Q: When and where are your shows in 2017?
A: This year's Tauranga shows are at Baycourt Theatre on Saturday 25 November. There will be three shows - a Schools' show at 10am (for those who attend dance at Primary or Intermediate School and including some of our Competition Crews) followed by two identical public shows at 2pm and 6.30pm (for those who dance at one of our studios or a public venue)
Q: Does my child have to perform?
A: No it is optional but as we do not spend time preparing for exams, the end of year shows are what we encourage the students to work hard for. It is the pinnacle of our year and an exciting, memorable experience for all involved. Please note that the youngest performers at our shows are Hoppers (5 year olds). Under 5's do not perform.
Q: Tell me about costuming
A: In term 3 we collect the costume fees for the shows as we are already purchasing costumes and will be fitting sizes etc during term 3. For those taking Hoppers (5 year olds) and Hip Hop classes (this includes the classes held in primary & intermediate schools) please add $45 per costume to your term 3 fees. For those in Acro, Contemporary and Jazz; costumes are $55. As well as the cost of the costume these charges include a sourcing fee and a contribution towards make-up, hairspray, clips etc. The costume is yours to keep after the shows. This does not include any accessories we add. Some classes may have an additional cost for shoes eg Jazz students will require black jazz shoes. Please note that if you have not told us your child is not performing and we have purchased a costume for them you will be required to purchase and keep the costume. Please note that adult dancers do not pay a costume fee to us. Adult dancers purchase their own costumes in collaboration with their teacher and fellow dancers.
Q: Where do I get the tickets?
A: Tickets for the Tauranga shows will be purchased from ticketek.co.nz and Baycourt Theatre closer to the time. We will send a newsletter when they become available for purchase. Service fees apply. Be sure to purchase your ticket early as shows often sell out.
Q: What if I purchase tickets early as advised and then something comes up later and I am unable to attend?
A: Baycourt/Ticketek do not refund. As the shows sell out, we have people who have missed out wanting to buy tickets. You can post your requirements on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rise-Dance-Co/272117493549?fref=ts
Q: How much will the show tickets be?
A: To be advised
Q: When are rehearsals?
A: Sunday 12 November and Sunday 13th November at Merivale Action Centre.
There will also be a rehearsal at Baycourt Theatre after school on Friday 24 November.
Q: Why are other groups practising with the same teacher and at the same time in the Sunday practices?
A: For the Sunday practices we hire Merivale Action Centre because it is large enough for us to map out the size of the stage. Nothing new is learnt in these lessons; as well as a rehearsal it is just clarification on entering and exiting the stage; spacing and knowing which groups are immediately before and after your group during the show. It’s important everyone understands how quickly the show flows from one dance to the next.
Q: Do parents have to be involved in the shows?
A: Only in the commitment to your child to get them to the rehearsals. However, we are always looking for volunteers to help backstage, with costuming etc, so email if you've always fancied being in show business!
Q: Is it allocated seating at the shows?
A: No it is General Admission.
Q: If my child does not want to perform, can they still go to dance lessons in term 4?
A: Yes, if they have already been enrolled during the year. We offer 2 payment options in term 4 for our current customers. One for those performing and one for those not.
Q: Do I have to collect my child in between the two public shows?
A: There is no (or just a little) turn around time between the two public shows and the children need to be available for hair and make-up touch-ups etc. So, children stay in the Green Room backstage between shows. Please pack a lunchbox dinner for them. Some dancers may be able to have a quick catch-up and snack with parents on the lawn at Baycourt if the weather is fine. Most children are happy and excited to be waiting in the Green Room. They are with their mates, some play cards, others watch the show on the Green Room screen. While the show is not being streamed live we put on dvds for the children to watch. They need plenty of snacks to keep them going. There are toilets and a place to fill up their water bottles.
Q: If my child is performing in the first half, can they come and watch the show with me in the 2nd half?
A: Yes, they can but you will need to have purchased a child's ticket for them. The shows have sold out in previous years meaning a full theatre and it is against fire regulations to have children on knees or stairs. If your child is performing in the 2nd half they will not be able to watch the first half with you as they will be required backstage for when their group is called to have hair and make-up done. Keep in mind that we will have a screen backstage where the children can watch the show live and that most children want to remain backstage to share the excitement with their friends.
Q: Can I take photos and video recordings at the show?
A: No - we have professionals photographing and filming. You can order photos directly from the photgraphers website after the shows. DVDs will be ordered through us - details will be advised closer to show date.
Q: If my child doesn't enrol until term 3, can they still be in the shows?
A: Yes (up until we close the rolls off on 25 August 2017) but the degree of their participation depends on the teacher’s observations, the choreography and your child's ability to get up to speed. During the previous terms the other children will have been learning dance/s to perform. The teacher will decide whether perhaps your child will come in from the wings half way through a dance if they have not managed to learn the first half of the dance, or if they have picked up the whole routine. We recommend you video the children's dance during our Open Week (4-8 September) during term 3 so that your child can practise at home.
Q: My child is keen to be in the shows but couldn't attend classes in term 3 because of a clash with sports. Can they join up in term 4 and perform?
A: Unfortunately not. We will be closing our rolls to newcomers on 25 August 2017 because of the emphasis on the shows. The children are already well on the way to learning their routines and it is not fair on them or the newcomer to have to wait while someone new catches up. The exception is Little Luvlies classes because these groups are not performing in the shows.
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