June 2018

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Dear Parents and Students,

As the dance season comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful year. Students have been working extremely hard for our upcoming annual performance just 3 weeks away. Excellent job everyone!!! Please make sure you have everything you need. Listed below is some important performance information. Please read this information carefully to help us run a smooth and efficient rehearsal week.  If you have any questions or concerns, we can be reached at (978) 671-0400 or Heather at dancingmom23@gmail.com or Karrie at ksgottadance@yahoo.com.

PICTURE DAY - SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled time in full costume and make up. If for some reason you cannot attend, please be sure to let your instructor know.

REHEARSAL/AWARDS/PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:   Monday, June 18th will be our last day of regular scheduled classes.  The rest of the week will consist of In-house Rehearsals and Dress Rehearsal. 

In-house Rehearsals will take place at Gotta Dance.  You do not need to wear your costumes to In-house Rehearsals.

In-house Rehearsal - Tuesday, June 19th for Act I, 5:00-7:00 pm. On this night, we will run the Children's Finale first. Students may then leave after their routine has been rehearsed. Students ages 9+ who are in Act I can arrive at 5:45 pm on this day unless you are a volunteer or assistant. On this evening, we will be rehearsing our opening number, Boston State House. Please be prepared to stay until 8:00 pm if you are in this routine.

In-house Rehearsal - Wednesday, June 20th for Act II, 6:00-8:30 pm. On this evening, we will be re-blocking our Celtics routine, "Nantucket", and working on the Act II Opening number, “Southie” (Shipping Up to Boston).  Please be prepared to stay until 9:15 pm if you are in either of these routines.

Dress Rehearsal – Thursday, June 21st 5:00-7:00 pm for Act I; 7:00-7:30 pm Awards - perfect attendance, 3 yr., 5 yr, 7yr, 10 yr, 10+ yrs., and Seniors. Then 7:30-10:00 pm for Act II.  Dress Rehearsal will take place at the Collins Center at Andover High School. Full costume, hair, and make-up is required. We will run the finales first in each act at dress rehearsal so that dancers may leave after they run their routine (or final routine if in more than one).  All students in Act I should arrive no later than 4:45 pmfor a 5:00 pm start time.All students in Act II should arrive no later than 7:00 pm in first costume for a quick awards ceremony and a 7:30 pm start time. There will be a Children's Finale for ages 6 and under. Everyone else will participate in the end of the show Finale. If students are not dancing in Act II, they must be back stage in their costume at least 5 numbers before the end of the show to line up.

Saturday, June 23rd - Performance - Call time for all dancers is 1:00 pm. Children under age 6 can arrive no later than 1:30 pm. The performance will begin at 2:00 pm.  Students are to meet on stage at 1:30 pm sharp for short a group warm up. All students should arrive with full make-up and hair complete in your first costume. Please be sure not to be seen in the lobby or in the auditorium wearing your costume. A long shirt or cover up is required.

PLEASE REMEMBER: AT DRESS REHEARSAL All costume alterations need to be completed and wrinkle free, tags removed, shoes painted (if applicable), ABSOLUTLEY NO nylon stockings instead of tights, no shimmery tights (shiny), undergarments, gum chewing, nail polish or jewelry. Hair should be tightly fastened so hairpieces will not fall out and full stage make up should be applied prior to rehearsal.  Everyone should appear on stage exactly as they will the day of the performance.  If everyone follows these guidelines, dress rehearsal will run quickly and smoothly. Also, any pre-ordered T-shirts that have not already been received will be available for pick up at thistime.

A check list has been provided below for your convenience:

Costumes (on hangers) *Accessories *Hair Pins *Hair Elastics (same color as hair) Safety Pins *Make Up (all- including bright lipstick) *Hairspray *Band-aids *Tissues Needle and Thread *Scissors *Shoes* Tights *Long Shirt (to cover up costume when using restrooms etc.) *Change of clothes Plenty of water *NO food or colored drinks allowed in Dressing Rooms please.

ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR DRESS REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE. PLEASE ARRIVE AT THE AUDITORIUM DURING DRESS REHEARSAL AT 4:30 PM FOR A SHORT MEETING AND TO RECEIVE YOUR VOLUNTEER PINS.

Volunteer room assignments will be sent out in a separate email from Heather next week.

FEMALES ONLY will be allowed backstage and in the changing areas. All children must be signed in and signed out. Once you drop your child off in the dressing rooms, they will remain there until the end of the performance (children ages 7 and under who are not in Act II will be dismissed after the Children's Finale just before intermission).  At this time, they may go to the back of the auditorium and watch the rest of the show unless they have purchased a seat. ONLY Volunteers and parents of children in more than one number will be allowed back stage before intermission.  You must have a Backstage pass or a Volunteer button to enter this area once you have dropped your child off.  These will not be handed out the day of the show.

PICK UP/FINALE: Children in Act I only may be picked up at intermission if they will not be participating in the end of the show finale or if they will be watching the rest of the show. We will hold all dancers on stage after the children's finale. After the curtain closes, parents/guardians should go to the right side inside the auditorium and your child will be released to you from the stage. *Please note - Dancers who are participating in the Act II finale but are only dancing in Act I must be back stage at least 5 numbers before the end of the show. All students 7+ will be expected to participate in our Act II Finale (age 5-7 classes will be in Children’s finale after Act I). Please let us know right away if for some reason they are unable to participate in the finale as it may change the line up and order of things and in some cases, will determine which costumes other students will need to wear.

ACT I (tentative) SHOW ORDER:

THE BOSTON STATE HOUSE, MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS, NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM, BOSTON TEA PARTY, AMERICAN GIRL DOLLS OUTLET, EDAVILLE RAILROAD, THE NORTH END, CITGO, FRANKLIN PARK ZOO, WALDEN POND, TOPSFIELD FAIR, DR. SEUSS MUSEUM, M.I.T., SYMPHONY HALL, OLD NORTH BRIDGE, I-95, MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, JAMES P. KELLEHER ROSE GARDEN, LOGAN AIRPORT, SALEM WITCH MUSEUM, CAPE COD, HAVARD SQUARE, CHEERS, FORT DEVENS, HOUSE OF BLUES, T.D. GARDEN (Celtics), FENWAY PARK (Red Sox), T.D. GARDEN (Bruins), GILLETTE STADIUM (Patriots), CHILDREN'S FINALE (AGES 6+ UNDER - age 5-7 classes if they are not in Act II)

ACT II (tentative) SHOW ORDER:

SOUTHIE (Shipping Up to Boston), FREEDOM TRAIL, 6- FLAGS NEW ENGLAND, JEANNETTE NIELL DANCE STUDIO, FANIUEL HALL, OPERA HOUSE, DUNKIN’ DONUTS, BOSTON PUBLIC GARDEN, SWAN BOATS, ESPLANADE, TOP OF THE HUB, LOWELL, MA (Home of Micky Ward), THE BUTTERFLY PLACE, BOSTON BALLET, TALL SHIPS, JOHN HANCOCK BUILDING, THE SCHRAFFT’S BUILDING, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, THE GREEN MONSTER, STOCK EXCHANGE, OLD NORTH CHURCH, U.S.S. CONSTITUTION, CASTLE ISLAND, THE OBSERVATORY, LEXINGTON BATTLE GREEN, BOSTON GLOBE, NANTUCKET (Home of Meghan Trainor), FINALE (ALL- AGES 7+)

***Videotaping and flash photography is prohibited in the auditorium at any time.  Videos are available to purchase in advance or on the day of the performance. DVD forms are available at Gotta Dance or on our website. Please be sure to make all DVD checks payable to Katie Shaw Productions.

RECITAL TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE, AND CAN BE PURCHASED BY CONTACTING GOTTA DANCE. TICKETS ARE $19.00 ($21.00 @ DOOR).

WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR 2 VOLUNTEER USHERS. IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT HEATHER OR KARRIE.

SUMMER AND FALL REGISTRATION ARE NOW OPEN!!!

Please register early some classes are filling up quickly. 

REMINDER:  Your annual tuition is broken up into 10 monthly payments. Your last tuition payment is due this week.  Please make sure that all tuition is paid in full before the performance. Tuition can be sent to class with your child or mailed to: 

Karrie Stang’s “Gotta Dance”, 101 Brick Kiln Rd. #4, Chelmsford, MA  01824.

 Thank you all for a wonderful year!

Karrie and the "Gotta Dance" Staff :)