Rotorua show questions & answers


Q:  When and where is your end of year show 2018?

A:  This year's Rotorua show is at Baycourt Theatre in Tauranga on Saturday, 24 December (times to be advised). You will perform in "MADE" Schools, Crews & Rotorua Showcases. There will be two identical shows one matinee show and one early evening show, all students will perform in both.   

Q: How will my child get to Tauranga? 

If your child is performing in our shows and would like to come on our free bus service you need to let us know by Monday 12 November 2018 at the lastest. Email us at to book your spot. In your email please let us know if you will be going from Rotorua to Baycourt, from Baycourt to Rotorua or both. If there is a change in your plans for using the bus, you must let us know asap or before Monday 12 November 2018 as there are limited spaces available. We are looking for at least two parents from Rotorua to volunteer as our Rise Dance Bus Representatives, please email us if you are able to do so. 

Bus for family members: 
We have limited spaces available for family members to come over on the bus and this will be on a first in first served basis (show helpers will take priority). Please email us at to book your spot asap or no later than Monday 12 November 2018.

Bus information going to baycourt Theatre: 
When: Saturday 24 November 
Time: The bus leaves at exactly 7.30am (Bus will leave without you if you are late). 
Where: To see bus pickup location Click Here  (Giant carpark behind the Warehouse).
How: Your name must be on our roll if using the bus.  A Rise Dance representative will mark your name off on the roll and will accompany you to Baycourt Theatre. 
What: Please have your first full costume on before getting on the bus (cover with a dressing gown or baggy clothing as needed) as you will go straight into your stage rehearsal once you have arrived at Baycourt Theatre. 
Bus information going back to Rotorua 
When: Saturday 24 November 
Time: Bus leaves Baycourt approximately 6.45pm- 7.15pm and will arrive in Rotorua approximately 8.00-8.30pm
Where: Pick up is from the same location as drop off. Click here to view map Click Here
How: If returning on the bus, Rotorua students will be assisted back on the bus and a Rise Dance Bus Representative will mark you off on the roll. Your name must be on our roll if using the bus home and you will be accompanied by your Rise bus representative back to Rotorua.  

You must arrive at Baycourt Theatre with your first full costume on, by no later than 9 am. 

Q:  Where do I get the tickets and how much are they?

A: Tickets for the Tauranga shows are purchased online at and from Baycourt Theatre itself. You will be provided with a protected price password to buy your tickets with closer to the time when tickets become available for purchase (Applies only to Rotorua families). Baycourt service fees apply. Be sure to purchase your ticket early as shows often sell out. Link for tickets to be provided when tickets go on sale (to be advised). 

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

Q:  When are rehearsals and can I watch?

A:  Both rehersals are drop off only. 
SATURDAY 10  NOVEMBER - Full dress Rehearsal will be at the Rise Dance Rotorua Studio. ALL DANCERS REQUIRED for practise times Click Here
SATURDAY 24  NOVEMBER - Bus will pick up in Rotorua (or you will drive and beat the theatre no later than 9 am) and arrive at Baycourt theatre for your morning dress and stage rehearsal. Perform in both identical shows, matinee and early evening performance. Back on the bus to be dropped off in Rotorua. All dancers required for the full day and to arrive at Baycourt Theatre no later than 9am.

Q: What is the order of the show and what time does my child need to arrive? 

A: All dancers are required for the full day and to arrive at Baycourt Theatre no later than 9am. 
"MADE" Schools & Crew & Rotorua Show run order 
(Please note: order is subject to changes) Click Here

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.  You will need to let us know at the end of Term 2 if you are not performing so we do not charge you for your costume fee in term 3 (You must inform us by Friday 3 August or you will still be charged for your costume and can of course keep it). You can, of course, continue to take normal dance class if you are not performing. 

Q:  Tell me about costuming

A: At the start of term 3 we collect the costume fees for the shows as we are already purchasing costumes and will be fitting sizes etc during terms 2/3.  Hip Hop classes you will be billed $45 per costume per class. For those in Leaps, Turns, Stretch & Kicks, Contemporary, Acro 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 and accessories. The costume is yours to keep after the shows. You will be billed for your costumes in your parent portal at the beginning of term 3 unless you have informed us by Friday 3 August 2018 that you will not be participating. If you have not informed us before this date that you will not be performing you will still be billed for the costume but you can, of course, keep it. 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.  

Click here to see what shoes you need for your class Click Here
Click here for shoe photos to check before buying: Click Here 

Q:  Do parents have to be involved in the show?

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 buses etc, so email if you've always fancied being in show business!

Q:  If my child doesn't enrol until term 3, can they still be in the show?

A: Yes (up until we close the rolls off on Friday 3 August 2018) 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 halfway 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 6 during term 3 so that your child can practise at home.     

Q:  Is it allocated seating at the show?

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.

For those NOT performing, term 4 will be 7 weeks only including our celebratory dance & awards week  Tuesday 27- Monday 3 December (fees will be amended to suit). 

For those performing, term 4 will be a 9-week term and will be made up of 6 weekly lessons as per usual day and time at the studio + the following

  • 1 Saturday rehearsal at the Rotorua Rise Dance Studio on Saturday 10 November
  • 1-morning rehearsal at the Baycourt Theatre on Saturday 24 November 
  • 1 lesson after the show being a celebratory dance & awards week, Tuesday 27 - Monday 3 December at the studio. 

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 shows and the children need to be available for hair and makeup touch-ups etc.  So, children stay in the X Space & Green Rooms backstage between shows.  Please pack a lunchbox with lunch, dinner & snacks for them.  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 and they can only watch the evening show not the matinee, however 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. 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. 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:  Why are other groups practising with the same teacher and at the same time in the Saturday practices?

A:  For the Saturday practice we want the students to have a number of run-throughs with the support of other groups cheering them on making it feel like a real show preparation and helping to build students confidence performing. Nothing new is learnt in these lessons; as well as a rehearsal it is just clarification on entering and exiting the stage, music; spacing etc.  We have different teachers working with each of the groups on the rehearsal day. 

Q:  My child is keen to be in the show 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 Friday 3 August 2018 because of the emphasis on the shows.  The children are already well on the way to learning their routines and it is not fair to them or the newcomer to have to wait while someone new catches up.     

Q:  Can I take photos and video recordings of the show?

A:  No - we have professionals photographing and filming.  You can order photos directly from the photographer's website after the shows. DVDs can be ordered through us online now email us at or during rehearsals on Saturday 10 November or at the shows themselves by Cash or EFTPOS. Cost of Dvds is $40 including the delivery fee (There are no pickups)  Please make sure you select the correct show DVD when purchasing (There are 2 different shows being filmed and you will need to order the DVD for, "MADE" Schools, Crews & Rotorua Show). Please note: this year, show dvds will not be available sent out until January 2019 (date to be advised). ALL DVDS MUST BE ORDERED & PAID FOR IN ADVANCE BEFORE DECEMBER 2018 OR WE WILL NOT ORDER YOUR DVD. 



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