Q. What COVID mitigation measures will be in place for recital?
A. We are hopeful that with vaccines for younger kids coming online that transmission will be way down and we will be able to have a much more "normal" recital season this year. The auditorium we are using this year is already much more spacious – including the audience, the stage itself, and the backstage/greenroom area to allow people to spread out a bit more. That said, it is impossible to know exactly what the circumstances will be 6 months from now and we are committed to following all COVID safety guidelines and recommendations, whatever they may be, and are prepared to implement any or all of the following mitigation measures as needed:
- Masking (maybe for everyone at all times, maybe for everyone except dancers while on stage, maybe some other format depending on situation and recommendations at that time)
- Leaving empty seats between families in the audience (yes, we have enough space to do a certain amount of that, even without severely limiting ticket sales – it is a very large auditorium!)
- Eliminating the full cast curtain call and staggering call times and release times for dancers in order to have fewer students in the green room and audience at a time.
Whatever COVID mitigation strategies do or do not need to be in place at that time, we will keep you posted and are confident it will be a fantastic show!
Q. Do I need to be on my computer right when tickets go on sale in order to get good seats?
A. No. The earlier you buy, the closer your tickets may be to the stage, but the initial ticket limit that we impose has been effective in past years to ensure everyone can get good seats for the recital. In the past, we have always come within a few seats of selling out each recital but our venue is significantly larger this year.
Q. Does my baby need a ticket?
A. Any child who can stay in your lap does not need a ticket. If you want the option of having a toddler sit in their own seat or having a seat to put a baby carrier on, you will need to buy a ticket for that seat.
Q. What if I'm out of town the week tickets go on sale?
A. If you've got an internet connection you can still buy them online, or as long as you have a phone with you, the customer service representatives from our ticket vendor will assist you in selecting seats over the phone.
Q. Why are the tickets reserved seating? Wouldn't it be easier and fairer to just do general admission?
A. General admission works great when you have many more seats than people attending. Unfortunately, that is not the case for our recitals. Most of our recitals either sell out, or come very close to doing so. As anyone who has gone to a sold out movie before knows, however, general admission at a sold-out event causes major headaches. The last 10% of people who come for the show are left with the scattered single seats that people have tried to leave as a buffer between them and other groups. They can't sit with the rest of their families and they often have to ask people to move their coats and bags. In addition to being stressful for everyone involved, it also often delays the beginning of the show. Reserved seating creates some additional headaches, but alleviates a lot of major stress and trouble the day of the recital.
Q. What happens if we plan to be in the recital but then find out we have to move or have something else come up months from now that prohibits us from participating in the recital?
A. We understand that once in a while, this sort of thing comes up unexpectedly. Please just let us know a.s.a.p. so appropriate adjustments can be made to class choreography. Recital Fees are non-refundable once ordered (because the costume companies don't allow returns) but we will make sure you still get your costume & recital t-shirt.