This is a HUGE email, jam packed with important info.
Please make sure to read it thoroughly!

It’s almost showtime!

The end of the year performance is very exciting and a great opportunity for your kids to show off their hard work and more advanced dance abilities! This year we feel it is more important than ever to provide our students with an opportunity to celebrate and show off all they have learned and overcome this year. I always like to give a reminder to all the parents that this can be a great opportunity to be supportive, caring, and proud for your child. No matter what happens on that stage, your children have learned a lot of dance and gained life skills, such as developing work ethic and how to face challenges and to work towards achieving a goal. We have all been working through this trying time and are excited to provide your dancer the opportunity to shine on stage!

Many of our first time performers will be distracted by their beautiful costumes, the lights, the stage itself and they may not dance at all! Some may not even go on the stage! We do everything we can to give dancers the opportunity to perform, however we don't force crying children to perform. Sometimes the most shy and reserved student breaks out of their shell and puts on an amazing performance.  I just never know and I'm always surprised. Whatever happens, be proud of your kids and be sure to tell them so!

This year we are thrilled to return to the traditional recital structure. After two long years of the unexpected it is important for everyone, whether a new or veteran performer, to read through this handbook to ensure an amazing and positive experience. 


  • All accounts must be current and have a zero balance by June 20th in order for your child to perform.  No exceptions.

  • All audience members must have tickets to watch the performance. All in person ticket holders ages 3 and up must have a seat. Children age 2 and younger may sit on a lap.

  • Dancers should not wear nail polish, jewelry or underwear with their costumes.

  • Make sure we have a cell phone number on file, so we can contact you if you are running late!

  • In person tickets are $15+fees until June 19th. June 20th-25 ticket prices will be raised to $20+fees.

  • Tickets can be purchased online up to one hour into the performance.

  • Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash. Checks are not accepted.

  • Please remember all sales are final – tickets cannot be refunded. Please speak to us if Covid-19 affects your ability to watch the show in person.

  • The performance runs about one hour long.

  • Photography in the dressing rooms is PROHIBITED.



Picture Day 

All dancers are invited to our costumed picture day on June 3rd & 4th, with Class Act Portraits. This will be at our Federal Way Location. Below is the photo shoot schedule, please be on time. Please wear performance hair and light make up (as appropriate) with your costume, tights and dance shoes. Photography packages begin at $22 and this year you will be able to order online. No purchase is required! Class Act will photograph each dancer in 2 poses and you can review the pictures online before ordering.  We’d love to have everyone involved even if you do not plan to order pictures.

Hair and Makeup:

If you haven't already done so, please consult the color-coded show chart. Locate your child's show, then class row. Read the entire row to find out what hair style, tight color, and dance shoes your child needs. 

All classes should have their hair styled per the performance chart below. Our most used hair styles are the “Princess style” or a neat bun located on the crown of the head. Do not place the bun directly on top of the head, and note it is not a good bun unless it has at least ten bobby pins! Long or thick hair will require more. If your costume has a hat you will need to make a "low bun". In such a case please place the bun at the base of the skull. All hair accessories should be placed on the dancers right side of the bun and should be secured with at least five bobby pins. A hair net is a great item to help hold the bun in place (see the video tutorial). All dancers should use gel and hairspray to make their hair manageable, secure and to prevent fly-aways or “wispies''. As always, we will be available the day of performance and photo day to help as needed.

 Over the years we have gotten many questions about the exact details of what it means to have bun, pony or princess hair. Below are some examples from our dancers in years past. As you can see each dancer is allowed to keep their own protective hair styles, bangs and personality. The most important thing is that hair is neat looking and secure!


Learn how to make the perfect ballet bun for the recital by watching this video!

The Perfect BALLET bun 4 ways - Detailed Tutorial

Here is a tutorial on what we call "Princess Hair". 

How to do a Half Up and Half Down Hairstyle: Big Wavy Curls

Make up

In the spirit of performing, every dancer is highly encouraged to look their best and apply age-appropriate “Heavy Street Makeup.” Dancers should have powder, blush, red lipstick (a red lip liner may be enough and won't run), brown eyeshadow (natural colors, not blue/purple etc.), and mascara (body/face glitter is optional). No need to buy expensive makeup. Please keep in mind the age of your dancer.  We want your five year old to still look five on stage. Makeup is encouraged so that the audience can still see the dancer's features under the bright stage lights.  A lighter version of stage makeup is encouraged for photo day.

Learn how to apply great age appropriate stage makeup here!

This is recommended for dancers 7 and under. While this may seem like a lot, these makeup techniques are important for when your child is on stage under the lights and from a distance. For photo day some light makeup is encouraged! We do not require you to use Jam cosmetic's however their kits are terrific if you do not already have these supplies! If you choose to order one, do so early. They tend to sell out around recital season.  

Here is a great tutorial for our dancer of color. 

This is a pretty good video, I would add some eyeliner and mascara and the blush is a bit to light. Stage make up does need to be a bit heavier so that the dancer features pop underneath the lights and from a distance. But this dancer looks very cute and ready to perform!
This is the age 8 and above stage makeup. We do not require false eyelashes at recital.

In-Studio Dress Rehearsal (at the studio)

The last class prior to the show is an "in-studio" dress rehearsal.  During the week of June 14-20th, all dancers should come during their regular class time with hair and makeup done and in their costumes. This allows the teachers and the parents to have a practice run, making sure we get hair, make-up, and costume details correct and uniform! Teachers will run the routine numerous times and parents are welcome to watch, videotape and take pictures. Once the teacher is satisfied with the routine, and parents have received all the important information, dancers may be released from class early.  As such, parents are encouraged to stay at the studio this week. 

Dress rehearsal at the Theater

Dress rehearsal that the theater is an ESSENTIAL step in the performance process. This is why it is MANDATORY for all performers, as listed in the commitment form. Young dancers often get turned around, mixed up in the new space or distracted by the lights. The old theater saying is “Bad dress rehearsal means good show”. Dress rehearsal is your dancer's opportunity to get all the mistakes (and nerves out)

This is also the one and only practice our team gets to perfect the lighting and sound for your dancers' big moment. It is also for the dancer's safety that they practice on the stage before the show. 

Dancers need to arrive 30 minutes before their rehearsal time FULLY DRESSED WITH HAIR AND MAKE UP. If you have a costume change please set your dancer up in the dress room before the practice begins. Dancers will sit in the auditorium with their class. ONE PARENT ONLY (per dancer) may attend the practice. Parents will sit in the back bays.  Each class will practice in show order 2-3 times to get spacing right. Dancers will then be released to their parents to either change into the next routine or leave after being dismissed. PLEASE be on time. 

The reds show’s dress rehearsal is Tuesday June 21st from 6:30-8:30pm

The orange show’s dress rehearsal is Wednesday June 22nd from 4:30-6:30pm

The yellow show’s dress rehearsal is Wednesday June 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm

The green show’s dress rehearsal is Thursday June 23rd from 4:30-6:30pm

The blue show’s dress rehearsal is Thursday June 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm


Volunteers backstage are essential for a smooth performance. 
Volunteer jobs include:
Backstage helpers will be responsible for entertaining kids, soothing fears, helping to line up dancers in order for performance, potty runs, helping with costume changes as necessary, and overseeing pick-up time after the dance is over. Most importantly, they should be positive with all the kids. We encourage volunteers to sign up with their own child’s class so that you can watch your dancer perform from the wings (the side of the stage). 
Lobby jobs include handing out programs and helping oversee and take money for the Mara Cookie sales and the Next Step flower fundraiser. These volunteers will receive one complimentary ticket for a person in their entourage or yourself.
All of our volunteers MUST have passed a background check. Please submit the authorization for a background check here. Once you submit your background check, you will be emailed the volunteer sign up link once we receive the results. 
If you have completed a background check after September 2021 you do NOT need to do so a second one.

signup genius

Flower Bouquets & Concessions: 

Next Step Parent Booster Club & The Studio will have flower bouquets and other gift items available to purchase and celebrate your dancers’ big achievement. All sales are final and cash only. Triple Flower bouquets are $10 and will be available the day of the show, gift items range from $10-20.  

We also sell Mara’s Cookies after each show as a tribute to Mara Adams, a CDT dancer who lost her battle with DIPG, a rare pediatric form of brain cancer which mainly affects children.  The funds from these sales are donated to a charity chosen by the Adams family. Please make a donation of $5 or more. We are asking everyone to eat these delicious treats once they are in their car or at home. Thanks!

This year proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish fund.


Unfortunately, a livestream option will not be available due to the School Districts Security policies. Non School IP addresses are not able to have a hardwire hook up to the internet. Wifi services are not acceptable for streaming.  

Eric Pain, of Theater DVD’s will be back to film the performance. If you wish to purchase a digital copy, pre-order prices are $30 for one show, $45 for 3 shows, $60 for 3 or more shows. These prices are valid until June 25th. The price increases by $5 after the show. 

Pre order a DVD

The BIG Recital Day!

When is the recital? Friday June 24th and/or Saturday June 25th, 2022

Where is the recital? Auburn Mountainview High School 28900 124th Ave SE Auburn WA 98092

When is the recital? Your dancer’s class was assigned a show in which they will be performing their recital routine.  We sent out a separate email and a class handout at the end of May to each class. If you can’t find those notifications, please locate your child’s class on the chart below. Please pay special attention, your child's class may be performing in multiple shows. We did our best to value your time and tried to get as many of your child's routines and siblings in the show as possible. 

How Will Recital Work? Below is a step-by-step outline of how your child’s recital will look:
  1. We ask that you arrive 30min prior to your call time, (see the chart below)  Students should be in costume, hair and make up done when you arrive. You will also find hair, shoes and tight information on the attached chart. 

  2. When you arrive you will check in your dancer with a staff member at the backstage table .

  3. Once that is completed, escort your dancer to the appropriate dressing room. Dressing rooms are as follows:

  • Children’s room (room 607-the drama room) for First Step, Second Step Classes

  • The Junior/Teen Senior room (room 605- the band room) for School Division, and conservatory dancer

  • The Boys dressing room (room 611-ensemble room)

Please let us know if your dancer needs a gender neutral dressing room option.

Please remember to be aware of dressing room areas, no dads in girls dressing rooms and vice versa. ABSOLUTELY NO PHOTOS IN THE DRESSING ROOMS.  Please use the hallways to document the big day!

  1. 15 minutes before the show begins any parent who is not an authorized backstage volunteer will be asked to take their assigned seats in the auditorium.

  2. We will be using a digital program this year. QR codes will be posted throughout the event. 

  3. Sit back and enjoy the show! It is roughly one hour long and includes a final bow with all the dancers. DANCERS WILL NOT BE RELEASED BEFORE THE END OF THE SHOW. 

  4. After the show, please send one parent backstage, to pick up and sign your dancer out. For the security and safety of the children, please use the appropriate entrance to get backstage. ONLY CDT STAFF, THEATER PERSONNEL AND VOLUNTEERS ARE ALLOWED ON THE STAGE.

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