Annual Student Performance 2019

We have been holding our Annual Student Performance since 1986.

Date: Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25, 2019 Location: Dickinson High School
Wilmington, DE
Showtimes: Friday 7:00 pm and Saturday 1:00 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

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 John 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.  All seats will still be reserved but can now be purchased at your convenience by going directly to:  Tickets will go on sale Wednesday May 1, 2019 at 7:00 a.m.  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 John Dickinson High School in Wilmington, DE.  See attached schedule for specific rehearsal times.

Saturday May 4, 2019:                   Recital Photo Day at Longwood Performing Arts





We spend many hours determining the correct costumes for each class. They are always age-appropriate and of the highest quality possible. Students cannot participate in the recital without a costume.  All students will need one costume for each class they attend. Costumes include all accessories (hats, gloves, etc.), but not tights or shoes.

NOTE: No jewelry or underwear is to be worn with girl’s costumes. This includes during dress rehearsals and performances and when class pictures are taken.

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.

Costume deposits are due by the 1st of each month during December and February (with your monthly tuition payment). A $5 late fee per costume will be charged to accounts if the costume balance is not paid by March 1, 2019. Enclosed you will find a Recital Permission Form to be filled out and returned with the first December Costume Deposit.  If you prefer an alternate payment plan, please check with the Studio Office. We will accept cash, checks, credit cards or money orders for costume deposits/payments.  Please write your child’s name in the memo portion of the check. If you pay with cash, please ask for a receipt. No refunds will be made if a parent or guardian withdraws a child from the school after costumes have been ordered and prior to the recital. Purchased costumes may be picked up at the school during the costume distribution period.

Costume measuring begins during scheduled class times. Each child will be measured in order to determine his or her proper costume size(s).  If a student is not measured in class for costumes by December please contact the studio at 610-444-6144.  When the costumes arrive they are tried on to make sure the fit is perfect.   If there are any alterations the studio will take care of them and get them prepared for distribution.

Costumes will be distributed when all outstanding balances for the season (including tuition) are paid in full. The deadline for all balances due is May 1. Please try on all costumes and accessories (except for tights) as soon as you bring them home. This allows you to account for all accessories and determine whether alterations are needed. Doing this well in advance of the recital minimizes stress at performance time.  To ensure that there are no costume problems, students should not wear their costumes, accessories, or tights prior to their photo session, dress rehearsal, or performance.  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 your child’s name.  The costumes will be distributed in a plastic garment bag with your child’s name on the outside.  Pack accessories in a clear plastic bag with your child’s name on the bag and on each item.  Please do not wash costumes in your washing machine; dry clean them only (after the recital).

Students must wear a cover-up when in costume outside of the dressing room area. Dancers are not permitted in the lobby in costume. 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. Please do not arrive to dress rehearsals or performances in costume.

Tights, Shoes, Hair, & Make-Up

To ensure that there are no discrepancies in color and style, students will be notified of the required tights for their classes. Tights are available at Longwood Dance Supply. Be sure to purchase the correct style. Please make sure tights are clean and have no holes.  Having a second pair of tights on hand offers students and parents a great sense of security.

All shoe requirements correspond to their normal class dress code. Please see the Longwood Performing Arts 2018-2019 Handbook for further information.

All female students are required to wear makeup for the dress rehearsal and the recital: red lipstick, blush, eye shadow (not blue), and mascara. For the boys, a little blush works well.  Uniform hairstyles are required. Dancers with short hair must pull their hair away from the face and slick it down.

Dress Rehearsals

Dress Rehearsals/Performances will be held at John 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, 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 at the time designated for your class(es) on the Dress Rehearsal Schedule.  Please allow one hour from the time your child is scheduled to dance for corrections and several run-throughs.  Wear street clothes and shoes to the high school; please do not arrive in costume.  Bring all dance shoes, make-up/hair accessories and costumes in a separate bag.

All students must arrive 45 minutes 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 Photography & Videos

Class photos will be taken on Saturday May 4, 2019 at Longwood Performing Arts. 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.

Consider it the same as a performance. All female students are required to wear makeup: red lipstick, blush, eye shadow (not blue), and mascara. For the boys, a little blush works well.  Uniform hairstyles are required. All female students must wear their hair in a bun. Dancers with short hair must pull their hair away from the face. Please do not arrive in costume.

Take One Creations will be professionally videotaping the 2019 Student Performances.  Both Standard and BluRay DVDs will be available for purchase.  No personal recording devices may be used during the performance. Parents or guardians may videotape or photograph their children at the dress rehearsal only.

Flower Orders

Dancing Flowers/Commencement Flowers will be providing rose floral bouquets for the 2018 Student Performances.  Bouquets can be pre-ordered and picked up at the performance by visiting:

Additional purchases can be made at the performance in the Auditorium Lobby.  Bouquet purchases range from $15.00 -$25.00/bouquet.

T-shirt Orders

Custom Longwood Performing Arts Recital T-shirts will be available for pre-order only.  T-shirts can be purchased by filling out the attached T-shirt order form and returning it to Longwood Performing Arts by Saturday April 13, 2019.  The design of the Recital T-shirt can be found on the order form.

Recital T-Shirt Order Form

Patron Message/Ads

We will be selling patron messages and business ads for the Student Performance program this year.  This is an opportunity for you, relatives and friends to send a good luck message to your favorite dancers or for dancers to send messages to others.  These messages will be printed in the back of the program.  Patron ads will also be available for businesses to advertise.  For further information, see the Patron Messages/Ads Form below.

Program Ads Form