Annual Student Performance

We have been holding our Annual Student Performance since 1986. It has grown to include over 300 dancers and 3 performances.

Date: Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27, 2017 Location: Dickinson High School
Wilmington, DE
Showtimes: Friday 7:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am and 2:30 pm


For more than three decades, Longwood Performing Arts has provided students with an exciting performance experience through its Annual Student Performance. The annual staple of the dance school, the recital, is a rite of passage for thousands of youngsters. It is a chance to shine in front of family and friends that they anticipate with nervous excitement. The recital offers our students a professionally directed performance that allows them to present to their families and friends the results of a year’s hard work, dedication, and progress.

If you have any questions regarding the information below, we encourage you to contact the office at 610-444-6144 between the hours of 12 pm and 6 pm.


Interested in Attending?

Ticket Orders

Click here to purchase Recital Tickets.

This year Dance Recital Ticketing will be hosting our Ticket Sales.  There are two ways to purchase your tickets.  Prior to the performance, tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLYOn the day of the performances, the ticket table at Dickinson High School will be open for purchases.  Dance Recital Ticketing will make purchasing your tickets easier and more convenient.  Ticket purchasing is open 24 hours.  Tickets will go on sale May 1 at 7:00 am.  For your convenience, tickets are printable at the time of purchase.  An interactive map of the theatre will be shown on the site to select your seats.  Handicapped seating will be marked clearly.  No refunds or exchanges will be accepted.

For additional information or questions feel free to call the Studio Office at 610-444-6144.  Help is also available at the Box Office Help Desk on the site.


Dancer Information

All rehearsals and performances will be held at Dickinson High School in Wilmington, DE.

Monday May 22, 2017:
Dress Rehearsal for the Friday 
7:00 p.m. Performance
Friday May 26, 2017 Dress Rehearsal Schedule

Tuesday May 23, 2017
Dress Rehearsal for the Saturday 11:00 a.
m. Performance
Saturday May 27, 2017 – 11 am Dress Rehearsal Schedule

Wednesday May 24, 2017
Dress Rehearsal for the Saturday 2:30 p.
m. Performance
Saturday May 27, 2017 – 2:30 pm Dress Rehearsal Schedule

Friday June 3, 2016:                 7:00 p.m. Performance

Saturday June 4, 2016:            11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Performance


Recital Costumes

In an effort to ensure that costumes are delivered in time for alterations, and an organized distribution to our students, costume orders are placed during the December holiday break. Costume manufacturers do not accept cancellations or offer refunds; therefore the school does not refund costume deposits. The cost of costumes is $90.00/costume.  Accessories, such as headpieces or gloves, are included in the cost of the costume. Tights and shoes are not included. Costumes will not be distributed until they are paid for in full. Parents or guardians accept full responsibility for all expenses, including surcharges and postage for costumes that are ordered late. Longwood Performing Arts is not responsible if costumes are not received in time for the recital due to late payments. The first costume payment of $45/costume is due December 1, 2016. The remaining balance of $45/costume will be due February 1, 2017. A $5 late fee per costume will be charged to accounts if the costume balance is not paid by March 1, 2017. If you prefer an alternative payment plan, please check with the Studio Office. 

Please try on all costumes and accessories (except for tights) as soon as you bring your costumes home.  Following the initial try on, students should not wear their costumes, accessories, or tights prior to their photo session or dress rehearsal to ensure there are no costume problems.  Please make sure that all accessories stay with each costume.  We do not have any extras.  We recommend that you label all costumes, shoes, accessories, and tights with student’s names.  All Costumes will be distributed in a clear plastic garment bag.  If you have multiple costumes, it may be a good idea to purchase a larger garment bag for easier travel.

Students must wear a cover-up when in costume outside of the dressing room area. A bathrobe or swimsuit cover-up work best.  Tap shoes may not be worn anywhere but the stage area.  Dancers need to bring slipper socks to place on top of the tap shoes for safety purposes.

Dress Rehearsals/Performances

Dress Rehearsals/Performances will be held at Dickinson High School in Wilmington, DE.  Participation in the Dress Rehearsal is mandatory.  The Dress Rehearsal allows the students to become familiar with the auditorium surroundings and feel comfortable with their performance, costumes and being onstage.  Lighting and music cues and all other logistics for an organized performance are rehearsed so that the students feel comfortable and make the best impression.  We do our best to run an organized and timely dress rehearsal.  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your on stage rehearsal time with hair and make-up complete.  Please allow one hour from the time your child is scheduled to dance for corrections and a couple of run-throughs.  Wear street clothes and shoes to the high school.  Bring all dance shoes, make-up/hair accessories and costumes in a separate bag.

All students must arrive one hour prior to the start of the performance.  This will allow ample time for the students to get prepared for the performance and for the audience to get seated.

Recital Photos

Class photos will be taken on Monday May 22, 2017, Tuesday May 23, 2017 and Wednesday May 24, 2017 at Dickinson High School in Wilmington, DE during Dress Rehearsals.  All students are required to be present for their class picture. After the group photo shoot, students may choose to have an individual portrait made in any or all of their costumes. There is no obligation to purchase individual or group photos.

T-shirts, DVD, and Patron Ad Order Forms

Click on the links below to access order forms for T-shirts, DVDs, and Patron Ads.

T-Shirt Order Form

Recital DVD Order Form

Patron Ad Order Form

Awards and Recognitions

We recognize students who are graduating seniors during the performance and introduce them onstage during the recital. If you are a graduating senior, please make sure you have notified the Studio Office of your after graduation plans.  Award presentations will also be made for dancers that have demonstrated exceptional work ethic and dedication in classes throughout the year.

Last but not least, thank you to all of the dancers for your hard work and parents for all of your support.  It has been a pleasure for the staff at Longwood Performing Arts to teach these incredible dancers and put together these performances.