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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.

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!

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.

Talent Factory is now enrolling for its second February Workshop!

Physical Comedy Workshop
Sunday, Feb. 262-5 p.m.
Ages 6 and up! Limited spots available!
Click here for the registration form

Don’t miss your chance to learn performing techniques from one of the top physical comedy performers in the world, Mr Barry Lubin!

At this workshop, we will focus on improvisational skills, physical comedy, confidence, slapstick, and developing routines. This workshop is suitable for performers and non-performers, ages 6 and up.

Registration is $50 per person. Participants DO NOT have to be a student at Talent Factory to enroll. Talent Factory is open for registration MondayFridaybetween 4:30-7:30 p.m. Interested participants may email Brandy Moss or visit the TFAD front desk for more information.

About the Instructor:
BARRY LUBIN

Barry Lubin is a Professional Clown first and foremost, and has been for 42 years. Barry has toured the world performing in theaters, festivals, circus, on television and even a few tiny parts in films. He attended Ringling’s Clown College and performed on Ringling for five years, New York’s Big Apple Circus for 25 years, and has been freelancing for the past five years. Barry just returned from Antarctica last month – becoming the first professional clown in history to perform on all seven continents.

Barry has appeared on national and international television countless times. He is an inductee into the International Clown Hall of Fame in Wisconsin, the International Circus Hall of Fame in Peru, Indiana, and the Ring of Fame in Sarasota, Florida. Barry was on The Late Show with David Letterman four times, and featured in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day broadcast on NBC a dozen times.

Barry directs, mentors, writes, and teaches physical comedy/clowning as well, working with all ages and abilities.  His teaching credits include Ringling Clown College, various American university programs, in Europe and Asia, in schools, at circus camps, with various dance groups, and much more.

When you wish upon a star you may just receive the phone call of a lifetime. That’s exactly what happened to Talent Factory Guest Artist, Jade Perry.

Perry received the call from the Walt Disney Company last November that he has been cast as a face character at Disneyland Paris in Paris, France.

He leaves for his new gig next month, but not before sharing his experience and knowledge with the community. Mr. Jade (as the Talent Factory kids so fondly refer to him) will be offering a Theme Park Audition Workshop at Talent Factory in Lebanon on Saturday, Feb.4.

“Jim (Kochert) and I have known Jade since he was just a kid performing in our production of ‘Suessical the Musical’ at Crawfordsville High School,” said Talent Factory co-owner Paula Kochert. “We are thrilled to have been a stepping stone for his career, and we’re even more excited to have him in our Talent Factory family.”

Perry began performing when he was 7 years old as a member of The Lollipop Guild in a summer theater production of The Wizard of Oz. His parents recognized his passion and enrolled him in voice lessons and dance classes.

At the age of 16, he was ranked in the IHSAA top 10 in the freestyle and breaststroke events in men’s swimming. Due to time commitments, Mr Jade was faced with the difficult decision to dance or swim.

He cleaned out his swim locker and the rest is history.

During high school he continued to perform. His favorite role was as The Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical directed by Mr Jim and Miss Paula.

Mr Jade danced with Miss Madeline and Miss Marigrace for eight years. He also competed on the national level during that time, and took home several titles and trophies.

While attending University of Southern Indiana, Perry decided to try out for the dance team. He was the first male to make the team, and while on the team they ranked seventh nationally at the collegiate level.

At 19, Perry decided to audition in Chicago for Shanghai Disneyland. He was cut in the second round. He waited four years before re-auditioning in Louisville.

“I was in the dance audition with 65-70 other people. Half of them were cut within the first 60 minutes,” Mr Jade said. “I auditioned with a fractured foot since I felt that was my one chance to make it. At the end of the audition they asked me to stay longer to video me dancing.”

It took nearly two months to receive a response. Perry had a telephone interview and was offered a position as a parade dancer and rotating “fur” character at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

In 2015, Perry took a huge risk and left his position at Walt Disney World to pursue a modeling and acting career. He was signed with three different agencies, which landed him a featured extra role in the CBS series “The Inspectors,” and box office movies “Alvin and The Chipmunk’s – The Road Chip” and “War Dogs” with Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, and Bradley Cooper.

His agents kept him busy with video shoots and commercials including one for HSN with Giuliana Rancic. He was also a regular on the Florida fashion runways and was a brand ambassador for Bacardi. While in Orlando, Mr Jade was offered a job as a brand ambassador/brand model for Blue Chair Bay Rum – which is owned by county superstar Kenny Chesney. He accepted, and quickly became an intern at the Nashville headquarters.

During his time in Tennessee he learned there was a Disneyland Paris audition being held 30 minutes away in Franklin, TN. He went through four rounds of intense auditions competing against other performers around the globe.

This third Disney audition must have been the charm because Perry was offered his dream role. His contract with Disney will not allow him to disclose his character role until Disney officially announces it, so we wait.

“This is the first year Disney has offered open-ended contracts, so I am one of the first performers Disney has offered this to, which is very exciting!” Mr Jade said.

He moved back home to Indiana right before the holidays to spend time with his Mom and to get everything in order for his big move to France. Mr Jade has been keeping busy judging beauty pageants and preparing for his upcoming workshop at Talent Factory.

Mr Jade’s workshop at Talent Factory will guide young performers through an audition process for the entertainment/theme park industry by teaching invaluable skills such as character improvisation, audition etiquette, audition choreography, accepting and correcting critiques, confidence, and resume/portfolio building. The Talent Factory staff will also assist with the workshop.

“This will be a fast-paced, fun workshop that is great for anyone who would love to perform or is curious as to what goes into an audition to become a professional performer. If you love Disney, this workshop is for you!”

The workshop is Saturday, Feb. 4 from 1-4 p.m. Registration is open to anyone 9 and older. You do not have to be a student at Talent Factory to enroll. There are limited spot available, and the cost is $35 per participant. Talent Factory is open for registration Monday-Friday 4:30-7:30 p.m., or you may email info@talentfactoryarts.com for more information.

Talent Factory is now enrolling for the first of its two February Workshops!

 Theme Park Performance + Audition Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 41-4 p.m.
Ages 9 and up! Limited spots available!
Click here for the registration form

This workshop will guide young performers through an audition process for the entertainment/theme park industry by teaching skills such as character improvisation, audition etiquette, audition choreography, accepting & correcting critiques, confidence, and resume/porfolio building.

Taught by Mr Jade Perry (Character at Disneyland Paris), and other members of the Talent Factory staff (all with additional audition and entertainment experience), this will be a fast-paced and fun workshop for anyone who loves to perform. If you love Disney, this worksop is for you!

Registration is $35 per person. Ages 9 and up! Participants DO NOT have to be a student at Talent Factory to enroll. Talent Factory is open for registration Monday-Friday between 4:30-7:30 p.m. Interested participants may email Miss Paula for more information.

About the Instructor:
JADE PERRY

Jade Perry began performing at age seven in a summer theater production of The Wizard of Oz. He continued in the arts throughout his teens, acting in many of the Crawfordsville High School Drama Club productions (at the time, directed by TFAD’s Mr. Jim & Miss Paula), and taking dance classes with Miss Madeline and Miss Marigrace. In college, Jade was the first male to make the University of Southern Indiana Dance Team. He helped the ensemble place seventh at collegiate nationals.

Jade has auditioned for the Walt Disney Company three times, first landing roles as a parade dancer and “fur” character at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

In 2015, Jade decided to pursue a career as a professional model and actor. In the past, he has been cast in a featured extra role on CBS’s “The Inspectors”, and has appeared in box office movies “Alvin and The Chipmunks – The Road Chip” and “War Dogs” with Jonah Hill, Miles Teller and Bradley Cooper. Additionally, he has worked professionally as a dance instructor, dinner theater performer and choreographer.

Jade will begin his next role as a main face character at Disneyland Paris in Paris, France in mid-February 2017.