RMSA Parent Information for Masterpieces of Ballet and Spring Production

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2018 Masterpeices of Ballet and Spring Production

Masterpieces of Ballet

Performance is Wednesday, May 16

(Academies 1-4 should arrive at 6:15 for cast call but no earlier; performance begins at 7:00)

*Dress rehearsal is Tuesday, May 15th; see your dancers calendar/notes for more info.

Masterpieces of Ballet includes ALL ballet classes except Preschool and Kindergarten. Please check calendar for detailed scheduling. Each ballet class (except preschool & kindergarten) is in one of the following ballet excerpts:

  • Esmeralda:  Academy 2B,  Academy 3,  Academy 5
  • La Corsaire: Academy 1, Academy 1B, Advanced Ballet
  • Raymonda: Academy 4

Spring Production

Performances are Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19

(Kindergarten/preschool should arrive at 6:30 but not earlier for cast call; Academies 1-4 should arrive at 6:15 but not earlier for cast call. Performance begins at 7:00)

*Dress rehearsal is Thursday, May 17th; see your dancers calendar/notes for more info.

Please note: preschool, kindergarten, all jazz classes, all tap classes, all hip hop classes, all contemporary classes will perform BUT NOT ALL CLASSES PERFORM BOTH NIGHTS!

Which night does your child perform:

  • Friday, May 18- Academy 1, Academy 2B, Academy 3, Academy 5 Contemporary, Academy 7 Hip Hop, Kindergarten Dance, RMDT Spring Company
  • Saturday, May 19- Academy 1B, Academy 4, Academy 5 Contemporary, Academy 7 Hip Hop, Older Beginning Jazz/HH, Preschool Dance, RMDT Spring Company

We Need Volunteers

Volunteer to help out with any of the 3 Spring Shows

Mandatory Performance Attire

*2018 costumes will be handed during each class the week of April 17th to all students with paid accounts.

**Stage make up for littles isn't required. Any dancer that does wear make up should apply it lightly (foundation, mascara, light blush, mauve lipstick)

ALL Ballet Dances:


  • Costume & head piece (only need nude leotards IF you have more than one costume)
  • Pink tights WITH FEET (no holes, runs, etc.)
  • Pink ballet shoes
  • hair pulled up into a ballet bun; NO BANGS
    • hair pieces go on right side of bun


  • Costume
  • Black Shoes
  • Black Socks



  • Costume & head piece (and nude leotard IF you have more than one costume)
  • Nude tights WITH FEET; NO NYLONS (no holes, runs, etc.)
    • OR black socks if costumes have pants
  • Black tap shoes and/or black tap shoes (please remove stickers)
  • Hair pulled back into a pony tail, NO BANGS


  • Costume
  • black tap and/or black tap shoes (please remove stickers)

Hip Hop

  • Costume & head piece (and nude leotard IF you have more than one costume)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Nude tights if costume is shorts or a skirt; socks if costume is pants
  • Hair pulled back into pony tail; NO BANGS


  • Costume (and nude leotard IF you have more than one costume)
  • Nude stirrup or footless tights (no holes, runs, etc.)


  •  What is Masterpieces of Ballet and Spring Production?
    • For lack of a better word, it is our end of year recital but it is so much more than just a recital. We have professional staging, lights, choreography, and direction; it truly is a show.
  • Where does all the money go from ticket sales for these shows?
    • All money from ticket sales help to fund our production; the rental of the auditorium, backdrops, stage crew, etc. Tickets sales cover only about 50% of the production. The other 50% is covered by donations.
  • Can I attend without purchasing a ticket?
    • Unfortunately, you cannot attend if you do not purchase a ticket. Parents are notified of pre-public sale discounted tickets that are available for RMSA families for a time, after this tickets are full price.
  • Will tickets be available at the door?
    • Yes, tickets will be available at the door. You can also purchase online: here

Other Important Notes 

When we are rehearsing, performing on a professional stage, and getting ready/waiting back stage there are a few other things to know.

  • Rehearsals are extremely important for not only the dancers but the stage crew and instructors. There is a lot to work out and put together so that the show is the best it can be. Parents and dancers can help it run smoothly and on time by: having all items you need like correct shoes, being on time to your rehearsal slot, if you're not on stage remaining seated towards the front-- this way you can see what's going on and hear when it's your turn, and keeping voices down. We know rehearsals can run long but it is very distracting and disrespectful to have kids rolling down aisles, running through the auditorium, and climbing over seats. Dancers on stage need to be able to hear teachers instructions, and directors need to be able to communicate with stage crew, etc. We also ask that, just like during a performance, if younger siblings are there too they also stay seated and are removed from the auditorium if they begin to fuss loudly.
  • Costumes with the "fluffy tulle" skirt need to be "soaked out" (and dried) before the performance so they fluff out and lay nice. Simply soak the bottom part (skirt) in hot water for 20 seconds, shake out, hang upside-down, and relay the layers so they lay nice. Let hang upside down till dry and hang in a safe place.
  • Dancers SHOULD NOT HAVE ON or BRING: nail polish, jewelry (including earrings), food- of ANY kind, or gum.
  • Dancers can come to performances with light makeup applied but please leave ALL makeup at home, including lipstick. These can make big messes back stage on costumes, on young "unsupervised" dancers, and in the carpet.
  • Dancers should NOT wear their costumes to the auditorium.
  • To keep your dancers things together back stage we encourage parents to make sure names are marked on items and to bring a marked laundry basket or something similar.
  • Extra bobby pins, safety pins, hair bands, and a few clean quiet activities (NO MARKERS) can be helpful.
  • Parents should drop off dancers backstage by entering the right "side door" that is up the long sidewalk. Once in the hallway look for marked areas where the different classes will "set up camp". Feel free to get your child situated. Parents of younger dancers: it is very helpful for you to have your child try using the bathroom and help them get dressed into their costume. Parents are not allowed to stay backstage unless they signed up before hand to volunteer; volunteers will have name tags.
  • Traditionally flowers are given to dancers after they perform. We do sell fresh cut flowers from a local flower shop in the lobby before performances, during intermission, and after if there are any left.
  • Dance performance etiquette is different than orchestra or piano concerts. During dance performances feel free to clap, hoot, and holler when something moves you. Dancing is hard work and the dancers thrive off of the audience energy!
  • ALL dancers must stay for the entire performance.
  • During intermission: parents are NOT allowed backstage and ALL dancers MUST STAY back stage.
  • After the performance is over parents can go and pick up child; please make sure you leave with everything you brought :).

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CAST PARTY for all dancers

Wednesday, May 23 4:00-6:00 @ Cody Theatre