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2017 Recital "Production': Coppelia

What is all this talk about a "production number," why do I keep hearing "Coppelia" talked about, and does it apply to us? Let us explain...

Every year, our studio comes together in the final act to put on a fun "Production" (for which the studio provides character costuming to be borrowed for the performance). Production numbers are dances that all SBDA dancers are invited to participate in (including dancers who do not take ballet - like those who only take acro, tap, or jazz classes), organized into groups by dance ability.

This year the Production is our own version of Coppelia, the tale of a toymaker who wants his doll (named Coppelia) to come to life, and village girls who break into his toy store to play with all the dolls and toys. The Village Girls and Toymaker interact with the various toy groups during their dances: rag dolls, marionettes, stuffed animals, checkers, toy soldiers, music-box tutu dolls, and jack/jill-in-the-box dolls!

So, pay attention to call times for "Coppelia Production rehearsals," and stay tuned for any additional details regarding our exciting recital performances! If you haven't already, please put the following dates on your calendars, as we will be rehearsing the Coppelia Production as an entire cast (ALL DANCERS, Petites and up!) at the studio
Saturday, June 3rd from 9-10am (during Picture Weekend) 
Saturday, June 10th from 2-3pm between Dress Rehearsal (June 8) & Show Day (June 11), we are calling this extra pickup rehearsal.

During rehearsals and shows, it is very important to stay hydrated.  Make sure your dancers have enough of water for each performance. Coconut water is another clear, non-messy liquid that is additionally full of electrolytes, to replenish energy.

Being hydrated will keep dancers less fatigued and lessen the possibility of cramping muscles.

Please avoid sugar, colored (eek! stains!) and caffeinated drinks for the dancers.


Dry snacks that are safe for recital costumes and dressing rooms might include: crackers, dried fruits, nuts, cheese (think protein & energy!), not-so-messy veggies (carrot sticks, celery) could also be an option.

Avoid sticky, dusty, gooey snacks.

No peanuts/peanut butter, because of possible food allergies.

Break times between shows allow for a quick meal with family and friends.  Many dancers and their families & friends will bring lunch and have a small picnic outside the theater.  However, there are also restaurants around the theater.


What to Expect...

Info for parents

Showtime - Recital Season!

Preparing for the Show

Before any production, there is a lot of activity and many details.  It may seem like you are rehearsing all the time. You think, "Did I get all the costumes, tights, shoes, and . . . oh, do I have enough bobby pins?" Especially if it is a new experience, it is difficult to understand how it all works. And then here comes the dress rehearsal... and it seems so chaotic, but remember " the worse the rehearsal, the better show," and "it all comes together magically."

So, here are some helpful hints to have a great time when performing...