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Performance FAQ's

One of the highlights of being a part of Kaleidoscope Dance is participation in our yearend performance at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. We provide students with an exciting performance experience and a chance to show off a year's worth of hard work, dedication and progress in front of family and friends.

Click the Performance Group icon below for detailed info on your dancer's performance.

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Why participate in the year-end performance?

  1. It builds self-esteem and confidence that translates in all of your child's future endeavors

  2. A wonderful opportunity for your child's personal growth and dance education

  3. We put on a professional performance at North Shore Performing Arts Center that includes a professional lighting designer and complimentary link to an online video of the performance, available for download, for each dancer

  4. Our dance performances are an entertaining and enjoyable event for parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors!Kaleidoscope Dance makes it easy for parents

  5. We do not mark up the price of performance costumes.  Accessories and tights are included in the costume fee

  6. There is no participation fee to be a part of the performance

  7. There are 3 performances which helps to minimize the length of each performance and lets you enjoy the rest of your day!

  8. All youth dancers only perform in one performance and have one dress rehearsal

  9. Kaleidoscope Staff is backstage at all times to take excellent care of your dancer.  Parents are never asked to volunteer backstage so that they can enjoy watching their dancer shine!

  10. Every dancer receives a link to an online copy of the performance, which can also be downloaded, and is recorded by Emmy-award winning multimedia company, HMS Media

 

Why Dress Rehearsal is Required

Parents often wonder about the importance of a dress rehearsal for their child's performance. We've learned over the years, however, that it is the key to a successful dance performance by allowing dancers to perform and rehearse in a performance setting.

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1st Time Performance Parents

We understand how exciting your dancer’s first performance can be and also how anxious you can be about leaving your child backstage in a new environment without you. Rest assured, Kaleidoscope has you covered.

 

  • Owner Heather Jackson has been producing children's shows for over 19 years. We are very familiar with the theater and have been using North Shore Center for the Performing Arts for 13 years

  • The Kaleidoscope Staff makes each dancer feel at ease and comfortable backstage

  • We have a full staff backstage to assist with all your child's needs, including bathroom breaks

  • We keep our youngest dancers separate from our older dancers and dancers are supervised at all times

  • All dancers watch a movie, such as Cinderella, that keeps them busy and happy during their brief down time. We also sing and play games to keep your little one entertained!

  • At dress rehearsal, and in class leading up to the performance, we explain to performers that mommy and daddy will be in the audience and they will be backstage

  • At dress rehearsal they meet all Kaleidoscope staff, NSCPA staff and our lighting designer, who all help them shine on stage!

  • Younger dancers participate in one outside dress rehearsal and one performance so that their waiting time backstage is short, enjoyable and fun!

 

Helpful Tips:

  • The stage is much larger than the classroom and can be intimidating to young dancers.

  • The stage lights can be a bit disorienting to young dancers at first.

  • Dancers often rely on classroom mirrors to help them with formations and spacing. Having a chance to dance without the security of the mirror before the performance is very important for their confidence.

  • Dancers have the chance to practice their stage entrances and exits and get used to being in such a large space.

  • Confidence is critical to a successful performance. Having a rehearsal offers your dancer the chance to feel ready for the show.

And there's another big reason why rehearsals are important - one of the main objectives of our curriculum is to teach the spirit of teamwork and commitment to fellow dancers. When dancers miss rehearsal, the result can be confusion for the remaining dancers.