2021 Spring Recital Guide

Join us for Flourish Fest! A re-imagining of our annual spring recital, and celebration of our dancer’s hard work and growth. Families are invited to partake in the festivities – with local food vendors, music, and other activities in between dance performances. The dancers will perform on-stage in the theater for their friends and family. Dances will perform one at a time allowing for social distancing and compliance with the venue’s gathering size limitations.

Recital at-a-glance

Picture / Dress Rehearsal Week

When: June 5th-10th (regular class schedule)
Where: Flourish Dance Academy (455 Kehoe Blvd Suite 103, Carol Stream, IL 60188)


When: June 12th 2:00-6:00 pm
Where: Wheaton Academy (900 Prince Crossing Rd, West Chicago, IL 60185)

Recital Day

When: Saturday, June 12th 2:00-6:00 pm
Where: Wheaton Academy (900 Prince Crossing Rd, West Chicago, IL 60185)


  • Tickets will be available for purchase online beginning May 1st
  • Tickets must be purchased before-hand
  • Each dancer receives 2 complimentary tickets included in their recital fee
  • Tickets will be exchanged for a wristband upon entry to allow attendees to come and go

The cap on ticket purchases has been lifted.

Ticket Prices

  • $15 Adult
  • $10 Child and Senior
  • Kids under 3 free

Location and Parking

Flourish Fest will be held at Wheaton Academy (900 Prince Crossing Rd, West Chicago, IL 60185)
Ample parking is available directly to the west of the theater

Mask Policy

Masks are required for all staff, dancers, and guests at Flourish Fest

Dancers: What to bring, what to wear

What to bring

  • Any and all Recital dance shoes
  • Any and all Recital costumes (if in multiple routines, please arrive wearing your first costume)
  • Any and all Recital tights and accessories
  • Water bottle
  • A mask (black is preferred, black flourish masks are available for purchase in limited quantities)

What to wear

  • Masks are required during Flourish Fest
  • Your first recital costume and tights if applicable
  • Hair and makeup completed
  • Arrive wearing street shoes, change to dance shoes after entering the theater
  • Undergarments must not be visible in costume
  • No additional jewelry or nail polish

Check-in Procedure

Arrive 20-30 minutes prior to your dancer’s scheduled act

  • Stop by the check-in table to check your dancer in and receive your event wristbands
  • Enjoy the music, check out the vendors (be careful not to spill anything on the costume!)

15 minutes prior to your dancer’s act, they should line up at the front of the theater

  • A staff member will meet them and once the whole group is there, they will be taken backstage
  • Audience members will be allowed to enter the theater once the previous audience has exited completely

Dancers in multiple dances will stay backstage for the duration of their performances unless there is a long break between performances

  • When checking in, dancers may bring their belongings downstairs to the dressing room areas
  • Parents are permitted to assist younger dancers with costume changes, but time in the dressing area should be limited


  • No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium
  • No flash photography or videotaping allowed
  • Every other row of seats in the auditorium will be closed to facilitate social distancing
  • Clap and cheer loudly! Audiences are smaller, but we want the dancers to feel the same energy, warmth, and support as they normally would receive

After the performance

  • The entire cast will bow at the end of each act
  • Dancers in Dance Discovery and 3-5 year old classes will be dismissed directly from the stage following bows
  • Parents picking up dancers from the stage should wait in line until their dancer is sent to them
  • Please do not call your dancer from the edge of the stage
  • After the performance, all audience members are welcome to exit the theater and enjoy the fest

Recital Performance Schedule

2:00 pm – Act 1

Check-in time 1:45 pm

AP Modern BMr. Ricardo
3-5 Ballet & Tap Saturday 11:15-12:30pm (tap dance)Ms. Samantha
5-8 BalletMs. Samantha
Teen Hip-HopMs. Dani
2-3 Dance DiscoveryMs. Samantha
8-12 TapMr. Marty
3-5 Ballet & Tap Saturday 11:15-12:30pm (ballet dance)Ms. Samantha
AP Jazz BMr. Zada

3:00 pm – Act 2

Check-in time 2:45 pm

AP Tap BMr. Marty
3-5 Hip-Hop & TapMr. Rich
AP Jazz AMr. Zada
Teen TechMs. Dani
AP Tap Repertory BMr. Marty
8-12 BalletMs. Dani
AP Modern AMr. Ricardo
AP Ballet CMs. Takara

4:00 pm – Act 3

Check-in time 3:45 pm

AP Tap AMr. Marty
5-8 Ballet & Jazz (ballet dance)Ms. Dani
AP Ballet BCMs. Takara
AP Tap Repertory AMr. Marty
5-8 Ballet & Jazz (jazz dance)Ms. Dani
AP Hip-Hop BMr. Rich

5:00 pm – Act 4

Check-in time 4:45 pm

AP Hip-Hop AMr. Rich
5-8 Tap & Hip-Hop (tap dance)Ms. Dani
8-12 Jazz & Hip-Hop (hip-hop dance)Ms. Dani
AP Ballet ABMs. Takara
5-8 Tap & Hip-Hop (hip-hop dance)Ms. Dani
8-12 Jazz & Hip-Hop (jazz dance)Ms. Dani
AP Ballet AMs. Takara
AP PointeMs. Takara

Hair, Makeup and Costumes


  • Girls hair should be slicked back in a clean bun
  • Short hair may be worn down or slicked back
  • Boys hair should be tidy

Making a great looking bun is easy! Just follow this quick tutorial

Items Needed:

  • Hairnet
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray


Light stage makeup enhances the facial features and helps ensure faces are not washed out in the bright stage lights. While we do not endorse the use of makeup for young girls on a regular basis, stage makeup serves a specific purpose for dance performances and is highly encouraged.

Stage makeup is easy! Just follow this quick tutorial

Items Needed:

  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Blush
  • Eyeliner 
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick


Costume Care

  • Care of costumes is the responsibility of dancers’ families and costumes are kept at dancers’ homes in the provided garment bag
  • Label all costumes, shoes, and accessories
  • DO NOT use an iron on the costume – If your costume has wrinkles, hang the costume in the bathroom during a hot shower with the fan off
  • DO NOT wash costumes in the washing machine – Dry clean only after recital if desired
  • Please do NOT allow the students to wear their costume(s) prior to Dress Rehearsal / Recital – accidents DO happen and there are no replacement costumes
  • Double check costumes and accessories prior to leaving the house


  • Tights are provided with costumes that require tights
  • Dancers should save the new pair of tights for Dress Rehearsal / Picture Day / Recital
  • Bring an extra pair of tights to recital in case of runs


  • Shoes are the same as required for classes
  • If your dancer needs new shoes, please order at the front desk by May 15th to ensure they arrive in time


  • Black masks are preferred
  • Black Flourish masks are available for purchase in limited quantities

Week-of Preparation

  • Double check all costumes, tights, accessories and shoes
  • It helps to keep each costume in a separate provided garment bag so accessories and tights don’t get mixed up
  • Notify us of any costume issues prior to dress rehearsal week

Dress Rehearsal and Picture Week

When: June 5th – 10th (regular class schedule)
Where: Flourish Dance Academy (455 Kehoe Blvd Suite 103, Carol Stream, IL 60188

Dress Rehearsal

This year, Dress Rehearsal and Picture Day will take place concurrently during the dancers’ regularly scheduled classes. 

  • Dancers should arrive to the studio at their regularly scheduled class time
  • Arrive with hair and makeup done in the costume of your first class
  • Dancers with multiple classes should bring the rest of their costumes for the day

Benefits of the new format:

  • No more extra dates to remember 
  • Dancers get more time for dress rehearsal with their instructor
  • We get to ensure all dancers get plenty of time for their year end photos

Recital Pictures

Recital pictures are the perfect way to cherish memories of your dancer!

We offer beautiful, professional photos posed by our instructors with options for digital download and prints. All dancers will have their pictures taken and you will have the choice to pre-order or purchase images online afterwards. Please note: dancers will be able to remove their masks for individual photos. Dancers will remain masked for group photos.

  • Group photo included with package purchase
  • Pre-order or order online afterwards (order forms available mid-May)
  • Easily purchase and order prints online

2-4 weeks after recital you will receive a link to view your dancer’s online gallery. From there you will be able to purchase digital downloads and order prints.