Online Recital Center 20th Show


The upcoming Awaken The Dancer Within Recital is our 20th semi-annual Recital!

Youth Performances:

The Recital features an eclectic mix of over 20 stage performances by our youth students from Ballet, ContemporaryJazz, and Hip Hop recital classes, as well as performances by our competition teams. The recital also features special performances by our faculty and guest dance companies.

The show’s duration is usually one and a half hours, with no intermission.

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 3rd

Time: From 12:00pm to 1:30pm (students have a Call time of 11:00am. Theater doors open to the public at 11:15am)


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 2nd (one day before the show).
NOTE: Saturday classes meet regularly that day, then head over to the venue. 

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 1.5 hours between 1pm and 9pm. Your specific 1.5-hour window will be announced about 8 weeks before the date of the rehearsal. The venue doors will open for tech rehearsal at 11am.

Attending the Dress Rehearsal is Mandatory.

Missing it will disqualify you from performing at the Recital.

The Show program (and order of performances) will be released 5 weeks before the Recital. You’ll get a chance review the program to ensure that your child’s name is spelled correctly and appears under the right class, before we go to print. 




We’re off for Thanksgiving Break from Tuesday 11/21 to Sunday 11/26.

– Week 1: Tues. 9/5 to Mon. 9/11

– Week 2: Tues. 9/12 to Mon. 9/18

 Week 3: Tues. 9/19 to Mon. 9/25

 Week 4: Tues. 9/26 to Mon. 10/2

 Week 5: Tues. 10/3 to Mon. 10/9

 Week 6: Tues. 10/10 to Mon. 10/16

 Week 7: Tues. 10/17 to Mon. 10/23

 Week 8: Tues. 10/24  to Mon. 10/30

Week 9: Tues. 10/31 to Mon. 11/6

Week 10: Tues. 11/7 to Mon. 11/13

Week 11: Tues. 11/14 to Mon. 11/20

–OFF: TUES 11/21 to SUN 11/26 (Thanksgiving Break)

Week 12: Mon. 11/27 to Sun 12/3

The Rehearsal: Saturday 12/2

The Show: Sunday 12/3


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

– Only one absence is allowed between weeks #2 and #11

– While one absence is permitted, it’s the responsibility of the student to play catchup on their own with the help of classmates, or by scheduling a private lesson through the front desk.

– Students CANNOT miss class on week #12 (last week of the session). It will automatically disqualify you from performing at the Recital.

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 = B2DS




ABBY Opsis Contemporary Team MUSIC VIDEO
AMANDA Synergy Mon 6:45pm  MUSIC VIDEO
AMANDA Sparx Monday 7:45pm MUSIC VIDEO
AMANDA Hip Hop – Advanced Beginner: Juniors Tues 5:40pm MUSIC VIDEO
AMANDA Hip Hop – Beginner: Advanced Tweens Thurs 5:40pm MUSIC VIDEO
AMANDA Hip Hop – Beginner: Juniors Sat 11:45am MUSIC VIDEO
EVE Hip Hop – Beginner: Teens Wed 6:45pm  MUSIC VIDEO
EVE beliEVErs Fri 5:30pm MUSIC VIDEO
JEREMY Hip Hop – Low Intermediate: Tweens Thurs 5:40pm MUSIC VIDEO
JEREMY Hip Hop – Beginner: Juniors Mon 6:45pm  MUSIC VIDEO
 JEREMY Hip Hop – Intermediate: Tweens Thurs 6:45pm MUSIC VIDEO
JODECI Hip Hop – Advanced Beginner: Juniors Mon 5:40pm  MUSIC VIDEO
JODECI Theo Sun 12:45pm MUSIC  VIDEO
KATHERINE Hip Hop – Intermediate: Teens Sat 12:45pm MUSIC VIDEO
LAURA Ballet – Advanced Beginner: Tweens, Teens & Adults Sat 10:45am MUSIC VIDEO
LAURA Ballet – Swan Lake Pas de Quatre MUSIC VIDEO
MARCUS Hip Hop – Low Intermediate: Tweens Sat 12:45pm MUSIC VIDEO

VIDEO PASSWORD when prompted = B2DS

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 tech rehearsal (Friday, 12/1), subject to space availability.  Contact the front desk to coordinate booking. 


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, on weeks #3 and #4, in preparation for ordering. Once costumes are ordered, you will receive an email with costume pictures, along 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 Jazz classes, they run anywhere from $35 to $75. For Ballet classes, they run anywhere from $80 to $190.


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 2nd (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.) 

All Saturday classes will run regularly that day, and you will report to the venue thereafter in accordance with your rehearsal window.

Rehearsal Time:

Students in each class need to be there for 1.5 hours between 1pm and 9pm.
The exact rehearsal schedule with each class’s 1.5-hour window will be released in early November.

Students arrive in Costume:

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

Remember, students must be ready to go anytime within their 1.5 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 11:00am.

  • Theater doors open/ seating begins at 11:15am.
  • 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 11:15am 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!

If you want to volunteer to chaperone at the Recital, where you’re guaranteed to watch your kid’s class without interruption from the Balcony, please  email us!

C) In the Balcony Section: Follow Your Chaperone

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. 

Your dedicated chaperone and staff will be with you from start to finish. All you’re required to do is follow their instructions 🙂

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 11:00am to 1:30pm, should they get hungry or thirsty during the show.

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 will follow their chaperone’s instructions and immediately leave theirs seats in the Balcony and head backstage to partake in the Curtain Call..

B) Students Entering Stage:

We’ll ask all performers to come on stage at once to be greeted by the audience.

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.

As you may know, we post the professional pictures and videos from the Recital, at no charge to you, on our Facebook page between 1 to 6 days after the show.

You can take pictures BUT you cannot use flash. It’s very harmful for the dancers on stage, including the family member or friend whose picture you’re taking.

Audience members are allowed to videotape the show. 

We have a FACEBOOK EVENT **link available soon** for the Show, which you’re welcome to use to Share and Invite Friends.