In This Issue

ON April 1st
  • Tickets On sale


ON/BY May 1

  • Reserve Flowers
  • Submit Video Yearbook Information


ON June 4th & 5th 

  • Come to studio view photos between 3:30-7:30pm 






  • Label costumes & accessories


  • Label dance shoes


Print hair/make up instructions  

Print Hair/Make Up Sheet

Check which rehearsal your dancer is in. (see email)


Check which shows your dancer is in. (see email) 



Register For Summer Dance & Tumbling Programs!


Register for Fall before the public does and you get closed out of your favorite day and time! 

Recital 2018

It's getting to be crunch time at A Fine Dance Studio. Spring recital is just around the corner! I know it's crazy since we are in the throws of freezing cold temperatures and still have snow everywhere, but it will melt and we will see the sunshine soon enough.

We are so excited to showcase your children at our annual performances June 7th-10th. Our theme for our 2018 show is " BE YOU" & " BELIEVE IN YOURSELF" This reflects our studio vibe of embracing individuality and focusing on a supportive, accepting and nurturing environment.

PLEASE take the time to read through this entire email, print it and save it, so that you're informed about picture week, rehearsals, ticket sales, etc. This is something you will find yourself referring back to, so please keep it handy. If you do lose it however, all this information will also be available on the website under the "Recital" tab as soon as we can get it up there.

As always, thank you for being part of the AFDS family!

Miss Abigail 

Friday, 3/16  Parents Night Out  email for info and to sign up 
Saturday, 3/17  Grit Dance Clinic  email for info and to sign up 
Saturday, 3/17  MANDATORY "Me & My Guy" Rehearsal at studio - TIMES TBD  There will be an email later this week with times of rehearsals.  
Saturday, 3/24  Grit Dance Clinic  email for info and to sign up 
Sunday, 4/1 
Recital Tickets On Sale ONLINE only 
Details to be sent out through
email (early Spring)
Friday, 4/6 - Sunday, 4/8  Elite Dance Challenge,     Derry, NH  Pre1, Pre2, Mini, Petite, Premier, Junior, Select & Grit 
Saturday, 4/14 - Saturday, 4/21  Studio Closed for April Break   
Saturday, 4/28  MANDATORY  "Me & My Guy" Rehearsal at the studio - TIMES TBD   see email with details 
Friday, 5/4 - Sunday, 5/6  Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Bellingham, MA  Pre2, Mini, Petite, Premier, Junior, Select & Grit 
Monday, 5/14 - Thursday, 5/17  PICTURE WEEK IN CLASS

NOTE: Please remove all nail polish, stamps and temporary tattoos and jewelry.

Ballet & Technique classes please come in your black leotard, hair neat in a bun. 
All classes come in costume, hair and make up for photos. All dancers will need to be in the photos, but no purchase is necessary. Only buy if you like the photos. See below for the 2 photo viewing days in June.  
Sunday, 6/3  MANDATORY  "Me & My Guy" Rehearsal at the studio - TIMES TBD   see email with details 
Monday, 6/4  
No Regular Classes
Picture Viewing at the studio 3:30-7:30pm
Tuesday, 6/5  
No Regular Classes
Picture Viewing at the studio 3:30-7:30pm
Thursday, 6/7-Sunday, 6/10  
Thursday, 6/7
All Recreational Performance Classes Stage Rehearsal @ The Rashi School, 8000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham
5:30pm all dancers arrival  
GIRLS: black leotard. tights, hair and make up done, dance shoes. NO COSTUMES.
BOYS: same as class. NO COSTUMES. 
We rehearse youngest to oldest so the little ones don't have to stay too late, we know this is difficult. The week before I will let you know what time pick up with be. 
All "Me & My Guy" couples rehearsal at The Rashi School, 8000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham
All Guys in their outfits at Rashi at 6:30pm so I can make sure you know what you're doing.  
Girls: Will be there at 5:30pm in their normal dance clothes because they have rehearsal.
TENTATIVE:   Finale rehearsal for Petite, Premier, Junior & Grit - Time TBD.
Friday, 6/8
SHOW A @ 7:30-9pm 
Rashi School, Dedham  

Dancers in costume, hair and make up at 6:30pm
Doors open at 7:10pm 
All Select Groups
All Grit Groups
Graduating Senior Dance
All Solos & Duos 
Saturday, 6/9
SHOW B @ 10am-12pm
Rashi School, Dedham

Dancers in costume, hair and make up at 9am

Doors open at 9:40am 
Pre1 Groups
Petite Groups
Premier Groups
Junior Groups
Grit Groups 
M 4-5 Combo
M 5-6 Hip Hop
M 6-8 Lyrical/Jazz
Tu 4:30-6 Combo
Tu 5:30-7:30 Combo
Th 6-7 Hip Hop
"Me & My Guy" 
 Saturday, 6/9 
SHOW C @ 2:30-4:30pm   
Rashi School,Dedham

Dancers in costume, hair and make up at 1:30pm

Doors open at 1:10pm 
Mini Groups
Petite Groups
Premier Groups
Juniors Groups
Grit Groups
M 6-7 Kicks
W 5:30-6:30 Hip Hop
Th 5-7 Combo
F 4:15-5:15 Hip Hop

Sunday, 6/10 
SHOW D @ 10am-12pm
Rashi School, Dedham

Dancers in costume, hair and make up at 9am

Doors open at 9:40am 
Pre2 Groups
Petite Groups
Premier Groups
Junior Groups
Grit Groups
W 4-5 Combo
W 4-6 Tap/Jazz/Lyrical
W 4:30-5:30 Hip Hop
W 7-7:30 Hip Hop
Th 7-9 Jazz/Lyrical
"Me & My Guy"  
Monday, 6/11- Sunday, 6/17  BRING A FRIEND WEEK  All Friends must complete a liability waiver form with Robin before participating.  

Recital Update

The 2018 Recitals will be
June 8th, 9th & 10th
@ The Rashi School, 8000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham

Friday, June 8th, 2018 @ 7:30-9pm
6:30pm (dancers arrive in costume,
hair and make up (shoes & recital t-shirt packed)

All Select Groups
All Grit Groups
Graduating Senior Dance
All Solos & Duos

*any select dancers who want to help with the other   shows please contact Abigail directly at Thank you!

Saturday, June 9th, 2018 @ 10am-12pm
9am (dancers arrive in costume,
hair and make up (shoes & recital t-shirt packed)

All Pre1 Groups
All Petite Groups
All Premier Groups
All Juniors Groups
All Grit Groups
Monday 4-5 Ballet & Tap Combo
Monday 5-6 Hip Hop
Monday 6-8 Lyrical & Jazz
Tuesday 4:30-6 Tap/Jazz/Lyrical Combo
Tuesday 5:30-7:30 Tap/Jazz/Lyrical Combo
Thursday 6-7 Hip Hop
"Me & My Guy" participants

Saturday, June 9th, 2018 @ 2:30-4:30pm
1:30pm (dancers arrive in costume,
hair and make up (shoes & recital t-shirt packed)

All Mini Groups
All Petite Groups
All Premier Groups
All Juniors Groups
All Grit Groups (including Tap)
Monday 6-7 Kicks For A Cause
Wednesday 5:30-6:30 Hip Hop
Thursday 5-7 Tap/Jazz/Lyrical Combo
Friday 4:15-5:15 Hip Hop

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 @ 10am-12pm
9am (dancers arrive in costume,
hair and make up (shoes & recital t-shirt packed)

All Pre2 Groups
All Petite Groups
All Premier Groups
All Junior Groups
All Grit Groups (including Tap)
Wednesday 4-5 Ballet & Tap Combo
Wednesday 4-6 Tap/Jazz/Lyrical
Wednesday 4:30-5:30 Hip Hop
Wednesday 7-7:30 Hip Hop
Thursday 7-9 Jazz & Contemporary
"Me & My Guy" participants

Stage Rehearsal Update

Rashi School,
8000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA 02026

WHEN: See below

Rehearsals will take place Thursday, June 7th, 2018.             All rehearsals are at The Rashi School.
Dancers must arrive at 5:30pm sharp - Girls in their black leotard, caramel tights and bring all appropriate dance shoes. Please come wearing FULL Stage hair and make-up. Boys please wear your black pants and white t-shirt like you do in dance class and don't forget your shoes. Rehearsals last approximately 2 hours. Although they will be shorter for younger children. Keep reading for more details.  
We rehearse in order of age with the youngest going first. We will give you an idea of pickup times  the week of rehearsal. When the kids aren't rehearsing, they are watching the other dancers or taking a tour of the facility with our AFDS faculty member. This helps them get acquainted with the facility and our procedures, safety protocol and more. Non-dancers should NOT enter into the auditorium/dressing areas for any reason. We like to run a tight ship and it's impossible to stay on track and organized if there is a parade of adults coming into the theater. Always wait in the lobby and your child will be brought out to you. Thank you so much for your cooperation with this.

  • NO COSTUMES!!!!!!!
  • NO family or friends. It's a closed rehearsal so the kids can be super focused and we can move quickly without interruption.They'll be more than enough supervision and people specifically assigned to each class to help with anything they need from bathroom to shoes, etc.
  • Hair & Make Up must be done for rehearsal as well.
  • Water Bottle ONLY (no food or other beverages)
  • Older kids please bring homework and if the younger kids aren't ready to go on stage yet, we will throw you on in between them.
  • We will be photographing the rehearsals so please make sure your child is appropriately dressed (see below) and is in their stage hair and make-up.  
DRESS CODE (Label Everything!)
  • Girls: Black Leotard, Caramel Tights, all dance shoes
  • Hip Hop: Solid Black leggings, Solid black tshirt/tank top, performance sneakers (TBD in a few weeks)
  • Select: Solid Black leggings, Solid black tshirt/tank top, performance shoes
  • Boys: Black pants, white tshirt --- NO COSTUMES!
Ticket Sales

Tickets are going on sale on Sunday, April 1st online ONLY. Tickets are $20 each.

Fire code and The Rashi School do not allow lap sitting. We also strongly discourage small children who cannot sit silently for 2 hours, from attending. As with all theater productions, the music is loud which bothers some small children's ears. We know it is a lot to ask to , but often times loud and often bored children ruin the experience for others. 

Visit and follow the ticket sale prompts.

Please place the order for as many tickets as you want and we will do our best to get you that many. We like to make sure everyone gets a chance at 5 ticket first, but then after we are sure everyone had their chance we give our the most tickets we can based on your online request.

NO CHANGES ALLOWED:  There are no changes possible after you place your order, so if you order too many tickets you'll need to try and get someone else to purchase them. Too many changes make it too confusing for the ticket company to keep things organized.

F YOU NEED A "HANDICAP SEAT" (this will require a wheelchair) --- there is no seat in this spot, so do not request unless your person is in a wheelchair.

Please feel free to use the notes section of the ticket form online to tell us anything you need to, however just know that if you want to sit near someone else, the chances are slim unless you order right after one another or order them together.

If you want to sit with another family
please order together and in the notes tell us its for your family and list the other families name too.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. It's going to be an amazing show. The kids are working so hard and will make you proud.

Order Our Beautiful Rainbow Roses HERE!

Beautiful single-wrapped Recital Rainbow Roses are available for pre-sale now through May 10th for $5/each.

DOODLE ORDER LINK (deadline 5/1)

Beautiful Single wrapped roses are available for pre sale through this link! CASH ONLY PLEASE!
Make sure enter your email address and phone number correctly so if we have people with the same names we don't make any mistakes.

BRING CASH to the front desk as soon as you can so we can make sure your flowers are reserved for you at the shows!

No cards or checks accepted for flowers.

Extra roses will be available for purchase at the door for $6/each. Quantity will be limited so don't miss out, pre order with this link please.  

compilation done by Elissa Owen

Tell your dancers how proud you are of them by placing a special ad in our video yearbook that is played 15 minutes before the show begins, each DVD will have a copy of this video as well and we will post the link on facebook too for you to share if you'd like!
Space is limited in the video yearbook so get yours in ASAP! 
There are two options to choose from:

FULL SLIDE: $100 (great for groups!)
HALF SLIDE (Shared with one other ad): $50

Most people include a photo in the ad. However, it is not necessary. A graphic will be used if no photo is provided.  


All requests must be emailed to with a digital photo and the typed message you'd like to use. High quality photos produce the best ads.


DEADLINE May 1st  




  • Dancer(s) Name(s)
  • Size of the Ad Desired
  • Text for the Ad
  • A Photo if you'd like one
  • Whether you'd like the credit card on file charged or would like to bring the fee to the front desk.


Organization Is Key!

All costumes will be sent home mid April.
P lease be on the lookout for these large brown bags and immediately have your child try on their costume so you can see what, if any,  small alteration may need to be made.  All alterations are your responsibility. 
Most, if not ALL pants will need to be hemmed at the top of the shoe. We just don't want to see ankles, so don't go too short.  
In that very same moment please 
label the insides of each and every item they have in their costume bag. Costumes MUST NOT be played in or worn, except on Picture Day & Recital Day.

Picture Week
(during normal class time)
Monday -Thursday, May 14th-17th

Friday 4:15-5:15pm Hip Hop class your group and individual photos will be on Wednesday @ 5pm - you will have class 5/18 as well. 

Taking pictures is mandatory so the group shots are complete, but purchase is entirely OPTIONAL.  

Wear/bring your costume (already tailored) to class.  If you have multiple costumes for one class, whichever style dance you start class in is what you will start your photos in. So, if your combo class always begins with Tap, then come in your tap costume.  
Yes!   Arrive with your hair in a recital-ready bun (see link below for instructions) - extra hair spray since the cameras pick up all the loose wispy hairs. 

Yes!    Arrive with your full make-up on (see link below for instructions) the lights can wash you out, so make sure you've got blush, lipstick and mascara on. 

Yes!   Don't forget to wear your CLEAN new tights and BRING your dance shoes to class.

NO!     Nail polish or fake tattoos PLEASE!!

Click here for a hair and make-up instruction sheet.

Each child will take:
  • a full body photo in each costume
  • a close-up "portrait" head shot
  • a group photo with their whole dance class

In addition, you MAY take a photo with a friend (non-relative), but one parent per dancer must authorize the request because the photo MUST be purchased.

Even if you don't plan to purchase photos, PLEASE still come to photo day so your child is included in the group picture. We also run our dances in costumes so teachers can see if there are any issues.

Reminder: per our contract with the photographer, parents cannot come into the photo room or take pictures on the backdrop.


June 4th & 5th ONLY
@ the studio

You can come any time you like in the times provided above. If you like the photos, you can buy them. All photos will be printed and ready to take home. Please be patient as it can get very very busy.

There is NO obligation to buy photos!!!!

A Fine Dance Studio | 781-449-4800 | |
322 Reservoir Street
Needham, MA 02494