Kinder Performers Information

Dear Kinder Families, 

This email highlights what is specifically needed for the success of students and families enrolled in a “KINDER prefix titled dance class” at the 10 AM, Saturday, June 11th recital showcase at Sunset Center, only. These tips will help you and your child enjoy a memorable time.

NOTE: Parents with a child enrolled in more than 1 kinder dance class, give careful attention to heading(s) that mention “2+ enrolled kinder prefix classes”.



  1. HAIR, all KINDER prefix classes in the 10 am show: (female costume): hair in low BUN with a center part, elastic matching hair tone, “suggested” bangs secured back to remove the shadow bangs create with stage lights on your child’s face, NO HEADPIECE WORN (leave headpiece at home) & and all performers (male costume): hair as worn, well-groomed


Is your class titled: “Kinder Ballet/Tap”?

  1. If wearing Female costume: Show up to theater wearing PINK Ballet shoes with b) tap shoes in hand inside the labeled gallon bag given in class (*if student has laces on the ballet shoe, double knot and tuck all laces inside ballet shoe)

    1. TIGHTS: any “like-new” pink tight: see link to local store Metronome that carries this (any similar tight is okay).

    2. Wear your costume with the 1) long ballet tutu over the 2) short tap tutu at drop-off (this means female costumes have TWO tutus on). Label the long ballet tutu with child first and last name somewhere not visible to the audience (on the tag).

  2. If wearing Male costume: Show up to theater wearing BLACK Ballet shoes with thin black socks with b) tap shoes in hand in the labeled gallon bag given in class, (*if student has laces on the ballet shoe, double knot and tuck all laces inside ballet shoe)

    1. Wear your costume with the suspenders & bow tie with the black vest over the suspenders (label the black vest with your first and last name)

  3. Your child in this “Kinder Ballet/Tap” titled class has TWO DANCES for their ONE enrolled class. First, the child performs a BALLET dance and EXITS stage. The next time you will see your child on stage will be 1-2 dances later for their TAP dance. Backstage with the teacher and class assistant/s, your child removes the long ballet tutu (female costume) or vest (male costume). The child wears on stage for SECOND DANCE the underlying short tap tutu (female) or suspenders/bow tie (male) on stage. The child also changes from ballet to tap shoes. The child re-enters the stage after a few minutes and performs a tap dance. Your child HAS 2 DANCES BUT 1 CLASS.

Is your class titled: Miss Nina’s Mon., 3:45 PM “Kinder Ballet/Lyrical”?

  1. Show up to the theater wearing PINK Ballet shoes: if your student has laces on the ballet shoe, double knot and tuck all laces inside the ballet shoe

  2. For female costumes: TIGHTS: any “like-new” pink tight: see link to local store Metronome that carries this (any similar tight is okay).

  3. Wear your costume with the LONG ballet tutu only (do not bring your second short tutu to the theater, leave at home)

  4. Your child will perform ONE DANCE for their ONE enrolled class for this class title. Both ballet and lyrical styles are blended into one dance. 

  5. Ensure you have referred to 1) in this email for the female hair for all performers 


According to our performer spreadsheet, there is only one KINDER student that has this specification in this show. Student/Parent contacted individually.  



Our staff has every kinder child’s changes/plan on a shared spreadsheet and knows what dances they are in and where each child goes first and second (and for one child, third). Each child also has their dances/class on their wristband along with their name for additional identification. We have it covered! Enjoy the show. 


Questions? Ask the desk staff now. Here are some FAQs:

All Performers: Make-up: NONE


All Performers: Masks?: OPTIONAL. If you would like the child to wear a mask, place it on the face at drop-off. Our staff will keep the mask on if they are dropped off with one on and is not able to remove it. We suggest a flesh tone mask. We will not have masks for you at the theater. Self-provided only.


All Performers: Don’t bring anything else!

Do not bring anything additional with your child at drop-off. No water bottles. No food. No backpack. No jacket. We are unable to track any additional items backstage.


All Performers: What to expect at drop-off?:

A line to check in your child at drop-off. You will be given a claim ticket to match their wristband, which will be placed on their wrist at check-in. This wristband is printed with first and last name and enrolled classes. Check-in will take time. Thank you for your patience as each child is carefully checked-in.


All Performers: What time to drop-off?

  1. 9:15 AM Saturday, June 11th. All KINDER class prefix performers. Come early. Expect a line.


All Performers: When can I pick them up?

When the show is over, we will not release any child before the show ends. The recital estimated run time is 1 hr. and 15 min. with no intermission. We will take a few moments after the end of the show to have all students lined up and ready for pick up. We appreciate all parents' patience and ask that only one parent from each family be in the pick-up line.

You must match your claim ticket to your child’s wristband at pick-up. There will be one pick-up line for preschool classes and one pick-up line for kinder classes. Pick-up will take time. Thank you for your patience as each child is carefully checked out.


All Performers: Where is this show?

Carmel’s Sunset Center (the low building to the right of the main theater is drop-off). You will drop and leave at the door. No parents inside for drop-off.


All Performers: Does my child have a dress rehearsal prior to this 10 AM, Sat., June 11th show.

NO, they do not. There is no dress rehearsal for any preschool (or kinder) student for the 10 AM show.


Do I need to buy a ticket to see the show?

YES. Ensure you have purchased tickets to the 10 am show from the Carmel-by-the-Sea Sunset Center’s website:

All policies and ticketing policies are that of the theater not of TDC. Direct all questions and concerns to the theater box office. 


PRO-TIP: Do not wait until the show day to pick-up tickets at will call. Pick-up before.



We hope these tips for success make this a fun, memorable, and special recital experience! 


Thank You,

The Dance Center
26135 Carmel Rancho Blvd, Building B6
Carmel, CA 93923