Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner BEST Dance School in RI, 2017, 2018, 2019

All dancers and families are invited to the:  23rd Annual CDDS/DFA
Awards Banquets & Student Showcases:  Sunday, March 8, 2020

Bishop Hendricken Theater, 2615 Warwick Avenue, Warwick RI
12:00pm:  Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield Recreational Dancers Banquet
3:00pm:  Company Dancers and Siblings Banquet
Some Company members will perform in the 12:00pm and 3:00pm Student Showcases.  TBA.
Attendance mandatory for Company members.

*Light snacks and refreshments following each banquet.*
  • All dancers, regardless of years at the Studio, are invited and eligible for special awards!
  • Dancers who have studied at CDDS for 5 years or more receive a medallion and 10 years or more receive a trophy!
  • Dance for Art scholarships presented.
  • Student showcase including student choreography.
  • Special recognition given to Company Graduating Seniors & their parents.
  • 50/50 Raffle and Door Prizes
  • Induction to BANANA SPLIT CLUB for dancers who can “do a split”

Have you been dancing at CDDS for 5 years or more?

Verify number of years online via your Studio account by Saturday, February 1.
How: Login to your studio account and enroll in a class
Session: Banquet 2019       Class: Select your award year  (Ie. 5 Year Award)

Banquet Tickets

TICKETS ON SALE: Monday, February 3-Saturday, February 29, 2020
(at all CDDS offices during regular studio hours)
  • $10/ticket adult or child.  All dancers need a ticket.  Children under 1 year old do not need a ticket.
  • Cash only to Dance For Art Inc.
  • Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.  Purchase by Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • This event is open seating (there are no assigned seats).  All dancers will sit together.
  • This is a FUNdraising banquet in celebration of our dancers.

Grand March Production at Awards Banquets

Open to all dancers (whether they are receiving a medal or not!) that are in the following classes:  Hip Hop, Jazz/Tap 1, Jazz/Tap 2, Jazz 3, Jazz 4 and Company.  Dancers learn the Grand March IN the before mentioned classes.  

1.  Saturday, March 7, 2020:  Mandatory Rehearsal for the Grand March is at the Warwick Studio, 4:30-6:00.  If you cannot attend this rehearsal, you cannot perform in the Grand March on Sunday.
What to wear to this rehearsal:  Your regular dance clothes and jazz shoes.  Dancers should not bring a dance bag to rehearsal.

*Dancers performing in the Student Showcase will be running through their routines.  They should bring their costumes, but do not need to wear makeup or have their hair done.

2.Sunday, March 8, 2020:   Arrive to Bishop Hendricken Theater 45 minutes before your scheduled Banquet.  Please do not be late.  We want to give dancers as much time as possible to rehearse.

Families may enter the theater 20 minutes before the start of the banquet.  The banquets start with the Grand March.  Please be sure to tell friends and family not to be late!  We wouldn't want them to miss the opening routine!

Tickets will be sold for our 50/50 Raffle to benefit Dance For Art before the start of each banquet!  Bring some extra pocket cash to purchase tickets.  
All Dancers arrive in :
  • RED CDDS tshirt (you should have purchased this already. If you haven't, be sure to buy one on sizes are left!)
  • Black pants
  • Black shoes (And black socks if you're not wearing tan tights underneath your pants and you can see your ankles)
Please give dancer their ticket to enter the banquet.

  • Light makeup
  • Small earrings
  • Hair pulled away from face (a ponytail, braids, a bun, just as long as it's not getting in the way of the dancer's way!)
  • Feel free to wear festive coordinating hair accessories
Please leave coats, bags etc. with parents.
Dancers performing in the Student Showcase should take their costume, shoes and accessories they may need.  We will put their items backstage.

3.  Sit back, relax and enjoy our Awards Banquet and Student Showcase in celebration of our DANCERS.  Join us in the Cafeteria immediately following the banquet for light refreshments.    

We thank you for being a part of our Dance Family and celebrating with us on this special day!  Please see the office with any questions.  We are happy to help!

Student Showcase

Here’s your chance to show us your creative side. We want to see what inspires YOU in dance!
Students should get together on their own and explore the choreographic process!
We encourage dancers who have not yet performed in the Showcase to audition; we like to give different dancers an opportunity to perform each year.  

Student Showcase Auditions 
Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:45pm

Submit dancer names and routine info (song, title, artist, style of dance) to the studio office no later than January 11.  Submit songs ASAP as selections must be approved by management to avoid duplicates and approve appropriate song content.  
  • Email
  • Subject:  Student Showcase Song Selection
  • Body of email:  song, title, artist, style of dance
You will receive an email back to confirm if your song has been approved or if a new song should be chosen!
  • All dancers auditioning must be current dancers at CDDS and have studied at CDDS for 5 years or more
  • Dance friends should get together and create routines. Solo routines are discouraged. 
  • Check with your teacher that the song you have chosen is not a current recital song or recital song from last year.
  • Routine may not exceed 1 minute 30 seconds
  • Music must be age appropriate for our family event. Please be mindful of lyrics and message.
  • Music must be emailed to in mp3 or mp4 format by January 27th.
  • Wear costume to audition.
  • Routine must be complete, well-rehearsed and performance ready by audition day.
  • We cannot accept all routines due to time constraints and artistry of the showcase.