Photo: Alexander Iziliaev
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. Tickets will go on sale in April.
All classes except Creative Movement and Adult levels. Pre-Ballet 1, Pre-Ballet 2, Ballet 1/1X, Ballet 2/2X, Wynnewood 2/2X/3, Theater Dance 1, Theater Dance 2, are in only one show. All Contemporary Dance classes, Theater Dance 3 and higher classes, and Ballet 3/3X and up are in all shows. All ballet classes will perform excerpts from a chosen ballet. In the fall, we will post a list showing in which show(s) classes are performing.
When is it?
Towards the end of Spring Semester each year. The 2019 show dates are June 1-2 (Saturday 2 PM, Sunday 1 PM & 5 PM). Each show lasts about one hour and thirty minutes.
Where is it?
In a local theater. The 2019 venue is the Gordon Theater at Rutgers – Camden.
Mandatory Dress Rehearsal:
Sunday, May 19, 10:00am-4:00pm
The Philadelphia Dance Academy, 219 Cuthbert St, 3rd Floor
Friday, May 31, 4:30-6:30pm: Theater and Contemporary Tech Rehearsal
Saturday, June 1: Performance at 2pm (see below for arrival times)
Sunday, June 2: Performances at 1pm & 5pm (see below for arrival times)
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 2019 date is Sunday, May 19. Each class’ time slot falls between 11:00am and 4:00pm.
There is also a technical rehearsal for all Theater and Contemporary classes on Friday, May 31 from 4:30-6:30pm at the Gordon Theater as well as a stage rehearsal at the theater before each performance Showcase weekend.
What time do I arrive to the theater on performance weekend?
All those performing must arrive to the theater early so that each class can practice once onstage before the show. See below for exact schedule.
Friday, May 31
4:30-6:30pm: technical rehearsal for all Theater and Contemporary classes at the theater
Saturday, June 1
10:00am: Ballet 5/5X and Ballet 6 and volunteers for these levels arrive to rehearse dances on stage
10:30am: all volunteers for 2pm show arrive
10:45am: all students in 2p show arrive to rehearse all dances onstage
Sunday, June 2
10:00am: all volunteers for 1pm show arrive
10:30am: all students in 1pm show arrive to rehearse all dances onstage
2:30-3:00pm: dismissal (students in both shows remain at the theater)
3:00pm: all volunteers for 5pm show arrive
3:15pm: all students in 5pm show arrive to rehearse all dances onstage
What is the drop-off procedure on performance weekend?
Students who perform in only one show should arrive in costume with hair neatly in a bun (no bangs) and light stage make-up already done, as dressing room space is limited. Make sure your child has snacks/lunch and plenty of water to last the day. Drinks that could stain costumes are not permitted.
Drop off your child with a staff member in the theater lobby. That staff member will bring your child into the theater and make sure they are being chaperoned by their backstage class volunteer. At that time, you may leave the building and return 30 minutes before show time. Only staff and volunteers are allowed backstage.
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 with no bangs.
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 jazz shoes for Theater Dance. For Ballet, students should check with the class’ instructor for ballet slipper color preference. This can change depending on the student’s role.
How much are tickets to the performances?
Tickets are first come, first served and can be purchased online through the link on our website. Seats are assigned. No refunds or exchanges. They are $20-$35 each (depending on section of the theater) and will go on sale on April 22. 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; most SELL OUT a few weeks before the show. 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.
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.
Do you film the performances?
Yes. We always have both shows professionally filmed. Every family participating in the Annual Spring Showcase will receive a Digital Download.
Each Digital Download contains all three performances. DO NOT TAKE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY DURING THE SHOW OR HOLD UP PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES DURING THE SHOW. The flash upsets and distracts the performers. Your screen disrupts the view and experience for those around you. You are not permitted to film during the performance since we have the performance professionally filmed.
The price of the Digital Download is included in Showcase Participation Fee.
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 Showcase Participation Fee is $100, due November 15 each year. This includes the cost of one costume and the digital download of all three performances. If you have multiple children or your child is performing in more than one dance, the cost is $70 for each additional 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. A small portion of each class is dedicated to teaching and rehearsing the choreography. Students who are not participating in the show still participate in this process as learning choreography is a very important skill in dance training even if they are unable to participate in the show.
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 will pick up each child at the hallway outside the dressing room. Tell a staff member your child’s name, and they will bring your child to you. Only staff members and backstage volunteers are allowed in the dressing room. Dismissal typically takes about 20-25 minutes.
YOU MAY NOT PICK UP YOUR CHILD DURING THE PERFORMANCE. Dismissal will be done by staff members at the end of the show.
What if I am attending both shows on Sunday?
If your child is in both shows on Sunday, he or she must stay at the theater the entire day, so 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.