Recital Basics - Perfect Pointe Dance Studio of Arlington, VA
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Recital Basics - 2018


  • Costume payments are due by December 2nd. Costumes are non-refundable once ordered. We know this seems early but dance costumes are all made to order and must be ordered by the beginning of January in order to be guaranteed to get here in time for our show.
  • Everything will be included with your costume except proper shoes - if you do not have the appropriate dress code shoes yet, make sure you have them for the recital, the sooner the better. Students cannot perform without proper shoes.
  • We carefully measure all students before ordering costumes and factor in growing room but sometimes costumes still do not fit perfectly (pants need to be hemmed, straps shortened, your child had a huge growth spurt so a leotard needs to be lengthened, etc.). Any necessary adjustments are your ultimate responsibility. We will exchange the costume for you IF appropriate and IF there is time but this is not always possible.
  • A recital fee of $25 per student is also due by Saturday December 2nd. This recital fee is new this year but takes the place of more expensive DVDs and also helps cover upgraded production features for our show with professional lighting, livestream video available for family and friends who can’t be there in person, higher quality video in our green rooms for the students waiting backstage and a digital keepsake video of the recital sent directly to each family that you can then share with as many family and friends as you like. No more buying multiple copies of expensive DVDs for all the grandparents! Plus, if your student is in more than one recital, it is only $10 for each additional recital.
  • When you pay for your costume you may also pre-order your recital t-shirts (with all students' names) at a discounted rate. T-shirts $22 pre-order/$25 regular. There will be very limited quantities of t-shirts available at recital.

Recital — Saturday May 19th @ J.E.B. Stuart High School

  • Dancers should arrive in costume, with makeup and hair done, half an hour before their recital time.
  • We have 3 recitals which will each be approximately an hour and 45 minutes long. See the recital breakdown for your class's recital time.
  • We do ask everyone to stay for the whole show even if your dance is towards the beginning of the show, this way all students and families are supporting each other and everyone can participate in the curtain call together. Having been at shows where this is not required, I have seen how crushing it can be for students in the last few numbers to look out and see an auditorium that's only ½ full.
  • Each Pre-school, Dance Combo, Level I and Level II class will have 1 or 2 designated backstage moms for the dress rehearsal and for the recital (we will ask for volunteers as it gets closer to the show). To keep things calm and organized, no other parents will be allowed in the "green room" or backstage during the show-we will take great care of your special dancer while you enjoy the show!


  • Your tickets can be purchased online, by phone from the ticket vendor, or if you have questions, we can help you in person at the studio. Please let us know before April 17th if you need special seating accommodations due to physical disability.
  • All tickets are reserved seating and are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00pm. Each family is initially limited to 5 tickets per recital. Any remaining tickets can be purchased with no limit beginning on May 3rd, once everyone has had a chance to purchase their initial 5.
  • Recital tickets are $14 for rows A-H or $8 for the remainder of the auditorium.
  • For those of you who have been with us a while, you may recall that students used to get 2 "free" tickets for each show that they were in, plus up to 3 additional per family. This has caused a variety of problems the last couple of years with the confusion of the multiple coupon codes, with some families unfortunately taking advantage of getting more tickets than they were actually allowed to get, etc. That is why we have done away with the two free tickets but we have lowered the ticket prices to help offset that.

Dress Rehearsal — Wednesday, May 16th or Thursday, May 17th @ J.E.B. Stuart High School

  • All students MUST be at the dress rehearsal in order to perform in the show. NO EXCEPTIONS. Students need this opportunity to get comfortable dancing in their costume, get familiar with the big stage, get their jitters out, etc.
  • See the schedule for your class's dress rehearsal day and time. Please arrive 5 minutes early and in costume with hair and make-up don, or leave enough time when you arrive so that you/your dancer are ready to go onstage at that time.
  • Dress rehearsal is broken into small chunks so most classes will have not have to be there for more than an hour or so, many less than that, to run through their dance(s) on stage and practice the curtain call.

Picture Days

  • Recital photos will be taken during your normal class time the week before show week (Monday, May 7th through Saturday, May 12th)
  • Citrus Sweet Photography - a division of Sweet Lime Studios from across the hall does the photos right at our studio and they are always wonderful - you can purchase class photos as well as individual photos. The past few years' class photos are in separate photo albums in the lobby if you want to check them out.
  • All students should plan to attend even if you do not wish to purchase pictures – the studio would like a full class picture of all classes. Dances will be rehearsed in addition to getting pictures taken. This is also a good dry run to make sure there are no glitches with costumes before dress rehearsal.
Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us.