Online Recital Center 18th Show

Youth Recital Summary Sheet


The upcoming Awaken The Dancer Within Gala is our 18th semi-annual Recital.

Youth Performances:

The Recital is quite unique in that it features an eclectic mix of over 20 stage performances from different dance styles, including performances by youth students representing their Bollywood, Jazz and Hip Hop classes and resident dance companies.

Faculty Performances to Add Variety:

In addition, the show will also feature performances by some of our faculty dance companies, to ensure that the audience is kept entertained with an eclectic mix of performances.

The show’s duration is expected to be one and a half hours.

The Venue:

Hosted at the prestigious Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall with a 1,000-seat capacity, the show utilizes state-of-the-art production capabilities, including high tech stage lighting, cyclorama screen and fog machines, all captured by two professional photographers and a crew of three videographers [visit our Video Channel to watch full videos of past performances].



Date: Sunday, December 4th

Time: From 12:00pm to 1:30pm (students have a Call time of 10:45am)


Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center located inside

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Alexandria Campus.

4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311 (Map It)


Garage parking is FREE both days.

Dress Rehearsal Date:

Saturday, December 3rd (one day before the show)

Dress Rehearsal Location:

Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center located inside

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Alexandria Campus.
4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311 (Map It)

Dress Rehearsal Times:

You’ll need to be there for just 2 hours between 1pm and 10pm. Your specific two-hour window will be announced about 6 weeks before the date of the rehearsal.

Attending the Dress Rehearsal is Mandatory.

Missing it will disqualify you from performing at the Recital.

Please review the program below to ensure that your child’s name is spelled correctly and appears under the right class, before we go to print.

If you spot any errors, please email us by Friday, November 18th a 5pm. We cannot make any changes thereafter.

Changes will not be reflected here after your email, but will be reflected in final printed program.



**Studio is closed for Thanksgiving Week (Mon 11/21 – Sun 11/27)** 

– Week 1: Mon. 9/12 to Sun. 9/18

– Week 2: Mon. 9/19 to Sun. 9/25

 Week 3: Mon. 9/26 to Sun. 10/2

 Week 4: Mon. 10/3 to Sun. 10/9

 Week 5: Mon. 10/10 to Sun. 10/16

 Week 6: Mon. 10/17 to Sun. 10/23

 Week 7: Mon. 10/24 to Sun. 10/30

 Week 8: Mon. 10/31  to Sun. 11/6

Week 9: Mon. 11/7 to Sun. 11/13

Week 10: Mon. 11/14 to Sun. 11/20

–OFF Week: Mon. 11/21 to Sun. 11/27 (Studio is closed for Thanksgiving Week 11/21 – 11/27)

Week 11: Mon. 11/28 to Sun. 12/4

The Rehearsal: Saturday 12/3**

The Show: Sunday 12/4

**Performance classes and Companies WILL have class on Saturday, December 3rd. Your rehearsal time will be such that you will teach class at the Studio, then head to the Theater for Tech Rehearsal.

Performance classes and Companies will not have class on Sunday, December 4th


Please make sure to review these attendance requirements in order to participate in the Recital.

Only one absence allowed between weeks 2 and week 10:

Starting on the session’s 2nd week, youth students cannot miss more than one class between then and week #10.

While one absence is permitted, they still have to play catchup on their own with the help of classmates, or by scheduling a private lesson through the front desk.

Can’t miss class on week 11:

Further, missing class on week #11, which is the last week of the session, will automatically disqualify you from performing at the Recital.

Dress Rehearsal is mandatory for students:

Missing Dress Rehearsal will also result in an automatic disqualification, unless a waiver is granted by both the instructor and the studio’s director.

Practice at Home with the Choreography Video and Music!

Disclaimer: All the music downloads made available here are used for educational and illustration purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.

VIDEO PASSWORD when prompted = B2DS18




AMANDA Jazz Adv. Beg Tweens & Teens Mon 7:45pm Play Music  Play Video
AMANDA Hip Hop Beg. Tweens Mon 5:40pm Play Music Play Video 
AMANDA Hip Hop Beg. Juniors Tues 5:40pm Play Music  Play Video
AMANDA BETA Company Play Music   FB Group Page
EVE Hip Hop Adv. Beg. Juniors Mon 5:40pm Play Music Play Video
EVE Hip Hop Low. Int. Juniors Mon 6:45pm Play Music Play Video
EVE Hip Hop Beg. Juniors Wed 5:40pm Play Music Play Video
EVE Hip Hop Adv. Beg. Tweens Thurs 5:40pm Play Music Play Video
EVE Hip Hop Beg. Juniors Sat 11:45am Play Music  Play Video
EVE Hip Hop Beg. Teens Sat 12:45pm Play Music Play Video
EVE BeliEVErs Juniors Comp Play Music FB Group Page
JASON Hip Hop Low. Int. Tweens Thurs 5:40pm Play Music Play Video
JENNA Hip Hop Beg. Juniors Mon 6:45pm Play Music Play Video
NADINA Hip Hop Low. Int. Teens Sat 12:45pm Play Music Play Video
OLLIE Hip Hop Boys Beg. Juniors Sat 11:45am Play Music Play Video
OLLIE Hip Hop Low. Int. Tweens Sat 1:45pm Play Music Play Video
VESSIE Hip Hop Inter Juniors Sat 1:45pm Play Music Play Video
JUHEE Bollywood Tots Sat 10:00am Play Music

Play Video


JUHEE Bollywood Juniors Sat 11:45am Play Music

 Play Video



DELTA Teens Company

Play Music FB Group Page


THEO Company



Play Video

VIDEO PASSWORD when prompted = B2DS18

Disclaimer: All the music downloads made available here are used for educational and illustration purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. 

All performing Tween and Teen students are allowed to reserve studio rooms at no charge to practice with their fellow classmates (without the instructor) between the 9th week of the session and until the day before rehearsal (Friday, 12/2), subject to space availability.  

To reserve space for practice, one of the parents in the class has to designate themselves as the host and take responsibility for keeping things orderly, as well as leave a credit card on file with us to cover against incidentals.

Booking: If and when you’re ready to reserve space, please Email Us to check on space availability.

Limits: A maximum of 2 hours per reservation and 2 reservations per week apply for each class, as we have to accommodate a lot of other performing classes.

Booking Dates: You can book studio space for practice starting on November 7th for any the hours listed below (subject to availability). Email Us to request practice space (specify your desired time slots and the class it’s for.)

Available Practice Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 5:00 to 6:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:30 to 8:30pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am to 11:45am AND 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.  


All youth students perform on stage in dance costumes, provided by the studio and paid for by the parents.

The studio orders the costumes and parents pay the studio directly.

The studio’s staff will be taking measurements of the kids during class in preparation for ordering. Once costumes are ordered, you will receive an email with payment links, where you’ll pay us directly for the costumes ordered.

We make a conscious effort to keep the costs low AND always select costumes that can be used outside of the dance class and long after the recital is over.

Typically, the costume fees for Hip Hop classes run anywhere from $35 to $69. For Bollywood classes, they run anywhere from $35 to $50.


Rehearsal Location:

To recap, the Dress Rehearsal will be held at:

 The Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall located inside Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) at the Alexandria Campus.

The address is 4915 East Campus Drive. Alexandria, VA 22311. Map It

Rehearsal Date:

Saturday, December 3rd (one day before the show).

All classes and companies from both the Adult and Youth shows will be rehearsing together (i.e. we could have an adult class followed by a youth class then adults again, etc.) 

Rehearsal Time:

Students in each class need to be there for just 2 hours between 1pm and 9pm

View Rehearsal Schedule

Students arrive in Costume:

All kids must arrive wearing their costumes or plan to change into it at the venue.

Remember, students must arrive in costume, and be ready to go anytime within their 2 hour window.


What do Students do Upon Arrival?

A) Wait in the Lobby:

Please wait in the venue’s spacious lobby until your group’s name is called over the lobby’s speakers.

B) Practice until their group is called:

To make good use of your time, students are allowed and encouraged to practice their class routines in the lobby, either without music or with a small stereo that you must keep at a moderate volume.

C) Go upstairs to the Balcony once called:

Once your hear your group’s name announced, head to the open stairs entrance where chaperone and volunteers will be waiting to guide you upstairs to the Balcony section (parents looking to volunteer, please email us).

D) Take a seat in the Balcony:

After going upstairs to the Balcony section, you’ll take a seat with your classmates and chaperones to briefly watch other groups rehearsing on stage until you’re called on again; this time to head backstage in preparation for your stage rehearsal.

E) Practice entering backstage from the Balcony:

The trek from the Balcony section to Backstage is about a minute long and takes you through internal corridors. Since you will be making that same trip the next day at the Show, it’s very important that you practice it at the Rehearsal, with the guidance of your chaperones. 

After successfully making your way backstage from the Balcony and waiting in the wings with your group to be called on stage, you have to follow your chaperones’ instructions and get oriented with the following:

A) Stand Behind the Yellow Line:

Practice standing BEHIND the Yellow Line on the floor when waiting in the wings because otherwise the audience can see you (which doesn’t look good at all!)

B) Find the Dressing Rooms: 

Get comfortable going to and from the various dressing rooms backstage.

C) Practice Stage Entry and Exit: 

Unless noted otherwise, your choreography at the Recital will entail that you enter the stage from the Right Wing and exit into the Left Wing, both times in darkness (don’t worry, you’ll be guided by the glowing tape on the floor and the dim light from the wings.)

So make sure to orient yourself with both the entrance and exit locations.  

A) Pre-run Huddle:

As mentioned earlier, you will run your routine twice in a row. Before the first run, get on stage with your classmates while the lights are on. Then huddle around your instructor so you can hear their pointers about formations, positions and proper entry. Listen closely because these stage-specific instructions have not been covered previously in class.

B) First Run:

  Stand in the wings: To simulate the same environment that you’ll experience the next day at the Recital, you will now return to the wings (Right wing for entry), stand behind the Yellow Line, and then the lights will go off.

Enter Stage from the Right Wing: The backstage coordinator will give you the signal to enter the stage in the dark, but aided by the side lights and glowing tape on the floor, and then you stand in position. You will have to do this in under 10 seconds!

Perform: Just like at the show the next day, the MC will make an announcement over the speakers and the lights will come up, followed by the music, and you will perform the routine.

Hold Pose: Remember to hold your pose at the end as the lights go off. Do not begin to exit until it’s completely dark.

Exit Stage from the Left Wing: You will now exit the stage into the Left Wing (the opposite side of where you entered.)

C) Second Run:

More pointers from Instructor: After the first run, the lights will turn on and the instructor will give you more pointers while you’re still on stage.

Repeat process: You will repeat the process by returning to the Right wing, standing behind the yellow line, entering stage in the dark, performing the routine, holding your pose in the end, and then finally, exiting into the Left wing.

D) Get Off Stage and Exit the Auditorium:

Final pointers BUT on the auditorium’s floor: After the second run, you will have to get off stage, as the instructor will give you more pointers on the auditorium’s floor so that the next group can get on stage for their rehearsal.

– Exit the Theater: Thereafter, you must leave the auditorium through the side doors and back into the lobby, guided by your chaperone. You’re done for the day. Get a good night’s sleep and plan to own the stage tomorrow 🙂 


Check in time:

Youth performers must arrive to the venue by 10:45am.

  • Theater doors open/ seating begins at 11:30am.
  • Show starts at 12:00pm. Show scheduled to end at 1:30pm.

A) Students Arrive in Costume:

As with the Rehearsal, all students are required to arrive in costume and in makeup/ accessories, if applicable.

B) Chaperones to Escort Students Upstairs to the Balcony:

-Performers to check in the Lobby: Performers to check in at the Stairs area, then head upstairs with their chaperones. The next time you’ll get to pick them up is at the end of the show.

Parents to wait in the Lobby: The parents can wait in the lobby until the theater doors open at 11:30am and they can enter the auditorium then with their valid show tickets. Food and beverage vendors will be in the lobby for your convenience, before, during and after the show.

Volunteers Needed!

Want to volunteer to chaperone your kid’s class and receive a free ticket to

watch the show with your kid in the Balcony section? Please email us!

C) In the Balcony Section: Identify your “Backstage Call Time”

The entire Balcony section will be reserved exclusively for you and your fellow performers so you can watch the show, except of course when you’re required to report backstage ahead of your group’s performance (more on that next.)

As you enter the Balcony section, do the following:

 1-Follow your chaperones instructions on where to sit: Your chaperone will take you to your sits and let you know where to sit. They will also let you know when you need to report backstage (a few numbers before yours). 

2-OPTIONAL: Go to the Dressing Rooms: Only if needed, proceed to the dressing room backstage to put makeup or add accessories. Otherwise, most of you should already be in costume.

3-Take a seat: If you don’t need to change or add accessories, then take a seat close to your classmates and wait for the show to start (doors open to the public at 11:30am and the show kicks off at 12pm.)

4- Enjoy the Show: Starting at 12pm, you’ll watch the show with your classmates BUT you must be mindful of your backstage Call Time order and pay attention to the chaperones’ instructions.

5-Report Backstage in preparation for your performance: Follow the guidelines in the next section explaining when and how to report backstage during the Recital.

Instead of handing their kids cash, parents will be able to purchase Merchandise Tickets in the lobby for use by the kids to buy snacks, water, etc. from the performers merchandise table upstairs.

They will be able to use these during the time they’re with the chaperones and the performers from 10:45am to 1:30pm, should they get hungry or thirsty during the show.

A) Backstage Call Time:

As mentioned earlier, using the Performance Order Printout, and with the help of chaperones and staff members, you will know your exact Backstage Call Time, which is always three numbers before your own performance (i.e. if your performance is #11, you will need to report backstage before #8.)

The Performance Order printout will look something like this:

SAMPLE: Performance Order Printout

Performance Class
Backstage Call Time
Performance # 11: Hip Hop Beg Tweens- w/ Jason
Report backstage before #8
Performance # 12: Bollywood Tots w/ Tricha
Report backstage before #9
Performance # 13: Hip Hop Int Juniors w/ Katherine
Report backstage before #10

Make note of your Call Time number (example: “Before #9”), and pay attention to the the Emcee introducing the name of each performance so you can keep track of what number it is.

B) Get Up ONLY When the Stage is Dark:

Following your chaperones instructions, the only time you can leave your seat in the Balcony section and go backstage is when a performance ends and the stage is dark (there’s usually 20 seconds between each performance.) Do not leave your seat while a performance is taking place on stage.

There will be ample floor and wall signs, as well as staff members and chaperones guiding your trip from the Balcony to backstage, but you have to know when, how and where to report backstage.

A) Lining up in the Backstage Hallway:

When you arrive backstage, follow your chaperones guidance as the backstage coordinator will line you up with your classmates in the hallway behind the main door leading to the wings where you’ll wait for a few minutes.

B) Entering Into the Wings: 

When the performing class scheduled before yours gets on stage, the backstage coordinator will direct you to enter the Wings through the main door. The chaperones/staff will guide you through where to go.

C) Standing Behind the Yellow Line: 

Once in the wings, stand behind the Yellow line awaiting your turn to get on stage. Pay attention to the Backstage coordinators as they will let you know when to get on stage.

D) Entering Stage and Standing in Formation (10 seconds rule): 

When the current performance ends on stage and the lights turn off, the Backstage coordinator will direct you to enter the stage. 

As you practiced at Tech Rehearsal the day before, you will have 10 seconds to enter and stand in formations, before the lights come up and the music starts. You’re now performing live!

E) Holding their Pose when the Performance ends: 

Remember to hold your pose at the end of your performance until the lights go off completely. Do not begin to exit until the stage is completely dark.

F) Exiting Stage into the Left Wing (5 seconds rule): 

You will now exit the stage into the Left Wing (the opposite side of where you entered) and will do so in 5 seconds or less, where your chaperone will be waiting.

G) Returning to Your Seat:

After exiting the stage, please follow your chaperone/staff member to go back to your seat in the Balcony section (the same way you came through the internal corridors) and enjoy the rest of the show! BUT prepare to go backstage again for the Curtain Call.

When you’re not performing on stage or waiting backstage, you will likely be sitting in the auditorium watching the show just like any other audience member.

If you like what you see on stage, how about you cheer loudly and give the performers a heartfelt round of applause in the end? When it’s your turn on stage, they will do the same for you! 🙂

In case you’re not familiar with the term, “Curtain Call” is when all performers get on stage at the end of the show to greet the audience.

A) Going Backstage:

After the very last performance of the show, all performers must immediately leave theirs seats in the Balcony and head backstage to partake in the Curtain Call.

Given the large number of performers, we ask that you please leave your seats in an orderly manner. All youth students will have chaperones escorting them backstage.

B) Students Entering Stage:

We’ll ask all performers to come on stage at once to be greeted by the audience (the former system has proven cumbersome due to the large number of performers we have.)

Remember to not just “walk” onto stage, but “dance” your way through it. The audience always cheers louder when performers do that. Then move closer to the back of the stage to make room for the students entering behind you.

C) Order of Stage Entry:

Instructors will be introduced first, one by one, then students will be directed to enter all at once, then the studio’s directors will go on last.


Needless to say, performers themselves do not need tickets for the show, but their family and friends do.

Assigned Seating:

Since the venue features assigned seating, make sure to advise your family, friends and fans to purchase tickets as early as possible because the best seats (i.e. Orchestra Center) sell out quickly.

Discounted Tickets:

Tickets for the show are priced at $30 to $35 for the general public.

 However, families and friends of performing students can purchase discounted tickets and get $5 off each ticket using a special promotion code, as outlined below.


Your ticket also includes FREE parking in the garage.

Buy your Ticket Online & Print at Home:

Purchase and PRINT your tickets online, and just bring them to the venue. You can also DISPLAY THEM on your smartphone.


A professional DVD of the entire event will be made available 5 to 6 weeks after the show and can be pre-ordered online or at the studio ($25 to pick-up or $35 to have it shipped to you.)

The video is professionally-edited, utilizing three High Definition cameras and features all the performances organized by chapters.


Audience members are allowed to videotape the show. We still provide a professional DVD of the entire show for only $25, which utilizes three HD cameras and is expertly edited.

However, photography is strictly prohibited!

So why can’t you take pictures?

Because on a dark stage, the flash from cameras will hurt the performers’ vision causing disorientation and imbalance. The friend or family member whose image you try to capture on stage will only suffer harm as a result, despite your good intentions!

Besides, we have two professional photographers taking pictures of the entire show, which we make free to all performers and their families following the show. See sample professional pics from previous shows.

But wouldn’t the flash from the professional photographers’ cameras cause the same harm?

No it wouldn’t because our professional photographers use equipment with advanced dark settings specially designed for dance and theater productions, and therefore, can take pictures freely without affecting the performers.

So please refrain from taking pictures during the show, and do understand that any audience member observed taking pictures may be escorted out of the auditorium by security personnel. The safety of the performers is critical.

We have a Facebook Event for the Show, which you’re welcome to Share and Invite Friends!