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 & Siblings Banquet

This is a FUNdraising banquet in celebration of our dancers!
  • 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! - Sign up online
  • Grand March Production - See details below and sign up online.
  • Dance for Art scholarships presented.
  • Student showcase including student choreography.
  • Special recognition of Company Graduating Seniors & their parents.
  • 50/50 Raffle and Door Prizes (Cash only to purchase tickets. Proceeds to DFA)
  • Induction to Banana Split Club for dancers who can “do a split”!
  • Join us in the cafeteria immediately following the banquet for light refreshments.
*Attendance mandatory for Company. Select Company dancers perform in both Banquets, TBA.
*Non-performing dancers and families may enter the theater 20 minutes before the start of the Banquet. Grand March opens the banquet! Please tell friends and family not to be late so they don't miss the opening production!
*Please turn all devices off or on silent and be courteous with video/photo during the Banquet.

January 17 - Deadline to submit Student Showcase Audition entries (via email)
January 27 - Deadline to submit final Student Showcase Audition edited music (via email)
February 1 - Deadline to enroll in Award online
February 3 - Student Showcase Audition @ Warwick Studio
February 5- Check website for accepted showcase auditions.
February 3-29 - Banquet tickets on sale @ All Studios
March 1 - Deadline to enroll in Grand March online
March 7 - Grand March & Showcase Rehearsal (Attendance mandatory in order to perform at Banquet)
March 8 - Banquets @ Bishop Hendricken Theater

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!

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 ASAP.
  • This event is open seating (there are no assigned seats).  All dancers will sit together.

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

Sign up for your award online via your Studio Account by Saturday, February 1.
Enroll in a class corresponding with your # of years at CDDS
Session: Banquet 2020      Class: Select your award year  (Ie. 5 Year Award)
Have you been dancing at CDDS for 5 years or more?
Dancers who have not been at CDDS for 5 years are still eligible for Special awards! No sign up for Special Awards.

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.

Sign up for Grand March online via your Studio Account by Saturday, March 1.
Enroll in a class corresponding with your Banquet time. 12pm Recreational, 3pm Company dancers & siblings
Session: Banquet 2020       Class: 12pm Grand March   or  3pm Grand March

Grand March Rehearsal & Banquet Day Arrival
Saturday, March 7, 2020 4:30-6:00pm: Mandatory Grand March & Student Showcase Rehearsal at Warwick Studio  
If you cannot attend this rehearsal, you cannot perform in the Grand March at the Banquet.
What to wear to this rehearsal: Your regular dance clothes and jazz shoes.  Dancers should not bring a dance bag, water bottle or any belongings to rehearsal.
Dancers performing in the Student Showcase will rehearse in full costume. No makeup or hair done needed.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 Banquet Day:
Dancers performing in the Grand March/Student Showcase, arrive to Theater 45 minutes before your scheduled Banquet for rehearsal.  DO NOT BE LATE.  Dancers need as much time as possible to rehearse before doors open.
Give dancers their ticket ahead of time.
Leave coats/bags/etc. with parents.
Dancers performing in the Student Showcase take your costume, shoes and accessories with you to be put backstage.
Parents/Family may enter theater 20 minutes before Banquet start time.

What to wear:
Red CDDS T-shirt (We will announce when they are in stock and available for purchase at CDDS Studios)
Black leggings
Black shoes (And black socks if you're not wearing tan tights underneath your pants and you can see your ankles)
You may wear festive coordinating hair accessories!
Girls: Light makeup, Small earrings, Hair pulled away from face (ponytail/braids/bun/etc.)
Boys: Hair pulled away from face

Student Showcase

Dancers! Here is 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 :)

Held Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:45pm @ Warwick Studio.
Auditions are closed for Directer and Staff only. Dancers dismissed as they audition.

Saturday, January 17, 2020 - Deadline to submit audition entries. Submit entries ASAP as they must be approved by management to avoid duplicates and approval of songs.

How to submit an audition entry:
Subject:  Student Showcase Submission 2020
Body of email: Dancer Names, Song Title & Artist, Style of Dance, include link to song on YouTube or attach song file.
You will receive an email back to confirm if your song has been approved or if a new song should be chosen.

Audition Requirements
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 or last year’s recital song.
Routine may not exceed 1 minute 30 seconds.
Music must be age appropriate for our family event. Please be mindful of lyrics and meaning of the song. Just editing swears does not make for an appropriate song.
Final music must be emailed to in mp3 or mp4 format by January 27th.
Wear costume & hair style to audition as you would for the performance.
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.
Routines that are accepted will be posted on the Banquet website on February 5.
Select Company dancers may perform in both Banquet Student Showcases, TBA.