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Please see the graphic above, or click here, to view the Group Dance rehearsal schedule for the week of June 4-8. These are mandatory practices for the Recital participation. Students must be in attendance for the group practice, or they will not be in the group dance at Recital. Group Dance rehearsals take the place of regular recreational classes during this week.

Students need to wear recreational class dance wear and their designated dance shoes. Send water with your child’s name on it. Girls – please make sure hair is tied back securely in a bun or ponytail.

This post includes all the details you need to know for TFAD Studio Picture Day on Saturday, May 19! We know it’s long, but please read! The schedule is below, and can also be found by clicking here. We ask that all dancers attend Studio Picture Day, even if parents do not plan to purchase pictures, for the purpose of full group shots for our studio display wall.

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your child’s scheduled picture time to ensure that we can start promptly, and to keep the schedule running as smoothly as possible. If you are late, your child will miss the photo. No exceptions. Please note – if the photographer is running 30 minutes ahead of schedule, and your dancer is not dressed and ready to go, they will not have their picture taken.
  • Children should be dressed in their first scheduled costume when they arrive, with hair and makeup already done. Click here for hair and makeup tutorials! All female dancers must be wearing the dance tights that are included with their costume. Recital earrings and small, non-color specific stud earrings are allowed, however all other jewelry should be removed (unless it is a part of their costume).
  • Remember to bring all of your child’s costumes, accessories, dance shoes and extra tights. Additionally, you may want to bring hairspray, bobbi pins, a comb and makeup for touch ups at the studio.
  • Dancers must check in with the front desk when they arrive. Students ages 12 and under must have a parent or guardian remain at the studio with them. Staff will be busy with keeping Studio Picture Day on schedule, and will not be available to babysit or change costumes. It is recommended to keep small siblings at home who are not also students, as the studio will be very busy and congested.
  • As in previous years, parents are not allowed in the dance rooms while pictures are being taken. Please plan to wait in the lobby, as your child may need your help if he/she has a costume change.
  • If your child has a costume change, please change them IMMEDIATELY and have them ready for their next scheduled picture. If your child has a wait between scheduled picture times, please feel free to bring bottled water, dry snacks (something that will not get on their costume), and quiet activities for the lobby.
  • If you plan to order pictures, please bring your completed order form and full payment to Studio Picture Day. Order forms will be distributed with your child’s costume. Representatives from Memory Makers will be in the studio lobby to answer any questions you might have.
  • This year we are excited to announce that Glam Fairies will be with us on Picture Day to offer their services! Schedule an appointment with these professional stylists at the TFAD front desk by Friday, May 1, and take the stress out of Picture Day! Hair is $7/dancer, and makeup $5/dancer. Makeup & hair combo $10/dancer (payment due at time of reservation). All supplies and hair products are included in the price. Limited appointments are available – appointments will be scheduled in the order of paid reservation. No walk-ins accepted on Picture Day. Don’t forget to thank your Glam Fairy on Picture Day – cash gratuities are greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, or need to place an order for dance shoes, recital earrings, tights, leotards, makeup, etc., please contact Miss Paula at the TFAD front desk. Order deadline is Friday, May 1. The studio is open to place orders Monday-Friday, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars! The Holiday Showcase will be the first recital of the year for all of our students!

3rd Annual TFAD Holiday Showcase
Saturday, Dec. 9 @ 6 p.m.
Lebanon High School, Auditorium

TICKETS:
(update: 12/1/17) Tickets to the 3rd Annual Holiday Showcase are 100 percent SOLD OUT. If you still need tickets, please email Miss Paula ASAP at info@talentfactoryarts.com with how many you need and she will try her best to track some down for you.

LOGISTICS:
There will be NO dress rehearsal for the Holiday Showcase.

Students will be given a call time for the performance at a later date.

ATTIRE:

Remember, all girl’s hair must be pulled back securely out of their face. Dancers may wear red, white or green bows. No headbands, please.

TAP classes must have a red TFAD t-shirt, solid black bottoms (girls: dance shorts, leggings, yoga or athletic pants and nude tights. boys: basketball shorts, sweatpants, athletic pants and black socks) and black tap shoes.

HIP HOP classes must have a red TFAD t-shirt and solid black bottoms (girls: dance shorts, leggings, yoga or athletic pants and nude tights. boys: basketball shorts, sweatpants, athletic pants and black socks) and black jazz shoes.

JAZZ classes must have a red TFAD t-shirt and solid black bottoms (girls: dance shorts, leggings, yoga or athletic pants and nude tights. boys: basketball shorts, sweatpants, athletic pants and black socks) and black jazz shoes.

MUSICAL THEATRE classes must have a red TFAD t-shirt and solid black bottoms (girls: dance shorts, leggings, yoga or athletic pants and nude tights. boys: basketball shorts, sweatpants, athletic pants and black socks) and black jazz shoes.

ACRO class must have a solid black leotard and solid black dance shorts, nude convertible tights or footless tights. Boys should wear black athletic shorts and a black fitted athletic shirt.

TINY TOTS class must have matching pink, lavender or light blue tutu dress (purchased at Talent Factory. Please see Miss Paula if you have not purchased one), nude tights and ballet shoes.

BALLET classes must have a solid black leotard and solid black dance skirt OR solid black dance dress, nude tights (convertible, body or footless) and ballet shoes.

LYRICAL class must have a solid black leotard and solid black dance shorts, nude tights (convertible, body or footless) and lyrical shoes.

*solid black means no color or visible logo besides black

EXCEPTIONS:

BALLET (Thursday 4:45-5:30 p.m. class):
Bright colored leotard (primary or bright pastel colors – no ballet pink). Please coordinate with the other dancers in your class so that you’re not next to someone in the same color (if you do not have a bright-colored leotard, Miss Paula has some available for $15). Black dance shorts or skirt, nude tights (convertible, body or footed) and ballet shoes.

TAP (Monday 8-9 p.m. class):
Black leggings, ugly Christmas sweater, nude tights (convertible, body or footed) and black tap shoes.

DVD:
DVD orders will be taken in advance at the TFAD front desk, and at the show. Click here for an order form.

FLOWERS:
Flowers will be available for purchase at the performance.

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Below is important logistical information for your dancer for next weekend’s Dress Rehearsal (Friday) and TFAD Recital (Saturday)PLEASE READ the entire email, and see Miss Paula at the front desk if you have any remaining questions.

The TFAD Recital is completely SOLD OUT. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. No one will be allowed into the Auditorium without a physical ticket.

– Dancers should arrive at the Lebanon High School auditorium at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 2 for Dress Rehearsal. Please do not be late so that we can begin promptly, and get everyone home sooner.

– Look for our TFAD Helpers upon arrival! They will be wearing red TFAD t-shirts, and will be located in the hallway just east of the auditorium doors. They will escort your dancer backstage.

– Dancers are to arrive in costume, with hair and makeup complete. Students in multiple classes should arrive wearing their first listed costume (a TFAD Recital line-up is available here). No nail polish, please. Dancers may wear Recital/competition earrings only. Please make sure your dancer has all costumes, dance shoes, extra tights and accessories. Dancers will not be permitted on stage if they are missing part of their costume.

– Parents of dancers in multiple classes will need to stay at Lebanon High School for costume changes. This only applies to dancers who will need help changing costumes – older dancers may not need a parent to help them. Please designate ONE parent for costume changes, as space is limited backstage.  A separate email will be sent soon with more information regarding costume changes.

– During Dress Rehearsal, the auditorium will be open ONLY to those parents who’s children have costume changes. The parent must check in at the auditorium door with a TFAD Helper to gain entry. Only one parent per dancer, please. Parents must remain in the back section of the auditorium, since our photographers will be using the front.

 We kindly ask that parents do not post videos or photos of Dress Rehearsal on social media. 

– Tiny Tots will be released to their parents immediately after their dance at Dress Rehearsal. We expect this to be around 6 p.m., approximately.

– Tap 3-4, Hip Hop 3-4, Tap 5-6, Hip Hop 5-6, Boys Hip Hop 5-6, and Jazz 5-6 will be released after Act I rehearsal. Ballet 3-4 and Ballet 5-6 will be released after Act II rehearsal. Unfortunately, we are unable to predict this timing. We understand that many of our younger dancers have early bedtimes, therefore we will do our best to get them through Dress Rehearsal quickly.

– Dancers should arrive at the Lebanon High School auditorium on Saturday, June 3 for Recital at the following call times:

5 p.m. – Students ages 11 & up
5:15 p.m. – Students ages 7-10
5:30 p.m. – Students ages 2-6

– Again, look for our TFAD Helpers upon arrival! They will be wearing red TFAD t-shirts, and will be located in the hallway just east of the auditorium doors. They will escort your dancer backstage.

– Dancers are to arrive in costume, with hair and makeup complete. Students in multiple classes should arrive wearing their first listed costume (a TFAD Recital line-up is available here). No nail polish, please. Dancers may wear Recital/competition earrings only. Please make sure your dancer has all costumes, dance shoes, extra tights and accessories. Dancers will not be permitted on stage if they are missing part of their costume.

– Tiny Tots will be released to their parents immediately after their performance. Please send ONE parent to the Green Room backstage to sign your dancer out.

– Tap 3-4, Hip Hop 3-4, Tap 5-6, Hip Hop 5-6, Boys Hip Hop 5-6, and Jazz 5-6 will be released to their parents after Act I, during intermission. Please send ONE parent to sign your dancer out backstage from their designated room.

– Ballet 3-4 and Ballet 5-6 will be released after Act II, during intermission. Please send ONE parent to sign your dancer out backstage from their designated room.

– Dancers should bring a bottle of water or sippy cup. Water only, please!Per LHS rules, no food, candy or drinks other than water are allowed backstage.

– If you plan to send a quiet activity with your dancer, please label it! Small toys, cards or puzzles are great ways for our dancers to pass the time backstage. iPads, iPods, tablets, etc. are allowed backstage as well to keep your dancer entertained. LHS and TFAD are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

– Make sure your child eats a healthy meal before Dress Rehearsal & Recital. Everyone wants to see happy, energetic dancers on stage!

– Please review our Recital Etiquette expectations. Feel free to share these with your family and friends!

– No videotaping or flash photography is permitted at the TFAD Recital. We want our audience to enjoy your child’s performance!

– A Bram Photographyrepresentative will be in the lobby at Dress Rehearsal and Recital for parents to pre-order discounted photo packages (you may also pre-order online, here). Parents will have the ability to purchase individual photos or pre-built packages – including prints, digital downloads, or a mixture of both! All photos from both Dress Rehearsal and Recital will be available via the online gallery (link to be emailed after Recital).

– To purchase a professional DVD of the full TFAD Recital, please click here to print an order form. DVDs are $20 each. Order forms and payment will be accepted in the lobby at Recital (cash or check, only).

The Talent Factory Company competition dance team will be selling a variety of “extras” at the TFAD Recital.  All proceeds will go toward sending the TFAD Company to Nationals this summer. All items are cash only.

– Flowers will be available for purchase to congratulate your student for $1.

– A 50/50 drawing will take place during the performance! Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are $1 each – buy 11 for $10, or 23 for $20!

-TFAD Company will hold a silent auction for a Gift Card Basket. Bids will be taken in the auditorium lobby. The winner must pay in full the night of Recital.

Don’t forget to place your order for a souvenir recital t-shirt by TODAY, May 12! Shirts are $15 apiece. The front will feature the design pictured above, and the back will have a list of all of our students. These t-shirts will be a great keepsake for your dancer!

Please see Miss Paula at the TFAD front desk to order, or call (765) 894-9888 between 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Dancers use their craft to tell a story for the audience, projecting emotions, words and ideas with their movements. The ability to wordlessly translate their feelings for the crowd is a refined skill. Dancers need to use their whole bodies and the expressions on their faces to help convey the emotion of the moment. But with the bright, shining lights flooding the stage, it’s easy for dancers’ expressions to be washed out. That means the subtle nuances that are essential for setting the tone for their story to be over-looked. For younger dancers, having well-applied stage makeup for kids makes all the difference.

There’s no need to worry about intricate contours and layer upon layer of products for young dancers. The important step is to highlight their facial features so that they can be seen.

We have created step-by-step hair and makeup tutorials for our TFAD dancers. These looks are to be worn at Studio Picture Day, dress rehearsal and recital. Be sure to practice, so the morning of Studio Picture Day goes smoothly!

This post includes all the details you need to know for Studio Picture Day at TFAD on Saturday, May 13Please read! The schedule was emailed to all parents, and can also be found in the above graphic (click to enlarge). We ask that all dancers attend Studio Picture Day, even if parents do not plan to purchase pictures, for the purpose of full group shots.

  • Please arrive 20 minutes before your child’s scheduled picture time to ensure that we can start promptly, and to keep the schedule running as smoothly as possible. If you are late, your child will miss the photo.No exceptions.
  • Children should be dressed in their first scheduled costume when they arrive, with hair and makeup already done. A hair (low bun, side part) and makeup tutorial is coming soon! All female dancers must be wearing tights. Recital earrings and small, non-color specific stud earrings are allowed, however all other jewelry should be removed (unless it is a part of their costume).
  • Remember to bring all of your child’s costumes, accessories, dance shoes and extra tights. Additionally, you may want to bring hairspray, bobbi pins, a comb and makeup for touch ups at the studio.
  • If your child has a wait between scheduled picture times, please feel free to bring bottled water, dry snacks (something that will not get on their costume), and quiet activities for the lobby.
  • As in previous years, parents are not allowed in the studio while pictures are being taken. Please plan to wait in the lobby, as your child may need your help if he/she has a costume change.
  • If you plan to order pictures, please bring your completed order form and full payment to Studio Picture Day. Order forms will be distributed with your child’s costume.

If you have any questions, or need to place an order for dance shoes, recital earrings, tights, leotards, makeup, etc., please contact Miss Paula at the TFAD front desk. Order deadline is April 28The studio is open to place orders MondayFriday4:30-7:30 p.m.

Can you believe it’s that time of a year again? It seems like just yesterday students were worried about their first day of dance class, and now the seasonal recital is quickly approaching. Recitals are often the highlight of the dance year, so make a dance recital checklist and help students be adequately prepared for the big day. Here’s how dancers can get ready for their dance recitals.

Get Ready Two Weeks Before the Show

Luck favors the prepared, so dancers should start getting ready for their big show with plenty of time before the performance date. This will ensure that you take the time to carefully pack all your supplies and can review your checklist a few times.

When you’re packing for a dance recital, you’ll want to bring many of the same things that you’d bring to a dance competition. Be sure you have proper undergarments, extra tights, all your different shoes and makeup supplies.

Do you have a schedule for the day planned out? While a recital might “start” at 6PM, dancers will be required to arrive early to check in, get prepared, potentially take pictures: there’s a lot going on! As a dance family, make sure you’ve looked through all of the emails and information your studio has sent you to be sure you know little details that can make a big difference, such as:

  • Parking for the recital (guest parking and dancer parking)
  • How to purchase tickets for the performance
  • Where to check in
  • Where to pick up any studio merchandise or flowers for dancers

Be Prepared for Unexpected Issues

Any experienced dancer will tell you that there are a lot of little things that can go wrong on recital day. Whether it’s something small like a bra strap breaking or makeup getting smudged, preparation is key to dealing with these issues.

Part of that is getting in the right mindset: attitude can truly make or break your recital experience. Some dancers are predisposed to stage fright, and that’s OK! Just be prepared with a few calming exercises that will help calm your mind and banish those jitters. Try taking a few slow, deep breaths or getting into a relaxing yoga pose.

When you’re waiting backstage, resist the urge to practice your steps. Chances are that you’ve got them down, so focus on getting excited for the performance. After all, it’s your time to shine! Take pictures with your friends, listen to pump-up music or simply visualize your success. Positivity will help you bring your natural radiance to the stage and dance your heart out!

Own Your Show

The recital is an opportunity for dancers to leave everything they have on the stage, and to truly enjoy doing what they love. Your entire dance community will be there, and they’re there to support you! So make the days before your recital count.

Show up to class and give it 100%. Ask questions and make sure you have everything you need to do the best job that you can. And finally, love the dancers who are next to you on stage, and be as supportive for them as you hope they can be for you!

*Originally posted on the Tutu Tix website.

    • Costumes will be passed out from May 1-12 (we are still receiving some costumes). Parents will need to come into the studio and sign out their child’s costume during their class time. Costumes will be not be given to students – only parents.
    • All unpaid balances (tuition, late fees, bounced check fees, etc.) must be paid before you receive your child’s costume.
    • Costumes MAY NOT be picked up on Studio Picture Day (May 13). No exceptions.
    • Each girl will receive one pair of footed tights with their costumes.These are to be worn for photos, dress rehearsal, and recital ONLY. Things happen, so we strongly recommend purchasing 1-2 pair of extra tights per dancer. If your dancer has multiple costume changes, we recommend purchasing a pair of body tights (our older dancers prefer body tights for modesty). Additional tights can be purchased at the TFAD front desk ($5 for footed tights; $15 for body tights).
    • All boys will need mid calf solid black socks (no other color, designs or logos) for Studio Picture Day, dress rehearsal, and recital.
    • Hip Hop 11+ Class (Thurs. 7-8 p.m.) & Junior Ballet Class (Tues. 6:45-7 p.m.)All girls will need a black leotard under their costume. These can be purchased at the TFAD front desk for $20, if they don’t already own one.
  • Studio Picture Day photo order forms will be handed out with your child’s costumes. Please remember to fill these out and bring them back to Picture Day with full payment if you plan to order prints.

If you have questions, please see Miss Paula at the TFAD front desk. The last day to place orders for leotards, dance shoes, recital earrings, makeup, etc. will be Friday, April 28.