Good Morning TDC Families,
Here is the Sunset Center dance class recital show HAIR, SHOE, TIGHT, MAKE-UP, & COSTUME CHANGE (show order included) directions.
If your child is in the preschool & kinder class prefix, Please see the separate Preschool and Kinder recital information pages under the "recital" menu.
RECITAL DRESS REHEARSAL
The dress rehearsal for the Beginner Prefix and Level 1+ show will be held at the Sunset Center.
We will send this schedule and directions for this day in a separate email.
HAIR (ALL PERFORMERS FOR LEVELS Beg+):
(Wearing female costume): center part, low bun, suggested bangs pinned back to remove the shadow they will create from the stage lights
(Wearing male costume): Well-groomed and styled as you would wear it Short hair unable to be put into a bun (wear as cut)
Why? Stage make-up helps us see performers in the stage lights and not appear washed out to the audience.
(for female costume)
- brown tones / neutral eye shadow
- lipstick (suggested wine or merlot in color)
(for male costume, optional to highlight cheeks/lips)
Suggested/not required changing leotard (anything similar okay) as desired as privacy for changes backstage is not guaranteed.
If additional chest support is needed, here is a suggested link or clear straps with your own existing chest undergarment. (Bra straps should not be a featured element with costume on stage).
TIGHTS & SHOES
Shoes and tights are mostly "in stock" at Metronome, in downtown Carmel San Carlos & 5th. All our links provided link to their site. Local staff have reported supply chain issues from international suppliers and are short some tight sizes in Carmel (a non-local option is www.discountdance.com) or any other similar site. (We have included links to items that may need an example, but are not the required item). Our links are either a child or an adult size and Metronome has BOTH. If buying online, ensure you buy the correct size.
PRO-TIP: “STACK YOUR TIGHTS,” INCLUDE EXTRA TIGHTS AND SHOES IF YOU ARE ABLE
We suggest you stack your child’s tights by chronological order of dances in the show. Trying to change tights when a child is sweaty and in a time crunch is extremely difficult. It can delay the entire show while we wait. If your child has too many costume changes, stack as many tights as you can. PRO-TIP include additional tights with your other changes (unwrap tights). There are 3 racks of costume change types (“quick,” “fast,” and “normal” change). Staff does not have the time to go back and pull tights from a rack in another part of the theater. The same tip goes for shoes, too. If you have extra pairs of dance shoes, please make our staff’s job easier by including these extra shoes with each costume change. It is difficult for us to track shoes down backstage from a change a few dances ago. Label every costume piece, tight, and shoe.
We hope this helps your dancer to be organized. Please SAVE this email for future reference.
2’s, Too, Preschool, and Kindergarten Program Ballet ShoesJust a few reminders and needed “bring with” for your upcoming class. To make this a successful and fun experience for both instructors and dancers, we want to send a friendly reminder of classroom etiquette for “independent” 2’s through Kinders classes. Independent 2’s Too/Preschool/Kinder Requests: 1) Place dance shoes (ballet/jazz/etc.) on feet before drop-off into class (ballet shoes first). This means slipping ballet shoes into crocs, sandals, bigger boots, etc. before leaving the house and not a) before entry into the class or b) after entry into the class, as this delays the start of class time. 2) LABEL ballet and tap shoes with student name. This helps us when students grab a 3rd shoe and zip it in their bag for multi-shoe classes. Changing shoes can result in misplacement of shoes that are not labeled. 3) LABEL their dance bag with their name visible to the teacher/assistant. 4) Bring a sealed thermos with water in the dance bag (labeled). 5) We ask that you please send your dancer with a second pair of clothes for an unforeseen bathroom accident in a ziplock gallon bag in the dance bag. If forgotten, we do have TDC gear or costumes for sale (ranging from $30-50 per outfit). Our policy is to let your child continue class after they are changed into a dry set of clothing. Your account will be charged for these new items (please note these are non-returnable once worn). 6) Shoe type/color/where: purchase shoes locally at Metronome (new location San Carlos between 3rd and 5th) ) shoes ballet/tap: Capezio Hanami split sole, canvas (no ties) (pink for girls traditional, black for boys) and Velcro black tap shoes (no ties, elastics, etc.). (We are a tie-free studio. Ties cause a distraction to the dancers and come untied during class. Dancers play with them and untie them. Tie or snap tap shoes make it difficult for students to change their shoes independently.) 7) Jazz shoes: no ties slip-on flesh-tone for female, black for male. 8) We ask you to please have your dancer use the restroom/ facilities before class to help keep class time focused on class. 9) We ask that we please keep drop-off routines to a minimum, allowing our teachers and our students to begin classes on time. This ensures the teacher is able to give full attention to the class and ensure your child's success. 10) Bring a jacket (labeled with name) as our exterior studio doors will stay open (regardless of temperature) for fresh air and ventilation. 11) Dress in whatever dance clothes for ballet, lyrical, jazz, and musical theater that work best for your child. We do request hair to be pulled back away from the face. These are sold locally at Metronome Dancewear, a few miles away from the studio. 12) Long hair is “required” to be in a ponytail or short hair pulled away from the face for any acro class or acro/jazz class for your child’s safety (no jewelry). Wear tight-fitting clothing that will not flip over their face when upside down. Thank you for helping us create a successful and calm environment for your dancer and our instructor. Noise from outside: We do continue to have our doors open, with purifiers, fans, with baby gates for fresh air with blinds pulled down. The doorway must be kept clear. When our young dancers can see any part of an parent’s / adult’s body, it is a distraction that causes disruption to your child and other children’s learning. Also, we ask that any conversations during classes take place to the side / away from the open doors so our dancers may focus inside the classroom and have a positive experience. If you can hear us, we can hear you. Should you want to be with your student in class, or watch their class, we have that opportunity available to you in our “Caregiver & Me classes.” If you would like to add this class, if you would like to switch for a period of time, please reply to this email and we will do so for you. If there is any issue (including behavioral) with your dancer in the classroom that our staff cannot address, our front desk will either text or call you. Please be sure to have your cell phone on you when your child is in class.
Acrobatics/TumblingIn an effort to maintain our student's safety, we are reminding our acro students of our dress code for acro class training. Acro students must wear tight-fitting activewear clothing that does not flip over their head when upside down. This is a safety hazard. No jeans or jean material please. For the safety of your dancer and fellow classmates, jewelry of any kind is not all owed in class (including- any watches or bracelets, earrings, rings, or anklets). We want to make sure jewelry does not break, get misplaced when asked to remove, or injure your dancer / another dancer in the process of training. Our student’s safety is our greatest concern. With that being said, we also ask that students refrain from wearing artificial or real nails of extended length. This is to prevent any potential issues while tumbling and so forth. Finally, for the safety of Acro dancers, it is essential for them to have their hair secured away from the face. This will allow them to tumble, limber, and partner without fear of injuring themselves, other dancers, or teachers. If your student is out of dress code for class, our instructors will ask them to sit to the side of the class to observe the class and/or we will call you for the option to purchase acro-appropriate clothes we may have here.
BalletWith beginning ballet, we start our “formal” dress code for ballet class training. Metronome Dancewear is located just downtown Carmel (on San Carlos& 5th) for all your dance gear, bun kits, and dance shoe needs. HAIR: · Required: Beginning Ballet +-6 long hair: bun for class required. If hair is too short for a bun, secure back away from the face. (Metranome has bun kits.) BALLET SHOES: · Preferred Characteristics: pink, split-soled canvas or leather, without strings/ties · Examples: · MDM Child Elemental Leather or Canvas spilt-sole Ballet Slipper · Pink color ballet shoes (females traditional color) suggested Hanami Capezio split-sole (required split sole ballet shoes), no ties, and black color (males traditional color) · Male youth ballet slippers: Capezio Black Boys Ballet Slipper, or black, split-soled canvas/leather ballet slippers. ATTIRE: Required, identifying as female: Black leotard and pink tights, a skirt of any color is optional. Colored leotards are reserved ONLY for LEVEL 6 BALLET DANCERS ONLY. Sensory issue option: black tight-fitting tank top with soft light pink leggings Identifying as male: well-fitting (non-baggy) black active-wear leggings and a well-fitting white compression shirt, tank, short, or long sleeve Non-binary: select as desired from the above Remove necklaces, anklets, rings earring, watches, and bracelets for the safety of the dancer and fellow dancers in the class- stud earrings are acceptable.
Contemporary and LyricalHair: Hair secured away from face Female Dancers: Dance/activewear of choice (boy shorts, leggings, jazz pants, yoga pants, fitted tops, tank top, sports bra). Please refrain from wearing loose-fitting clothing (sweat pants, athletic shorts, baggy t-shirts) as it will hinder your ability to dance as well as the instructor’s ability to adequately evaluate your body lines and placement. Male Dancers: Black dance pants or black long biking shorts with a t-shirt or tank top. Please refrain from wearing loose fitting clothing (sweat pants, athletic shorts, baggy t-shirts) as it will hinder your ability to dance as well as the instructor’s ability to adequately evaluate your bodylines and placement. Lyrical Shoes: Preferred Characteristics: flesh-tone, canvas or leather half sole Contemporary Program will be taught barefoot. Examples: Capezio Adult Canvas or Leather Pirouette II Capezio Adult “Turning Pointe 55” Pirouette Shoe
Hip Hop (All Levels)Hair: Hair secured away from the face Attire: Shorts or pants with a fitted t-shirt or tank top. Please refrain from wearing hats in class unless requested by the instructor. Shoes: Tennis shoes of any kind as long as they are supportive of the ankle and have a smooth surface on the bottom of the shoe. Please refrain from wearing “street worn” tennis shoes into class. The rocks, debris, and dirt will damage the flooring in the studios. Shoe Suggestions Preferred Characteristics: tennis/athletic shoes of any kind are acceptable as long as they provide ankle support and have a smooth bottom surface. Please refrain from wearing “street worn” shoes (sand, rocks, debris, and dirt could damage studio flooring). Examples: (Dance shoes designed especially for hip-hop from the following brands.) Urban Groove Hip-Hop Dance Sneaker High-Top Canvas Unisex Balera Sneakers Girls Shoes for Dance with Sequins Low Top Womens Lace Up Shoes Pastry Unisex-Child Pop Tart Grid Pastry Pop Tart Grid Adult Dance Sneakers
JazzHair: Hair secured away from face Female Dancers: Dance/activewear of choice (boy shorts, leggings, jazz pants, yoga pants, fitted tops, tank top, sports bra). Please refrain from wearing loose-fitting clothing (sweat pants, athletic shorts, baggy t-shirts) as it will hinder your ability to dance as well as the instructor’s ability to adequately evaluate your body lines and placement. Male Dancers: Black dance pants or black long biking shorts with a t-shirt or tank top. Please refrain from wearing loose-fitting clothing (sweat pants, athletic shorts, baggy t-shirts) as it will hinder your ability to dance as well as the instructor’s ability to adequately evaluate your body lines and placement. Shoes: · Jazz- Split sole leather jazz shoes (tan) · Jazz Shoes: · Preferred Characteristics: girls/women tan, boys/men black split-soled leather, slip-on jazz shoes (without laces) Examples: Capezio Adult/Child “E-series” Slip-on Jazz Shoe Capezio Show Stopper Adult/Child Slip-on Jazz Shoe Bloch Adult/Child Neo-Flex Jazz Shoe
Musical TheaterBelow is your class-recommended attire as well as links to recommended shoes. Hair: Hair secured away from the face. Attire: Dance/activewear of choice, please no jeans. Please refrain from wearing oversized clothing as it will hinder your ability to dance as well as the instructor’s ability to adequately evaluate your body lines and placement. *For all dancers: please no tank tops as when lifting, placement of hands may go into armpits, as well as secure handling of the lifter can be tricky. Shoes: Gr. Preschool Through Gr. 6 Wearing female persona costume, tan jazz shoes Wearing male persona costume, black jazz shoes Note: Grade 5-6 are wearing our cowboy boots (on loan) for the 2022 winter show but need the shoe above for class time. GR. 7-8 Wearing female persona costume, black character shoes Wearing male persona costume, black jazz shoes GR. 9-12 Wearing female persona costume 1) swing shoes 2) black character shoes 3) black character tap shoes (if applicable) Wearing male persona costume 1) black jazz sneakers 2) black tap shoes (if applicable) Examples: Capezio Adult/Child “E-series” Slip-on Jazz Shoe Capezio Show Stopper Adult/Child Slip-on Jazz Shoe Bloch Adult/Child Neo-Flex Jazz Shoe Recommendations: If your dancer is wanting to advance in choreography, we always recommend when taking musical theater to also take a jazz and/or tap class. We still have plenty of openings for your dancers to join!
TapHair: Hair secured away from the face Female Dancers: Dance/activewear of choice (boy shorts, leggings, jazz pants, yoga pants, fitted tops, tank top, sports bra). Please refrain from wearing loose-fitting clothing (sweat pants, athletic shorts, baggy t-shirts) as it will hinder your ability to dance as well as the instructor’s ability to adequately evaluate your body lines and placement. Male Dancers: Black dance pants or black long biking shorts with a t-shirt or tank top. Please refrain from wearing loose-fitting clothing (sweat pants, athletic shorts, baggy t-shirts) as it will hinder your ability to dance as well as the instructor’s ability to adequately evaluate your body lines and placement. Tap Shoes: Preferred Characteristics: black leather, lace-up Examples: Beginning Tap: Capezio Tapsters (unisex), Child Capezio Flexmaster (split-soled girls) Advanced Beginning Tap-Advanced Levels: Capezio Child/Adult Flexmaster (split-soled girls/women), Capezio Child/Adult Respect (unisex), Bloch TapFlex, (split-soled girls/women) & Capezio Xtreme (unisex)