Photo: Chris Meck
Each year at the end of the Spring Semester, we hold a Showcase in which the majority of our students perform. This is an opportunity for family and friends to witness how much our students have learned over the course of the year. Through performing in the Showcase, participants are able to gain an appreciation for the time and effort involved in preparing for a show. Though students are not required to participate in order to still take class during the Spring Semester, we strongly encourage it. Performing with fellow students is an invaluable experience for young dancers.
Note: Before you purchase tickets, confirm the show day and time in which your child is performing. We have three performances, and each has a slightly different cast. Please know the exact amount of tickets you need before purchasing, as seats are assigned.
All classes except Creative Movement and Adult levels. Pre-Ballet I, Pre-Ballet II, Ballet I, and Ballet II are in only one show. Select Theater Dance classes are also only in one show. All Contemporary Dance classes, select Theater Dance classes, Ballet IIIA and up, and Boys Ballet are in all shows. This year’s chosen ballet is Cinderella. All ballet classes will perform excerpts from this ballet. The Theater Dance theme is Annie, and the Contemporary Dance classes will perform a section inspired by the seasons. Read this post to see in which show(s) classes are performing.
When is it?
Towards the end of Spring Semester each year. The 2017 show dates are June 3-4 (Saturday 2 PM, Sunday 1 PM & 5 PM). Each show lasts about one hour and fifteen minutes.
Where is it?
In a local theater. The 2017 venue is the Gordon Theater at Rutgers – Camden.
Mandatory Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, May 21, 10:00am-4:00pm
The Philadelphia Dance Academy, 219 Cuthbert St, 3rd Floor
Showcase: Saturday, June 3 at 2pm / Sunday, June 4 at 1pm & 5pm
Walter K. Gordon Theater / Stedman Gallery and Fine Arts Complex
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Camden Campus
314 Linden, Camden, NJ 08102-1403
(free parking in Lot 14)
How do I get there?
The Gordon Theater is a 7 minute drive from the Old City studio. Driving directions are available on the Rutgers website.
It is also accessible by NJ public transit. Take the PATCO line from Philadelphia to the Camden City Hall stop at Market and 5th Streets or the Riverline Lightrail to the Cooper St/Rutgers U stop at Cooper and 3rd Streets. Both stops are mere blocks from the campus. See the NJ Transit website for timetables.
Is there a Dress Rehearsal?
Yes. There is a mandatory Dress Rehearsal one or two weeks before the show at the Old City studio. The 2017 date is Sunday, May 21. Each class’ time slot falls between 10:00am and 4:00pm. See the schedule here.
What time do I arrive on performance day?
All students who perform in only one show should arrive in costume with hair neatly in a bun and light stage make-up already done. Dressing room space is limited. Drop off your child with a staff member. Only volunteers are allowed backstage.
Saturday, June 3
10:30am: all volunteers for 2pm show arrive
11:00am: all students in 2pm show arrive to rehearse dance onstage
Sunday, June 4
10:00am: all volunteers for 1pm show arrive
10:30am: all students in 1pm show arrive to rehearse dance onstage
2:30pm: all volunteers for 5pm show arrive
2:45pm: all students in 5pm show arrive to rehearse dance onstage
What do students have to wear to perform?
In addition to their costumes and headpieces, students need to wear the following. Classes in only one show are welcome to come to the theater and dress rehearsal dressed in their costumes.
Ballet students must wear footed pink tights and pink ballet slippers (with a strap sewn, not tied, across the instep). Hair must be in a neat bun.
Theater Dance students must wear NON-shimmer footed tan tights and tan jazz shoes. For hair, check with the class’ instructor.
Contemporary Dance students should check with the class’ instructor for tights and hair preferences.
Boys should wear black ballet slippers for Ballet and black jazz shoes for Theater Dance.
How much are tickets to the performances?
Tickets are first come, first served. Seats are assigned. No refunds or exchanges. They are $15-$20 each (depending on section of the theater) and will go on sale in April. We are not allowed to exchange money at the venue. You WILL ONLY be able to purchase tickets the day of the show with a credit card. We highly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance. If students are going to attend one of the performances in which they are not participating, they will need a ticket to ensure that there is adequate seating. A child who is sitting on your lap the entire show does not need a ticket.
Do you film the performances?
Yes. We always have both shows professionally filmed. You can pre-order DVDs for $25 each. Each DVD contains all three performances. DO NOT TAKE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY DURING THE SHOW. It upsets and distracts the performers. You are not permitted to film during the performance since we have the performance professionally filmed.
How can I volunteer?
Sign up to volunteer backstage on the bulletin board sign-up sheet, or through email. We need 2 or 3 parent volunteers assigned to each class (depending on class size). For classes performing in both shows, we ideally like 2 sets of volunteers so that volunteer parents will have a chance to see one of the shows. Volunteers attend Dress Rehearsal day and arrive on show day at 10:30am for the Saturday 2pm show, 10am for the Sunday 1pm show, and 2:30pm for the Sunday 5pm show. Detailed volunteer procedures available HERE.
How much does it cost to participate?
The costume and participation fee is $70, due November 15 each year. If your child is performing in more than one dance, the cost is $70 for each separate costume. If we do not receive your costume fee, we WILL NOT order your child a costume. Fee is payable by cash, check, or credit card.
When do students learn their dance?
Students learn dances during their regularly scheduled classes.
Are all the dances the same for each level?
Usually no. Sometimes smaller classes are combined, but generally each class has a different costume and a different dance, so switching classes after costumes are ordered is not permitted.
What happens after the show?
One parent/guardian can pick up each child at the door to the dressing room. A volunteer can bring your child to you.
What if I am attending both shows on Sunday?
If your child is in both the 1pm and the 5pm on Sunday, June 4, he or she must stay at the theater and pack a lunch with plenty of water. If you and your other family members would like to leave, we recommend the Cherry Hill Mall for dining (Capital Grill, Seasons 52, food court, etc.) and shopping. It is about 15 minutes from the theater.
Let us know if you have any additional questions.