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2019 Little Stars Holiday Show Information


Hello Little Stars Families!

Our show is Sunday, December 8 at El Campanil Theatre 602 West 2nd St Downtown Antioch

8:30 Dancers arrive in their costume and with their dance shoes on (if they have a second dance and change shoes please have those in a Ziploc bag with your dancer’s name on it)
9:00 Show begins
10:30 Show ends- special guest visits the stage then dismissal process begins

Please send ONE PARENT to check-in at the side door of the theater on G Street in Antioch (please do not bring siblings to drop off).

At check-in, you will get a sticker (security character) and both you and your dancer will get a number written on your hands.  This is how we will match you to your dancer at pick up so please do not lose this sticker.  Once you have checked in, take your dancer to his or her drop off location. (You can find the drop off locations on our Master Document.)

Look for the sign with your dancer’s drop off location and check-in with the class helper.  Your class helper will give your dancer a lanyard with nametag, class information and security character.  Once your dancer has the lanyard you can exit from the opposite stairs and follow the instructions to exit the theater.

For your dancer’s safety all dancers stay backstage during the show, please do not try to pick up your dancer before the show is over.

Once the show is over please go to your dancer’s pick up location (see Master Document here)

If your dancer is in multiple numbers your security character will be the same as his/her LAST dance’s security character.

Please check the Master Document- some dancers will be dismissed from the stage some will be dismissed from the dressing room.

Important Notes:
All girls are wearing tan tights, we do have extra tights if you did not order any.  Tights will be passed out in class this week.

All girls will have a bun in her hair.  Here are the instructions on how to do a bun and basic stage make up

Here is a little stage direction lesson for you- Stage right and left are opposite from the view of the audience (example if you are facing the stage Stage Right is on your left)

Please put your dancer’s name in his or her shoes!

Please do not bring dance bags, toys, or jackets into the dressing areas.  You can bring a clean snack and a bottled water in a Ziploc with your dancer’s name as well as dance shoes for more than one dance.

Here is a link to the master document that lists the show order, drop off and pick up locations.

Please do not shout your dancer’s name from the audience, we are teaching these kiddos what it is like to be part of a professional show and we don’t want your little one to try to get off the stage to look for you! 

If you have any questions please let us know, we are happy to help!

Miss Nina

Sunday, December 8

El Campanil Theatre

602 West 2nd St Downtown Antioch

8:30 Dancers arrive in their costume

Drop off at the side door of the theater on G Street in Antioch

9:00 Show begins

10:30 Show ends- dismissal process















All dancers are wearing tan tights and their hair in a bun. 
Ballet Bun Tutorial

Simple Stage Makeup Tutorial


  • The week of the show you will receive detailed information on drop-off and pick- up procedures.  

  • If you have ordered tights we will pass them out the week of the show during our child’s class

  • Dancers arrive ½ hour before the showtime and check in at the stage door on the side of the theater.  The front doors of the theater will be locked. Please have dancers come in costume. You can send them with a “clean” snack (ie goldfish crackers or anything that will not stain a costume) and a bottle of water.  We will have coloring pages and crayons for the kids.  

  • One family member can take her/him down to the dressing but will then need to leave.   We will have volunteers assigned to your child’s class.

  • The show will be about an hour and a half in length including a special guest paying a visit at the end of the show.

  • Dancers are required to stay backstage the entire show.

  • At the end of the show all the dancers come on the stage for a final bow, get a treat and meet our special guest.  

  • This is such a fun show in a beautiful theater!  You will have some great photo ops after the show in the lobby but we do ask you not to use flash photography during the show.  It can be quite distracting and a little scary, especially for the little ones.  

  • We will not be selling a video for this show, please be respectful of the guests around you while capturing your little one’s performance.  


If you have any questions you can contact the front desk 925-240-5556 or



Keep reading for June Recital Info

Tickets will be available at the dress rehearsal and at the door.

June Recital 2020



Mandatory Dress Rehearsal Day


Jr Show 1: 2:00-3:00 (Dancers arrive at 1:30pm) Click Here for the Jr Show Assignments

Jr Show 2: 3:30-4:30 (Dancers arrive at 3:00pm) Click Here for the Jr Show Assignments

In our Jr show is Bitty Ballet, Boogie Babies, Combo, Jr Tumbling, Hippity Hop and Building Ballet all dancers/tumblers 7 and under.  These dances will be split between the 2 Jr shows. Here are the Jr Show assignments.

Sr Show: 5:00-7:00 (arrive at 4:30)
Ballet 1-6 Tap, Jazz, Tumbling, Hip Hop, Building Ballet 8+

We will also have dress rehearsals in the studio the week before the show.

Show Day Saturday, June 14- TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Jr Show 1: 9:00-10:30 (arrive 8:30 am)
Jr Show 2: 11:30-1:00 (arrive 11:00 am)
Sr Show: 2:00-3:30 pm (arrive 1:30 pm)
Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Tumbling, Building Ballet 8+
Tickets go on sale May 1 at 9:30am

Click Here for the show orders, please send your dancer in their first costume!


2019 Recital At a Glance

We will have in house dress rehearsal the week before recital,
Please have your dancer come in costume to his or her regularly scheduled time
unless your class is listed below:

Special rehearsals


Dress Rehearsal At A Glance

Theater Dress Rehearsal Day
Friday, June 14th
Liberty High School Theater

*Dancers should be dropped off in costume with their hair and makeup done at the check-in table 30 min before their rehearsal time.

*Please send your child to rehearsal with clean snacks and water

*Dress rehearsal is closed to audience members. We prefer you to drop off your child with our helpful staff at the check-in table.  

*If you need to take your performer backstage please exit quickly since space is limited.  Parents can wait outside of the theater

*For safety reasons the only parents allowed backstage are Recital Helpers

*Dancers will practice the Grand Finale first and then once their class practices on stage they are free to go

*We will call your class/day/time from the Check-In Table

*Father Daughter Dance does not come to dress rehearsal

*We do not rehearse comp team numbers at the dress rehearsal




Recital At a Glance

Show Day
Saturday, June 15
Liberty High School Theater

*Dancers should be dropped off in costume, with hair and makeup done 30 min before his or her show time

*Please send your child backstage with clean snacks and water

*We prefer you to drop off your child with our helpful staff at the check-in table.  
If you need to take your child backstage please exit quickly since space is limited.   

*For safety reasons the only parents allowed backstage are Recital Helpers

*During the show, please do not leave your seat while there are performers on stage.  
Be kind and respectful to those around you.

*For safety reason performers stay until the end of the show.  
Do not come to try to pick up your child until the show is over.

*Performers do need to wear stage makeup, if they don’t their faces will be washed out under the stage lights.  
We have a stage makeup tutorial on our Youtube page ECPAC5678.
At the minimum lipstick, neutral eyeshadow and blush are needed.  
Mascara and eyebrows for fair performers will make a huge difference!

*No video or flash photography.  We will have a videographer capturing the show.  

*During the show please do not yell your child’s name.  It is really distracting to the kids on stage and enjoyable to the people sitting around you.




Theater Etiquette

We work very hard to give your dancers a professional show experience.  To do this we need your help.  Our recital audiences should behave in the same manner as they would if they were watching a professional Ballet or Broadway Show.

Here are a few guidelines:

  • Please do not put your feet up on the chairs, please do not holler names or sayings from the audience.
  • No exiting or entering while dancers are dancing- be courteous to those around you who are trying to watch the show and courteous to the kids on stage.
  • There is NO VIDEOTAPING or PHOTOGRAPHY of any kind during the show! 
  • Why?: This is for the safety of our dancers! Please let your party know. We have had some issues of parents posting pictures of children on social media without their parent’s consent.  Not every parent is comfortable with their child’s pictures or video being out on social media.
  • We also want to be sure the audience enjoys the show.  It is rude to the people around you to have a light on your phone or ipad blocking your view.  Please be courteous to the audience members around you, do not video or take photos.
  • Please pick up after yours... do not leave trash behind.      240-5556



 View frequently asked recital questions here 


Performance Ballet Bun

What do I need to start?

  • Hair brush or comb with close bristles

  • 1 Large covered hair elastic (hair tie, not scrunchies)

  • 2-4 small covered hair elastics

  • Hair net that matches your dancer’s hair (available at Longs or most drug stores)

  • Thick u-shaped hair pins (for the bun)

  • Bobby pins (for the hair net)

  • Hair spray

  • Hair gel


How do I make the bun?

1. Start with wet hair

2. Apply a liberal amount of gel to the hair, paying most attention to the hair on top to combat fly-aways

3. Pull wet hair back neatly into a ponytail at the crown of the head (not at the top of the head) using a brush or comb to avoid lumps and bumps in the hair. A tidy ponytail is the key to a good bun.

4. Secure ponytail with large hair elastic (no scrunchies)

5. Use hair spray to tame any fly-aways

6. Separate the bun into 2-4 pieces depending on the thickness of your dancer’s ponytail. Braid each section and secure with small hair elastic.

7. Wrap each braid individually around the hair elastic holding the ponytail. Try to keep the bun flat against the head: don’t wrap it so it gets taller, wrap it so it gets wider. Secure with hair pins as you wrap. Tuck the end under the coil and secure with hair pin.

8. Repeat with remaining braids. Use plenty of hair pins (12-16 on average)

9. Once you have created your bun, wrap your hair net around it as many times as it will allow for a snug fit.

10. Hold the hair net in place with a few bobby pins

11. Finish with hair spray


Short Hair:

  • Pull short hair back with bobby pins, hair elastics, or barrettes.

  • No hair should be hanging in the face.

  • See your teacher if you need help or ideas for short hair.


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