RECITAL PHOTO DAYS

Friday May 1, 2020  
Saturday May 2, 2020 


This two day event is held at Gotta Dance! Studio. 

Class group photos will be taken at an appointed time and if you wish to order individual photos of your dancer, they will also have individual photos done.   Your child's photo time(s) will NOT necessarily be at the same time as their usual class if they have class on Saturday.

PLEASE NOTE: The entire studio is taken over during Photo Days. Regular classes will not be held on Saturday. We will notify you when it is closer to photo day whether we are indeed squeezing in your child's class after photos. 

It is mandatory that your child attend photo day if they are going to be in the Recital. It is NOT mandatory that you order photos, though. If you do not order photos, your child will not be photographed individually, but will be part of the group photos. Approximately one week before Photo Days, you will receive the Photo Order form via email.  It would be best if you fill out the photo order form before coming to the studio for photos.  The photographer’s staff will be available to answer all those questions on Photo Days and Gotta Dance staff are unable to answer questions about the photographer’s form. 

Please understand that we also use photo day as another costume check, to ensure that everyone’s costumes fit, etc. The seamstress is on hand to fix problems, so this is an important day for more than photos.   

HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO TAKE?

We expect it will take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete the process per class. We will be sending you specific photo times for your dancer a few days before the event. 

WHAT DOES MY CHILD WEAR TO PHOTO DAYS? 

All girls should arrive in their newly distributed tights and their fleshy. Girls not wearing a fleshy will NOT be allowed to try on their costumes and will be left out of the group and individual photos. There are simply no private dressing areas and fleshies are mandatory.

Every dancer will receive a pair of recital tights and they will be passed out at the studio during the week prior to Photo Days. If your child does not receive her tights, please email Ms. Darcy immediately. All tights are provided by the studio and match each other so please don’t assume that your dancer can wear her own tights previously purchased.

No girl dancers should be wearing underwear that is visible.  As cute as our Tiny Tots are with their princess undies, we don’t want underwear showing in photos!  If your child insists on wearing underwear, please make sure it’s not showing. 

If her fleshy has a choice of solid vs. plastic straps, please use the plastic, clear straps.  

If your child wants to wear a cover up to walk into the studio, please consider a robe or a long button up shirt. This makes it easy to remove and doesn’t involve pulling it off over her head and risking her hair.

WAIT! MY DANCER WAS ISSUED TWO OR THREE DIFFERENT COLORED TIGHTS! WHICH ONE DOES SHE WEAR? 

If your dancer is in more than one dance class and/or they have different colored tights for their costumes: The suntan tights go on first, then the fleshy and then the other color (white or pink) go on top, over the fleshy. Dancers who were given black tights should just bring them with them. Do not put them on.

Dancers who are supposed to have fishnet stockings: The fishnets are at the studio. They will be distributed at the studio at the time of photos.

Lyrical dancers were given “convertible” tights. We will teach the girls how to roll these up to go from ballet to lyrical.

CAN MY CHILD WEAR NAIL POLISH FOR PHOTO DAYS? 

No. Please make sure feet are clean and nails are trimmed for all lyrical and/or barefoot dancers. Several of our older dancers’ costumes call for bare feet for photos. Very subtle nail color is okay but we would prefer none. No nail polish on fingernails unless it is clear. 

WHAT DOES MY MALE DANCER WEAR? 

Boys should be wearing form fitting, white T-shirts and bike or compression shorts. The t-shirt shouldn't have a lot of design or writing on it. It should be white or very light colored.  A boy’s or man’s undershirt would work. Their shorts should be tight fitting. i.e.: A swim team bathing suit or bike shorts work well.

DO I HANG OUT WITH MY CHILD ON PHOTO DAYS? 

We are asking parents to drop their child off. We will take care of  getting their costumes on and getting their photographs taken.  From experience, we know that the children do better without family there for photo day. Additionally, we are operating in a very small amount of space. We are continuing to socially distance so it is all the more challenging!  Additionally, we can’t have parents trying to take photos – as it’s against the professional photographer’s rules.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HAIR AND MAKE-UP? 

Makeup is not mandatory for photo day. It is completely up to you as the parent to make this decision. The vast majority of our dancers do wear the assigned make-up for photo day. 

Hair must be up in a high bun.

HAIR & MAKE-UP INSTRUCTIONS - CLICK HERE


WHAT ELSE SHOULD MY DANCER BRING? 

DON’T FORGET TO BRING BALLET, MUSICAL THEATER, LYRICAL, HIP HOP, AND TAP SHOES!  The Hip Hop shoes should be ALL black or they can wear BLACK musical theater/jazz shoes if they have them. If your child is in either of the Hamilton Hip Hop classes, they need to bring their black musical theater/jazz shoes. If they do not already own a pair, Ms. Anne has already arranged for a loaner pair in your child's size and they will be at the studio. 

SHOULDN'T I HAVE MY CHILD'S COSTUME?

No, costumes will be kept at the studio and your child will be assisted in getting into their costume by Gotta Dance! staff. The costumes go home with your child the night of recital, AFTER they have performed.