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Dress Rehearsal Basics
Written by Erin Sforza on June 4, 2019

It’s almost time to get back on that stage and run through our spots and perfect the lighting, sets and props! If you’ve never been to our Dress Rehearsal Week before, or even if you just need a refresher from last year, here are some things you need to know to make your Dress Rehearsal experience the best it can be.

Arrive Promptly: All dancers should arrive at Holy Trinity High School at least 15 minutes before their assigned photo and stage time. This way we can gather everyone together at get the classes set for their photo if they are taking it prior to their dress rehearsal.

Prep Like a Rockstar: Your dancer should be in their costume (or their first costume if they have multiple numbers that day) with their hair and make-up fully done. Any other costumes should be double-checked for all accessories and set up on a hanger ready to go. Shoes should be painted and dry for rehearsal, and should be checked afterward for any touch up needs.

Be Ready for What Ifs: It’s always a good idea to have a bag set up with extra bobby pins, hair supplies, gel, hairspray, your dancer’s make-up (for touch ups), a brush, etc. in case you need to make any last minute fixes. You can also stash an extra pair of tights in that bag as well as any other little odds and ends your dancer might need. The extra bonus to this bag is that you can have it ready for recital and check that off your recital prep list!

Make sure to bring your cameras/video recording devices: This is where you get to take your own photos and video so definitely take advantage! You will receive an HD download of your dancer’s recital performance and their class photo as part of your recital package, so no photo or video recording will be allowed during the recital, but the dress rehearsal is your time to take as many photos and record as much as you like!

Please adhere to policies: We ask that you only bring 2 adults and up to 2 younger siblings to dress rehearsal to avoid overcrowding and delays while at the rehearsal. Make sure that you exit all the way to the far right wall when you leave and please take all belongings and any garbage with you. We are guests in Holy Trinity and we want to make sure we treat the auditorium and the school itself as respectfully as possible.

If you have questions, we have answers! We will have a reception desk at the back of the auditorium where we will be able to assist you with account questions, snack, star, and recital souvenir sales as well as raffle ticket sales. If you have any questions about dress rehearsal when you arrive, come see us at the reception desk and we will be happy to help! Enjoy Dress Rehearsal Week!

Erin Sforza

Erin is the Public Relations Coordinator for Dance Connection. She studied dance from childhood through college and continues to be an active member of the Long Island theatre community. Erin received a BA in both Musical Theatre Performance and History from the University of Tampa, and has utilized aspects of both degrees working in the hospitality industry, as an Event Coordinator for the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, and as the PR/Marketing Coordinator and Group Sales Coordinator for the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale. In addition to being a part of the Dance Connection staff, she is a Travel Consultant affiliated with MouseEarVacations.com and CruisingCo.com.