Summer is sadly coming to an end, BUT that means it’s DANCE SEASON!
Many exciting NEW opportunities are headed our way at Richard’s! New Faces, New Classes, and New Experiences!
New classes this year:
Tumbling (For ALL Ages and Ability Levels)
Creative Movement (1-3 yrs)
Parent & Me (1-3 yrs)
Adult Beginner Tap
Student Honors Program
New Events in our Community Outreach Program
Join us for our OPEN HOUSE August 13th, 14th & 15th 5:00-7:00 PM and August 21-22nd 5:00-6:15 PM.
Dance Classes begin Tuesday, September 3rd and Tumbling Classes begin Thursday, September 12th.
We hope to see everyone soon!
It has Arrived - Show Week!
The past year has flown by and the 64th Dance Season is coming to an end, which means its SHOWTIME!
It's time for the dancers to show off their new skills and hard work from the past year. It's their time to SHINE!
Showtime can be a crazy time for Dancers and Parents, but also lots of Fun. We have put together a few helpful tips to make your Rehearsal and Show experience go smoothly.
Tips for Rehearsals and Shows
When are Rehearsals?
Rehearsals Start 3:30 PM on Thursday May 30th and Friday May 31st - Doors OPEN @3:00 PM
When do our Dancers wear their Costumes?
Dancers will wear costumes for Both Rehearsals and Shows. We recommend Dancers arrive in their 1st costume. Need help with costumes and accessories feel free to ask the Dressing Room Volunteers for help.
What do I do for Hair and Make-up?
Hair: Must be worn up - Braid, Bun, Ponytail, Updo
Make-up: Recommended, but not required - Pink Blush, Blue Eye shadow, Mascara, Red Lipstick (Just a little color, not Stage Make-up)
My Dancer is in more than one number, What do we do?
Garment Bags will be your dancers and your LIFE SAVER
How do I know when to pick up my dancer after their last number?
Like us on Facebook and follow our Thursday and Friday Rehearsal Show Number updates. We will be posting time/number throughout rehearsals.
Dancers coming straight from school, don't feel that there is enough time to feed them? Save Time & Don't Stress, the Intensive Program Students are holding a Rehearsal Dinner Option on Thursday and Friday. $5.00 Dinner Includes: Cold Ham or Turkey Sandwich, Fruit Cup, Bag of Chips, and Bottle of Water.
What is the Protocol for Drop-off and Pick-up of my dancer?
Rehearsal Days dancers sit in the Auditorium with Assigned Row Parents.
Drop-Off: Sign-in dancer with Row Parent and receive a Pick-up Pass for their dancer
Pick-Up: Sign-out dancer with Row Parent - MUST provide/hand-in Pick-up Pass and Drivers License
We lost a Costume Piece.....What do we do?
With Crazy Showtime it DOES happen. 1st: Dig through that Garment and Dance Bag. 2nd: Check the LOST & FOUND walls in each of the Dressing Rooms. 3rd: Check with our Office Manager - we have a Show Survival Bin!
Where does my student go the day of Show?
Dancers will wait in the O-Room during the Show. Students are to arrive by 12:00 & 6:00 PM. Assigned Row Parents will be sitting and signing in and out students (same as rehearsals)
Oh NO I forgot to get flowers!
No worries! The Garden Gate will be selling Flowers prior to BOTH shows in the Auditorium Waiting Area.
How do I pick up my Dancer after Show?
Dancers MUST be picked up in the O-Room and Signed out with the Assigned Row Parent. Students may be picked up during the show or after the show. Parents are not allowed into the O-Room until after Show, pick-up during show at O-Room Door.
Still have questions?
Dancers: "Break A Leg" and SHINE Bright! Wishing Everyone A Fantastic Show Week!
Strike A Pose!
It’s Picture Time! It’s the fun time of the year for the kids to put on their recital costumes and be a model!
For many first time parents Picture Weekend may feel stressful and crazy. Don’t worry take a breath and all will be great.
Here are some tips and tricks to help Picture Weekend go smoothly for you and your child.
Richard’s School of the Dance Picture Weekend Survival Guide
#1 Try you costumes on at home!
This is a SUPER important step in making Picture Weekend go smoothly. Make sure to check for all costume pieces, Pin ALL straps or pieces that need to be attached to the costume.
**Pinning costumes pieces prior to arriving at Picture Weekend saves time and stress.
If your child is in more than one number please follow these instructions:
Please have a Garment Bag
*****Label ALL Costumes Pieces and Shoes
- Label Outside of Bag: Students Name, Number(s) in Show, Name of Class, Color of Costume.
- Costumes: Hang on individual Hangers, all accessories place in Ziplock bag per costume. Please label bag(s), tape Ziplock bag to hanger
#2 Please read/check the Picture Weekend Schedule and Costume Instructions Packet
-Check your Child’s Picture Times
-Check for correct Tights (Tights can be purchased at Richard’s & Action Dancewear)
-Check for any special items needed (Tank top/Leotards, Socks, Gloves, etc. that did not come with costume)
#3 Purchase your Dance Tights BEFORE Pictures
ONLY Available at Richard’s & Action Dancewear
#4 Make-up (Not required, but recommended)
We recommend the students wear:
-Blue eye shadow
-red lips stick
Under the special lights everyone can look like Casper The Ghost if the students don’t have a little color on their faces.
We DO NOT want Stage Make-up or Full Pageant Make-up! Just a little color.
#5 Bring Extra Bobby Pins & Safety Pins
It seems that there are never enough of these until after Pictures.
#6 Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled Group Picture Time
We recommend that students arrive in their 1st costume 15 minutes prior to their picture.
We will have a table set-up if you need help with putting on costumes, accessories etc.
We keep pictures right on time. If your child is late they will not be able to be in pictures.
****Pictures are held in Oshkosh West New Gym- Follow the Richard’s Sign for Pictures to the entrance door.
#7 Fill out you Group and Individual Picture order forms prior to arriving
This will save you loads of time at Pictures. One form per costume this year if you want pictures of your child in that costume.
-Stop at the Oswald’s Photography Table to order pictures
#8 It’s Time for the Kid’s to SMILE!!!!!!!!
Pictures are FUN and exciting for the students. Students will line-up in the hallway before their picture and when announced they will come into the gym. We ask parents to wait out in the Hallway by the Richard’s & Oswald’s tables. The students tend to get distracted and have funny faces in pictures.
#9 Pictures are 15 minutes per Group Shot
-Individual Pictures if you choose, can be taken before or after Group Pictures.
-Keep an eye on the clock to not miss Group Pictures, when taking individual pictures.
#10 Changing Rooms available
For students in more than one picture Changing Rooms will be available.
Follow the Signs.
#11 We are always here to help
Feel free to stop at the Richard’s Table and check on any questions or concerns that you may have.
-Tights will be available for purchase.
-Elite Class Costume pieces will be available for purchase.
-Recital Show Tickets are also available.
#12 Intensive Program Healthy Snack & Bake Sale
Get hungry during the day??? The Richard’s Intensive Program will be selling healthy snacks and baked goods during Saturday and Sundays Picture Weekend.
#13 Have Fun and Enjoy the Excitement of SHOWTIME Fast Approaching!
In a few short weeks Recital Posters will be up around town and the students will be Celebrities of Oshkosh!
And don't forget to SMILE!