Philosophy, Policies, and Procedures
     Participation in our recitals is encouraged, but NOT mandatory


June 6-7, 2020 at BCIT Medford

10 Hawkin Rd., Medford NJ 08055

*MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL for all participants: June 1-5
schedule is available IN PERSON in our lobby and is downloadable below

Click above to view the class assignments and remember: a child in multiple classes may appear in multiple shows!
This pdf was emailed to the entire student body on 2/25/2020

Remember, the show does not rehearse in order, nor does it follow your weekly schedule!  We did our very best to accommodate “end of the year” schedules

RECITAL packet part I “In a nutshell”

Mandatory Dress Rehearsal, specific times per class schedule TBA

· Recital productions, June 6-7, 2020 at BCIT Medford campus, specific cast assignments per class announced ASAP

· Costumes can be paid in full or broken up into three payments-

· CORE does measuring, altering, preparing for all costumes, rehearsal and backstage coordination, video taping and uploading of shows. Parents are responsible for shoes, makeup and showing up on time according to the schedule we provide for the relevant dates

· Ticket sales will be online through a service that allows you to PICK YOUR SEATS and make any other purchases related to the recital (tshirts, flowers, etc) TICKETS ARE $20/SEAT

· CORE will be providing free access to a recorded version of the recital that you can view by link or download for your own use. Photography is not permitted during the shows.


We are very excited about our dance season and are currently getting our recital plans underway!
Dance is a wonderful performance art and we strongly encourage all of our dancers to
participate in this greatly anticipated annual tradition!  Mark your calendars for the above mentioned dates.  You may communicate any schedule conflicts that might affect your family, but please understand that while we can TRY to accommodate major life events like graduations, etc. we cannot guarantee we can make every schedule request work. Please understand:)

During the weeks of November 10-30, your teachers will take costume measurements in classes in preparation for Costume Ordering. The costume balances for each dancer may be paid in one lump sum or broken up into three payments- details on attached page. You may pay for costumes by cash, check, or VISA/Mastercard.

This financial commitment, nor any portion of, cannot be refunded, regardless of circumstances, should you decide at a later date not to participate, nor can your costume order be cancelled.



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.

Dedication to recital commitments is the responsibility of both students and their parents. We’ve created this handbook in an effort to clarify what we expect from you in terms of commitments and responsibility to the annual recital, the school, and other students and parents. It will be passed out in 3 parts as relevant.

CORE’s dance productions are a team effort. Every single performer’s role is important and for that, we ask that you plan to spend the entire length of the performance celebrating not just your own child, but the hard work of every other child, their families and your hardworking staff. Please don’t leave once your child’s time on stage is done. Your children will remain backstage for the entire performance.


PART I: The Commitment


As the season progresses, additional recital information or updates will be posted on the CORE Academy of Movement website, [www.coremovement.com], in monthly email newsletters, and on the school bulletin boards near the main entrance. Make it your responsibility to keep abreast of this important information. Our goal is to make the recital an organized, exciting experience for everyone involved. It’s a team effort; students, their parents, the teachers, and the director are all key players in the show’s success.

We believe that maintaining a classical dance class structure until the end of the school year makes for a well rounded dancer.  WE DO NOT FOCUS OUR SCHOOL YEAR ON THE RECITAL.  Most choreographers will not begin recital dances until Feb or Mar.

Our choreography then requires you to attend 100% of classes. Absences require 2 weeks advance notice and may not exceed 3 excused absences. NO DANCER may miss rehearsals or activities in the months of March, April, May and June. The Director and Choreographers reserve the right to limit a dancers’ participation if his/her presence is deemed insufficient. It’s a team effort, we expect you to do your part, too.


$20 tickets will be sold beginning March 15, 5:00am  through our own secure website or in person beginning April 20. Each member of a person’s party, regardless of age requires a ticket as per BCIT Medford fire code. Optional expenses include scholarship flowers, tshirts, medals and trophies. These add-on items benefit families on tuition assistance and college students at CORE.


To ensure that the students feel confident about their performance, we ask parents and guardians to encourage them to rehearse their recital choreography on a regular basis. A copy of your child’s dance music will be made available for your student.

PART 2: Costumes

We spend many hours determining the correct costumes for each class. They are always age-appropriate and of the highest quality possible. Preschool and combined discipline students will need one costume; all other students will need one costume for each subject they train in. Costumes include all accessories (hats, gloves, tights, etc.), but not shoes.


Miss Jaclyn alters the costume herself to save you time (and money).


We take great amounts of time to insure your costumes require minimal effort on your part. We inventory, steam and label each individual piece and matching accessories. Nothing leaves us without what is needed to step on stage. Costumes will be distributed when all outstanding balances for tuition and costumes are paid in full.

The deadline for all balances due is January 10, but YOU MUST RETURN THE COSTUME AGREEMENT WITH YOUR PAYMENT PLAN by NOV 18.

To ensure that there are no costume problems, students should not wear their costumes, accessories, or tights prior to the photo session, dress rehearsal, or performance.


We require that each student’s name be placed in his or her costumes, shoes, accessories, and tights. Place the costumes in a 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. Hats should be stored in a hatbox or similar container to prevent damage. Please do not wash costumes in your washing machine; dry clean them only (after the recital).

PART 3: Tights, Shoes, Hair, and Makeup

*A detailed costume accessory sheet is included with EACH costume. It will outline what color makeup, hairstyles, etc. Just follow the sheet:)


To ensure that there are no discrepancies in condition, color and style, tights are ordered and placed with your costumes- you are not responsible for additional purchases. Do not wear or wash them before the dress rehearsal or performance.


Your class costume may require a different color shoe than your regular dress code. DO NOT BUY A NEW PAIR unless fit is an issue. We can spray paint:)


One “Performer Kit” will be included in your costume that includes lipstick, hair pins, rubber bands.  All female students are required to wear makeup for the recital: beet red/burgundy lipstick, blush, eye shadow (browns and purples not blue), and mascara- fake eyelashes for girls ages 12-up. For the boys, a little blush works well.

Uniform hairstyles are required and will be explained by your teacher and on your costume accessory sheet.


PART 2: MANDATORY Dress Rehearsal At BCIT
Medford Campus- June 1-5, 2020

SPECIFIC TIMES TBA on or around Feb 1

A specific time for your child’s class will be announced Apr 1- your commitment will be approximately 45 min-one hour.
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, costume(s), and being onstage. Lighting, music cues, set changes, and all other logistics for an organized and professional performance are rehearsed so that the students make the best impression possible.

We run an organized and timely dress rehearsal; your help with the process will guarantee a professional production. Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to curtain time and check in with our staff in the front lobby. Students may arrive in their first performance costume WITH A COVER UP (Dad’s button up shirts work perfectly) or may change in the restroom. If your child is absent from the dress rehearsal, we will not permit them to participate in the recital.


All students are required to participate in the grande finale dance and final bow. All students will remain in their last performance costume for the finale.


Students must respect other students’ space and property in the dressing rooms. The students will spend more time in the dressing rooms than onstage or in the auditorium, so please do your best to keep them organized and clean. No food or drink is allowed in the dressing rooms. NO, they will not need a snack for the 90 min they are backstage during the show.


One female parent or guardian may accompany each student to the dress rehearsal’s dressing area. All other guests may sit in designated areas of the auditorium.