Nutcracker What to Wear/Arrival
Dance for Art Inc 501c3
Saturday December 17 and Sunday, December 18  @ McVinney Auditorium, Providence RI

Dance for Art costume provided backstage.

What NOT to wear:
Underwear, earrings, jewelry, nail polish, fake tattoos, non-approved dress code brand items.
PLEASE remove earrings at home.  This is key to keeping little dancers happy :)

STAGE HAIR/MAKEUP for female dancers:
Hair in a slick LOW bun, center part. Dancers need makeup to prevent their features being washed out by the bright lights on stage:  Black mascara, black eye liner, brown eyeshadow, blush, red lipstick
 
STAGE HAIR/MAKEUP for male dancers:
Hair neat away from face.  Just enough makeup to emphasize facial features on stage. A little eye makeup to make eyes pop or whatever he is comfortable with!

What to wear for Nutcracker-Boys
Angels, Lambs, Waltz, Ginger Cookies, Mice:
Black pants, Black socks, Black ballet shoes, white tshirt.

Chinese:
Black pants, Black socks, Black ballet shoes, white turtleneck

Cranston Gumdrop:
Black pants, Black socks, Black ballet shoes, White buttondown shirt

Warwick Gumdrop:
Black pants, Black socks, Black ballet shoes, white tshirt, shirt from Recital

WHAT TO ARRIVE WEARING:
Arrive wearing the following.  Parents keep ALL other belonging.  Keep clothing/shoes that dancers arrive in EASY ON/OFF/
Preschool, Primary:
  • Camisole (skin toned spaghetti strap leotard)
  • Capezio ballet pink transition tights
  • So Danca full sole ballet shoes leather (Pink40) *These shoes do not have the tie elastics.
Level 1:
  • Camisole (skin toned spaghetti strap leotard)
  • Capezio ballet pink transition tights
  • So Danca split sole ballet shoes leather (SD-60L) *These shoes do not have the tie elastics.
  • Arrive wearing CDDS warmup jacket or any zip up sweatshirt as coverup with name on tag
Level 2:
  • Capezio long sleeve black nylon leotard (134C)
  • Capezio ballet pink transition tights
  • So Danca split sole ballet shoes leather (SD-60L) *These shoes do not have the tie elastics.
  • Arrive wearing CDDS warmup jacket or any zip up sweatshirt as coverup with name on tag
Level 3/4:
  • 12mm Double ring rhinestone earrings 
  • Skin tone spaghetti strap camisole
  • So Danca split sole ballet slipper Pink (SD-60L)
  • Capezio ballet pink transition tights
  • Arrive wearing black warmup jacket or zipup sweatshirt as coverup, name on tag, and black leggings

HOW TO ARRIVE: 
McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence, RI 02903
There are five parking lots and street parking available at McVinney.

Step 1:  Get ready at home
  • Do not pack ANYTHING else-no snacks or water bottles. Shows are short! 
  • Put on makeup, tights, camisole/leotard, dance shoes on. 
  • Use bathroom at home.
What to know before you go:
  • Arrive 30 minutes before your show in full stage makeup, hair done, camisole/leotard, shoes on. See What to Wear for details.
  • Photo/Video are prohibited during the show. Keep cell phones & cameras away at all times. Ushers will ask you to put devices away if they are out, please prevent disruption. There is a video for purchase.
  • CDDS staff and helpers change dancers at Nutcracker. 
Items Not Allowed: If dancers arrive with these items a CDDS staff member will remove them.  CDDS and McVinney are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Underwear: Tights are considered an undergarment, underwear should not be worn.
  • Jewelry: Remove earrings before arrival to avoid dancers getting upset. Based on our experience, this is key.  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.
  • No snacks or water bottles. Shows are short!

Step 2:  MCVINNEY
Dancers arrive 30 minutes before your show, in full stage makeup, hair,, camisole/leotard, dance shoes on.
  • Allow time for traffic, parking, bathroom, check-in, etc.
  • One parent and dancer check in at Check in/out table
  • Parent will keep slides and any other non dance belongings.
Dancer drop off/CHECK IN:
  • Check in 30 minutes before your show time at Check in/out Table, front of the McVinney Theater
  • One parent wristband receive wristband required to pick up dancer. 
  • CDDS staff escorts dancers to Dressing Room.
Dancer pick up/CHECK OUT:
  • Stay in your seats when the curtain closes.
  • Dancers are dismissed to ONE parent at the Check in/out Table.
  • We ask for your patience during dismissal for a safe and orderly exit.
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.  
Please remember that everyone on stage is someone’s child and their family and friends are excited to see them perform.  

1. Arrive early- Our shows start on time.  Late arrivals will not be allowed into the audience until the ushers determine an appropriate time. Late arrivals will be seated in the back, not at their seat. Allow time for traffic, inclement weather, parking, bathroom, finding your seat, etc. Entire party must enter together.

2. Only leave your seat if completely necessary.  No intermission-the shows are short-approximately 60 minutes!

3. Keep cell phones/devices and cameras away during the entire performance. We recommend purchasing the professional video. 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.
Sincerely, CDDS Staff    CarolynDutraDanceStudio.com               Main Office: 401.737.6565