Costumes: Costumes are arriving. The final price for all costumes will be known by each class before picture day. The balance must be paid before the costume is given to a student. Please bring a garment bag and hanger to pick up the costumes once they have been paid for. Please do not allow children to wear costumes except for rehearsals and performances until the final performance is finished. If a costume is soiled or damaged, the student will not be allowed to perform in it.

Photographs: This year Jun Cha of “Hann’s Photo and Video” will be taking photographs of students in their recital costumes at St. Matthias Church Hall, Saturday, May 11th. Please see the attached schedule.

*PLEASE NOTE: MORNING BALLET CLASSES WILL TAKE PLACE AS USUAL IN REGULAR BALLET UNIFORM.

First Dress Rehearsal: We will have a rehearsal with all students, in costume, at St. Matthias Church Hall, Thurs. May 30th from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. This will give all of the students an opportunity to practice their dance, in costume, in front of the other students before performing at Oak Bay Lodge and the Theatre. Please drop children off in their recital costume at 3:45 pm and return for them after the rehearsal.

Oak Bay Lodge Performance: This is the eighteenth year our students will perform some of the dances from the Recital at the Oak Bay Lodge Seniors Residence. The performance is on Saturday, June 8th at 1:30 pm and is approximately 20 minutes long. Students will then join residents for cookies and juice after their performance. All members of a class may need to be available in order for their piece to be performed. Students must arrive in costume 15 minutes prior to the performance and have a robe to cover costumes during refreshment time. Please let Valerie know whether or not your child will be participating. Please do not take pictures or videos of students while they are performing in Oak Bay Lodge.

Dress Rehearsal: There will be a dress rehearsal on stage at Oak Bay High School Theatre (Dave Dunnet Theatre) Thursday, June 13th from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Students must be in costume, seated in the Theatre 15 minutes prior to the rehearsal, as we need to start on time. Please drop off children in the theatre and return for them after the rehearsal. Students are more focused and rehearsals run more efficiently when there are only dancers in the Theatre. We have a system in which older students & volunteers assist in the care of the younger students. This allows the students to see the performance from the theatre and keep our show a surprise.

Recital: The recital will be held at Oak Bay High School Theatre (Dave Dunnet Theatre) on Friday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off, in costume, backstage at least 20 minutes prior to the show. Directions to the backstage will be given closer to Recital time. Tickets for the recital will be on sale in the studio in June. Tickets can also be purchased at the Theatre entrance during dress rehearsal and prior to the performance.

Strawberry Tea: The date is tentatively set for Saturday, June 15th, at 2:00 pm. I will let everyone know more closer to this date.

Cecchetti Ballet Examinations: The Ceccetti exams will take place in St. Matthias Hall Monday, June 24th. Students taking part in the exams will be given more information and a practice schedule for the week prior to the exam session in June.

Summer Dance Classes: The Summer dance intensive will be held Monday, August 19th – 23rd.

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