please place the bun at the base of the skull. All hair accessories should be placed on the dancers right side of the bun and should be secured with at lease five bobby pins. A hair net is a great item to help hold the bun in place (see the video tutorial). All dancers should use gel and hairspray to make their hair manageable, secure and to prevent fly-a-ways or “wispies”. As always, we will be available the day of performance and photo day to help as needed.
In the spirit of performing, every dancer is highly encouraged to look their best and apply age-appropriate “Heavy Street Makeup.” Dancers should have powder, blush, red lipstick (a red lip liner may be enough and won't run), brown eye shadow (natural colors, not blue/purple etc.), and mascara (body/face glitter is optional). No need to buy expensive makeup. Please keep in mind the age of your dancer.  We want your five year old to still look five on stage. Makeup is encouraged so that the audience can still see the dancer's features under the bright stage lights.  A lighter version of stage makeup is encouraged for photo day.


Learn how to make the perfect ballet bun for the recital by watching this video!

The Perfect BALLET bun 4 ways - Detailed Tutorial

Here is a tutorial on what we call "Princess Hair". 

How to do a Half Up and Half Down Hairstyle: Big Wavy Curls

Over the years we have gotten many questions about the exact details of what it means to have bun, pony or princess hair. Below are some examples from our dancers in years past. As you can see each dancer is allowed to keep their own natural hair styles, bangs and personality. The most important thing  is that hair is neat looking and secure!

Learn how to apply great age appropriate stage makeup here!

This is recommended for dancers 7 and under. While this may seem like a lot, these makeup techniques are important for when your child is on stage under the lights and from a distance. For photo day some light makeup is encouraged! We do not require you to use Jam cosmetic's however their kits are terrific if you do not already have these supplies! If you choose to order one, do so early. They tend to sell out around recital season.  

Here is a great tutorial for our dancer of color. 

This is a pretty good video, I would add some eyeliner and mascara and the blush is a bit to light. Stage make up does need to be a bit heavier so that the dancer features pop underneath the lights and from a distance. But this dancer looks very cute and ready to perform!
This is the age 8 and above stage makeup. We do not require false eyelashes at recital.

In-Studio Dress Rehearsal (at the studio)

The last class prior to the show is an "in-studio" dress rehearsal.  During the week of June 12-18th, all dancers should come during their regular class time with hair and makeup done and in their costumes. This allows the teachers and the parents to have a practice run, making sure we get hair, make-up, and costume details correct and uniform! Teachers will run the routine numerous times and parents are welcome to watch, videotape and take pictures. Once the teacher is satisfied with the routine, and parents have received all the important information, dancers may be released from class early.  As such, parents are encouraged to stay at the studio this week. 

Outdoor Recital 

When is the outdoor recital? Saturday June 19th, 2021

Where is the outdoor recital? Behind The Federal Way location. (33639 9th Ave S Federal Way WA 98003)

When is the outdoor recital? Your dancer’s class was assigned a show  in which they will be performing their recital routine.  We will be sending a separate email and a handout by the end of May to each class. If you can’t find those notifications please locate your child’s class on the chart below. Please pay special attention, your child's class may be performing in multiple shows. We did our best to value your time and tried to get as many of your child's routines and siblings in the show as possible. 

How Will Outdoor Recital Work? Below is a step by step outline of how your child’s outdoor recital will look:

  1. Each show has been divided up into two acts. We worked very hard to get most families in the same act of the same show.

  2. We ask that you arrive 30min prior to your call time, Act 1 is called 30 minutes before the show time. Act 2 is called 45 minutes later (see the chart above)

  3.  Students should be in costume, hair and make up done when you arrive. You will also find hair, shoe and tight information on the attached chart. 

  4. Traffic Guards will direct you to the appropriate parking area. (please follow their instructions as this has been agreed upon with the landlord to prevent negatively impacting our fellow surrounding businesses)

  5. When you arrive you will check in with a staff member  at the front of the studio. Look for the blue tent. We will check each student's temperature and fill out a quick CDC COVID-19 Health Screening survey.

  6. Once that is completed, if your child has a costume change you will be allowed to go set them up in the dressing room.  Once that is done or there isn’t a costume change, dancers will walk the “red carpet” with their set number of guests. 

  7. Be sure to stop by the CDT banner and get a quick photo to remember the special day. 

  8. Each family will be assigned a pod (A for act 1 or B for act 2)  in accordance with the performing arts guidance. Families do not get to select where they sit, your dancer will sit with you.

    We will be using a digital program this year. QR codes will be posted throughout the event. Please research if your device needs a special QR app in order to be properly redirected. 

  9. Dancers will be called “backstage” 4-5 numbers before they perform to meet their teacher, run their dance one time then are on deck to perform.  Parents shouldn't wait backstage, please return to your seat and sit back and enjoy the show.

  10. There will be a photo and video zone where one person may move up closer to the stage to get some photos. (remember we are providing you with a video copy)

  11. Dancers will be presented with a flower and their certificate after their dance. Conservatory students or dancers with multiple routines will receive their certificate after their last routine. 

  12. After your child is finished dancing, you will meet them on the left side of the stage. They will remain supervised until picked up. 

  13. If your child is finished for the show, you and your family are free to leave. 

  14. You may watch the end of the Act

  15. At the 15 minute intermission, all pods must be emptied and cleaned by cdt staff. Those few families in both acts will be assigned a B pod for the second half of the show. 

  16. CDT staff will allow the second act to get seated before intermission and the process repeats. 

  17. There is an hour break in between each show

This traffic flow map is to help you visualize and navigate the event. 


Volunteers backstage are essential for a smooth performance. 

Volunteer jobs include:

Backstage helpers will be responsible for entertaining kids, soothing fears, helping to line up dancers in order for performance, potty runs, and helping with costume changes as necessary, oversee pick up time after the dance is over. Most importantly, they are positive with all the kids. We encourage volunteers to sign up with their own child’s class so that you can watch your dancer perform from the wings (the side of the stage). 

Other jobs include helping to check in dancers, mask chauffer's & cleaning crew, and helping oversee and take money for the Mara Cookie sales and the Next Step flower fundraiser. These volunteers will receive one complimentary ticket for a person in their entourage or yourself.

All of our volunteers MUST have passed a background check. Please submit the authorization for a background check here. Once you submit your background check, you will be emailed the volunteer sign up link once we receive the results. 

If you have completed a CDTF background check in 2021 you do NOT need to do so a second one. Please email us for the link. 

Background Check Authorization

Flower Bouquets & Concessions: 

Next Step Parent Booster Club & The Studio will have flower bouquets and other gift items available to purchase and celebrate your dancers’ big achievement. All sales are final and cash only. Flower bouquets are $10 and will be available the day of the show, gift items range from $10-20.  
We also sell Mara’s Cookies after each show as a tribute to Mara Adams, a CDT dancer who lost her battle with DIPG, a rare pediatric form of brain cancer which mainly affects children.  The funds from these sales are donated to a charity chosen by the Adams family. Please make a donation of $5 or more. We are asking everyone to eat these delicious treats once they are in their car or at home. Thanks

This year proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish fund. 
Livestream, Video and Pictures:
Children's Dance Theater will be providing you with private but sharable livestream link. This can be shared with any friends or family who cannot attend in person. Each show will have a unique link and will be emailed out Monday June 14th. 

Please note that in an effort to ensure we have a good internet connection for the livestream we will not allow any wifi connections that day. Please plan accordingly. 

Children's Dance Theater will also be recording the performance. Account holders will receive a promotion code which will allow one digital download. This will also be emailed out on June 14th.  Families and friends that missed the livestream will also be able to rent the show for $10.00 and watch it on demand. All rentals have a 72 hour rental period from the time of purchase. 
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