Spring Recital Guide

Join us for our 8th annual Spring Recital, “Dance the Night Away”!

Our Spring Recital offers dancers a professionally directed performance that allows them to perform for their families and friends showcasing the results of a year of hard work, dedication, and progress. The performance is open to the public and dancers are encouraged to invite family and friends.

Recital at-a-glance


Saturday, June 15th
2:00-2:30 dancer arrival time
3:00 show time


Wheaton Academy
900 Prince Crossing Road
West Chicago, IL 60185


$15 Adult
$10 Child (18 & under)
(under 3 free)
(dancers do not need tickets)


$15 Livestream ticket

Other Important Dates

Picture Week

When: June 1st – 6th (during regular class schedule)
Where: Flourish Dance Academy

Mandatory Rehearsal Week

When: Saturday, June 8th-13th
Where: Flourish Dance Academy

Recital Day

Arrival Times

Dancers arrive 2:00-2:30 pm

  • Proceed to the check-in table located at the bottom of the stairs on the way to the dressing rooms (look for blue signs)
  • Please do NOT arrive earlier than 2:00 – you will not be allowed in the building before this time

House opens at 2:00

  • Audience members may enter the auditorium at this time

Check-in Procedure

Dancers check-in upon arrival

  • Dancers should stop by the check-in desk upon arrival (located downstairs)
  • After check-in, the dancers will be directed to their class holding area
  • Dancers will stay in the holding area with their class until their performance
  • For all age 8 and under classes, there will be a dedicated class chaperone for the entirety of their time backstage

If your dancer is not performing in the first act

  • Check-in upon arrival
  • Your dancer may sit with you until intermission then proceed back to the check-in table

During The Show

Audience Etiquette

  • Please try to stay the whole show – we want every dancer to feel loved and supported with a nice full audience
  • No flash photography or videotaping allowed
  • Please wait for the time between each dance if you need to enter or exit the theater
  • Clap and cheer loudly! We are all here to support, encourage, and celebrate these amazing young people!
  • Be positive and refrain from negative comments – you never know if there is a dancer or family member sitting nearby

Changing Costumes & Dressing Rooms

  • Dancers in multiple classes may wear a base layer underneath to facilitate quick and easy costume changes without the need of a dressing room
  • If a dancer requires a dressing room to change, the dressing rooms are located towards the backstage entrance at the end of the hall on the left
  • Green changing stalls will also be setup throughout the downstairs area
  • Parents may assist costume changes if necessary, but should not remain backstage
  • Teachers and class chaperones are present to help younger classes change shoes

Dismissal Procedure

Ages 3-4, 5-6 & 7-9 Classes

  • At the end of each act, all dancers in that act will take a bow
  • Classes for ages 3-4, 5-6 & 7-9 will be dismissed directly from the stage following bows
  • Please remain in your seats until your dancer’s class is announced, then proceed to the stage stairs on the left side of the theater
  • Dancers in both acts will be taken back down to their class holding area

Ages 10+ and AP Classes

  • After bows, all 10+ and AP classes will be dismissed downstairs to the holding area to collect their belongings
  • Dancers will exit through the stage door in the lobby
  • If your dancer is in both acts, they will remain backstage and return with the class chaperones to the holding area


  • Tickets are available for purchase
  • Tickets must be purchased before-hand
  • Each dancer receives 2 complimentary tickets included in their recital fee
  • Dancers do not need tickets

Ticket Prices

  • $15 Adult
  • $10 Child (under 18)
  • $10 Senior (over 60)
  • Kids under 3 free

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

What to wear

  • Your first recital costume and tights if applicable (bring an extra pair of tights!)
  • 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

Location and Parking

Our Spring Recital 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

Recital Show Order

Act 1

ClassClass Day/TimeInstructor
AP Ballet WEDMr. Christian
Tap Rep 1Mr. Marty
5-6 Hip-Hop & Tap TAP DANCETue 5:30Ms. Dani
7-9 Ballet / Jazz BALLET DANCEThurs 5:15Ms. Abbey
PointeMr. Christian
3-4 Ballet & TapSat 10:30Ms. Abbey
10+ Hip-HopTue 7:15Ms. Dani
7-9 Ballet / Jazz JAZZ DANCEThurs 5:15Ms. Abbey
VariationsMr. Christian
5-6 Hip-Hop & Tap HIP-HOP DANCETue 5:30Ms. Dani
3-4 Ballet & Tap BALLET DANCESat 10:30Ms. Abbey
10+ JazzThurs 6:45Ms. Abbey
AP Ballet SATSat 9:00Ms. Abbey

Act 2

ClassClass Day/TimeInstructor
Daddy Daughter DanceMs. Abbey
AP TapMon 8:00Mr. Marty
5-6 Ballet & Tap TAP DANCESat 11:15Ms. Abbey
3-4 Hip-Hop & TapTue 4:45Ms. Dani
10+ BalletWed 5:15Mr. Christian
7-9 TapMon 5:15Mr. Marty
Tap Rep 2Thurs 8:15Mr. Marty
5-6 Ballet & Tap BALLET DANCESat 11:15Ms. Abbey
10+ TapMon 7:00Mr. Marty
7-9 Hip-HopTue 6:30Ms. Dani
Teen ContemporaryTue 8:15Ms. Dani

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 (red)


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

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

Picture and Rehearsal Weeks

Picture Week June 1-6

Pictures take place June 1st – 6th at the studio during the dancers’ regular class time. Please arrive with hair and makeup completed in your first costume. 10+, Teen, and AP classes should bring dancewear to change back into.

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

We offer beautiful, professional photos posed by our amazing 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.

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.

  • Group photo included with package purchase
  • Easily purchase additional prints online

Picture package deadline April 15th

Mandatory Rehearsal Week June 8-13

Dress Rehearsal and Picture Week is June 8-13 at Flourish Dance Academy during the dancers’ regular class time.

  • Dancers should arrive to the studio at their regularly scheduled class time
  • No costumes necessary

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Saturday, June 10th at 3:30 pm at Wheaton Academy (900 Prince Crossing Rd. West Chicago, IL 60185)
  • Dancer check-in is 2:00-2:30 pm
  • Arrive wearing first costume, with hair and makeup completed
  • Bring all shoes and accessories
  • The show is 2 acts long
  • Including intermissions, run time is under 2 hours
  • Show order
  • June 8th-13th
  • During the dancers’ regular class schedule at the studio
  • 2 complimentary tickets are included in your Spring Recital Fee
  • Dancers do not need tickets
  • Tickets now on sale! Please purchase tickets online
  • Wear the costume provided (please double check all pieces and accessories)
  • Tights (if applicable) are provided with your dancer’s costume
  • Your dancer should wear the shoes they regularly wear for class
  • Full stage makeup and hair (see hair and makeup section)
  • The show has 2 acts. If your dancer is NOT in that act, they can sit with you and watch the show! Before the act they ARE in, please bring your dancer to a designated check-in table in the downstairs area, and they will stay with a staff member backstage for the entirety of the show, and be released to you at that same check in table after the show.
  • Parents are welcome to assist their dancer with costume changes, but should not remain in the dressing area
  • Staff will assist with shoe changes
  • No flash photography during the show
  • It is strongly encouraged and traditional for dancers to stay the whole show to watch and support their fellow dancers
  • You will receive your complimentary tickets at the Check-in table
  • June 1st-6th
  • During the dancers’ regular class schedule at the studio
  • Please arrive with hair and makeup completed in your first costume
  • 10+, Teen, and AP classes should bring dancewear to change back into.