The #1 thing to know about Recital Dress Rehearsal is that it is MANDATORY FOR ALL DANCERS! If a dancer is not at dress rehearsal he/she will not be permitted to perform in the show. Sorry, No Exceptions.  

Please check the dress rehearsal schedule for the time and day your class is to rehearse. Be at the school dressed and ready to dance 30 minutes before you are scheduled to go on stage.  In the past, the rehearsals have run early. Please give yourselves plenty of time to drive carefully and prepare your dancer in a calm manner.

Dress Rehearsal & Recital are held at Phoenixville Area Middle School

Before you arrive at the performance venue

  • Make sure you have your entire costume, shoes, tights and all necessary accessories.
  • Hair & make-up should be done at home before you arrive at the school.
  • Please carry your costume in a plastic bag to the school. DO NOT change into your costume until you have arrived at the school. 
  • Make sure to wear full make-up & have your hair pulled up, as it will be worn for the show.
  • Pack proper coverups for backstage, it is sometimes chilly in the dressing rooms.

Upon arrival at dress rehearsal

  • When you arrive at the school go to the registration desk near the lobby to register your child. The staff members at the desk will inform you as to where your changing area will be for the rehearsal and the show(s).
  • Once in your designated dressing area, check-in with your child’s Classroom Mom.
  • Students in more than one class are responsible for checking in with each of their “classroom moms”.
  • Give your Picture Envelope & Check to your classroom mom as soon as you arrive to dress rehearsal. The address label should be completed and placed inside the envelope!

Picture Information

  • We recommend that you videotape and take pictures during the dress rehearsal. For safety reasons, tripods and flash photography are NOT permitted during the shows.
  • Professional pictures will be taken during dress rehearsal or on your assigned picture day.
  • The Classroom mom will chaperone the performers from the stage to the photo room. Parents are not permitted in this area. Parents will be permitted to wait in the upstairs hallway outside the picture room until their child’s pictures are completed.
  • Picture Information from the photographer will be handed out in dance class prior to dress rehearsal.
  • Purchasing a picture package is optional. However, we would like to include everyone from the class in the “group shot”.
  • Please have your picture envelope filled out and ready to give to the classroom mom when you arrive at dress rehearsal. Complete the address label and put inside the envelope along with your check.
  • Extra “Picture Envelopes” will be available the day of dress rehearsal. Pictures will be mailed directly to you 6-8 weeks after the recital. If you have any problems with your picture order or would like to order more photos, contact Accent Photography at 215-361-3059.


  • Before leaving the dressing area please make sure to “sign out” your child with the Classroom Mom.
  • Please make sure you have all of your belongings before leaving the facility.
  • Please make sure that your dressing area is clean and neat before you leave.

Please allow in your schedule at least 2 hours of rehearsal time including the ½ hour before you are scheduled to rehearse on the stage. Please be patient while waiting for your turn to go on stage. We will run as close to schedule as possible, but still be prepared to wait.  After each class performs on stage for their dress rehearsal, classes will then go to the photo room for a class photo.  Dancers will not be dismissed until after the class photo is taken.  

It is our policy that ALL tuition is paid in full (including Late Fees, Shortages, and any charges that are on your account) before costumes can be handed out to parents/guardian. Please do not wait until dress rehearsal to pay your account. There are no exceptions. Thank you.

Reminder: No Rehearsal, No Show, No Exceptions!


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Thank you for volunteering to be a Classroom Mom!  Below is information that will help you with your duties during dress rehearsal and show days.

Dress Rehearsal

  • When classroom moms arrive at the dress rehearsal, register yourself and your child at the registration desk near the lobby, and then go to the assigned area to dress your child.
  • Watch for the other children in your group to arrive and mark them off on your “dress rehearsal list”. Acquaint yourself with the Guardian and find out who will be picking up each child at the end of the show on the performance day. This will make the dismissal easier for you.
  • Once all of the children are checked-in & dressed in their costumes, make sure the costumes & headpieces all look alike. (For example: The straps on their costumes should be crossed in the back and the headpiece bobby pinned on the right side of their head. At least 10 bobby pins per headpiece!)
  • When all the children are dressed and ready, keep them seated with you in the dressing area until their class is called to go on stage. At this time please collect all photography envelopes with enclosed money. You will be in charge of giving the envelopes to the photographer. Only you will be allowed in the photography area. No parents are permitted backstage.
  • A stage crew member will lead you and your class to the hallway. At this time, you will need to line the students up in the order shown on your “stage sheet”.
  • A crew member will then take the class to the wings on stage to wait for their turn. At this time you should go back to the audience to watch their rehearsal. Enter by the designated “classroom mom” door.
  • As soon as their number is finished, meet your class in the hallway to receive notes from a stagehand. You must pass on those notes to each child and his or her parents.
  • After the students have received their notes, you will take them to the Photography room. You will wait until each child has had their individual and group shots taken. Do not let any of the children leave before the others have finished. You will then take them back to their parents who are to be waiting in the auditorium or in the upstairs hallway outside the photo room.


  • Arrive 1 hour early to find your dressing room. There will be a designated spot for your class. You will be given a free ticket, which will be in the form of a badge and Is Not Transferable!
  • Only those assigned as classroom moms will be permitted in the dressing room once the performance begins.
  • Wait for each child to arrive and have them place their costumes & accessories in an orderly fashion.
  • There will be no intermission so have the children dress immediately.
  • Carefully check each child to make sure they have plenty of bobby pins in their headpiece. Also, check the children to be sure they all look alike. Check to make sure they have the proper tights.
  • It will be your responsibility to keep the students occupied until their class is called to line up. (Suggestions: play a hand game, watch the recital on the in-house monitor…)
  • Please be mindful of Phoenixville Area Middle School’s property. Children should not be allowed to write on the boards or play with the instruments in the classroom.
  • When your class is called, have the children line up in the order given on the “stage sheet”. The stagehand will escort them to the stage three numbers prior to their dance.
  • At this time you may go into the audience and watch your class perform. PLEASE ENTER THE AUDITORIUM THROUGH THE DOOR DESIGNATED FOR CLASSROOM MOMS.
  • After their dance is over, go to the backstage door to meet the performers and bring them back to the dressing room until they are called for the finale.
  • The children may not go into the auditorium or lobby at any time during the performance. You will be responsible for the children for the ENTIRE SHOW.
  • Only one female guardian should come to get their children at the end of the performance. Before taking their children have them sign their name on the roster sheet. If you are uncertain or unfamiliar with the guardian ask them for ID. This will ensure the safety of the child and relieve your responsibility.

It’s very important to take proper care of your recital costumes prior to the shows.  It is important that all dancers maintain their costumes in a proper condition during dress rehearsal.  Here are a few tips on how to keep your costume performance ready!

  • Please carry your costume in a plastic bag to the school. DO NOT change into your costume until you have arrived at the school.
  • Absolutely NO EATING in costume!  Costumes can be easily stained and difficult to remove
  • Please bring warm-ups” or “cover-ups” that can easily be work over your costume that will not mess up your hair upon removal (ex. oversized button up shirt, zip up hoodie or sweatshirt).
  • Before leaving your house, make sure you have your entire costume, shoes, tights and all necessary accessories.
  • If you have many dances in one show, it is helpful to have a laundry basket for costume “extras”.  This basket can be used to store all of the different pieces of your costume and is helpful to store costumes backstage.
  • Quick changes will be made with the stage crew’s assistance in the backstage area. Prior to the start of the show, your child must bring a laundry basket (with his or her name on it) containing the second costume they will be wearing and all of the needed shoes & accessories.
  • Performers should not wear underwear with their costume. They may wear a nude color body suit which will help when having a quick change.
  • If you have multiple headpieces, place each one in a separate zip-lock bag with the appropriate number of bobby pins to secure it to your hair.
  • Due to highly polished floors & for dancers’ safety, all Tap/Irish students must wear socks with tread over their Tap/Irish shoes in all areas of the school during dress rehearsals & the shows.

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