Park your car and walk dancers to the performers’ entrance on the right rear side of the theater.
See the chart below to determine which show you will be performing in:
The dress rehearsal is mandatory for all showcase participants! We will begin exactly at the scheduled time, so please have dancers backstage at least 30 minutes beforehand. Bring dancers to the performers’ entrance on the right side of the theater (park your car and follow signs). You will sign the dancers in and give us an emergency contact number. We will provide you with a phone number as well.
Dancers should arrive in their costume (including tights), with hair and make-up already done. PLEASE WEAR STREET SHOES to and from the theater!
Absolutely no parents or friends are allowed at the dress rehearsal - in the theater of the dressing rooms. There will be experienced volunteers in each dressing room to supervise the dancers and help them change shoes/costumes/hair as necessary. No one other than dancers and approved backstage volunteers are allowed backstage during the showcase unless there is an emergency. Every dancer will participate in the FINALE of the show and must remain backstage until the end.
Dancers may wear face masks backstage and remove them for their performance. Masks are not mandatory, but are encouraged. Our staff and volunteers will be wearing masks.
The dress rehearsal should last about 3 hours and you may pick up your child from the backstage entrance. No dancer will be allowed to exit the theater until their parent arrives.
We encourage you to take dancers to get something to eat prior to bringing them back for the show. You are welcome to have a picnic in the parking lot, or visit a local restaurant during the break between dress rehearsal and the showcase. Make sure dancers have a cover for their costume so they don’t spill food or drink on it prior to the show. Return all dancers to the backstage area 30 minutes prior to the start of the showcase.
Please do not send food and beverages backstage as we are working very hard to maintain a sanitary environment. You may send a labeled bottle of water. Do not send young children with toys, crayons, blankets, etc. We plan to have a monitor set up for dancers to watch a movie and/or the stage view of other performers. They will not be bored backstage!
Every person who occupies a seat in the theater will need a ticket to gain entry. Reserved seat tickets are $15 each, including a ticketing service charge, and will be available for purchase online beginning Monday, May 17th.
Please make sure ALL pieces of ALL costumes and other belongings are labeled with your child’s name. Write the dancer’s name inside all their shoes. Write the dancer’s full name on EVERYTHING they bring with them (use tape if necessary). We will not be responsible for anything that is lost.
Each female dancer should have a large Ziploc bag containing the following items: extra pair of tights, bobby pins, safety pins, hairspray, and lipstick (and any other make-up they might need).
Girls: NO PANTIES! They ALWAYS show on stage. Dancers do not wear them with leotards or costumes.
Do not wear jewelry that is not part of the costume.
Do not wear hairpieces that are not part of the costume. If you are putting your child’s hair up, use bobby pins, barrettes and elastics that are the same color as the child’s hair so that they will not show.
Please make sure female dancers have the correct brand and color of tights! Our dancers should wear Capezio 1916 tights - wear BALLET PINK for Ballet, and LIGHT SUNTAN for all other styles. We have tights available for purchase at the studio and will also have them at check-in at the dress rehearsal and showcase.
• Female dancers performing Ballet must have pink Ballet shoes. Males will wear black.
• Female dancers performing Jazz must have tan Jazz shoes. Males will wear black.
• Female Tap dancers under the age of 9 must have tan Tap shoes. If you do not have these, please spray paint them BEFORE dress rehearsal.You can find tan spray at most shoe repair shops. If a dancer brings the wrong color shoes to the showcase, we will spray paint them at dress rehearsal. Tap dancers older than 9 and all males will wear black, oxford style shoes.
Please fix your dancer’s hair according to their teacher’s instructions. If you do not know the teacher’s instructions, inquire at the front desk of the studio by calling 770-218-2112 as soon as possible—don’t wait until the day of the dress rehearsal.
Since we are performing under stage lights, every dancer needs to wear make-up. Females should wear: foundation, powder, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara and dark lipstick. Males may wear foundation and eyeliner at their discretion. Practice with make-up a few times before the showcase.
Each dancer will be charged a Media Fee of $40. This fee covers professional filming and photography for all shows by Lamplight Media Works. Dancers will have access to download HD videos and high-quality photos from all the 2021 Showcase performances. Full shows and individual performances will be available. All downloads are included in this fee. Videos and photos will be ready within 2 weeks following the showcase and will remain available for 1 year.
Note: The use of personal devices for the purpose of digital recording and photography are STRICTLY prohibited at our showcases. Cameras and cell phones are distracting to the dancers and the audience members. Additionally, we are all concerned for the safety of our children and do not want to see pictures or videos appearing the wrong places. Please be respectful of this policy, or you will be asked to leave.
Every person who occupies a seat in the theater will need a ticket to gain entry. Reserved seat tickets are $15 each, including a ticketing service charge, and will be available for purchase online beginning Monday, May 17th. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis and may be limited. A link to purchase tickets will be provided on our website at www.greatgigdance.com.
If the 2021 Showcase will be your 5th consecutive annual performance with Great Gig Dance Co., we want to recognize you in our program and reward you with a special commemorative medal at the show.
If the 2021 Showcase will be your 10th consecutive annual performance with Great Gig Dance Co., we also want to recognize you in our program and reward you with a special 10-year-dancer jacket.
Please notify us before Friday, May 14th to receive this recognition. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the front desk to fill out a request form.
You may purchase display advertising in the showcase program. This is a great way to advertise your business, or send your child a message that you are proud of their achievements. You may include photos, logos, etc. - all digital photos from Harrison Photography are available for use in the program.
Ad prices are as follows:
1/4 page (2-3/4” x 4-1/4”)
1/2 page (5-1/2” x 4-1/4”)
Full page (5-1/2” x 8-1/2”)
Inside Cover (full page)
Back Cover (full page)
The deadline for ads is Friday, May 14th. Please complete the advertising form available for download on our website and return it to the front desk at the studio along with your payment.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2021 Jennifer Lauren Farrell Heart of Dance Scholarship. Funded by the Great Gig Dance Ensemble, this scholarship will cover monthly tuition for 1 hour-long class for a full year of dance in our 2021-2022 season. Applicants must have completed the entire previous season (August 2020-June 2021) in order to be eligible, and will be considered based on the following criteria: strong enthusiasm for dance, positive attitude, respect for for instructors and peers, average or better grades in school, and financial need.
Applications are available at the front desk of the studio and will require a short essay.
The deadline for applications is Friday, May 14th.
Great Gig Dance Ensemble will once again provide the opportunity to purchase T-shirts, trophies, and flowers to make your 2021 Showcase experience extra special. The Ensemble will provide a QR code and link where you can place your order directly. T-shirts and trophies will be delivered prior to the showcase and flowers will be available for families to pick up at the theater on the day of the show.
Early registration for our 2021-2022 dance season begins on May 1st. Families who register before the end of June will receive 1/2-price registration fees (just $20 per family). You can register online, or in- person at the front desk.
Auditions for the 2021-2022 Great Gig Dance Ensemble will be held on Tuesday, June 1 at the studio from 5:00-9:00pm. Dancers should wear all-black dance attire and bring all dance shoes. Combinations will be taught and performed in various styles of dance, including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop.