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HERE ARE SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR ANNUAL DANCE RECITAL:
The recital is a very extensive and detailed event.  Below are just a few of our most frequently asked questions.  We know you may have additional questions which will be address throughout the year on our message board on our website home page.  You may email questions at any time.

Q: Where and when is the recital?

A: The recital is held at Meyersdale High School. 

Two shows are held one on Friday night at 7:00 Pm and one on Saturday, at 4:00 PM.  The venue offers our audience air  conditioning, comfortable and ample seating.  The stage and technical services offer dancers a quality theatrical atmosphere.    The recital is scheduled at the availability of Meyersdale School.  It is typically offered the last weekend in April or the first or second weekend in May.  The date is announced in late fall.


Q: Do students have to perform in both shows?

A: Yes.

The recital offers our students a professionally directed performance that allows them to present their families and friends the results of a year's hard work and dedication.  A big part of dance training is learning through performance.  The performing experience helps build self-esteem and self-confidence and can result in better in-school presentations and improved social skills.  The rehearsal process is a tremendous learning experience as well.  It helps the children develop retention skills, and by working with their  classmates on a group performance, they learn the positive aspects of working as a team to create the best result.   BBS has produced 38 recitals, and through the years we have created lots of traditions which our students anticipate with lots of excitement.  


Q: Tell me about costumes?

A: Costume cost varies.

The cost, size, type of fabric and amount of trim on costumes is a variable.  The average cost of a costume for a class is $45-50. Older students should expect to pay $50-75.


Q: When is the money due for costumes?

A: We require a $25 deposit is due by November 15.

This deposit helps us get our orders in early to give you the best prices possible.  The deposit will be deducted from your costume total.  Costume information is distributed the first week in January.  Costume balances are due by February 1.  Students with multiple costumes my make two 50% payments.


A: Costumes can begin arriving in late January.

Once students costume balances are paid in full students will receive costumes.  We try to distribute as soon as they arrive.  Please be sure and put your child's name on all costumes and accessories.  Have him/her try on costumes upon receipt to check for proper fit.  Exchanges must be made within days of receiving the costume so please do not delay.

Q: When do students receive their costumes?


A: Every performer goes on stage.

One fun tradition for our show is to include all performers in our show finale.Each dancer will receive a souvenir recital tee shirt to wear along with black pants and dance shoes.  This uniformed look makes for a great ending and students and comfortable and ready to go following the awards presentation.

Q: What is the recital finale?


A: Yes.

We have two dress rehearsals at Meyersdale HS the week of the show, usually on Wednesday and Thursday.  We make every effort to try and keep it to one day for most dancers.  Those in multiple dances should expect to attend both days.  You will receive a dress rehearsal schedule and will be free to leave upon completing your dances.  Parents may watch rehearsal. 

Q: Are there dress rehearsals?


A: Parents who sign up in advance.

Our dancers wait backstage in the school hallways, which works well to contain such a large number of performers.  Parents sign up in advance and are assigned a group or area to supervise.  Parents assisting backstage will not need a ticket.  We also permit parent volunteers backstage access when his/her child is performing.  
We request any fathers volunteering to help in areas other than backstage due to the costume changes.  

 

Q. Who watches the performers backstage?


A: They are taken in mid- April at BBS.

We are excited to have the professional services of Sines Photography take our dance recital pictures. The prices are given about one month prior to picture date.  Picture purchases are not required but we request all student attend the photo shoot to be in the group pictures.  
Commercial Video from Cumberland, MD has been our videographer for over 20 years.  His videos are edited and top quality capturing all our dance memories.  Parents have reported that younger students watch the DVD over and over enjoying all the different routines.   The cost of the DVD is $40.  DVD orders will be announced later in the year.

 

Q. Tell me about recital pictures and DVD's.