This is an exciting time of year as we head toward the June 12, 2021 Dance Recital! We chose the theme Can’t Stop the Beat this year because we wanted to commemorate the resilience and determination that has been displayed time and again by our students, parents, teachers, and staff. Everyone has worked together to find solutions to allow our kids to keep dancing, growing, and thriving. This year has been quite a journey, but here we are making final preparations for the June recital and eagerly anticipating the performances of all the amazing West Chester Academy dance students. Thank you one and all for helping us get to this point and for supporting our procedures and safety protocols throughout this year.
It’s going to be a great show! Since no venues were available to us at this time, we are having a 25’x40’ stage built in our parking lot for the students to perform on. We are excited to have Barge Photography back this year to capture individual shots of the dancers before they perform. We discovered Barge Photography last year for the first time, and everyone who ordered the photos gave them rave reviews. We have other fun elements planned that will help make recital day very special for the students such as an ice cream truck, Can’t Stop the Beat t-shirts for the dancers, and more!
ARRIVAL: Please see above for the link to the Dance Recital Order & Times. Your child’s class(es) are listed by name of class, day and time the class meets, the teacher’s name, and the name of their routine. The time in the left hand column is the time each class will perform. We ask that students arrive 20 minutes before their performance time in order to get their professional photo taken first and then be lined up ready to perform at the time listed. All dancers should arrive in full costume, hair and makeup done, and ready to perform, except for their dance shoes. Please plan to carry dance shoes to change into once students enter the building for pictures.
PARKING: As the front parking lot will be our stage and audience area, there will not be parking available in front of the building. We ask everyone to park across the street by Chase Bank, Creme de la Creme, or in our north parking lot.
DANCER INFORMATION: In addition to parking information, the attached map also shows the “flow” of students from arrival through performance. Notice it is a one-way path that will allow for distancing as you move through. One parent should accompany each dancer through the dancer queue, and we request that this adult wear a mask at all times while in the building. The dancer queue will begin at the tent set up near the front right corner of the building (northeast corner), where a staff member will be checking in dancers at the appropriate time for each performance. Students will then be directed to enter WCA at Door #2 on the map (the side door on the north side of the building). Upon entering the building, students will be able to change into their dance shoes, and will then go into the “Big Room” for their photo. Please have your photo order form (included in this packet) and payment completed prior to arrival to hand to the photographer. From the “Big Room,”, dancers will get lined up in the “on deck” area, while the accompanying parent will take street shoes and any other dancer belongings, exit through the front doors, and join other immediate family members to watch their child’s routine. If students are in more than one routine, they will go back through this “loop” for each routine, beginning again at the check in tent. Please plan to do simple skirt and shoe changes outside. If a dancer requires a complete costume change, they may re-enter the queue at the tent, but will instead enter the building through Door #1 on the map, and go to Studio C to change.
AUDIENCE INFORMATION: We invite each dancer’s immediate family members to join us for this special experience. Once your dancer and accompanying adult enter the dancer queue, you are welcome to remain in your vehicle or in the grassy, shaded areas around WCA until closer to your performance time. No tickets are required this year. We are asking the audience to wear masks and to stand at a safe distance from other families in accordance with current Butler County mandates. With the class by class process of this year’s performance, each family will be able to have an amazing view of their child’s dance - front row! It will be a standing recital, but considering the audience will only be there for their own child’s routine(s), it shouldn’t be too long. If someone needs to sit for physical reasons, please let a recital worker know. We welcome families to take their own videos of this memorable moment as a keepsake and to share with others who are not in attendance. At the conclusion of each routine, dancers will be met by a parent while the audience clears to the side, and the next class and audience will move into place. In the event of rain, we will wait until the storm system passes, and then resume as soon as we are able. If that happens, we will immediately put a post on westchesteracademy.com to let everyone know that we are behind schedule and by how much so they can delay coming to the academy. However, the schedule has been padded sufficiently that we should be able to catch up
HOME PRACTICE: Students are encouraged to practice their June Recital choreography at home. A video of the choreography will be emailed to students shortly.
ATTENDANCE: Please be diligent to attend every class between now and the recital to be prepared and confident for the final show!
And so, without missing a beat, we enter into home stretch of recital preparation. Here’s to a great recital featuring the amazing talents and skills of the WCA dance students!