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

​The Nutcracker: For Kids, By Kids 
Sunday, December 10, 2017, Roberts Auditorium, Rhode Island College

​Nutcracker Performance ARRIVAL:  Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Bring your dancer to the bathroom if needed.
  • Remove outside clothes, put in dancer bag, put on dancer ballet shoes
  • Keep their coat with you
  • A staff member will escort the dancer back stage with their small bag (see below for approved items) 
What to arrive in (per dancewear requirements):
Pre-School, Primary: skin tone spaghetti strap camisole, Capezio ballet pink transition tights, So Danca full sole pink ballet slippers
Ballet 1: skin tone spaghetti strap camisole, Capezio ballet pink transition tights, So Danca split sole ballet slippers
Ballet 2: Capezio long sleeve solid black nylon leotard (134C), Capezio ballet pink transition tights, So Danca split sole ballet slippers
MAKEUP:  Stage Makeup-black mascara, brown eye shadow, blush, red lipstick.  Due to the bright lights on stage, dancers need a little makeup! 
Remove at home:
  • Underwear: Tights are considered an undergarment, underwear is not needed!
  • Jewelry:  If a dancer arrives with earrings, a staff member will have to remove them.  PLEASE remove earrings at home so the dancer does not get upset and the earrings do not get lost!  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 the tights stated under the dancewear requirements for the studio.  
  • If your dancer arrives with any of these items, a staff member will remove them.  CDDS and RIC are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
What to pack in a bag:
  • Small bag of animal crackers
  • Small disposable water bottle
  • Clothes and shoes to put over camisole and tights after performance (the clothes you arrive in)
​All dancers are in the Parade of Dancers at the END of the Show.  Do not get out of your seat until the curtain closes.  Then, the designated pickup parent will THEN meet in the hallway to check in with CDDS staff and meet their dancer!  Please put your dancer’s clothes on over their camisole and meet up with family back in the lobby! 
  • One parent “authorized to pick-up” in your Studio account may pick up your dancer after the show.
  • It is preferred that moms pick up dancers backstage.  If a dad must pick up a dancer a CDDS staff will assist you.  Other children may not enter backstage.
  • All dancers will be clothed in camisole and tights but keep in mind this is a dressing room. Creating a safe space is of utmost importance to us. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
  • Update your “Authorized to pick-up” contacts in your Studio Account on the My Contacts tab
Because we want this to be the best possible experience for your dancer and your family, please read through, share and uphold the following CDDS theater etiquette.

1. Arrive early- allow time for traffic, inclement weather, parking, bathroom stops, picking up celebrate your dancer items, finding your seat and any other last minute challenges. 
Our shows start on time.  Have a plan for your entire party to have their own tickets.

2. The run time of the show is only approximately 90 minutes with a short pause. There is not time to use the restrooms during the pause. Please feel free to stand up and stretch, but do not leave the theater.

3. Do not get out of your seat during the performance once your dancer has performed. Sit back, relax and enjoy the entire show. It is extremely distracting to other guests if you are getting in and out of your seat during this short show.

4. Keep cell phones away during the entire performance. We recommend purchasing the professional DVD.  Embrace the moment and enjoy the live performance. Any cell phones, tablets 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 the entire performance. 
We are thankful for our respectful dance community, performers, staff, family, and friends.
We look forward enjoying this terrific holiday tradition. Sincerely, CDDS Staff
Enrollment is closed.
Pre-School, Primary, Ballet 1 and Ballet 2 dancers are invited to perform in The Nutcracker, For Kids, By Kids
Artistic Director, Carolyn Dutra.
This is a wonderful performance opportunity for our young dancers afforded by Dance For Art Inc. 501(c)3 non-profit.  DFA funds this entire show: Costumes, Scenery, Props, Choreographers, rehearsals, EVERYTHING!
  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal at Rhode Island College, Sat, Dec 9.
  • Some classes may have rehearsal on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the Warwick Studio.
  • Choreography will be learned in class.  Good attendance in your class is a must.
  • You are expected to participate in all Dance For Art Inc. 501(c)3 Fundraisers throughout the year: Dave’s Bar and Grill Breakfast on November 12th & Nuts About Dance.


Dear Miss Carolyn,

I am a dad of three dancers at the Greenville studio; twins Alexis and Madelyn (5) and Mackenzie (3).  This is the third year of dance for the twins and the first for Mackenzie.  All of them participated in the Nutcracker performance this weekend.

To say that I am happy with their experience in your studio is an understatement.  I am overjoyed, thrilled, ecstatic that my girls are a part of your studio.  Each weekly rehearsal, dress rehearsal, and performance that I experience further reinforces that my wife and I chose the best studio possible for our girls to learn the art of dance.  I am impressed by the high caliber of dancing at all levels.  Even more importantly, I am impressed at the values, dedication, and nurturing that you instill in the staff (both the teaching staff and the older girls that help out each week in class).  As I am sure you realize, these are the skills that will mean the most to the young girls as they grow older.  Learning dance, and any art for that matter, is not only about the steps, the expression, and the intrinsic thrill that the dancers experience, but also about dedication, perseverance, and a lifelong drive for learning.  It is clear to me that your work and dedication to this is instilled in all the teachers and staff at Carolyn Dutra.
My wife and I are musicians and teachers, so the arts and teaching are very much passions for us.  We have both experienced directors and teachers who are self-serving, relentless, and nasty.  We are all familiar with the infamous Abby Lee Miller, as well.  These kinds of directors may produce a good product, but at what price?  You are the antithesis of this; a model of patience, kindness, and a devotion to the art of dance and the students you work with.

After the dress rehearsal yesterday and the performance today, all my girls could do was talk about it.  The costumes, the characters, Clara, the death scene of the mouse King (Queen?).  They reenacted that several times.  Mackenzie kept talking about the different colored jammies of the girls at the party.  These little things that they remember are sweet, and they will forget about them eventually.  But, they have taken away much more than this from the performance; a good attitude about working hard, a desire to grow, and enthusiasm for dance that will last for many years to come.

I cannot wait to see my girls grow as part of your studio.  I look forward to many more performances in the future.  If there is ever anything my wife or I can do to help support you and the studio, please do not hesitate to let us know.  Please feel free to share this email with any one at the studio that would want to read it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Anthony & Lauren Amitrano