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 Show. 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? 

We will be providing a bus service for your child to go on Saturday 24 November. Pick up and drop off times to be confirmed. You will need to confirm your child's space on the bus if they would like to use this free service closer to the time, we will advise when. There will be buses available to bring the students home and we will supervise those who are booked on the roll for the bus home to make it back onto the bus with their bags etc, or again if you are watching the evening show you are welcome to take your child home yourself. There may also be families happy to carpool if they are helping with our shows. 

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). Service fees apply if you buy online. 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 - Rehearsal will be at the Rise Dance Rotorua Studio- Arrival times to be advised. ALL DANCERS REQUIRED  
SATURDAY 24  NOVEMBER - Bus will pick up in Rotorua (location to be advised). 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. (schedule and times to be advised) 

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

A: The order of the show to be advised 
     We will confirm the pickup times of the bus and we will confirm arrivals times soon. 

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- to be advised. 
Click here for shoe photos to check before buying: - to be advised. 

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 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 3/4 for our current customers.  One for those performing and one for those not.

For those NOT performing, Term 3 will be the normal 9-week term and 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. 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 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 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. 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 by credit card payment only or closer to the time or during rehearsals on Saturday 10 November or at the shows themselves by Cash or EFTPOS. Cost of Dvds to be advised.  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 for pick up until January 2019 (date to be advised). ALL DVDS MUST BE ORDERED & PAID FOR IN ADVANCE



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