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June 4th, 2022

Independence High School

23115 Learning Cir, Ashburn, VA 20148

2pm and 6pm

Consult your specific class page for assigned times

Recital 2023
Guidelines and Reminders

For Rehearsal Day or Recital Day emergencies, please text 571-758-2320

We're so excited to DANCE our way through the DECADES at this year's recital This page has all the information needed to ensure a pleasant and memorable recital experience for your dancer. Please read all information fully and contact your studio director with any questions. 

Picture Day

Picture Day

All classes will have group photos taken in their recital costume. Each family also has the option to purchase inidividual photos of their dancer.

Photo Day is Sunday, May 21st at the South Riding studio.

Click here to download photo order form



Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your dancer’s assigned timeslot IN your costume with hair and makeup done. Parents may have dancer wear hair and makeup however they would like for photos. Dancers in multiple classes should arrive in their first costume and will change costumes.

Dress Rehearsal

Recital Day

All recital dances will be rehearsed on stage at Independence High School on Tuesday, May 30.

Your dancer will rehearse their routine between 5:15pm - 9:00pm. Consult your dancer's specific class instructions for specific time!

Please arrive 15 mins prior to your dancer's scheduled rehearsal time! 

  • Dancers should proceed directly to the auditorium. Only one parent should accompany their dancer. 

  • When you arrive, check in with a CDC Staff member.

    • All dancers MUST arrive with your hair and makeup COMPLETELY finished, wearing their costume (or first costume, if performing in more than one routine). 

  • Dancers who are performing in more than one dance should bring their other costume(s) on a hanger, with accessories and shoes in a zip-lock bag.  The costume hanger should be labeled with the dancer’s name 
  • Each dance is scheduled in a 20 min block with 2 other classes. Upon completion of that block of routines, the dancers are allowed to leave. So expect your dancer to be ready to be picked up approximately 20 mins AFTER your assigned rehearsal time (or last rehearsal time, if your dancer has multiple routines). Please note: As this is a technical rehearsal as well as an opportunity for our dancers to perform their routine on stage, our schedule may fluctuate as we make adjustments to prepare for recital.

Dress Rehearsal
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Each participating family receives TWO (2) free tickets as part of your recital fee. After the May 20th tuition payment has been paid in full, you will receive instructions via email regarding how to claim those free tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased for $15/each. Purchase/Claim tickets with button above.

Recital Tickets

Recital Tickets

When is my son or daughter performing?

There are two (2) recitals planned for June 4th. Your dancer will perform in one recital. Recital dances are assigned as follows.

Consult your dancer's specific class instructions here for show assignments! 

Can I attend the recital?

Absolutely! Each family receives 2 tickets as part of their recital fee. Details regarding free tickets will be provided to families after May 20th tuition payment. Note: Family account must be up to date to participate in recital activities.

Additional tickets may be purchased for $15. 

Click here purchase additional tickets


The recital will also be recorded and a digital download of the performance will be provided to each family as part of the "Performance Fee"

Photo Opportunities:  

Take photos of your dancer and their friends at the "Step and Repeat" banner/background in the lobby. Post on Social Media!  be sure to tag us! @cdcva on Instagram, or Creative Dance Center VA on Facebook. Photos or video may NOT be taken during the recital as it is distracting to the dancers and other audience members.

What should my dancer bring? 

All costumes and dance shoes, of course! In addition, we recommend the following:

  • Hair Brush, Bobby Pins, Hair Nets, Hair Spray and GelQ. All hair should be styles as prescribed on the costume instruction sheet. All stray hairs should be pinned and/or sprayed and gelled back so there are no flyaways.

  • Lipstick, blush, mascara for any necessary touch ups.

  • Safety pins

  • Extra pair of new tights (in case of runs)

  • Clear liquids to drink. NOTE: Please don't let your dancer eat or drink in their costume


When should I bring my dancer? Where should I go? What should I do? 

Dancers should arrive at the facility 45 minutes before their assigned performance time. The assigned performance is on the costume instructions page for each dance. Click here to find your dancer's costume instructions.

Dancer MUST arrive dressed in their costume (or first costume, if they have more than one), hair in the appropriate style and makeup applied. Reminder: no underwear under leotard style costumes, jewelry, or nail polish. Dancer should bring ONLY a water bottle and their dance shoes. Dancers who are performing in more than one dance should bring their other costume(s) on a hanger, with accessories and shoes in a zip-lock bag.  The costume hanger should be labeled with the dancer’s name. Any dance bags or other items should remain with a parent. NO FOOD OR DRINK (other than water) is allowed BACKSTAGE, in the DRESSING ROOMS, or the AUDITORIUM.

Your dancer will meet a CDC staff member in the lobby of the high school. The dancer will be escorted backstage or to a dressing room (for those with multiple dances). Parents will not be allowed in the backstage area. Volunteers have been assigned to assist with any costume changes. Parents may then proceed to the auditorium for the performance.

Is my dancer required to wear a mask?

Masks will not be required in the dressing rooms, backstage, or while performing. As always, you may choose to have your dancer wear a mask. If you choose to wear a mask, they should wear a skin tone mask. Skin tone masks may be purchased from various web sites, such as Discount Dance, Amazon, and possibly from some local dance apparel stores.

What if my dancer has more than one dance?

Dancers who have more than one routine in the same recital should wear their first costume (with hair and makeup complete) and bring the costume, accessories and shoes for their second dance. The costume should be on a hanger with accessories and shoes in a large ziploc book hooked on the hanger. The costume hanger should be clearly labeled with the child's name written in large letters. No dream duffels, costume bags, shoe bags, etc. The dancers will place their second costume in a dressing room.

Dancers will be responsible for changing their costume in the dressing room between dances. Volunteers will be on hand to assist but primary responsibility will be on the dancer. No parents will be allowed in the dressing rooms.

Can I take photos or videos during the performance?

Photography and video taping is not allowed during the recital. Each family will receive a link to download a digital recording of the recital as part of the "Performance Fee". This link will be provided within 3-4 weeks upon the conclusion of the recitals.

How will I pick up my dancer after the performance?

All dancers are expected to participate in our finale and bows at the end of the performance. At the conclusion of our finale, dancers will be returned to the chorus room. Please send ONLY ONE PARENT backstage to retrieve your dancer at the conclusion of the performance.

We're so excited for this performance and the chance for our dancers to really shine and show us and their families everything they've learned this year!

Costume Intruction

Class Instructions, Dress Rehearsal and Recital Assignments

This page is extremely important as all details about your child's class is contained on this page. On that page, you will see the picture day schedule, dress rehearsal schedule and recital assignments by class. In addition, you can navigate to your dancer's specific class and click to obtain important hair, makeup, and other costume instructions.  Teachers have specified hair styles, makeup, and shoe requirements for each class. This information can be found by clicking on the link below.

Class Information Sheet and Rehearsal/Recital Assignments

Recital Day FAQs

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