Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner BEST Dance School in RI, 2017, 2018, 2019
How to Recital
How to: CDDS Recital 2019-Roberts Auditorium, RIC
It’s what you’ve been waiting for…the culmination of the year’s training and fun!  Here’s to a wonderful experience that is all about our DANCERS.
  • Check in dancer 35 minutes before your show time in lobby and receive one parent wristband (wristband required to pick up dancer after show.)
  • CDDS staff escorts dancers to Dressing Room.
  • Check out dancer at end of show in the side hallway. Parade of Dancers ends the show!
  • When curtain goes down, ONE parent with wristband line up in side hallway - where you met dancer at Dress Rehearsal. (All other audience members exit to the Lobby).
  • Dancers are not dismissed until the end of the show.  
  • Staff members escort ONE parent with wristbands the dressing room to pick up dancer.
  • A CDDS staff member will assist Dance Dads with wristband as dancers are changing in the dressing room.
  • Additional siblings, babies and other family members are not permitted in this area during check out. For safety and capacity limits, this is a closed dressing room. This policy is strictly enforced.
What to know before you go:
  • Arrive 35 minutes before your show time in full stage makeup, hair, first costume.
  • There are other dance studio events at RIC, come to ours at Roberts Auditorium!
  • Photo/Video are prohibited during the show. Keep cell phones & cameras away at all times. Ushers will ask you to put your devices away if they are out. Follow this rule to prevent disruption.
  • CDDS staff and helpers change dancers at Recitals, enjoy the show!
Step 1: Get ready at home!
  • Write dancer name in everything, ie. shoes, costumes, accessories, etc.
  • Pack all costumes, accessories, and shoes. 
  • Pack clothes and shoes to change into after the performance.
  • Pack animal crackers and water only.
  • Put on makeup, tights, camisole and first costume (same as Dress Rehearsal). See website.
Items Not Allowed: If dancers arrive with 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: Remove earrings before arrival to avoid dancers getting upset. Based on our experience, this is key. J  If earrings cannot be removed, cover them with a piece of band aid before arrival. 
  •      If a dancer arrives with earrings, a CDDS staff member will remove them.
  • Temporary Tattoos, Colored Hair Dye, Hair Beads, Nail Polish
  • Shiny Tights or Pantyhose: Dancers must wear approved tights listed in dress code.
  • Leave games, toys and personal belongings at home.
Step 2: Arriving at Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College!
  • Dancers must arrive 35 minutes before your show, in full stage makeup, hair, and first costume. See website.
  • Allow time for traffic, parking, bathroom, check-in, etc.
  • Put on dance shoes and remove non-costume items.
  • One parent and dancer see lobby check-in table.
  • Use the restroom beforehand and find your seat as soon as the theater opens.        
STAGE HAIR for female dancers: Use hairspray and gel!
Mommy and Me:  Hair pulled away from face, secure headpiece with bobby pins/clips.
Preschool: 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.

STAGE MAKEUP for female dancers:
Dancers need makeup to prevent their features being washed out by the bright lights on stage.
Black mascara, brown eyeshadow, blush, red lipstick.
Rhy/Jr/Sr Co. false eyelashes.
STAGE HAIR/MAKEUP for male dancers:
  • Hair neat away from face.
  • Just enough makeup to emphasize facial features on stage – ie. a little bit of blush for cheekbones and jawlines, some lipstick to bring out natural lip color. Or whatever he is comfortable with!

How to enjoy a CDDS production to the fullest!
To ensure the best possible experience for your dancer and your family, please read through, share and uphold the following CDDS theater etiquette.

1. Arrive early- Our shows start on time.  Late arrivals will not be allowed in to the audience until the ushers determine an appropriate time. Allow time for traffic, inclement weather, parking, bathroom stops, picking up Celebrate Your Dancer items, finding your seat, etc. Have a plan for your entire party to have their own tickets.

2. Please remember that everyone on stage is someone’s child and their family and friends are excited to see them perform.  Leaving the auditorium should be kept to a minimum and only if completely necessary.
3. There is a short intermission for Shows 1 and 4.  Restroom lines can be long at this time.  If possible please remain close to your seat.

4. Keep cell phones/devices and cameras away during the entire performance. We recommend purchasing the professional video option. Embrace the moment and enjoy the live performance. Any cell phones or other recording devices are distracting to the audience and performers. Avoid the disruption of ushers asking to put cell phones away by keeping them away during the show.
We are thankful for our respectful dance community, performers, staff, family, and friends.