Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Greenville, RI
Winner BEST Dance Studio and Dance School in RI, 2017, 2018
Dress Rehearsal

How to: Dress Rehearsal for Recreational Dancers

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Roberts Hall, Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave, Providence RI 02908
Dress Rehearsal Schedule:
Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled start time.
Show 2:  8:45am-10:45am
Show 4:  10:30am-12:15pm
Show 1:  12:15pm-2:30pm
Show 3:  2:15pm-4:15pm
Company:  2:00pm-5:30pm

No classes at the Studios on Saturday June 9. We will all be at dress rehearsal!​

What is Dress Rehearsal?  Dress Rehearsal is a run through of the entire Recital in full costume, hair and makeup.  It is the opportunity for dancers to experience the stage, lights, music, audience, backstage and in some cases, for the first time! There should be no talking in the theater as RIC technicians and CDDS Staff need full concentration to focus on creating the show.  A loud audience is extremely distracting. Your absolute cooperation is required for the safety of our dancers and success of the show.
What to know ahead of time:
  • ONE parent per dancer is allowed at Dress Rehearsal. Parent will receive a wristband upon check-in that must be worn and shown upon entering the theater and picking up your dancer.
  • Both adult and child in the Mommy & Me Recital routine are considered performers.  An additional parent may attend Dress Rehearsal as the "One Parent."  This "One Parent" will go through the check-in process to get a wristband at Dress Rehearsal.  If you do not bring an additional parent, the performing adult must check-in.
  • Non-dancer siblings and other family members are not permitted.
  • Photos and Video may be taken at Dress Rehearsal ONLY. Photos and video are NOT permitted at the Recitals. A professional videographer works the Recitals and DVDs are available for order. 
  • Parents change dancers in and out of costumes at Dress Rehearsal. CDDS Staff change dancers at Recitals while parents enjoy the show!
  • Dancers are dismissed once they perform ALL of their routines. End times are approximate.
  • There may be some overlap on times as we are running through 4 shows. We are unable to wait for dancers who are late.
  • Dancers must have complete costume and accessories in order in perform.
  • All accounts must be paid in full by June 7th in order to participate in Dress Rehearsal.
  • Dress Rehearsal is required to perform in the Recital.
  • There are no dance classes and all Studios are closed on Saturday, June 9th.Dance classes continue as usual through Thursday, June 21st. 
Step 1:  Get ready at home!
  • Write dancer name in everything, ie. shoes, costumes, accessories, etc.Pack all costumes, accessories, and shoes. 
  • If your dancer arrives with any of these items a CDDS staff member will remove them or dancer may not be able to perform. CDDS and RIC are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Underwear: Tights are considered an undergarment, underwear is not needed.
  • Jewelry:  If earrings cannot be taken off, please cover them with a piece of band aid before arrival.
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Colored Hair Dye
  • Hair Beads
  • Nail Polish
  • Shiny Tights or Pantyhose: Dancers must wear approved tights listen in dancewear requirements.
​STAGE HAIR for female dancers:
  • Mommy and Me:  Hair pulled away from face, Secure headpiece with bobby pins/clips.
  • Pre-School:  Neat and secure LOW bun.  Bun must be LOW for hats to fit properly.
  • Primary, Level 1, 2, 3, 4, Company:  Two French braids parted on the left tucked under. See website.
  • Black mascara, brown eyeshadow, blush, red lipstick. Rhy/Jr/Sr Co. false eyelashes.
  • Due to the bright lights on stage, dancers need makeup to prevent their features from being washed out.
  • Hair done, makeup, tights, camisole and first costume.
  • An e-mail will be sent indicating your first costume when show orders are posted. 
  • Dancers who wear pink and tan tights:  Put on light sun tan tights first, then camisole.  Put on and take off your pink tights as needed.
  • Level 3, 4 and Company wear double ring rhinestone earrings per accessory list.
  • Camisoles are skin toned leotards that dancers wear underneath their costumes so they are fully clothed at all times backstage.  
  • Snacks, games and personal belongings. No food or drink allowed in auditorium.
  • Non-dancer siblings and additional family members must stay at home. 
Step 2:  Arriving at Dress Rehearsal, Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College!
  • Dancers must arrive in full makeup, hair, and first costume on.  First costume TBA.
  1. Allow time for traffic, parking, bathroom, check-in, etc.
  2. One parent and dancer enter through the front doors of Roberts Hall.
  3. Stop at check-in table to receive parent wristband. One wristband will be distributed per dancer and is required to enter the theater.
  4. Wait in lobby until your show is announced to enter the theater. 
  5. Put on dance shoes. Remove non-costume items. Parents hold other belongings and costumes.
  1. Dancer should enter theater in full costume and dance shoes ready to perform.
  2. Bring dancer to their reserved row by class in the right section of seats.
  3. Parents sit in the middle and left sections with their dancers’ belongings.
  4. After dancer performs, parent meets dancer in the side hallway.
  5. Go to Forman Theater Dressing Room to change dancer into next costume as quickly as possible. Per RIC: No changing in hallways. RIC is a public building, you must change in the dressing room.
  6. Return dancer to their seat. When your dancer is finished, please exit Roberts Hall. 
Please note: There is another dance studio using another facility at RIC, be sure to look for CDDS signs at Roberts Hall. There are numerous construction projects being conducted around Rhode Island College. Construction workers may be in buildings and there could be construction debris in the hallways. Please be mindful of any ongoing projects.
We look forward to a great rehearsal and wonderful show!
Please note for Recitals:
We ask that you arrive early, as we start the show on time, and we do not want you to miss your dancer’s routine! 
If you are late, you will not be allowed in the auditorium until an appropriate time per RIC Staff. 
We ask you to follow these policies for the joy and safety of your child and the professionalism of our show.
ENJOY the show in air conditioned comfort!   Thank you, Miss Carolyn