May 2018 Performance Newsletter

Dear Academy Families,

Please print out this newsletter for future reference, and write relevant dates on your family calendar.

You will find information on:

  • Performance Tickets
  • CAD Dress Rehearsal Schedule (May 26 & 27)
  • Stage Day (June 2) see list at end of newsletter
  • Performance Weekend (June 8, 9, & 10)
  • Finale Information
  • Theatre Protocol
  • Competitions 2018 – 2019
  • Summer Camps
  • Pre-Professional Programme
  • Looking towards September

Our busy second semester is winding down, with recent Vancouver Competition and the Sunshine Coast Arts Festival. All this is being culminated in our year-end performance, “Dance Upon a Star”.

This year we will be scheduling the shows at the earlier times of 1 pm and 6 pm and students from the pre-school classes, kids Hip Hop/Jazz, pre-primary and primary Ballet will only be performing in the 1 pm shows.

We are very grateful to the many people who have volunteered to be Class Co-ordinators, or help in other ways.  The time leading up to the shows is very busy and exciting, with lots of assistance required, but it is very rewarding to those involved. Please let us know if you can help out over the show weekend.

Hopefully, you are already aware of your dancer’s costume needs per class, but if there is something you are uncertain of, please let us know. If any costume fees are still outstanding it is imperative these are paid promptly prior to the upcoming studio dress rehearsal. Costumes will be withheld if payment has not been received. Costume fees are payable to your Class Rep unless informed otherwise.

The designated Class Representative is responsible for bringing their classes’ costumes to the CAD Dress Rehearsals and to the appropriate dressing areas at the Raven’s Cry Theatre at 3:30 on Friday, June 8th. Please check with your Class Rep as to whether they will be collecting the costumes after rehearsal and returning them for show times or if you will be responsible for your own dancer’s costume. Any costumes that have been borrowed from CAD can be left at the theatre for collection by Academy Staff after the final show, or brought in to the studio between 3:30 pm and 6 pm on June 13.

Dressing Room Lists are posted at the Academy, along with the Order of The Show, as well as the CAD Dress Rehearsal, with approximate times (listed below).

Performance Ticket

Tickets can be purchased at Lucky’s, Pretty Natty Duds and at the CAD office as of May 7.

$25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Please remember that it is essential to purchase a ticket for your child if they would like to watch any portion of the show. Parents will not be permitted to “pop-in” to see their child’s dance without a ticket. Fire regulations are very strict, and no exceptions will be made.

Outstanding Fees

Please be reminded that any outstanding dance fees must be paid in full in order for your child to perform in the show (as per our school policy).

Performance Weekend

Students above Primary level are to arrive at 3:30 pm on Friday June 8 and congregate in the audience area for an address from the teachers. Following that, you will be dismissed to your individual dressing areas, where you will prepare for your dance(s) until the “runners” come to collect you.

Pre-school level dancers up to Primary level should arrive at 4:15 pm and go directly to your dressing room area.

For those parents chaperoning pre-school children, kindly endeavour to keep the children calmly occupied while in their dressing areas. They may bring toys and books, but no felts … and only water and non-staining foods are allowed in the dressing areas. Also please note it is imperative to have 2 or 3 parents accompany the little dancers to the stage when they are called by the runners. Please ensure you have the same number of dancers both ways!

We will not be installing carpets in the tents due to the risk of rain. Please feel free to bring a small mat for your child if you wish.

It is extremely important to pick up younger students once they have performed. They must not be left in dressing areas between the shows. We need to ensure that there are enough adult volunteers to supervise the students during the show in all of the dressing room areas.

Finale Bow

All dancers are invited to stay and participate in the finale. It is important to participate in the studio dress rehearsal on May 27 at 5:50 pm to learn the spacing and short choreography. We will also be posting a video of the choreography on our Facebook page.

Pre-Professional Programme

Our Academy offers a three-year programme to Grade 10, 11, 12, or Post-Secondary students. There is an emphasis on strong technique, post-secondary dance career exploration, and could lead to the ISTD Associate Diploma in Tap and/or Modern and Ballet. Any students currently at the Intermediate level in dance who aspire to this, would benefit from scheduling an appointment with Julie Izad to learn more, and to choose classes which will benefit them. If you have any family members or friends off-Coast who may be interested, they are welcome to approach us, as there is possibility of home-stay.

Looking Towards September

A tentative schedule for next year will be made available during the Performance Weekend. You may come to discuss your child’s classes on June 13 between 3:30 pm and 6 pm.

Office Hours remain Monday – Thursday 3:30 pm – 6 pm until June 7.

The telephone answering machine is always available for leaving messages.

Regular attendance is expected and every effort made to attend any extra classes or combined classes in order for the dancers to be comfortable with their presentations at the Theatre.

We know there are a lot of details, and we thank you for your attention to these, and for your assistance in making the weekend memorable for our families and the community.

Dates for your Calendar

CAD Dress Rehearsal

  • Part 1 – Saturday, May 26
  • Part 2 – Sunday, May 27

Stage Day: June 2, 9 am – 12:30 pm (see list below)

Raven’s Cry Dress Rehearsal: June 8 – 3:30 pm or 4:15 pm for younger students

Raven’s Cry Performances:

  • June 9 – 1 pm & 6 pm
  • June 10 – 1 pm & 6 pm

Studio open (costume drop off & class info): June 13 – 3:30 pm to 6 pm

Competition Team Auditions: June 11 & 12 at 4 pm (Please see details below)

CAD Dress Rehearsals

Following is the lay-out for these compulsory rehearsals. If for any reason your dancer absolutely cannot attend, the teacher and the office must be informed.

Dancers will don their costumes in studio 1, (at least 15 minutes prior to their rehearsal time) and run through their dances in the Chelsea Robinson Studio. To avoid the possibility of costumes getting stained, parents and dancers are to refrain from bringing staining foods and beverages into the Academy.

Summer Camps

CAD will be hosting two dance camps over the summer for all ages and levels. Session 1: July 2 – 6 and session 2: July 30 – August 3.

Please check our Facebook page and website for details (coming soon).

There will also be following camps:

  • Kathy (Ballet camp) July 9 – 14
  • Terra (Acro camp) August 13 – 17



Please ensure that you are dressed, warmed up and ready to dance at the allotted time


Studio will be open at 9:30 am

“Dance Upon a Star”

Part 1 Wonderful World of Disney

10:00am Inter Tech jazz, TNT Tech and HH tech – “the Evolution of Disney”


10:15am   Pre-primary & primary ballet

10:30am   Kids hip hop & jazz “September trolls”  Sasha

10:45am   Pre-school Ballet “Friend in me”  Jessica + 1

11:00am   Creative dance & Tiny Tumblers  Jessica + 1

11:15am   Pre-teen Broadway – “Muppets”

11:30am   Grade 4 Tap “Jungle Book”

11:45am   Grade 4 Modern, Grade 6 Tap & Teen Tap – “Walk to work”

12:10pm   Grade 2 ballet –“Tangled”

12:25pm   LUNCH

1:00pm    Novice & Inter Pointe – precious stones – “Sleeping Beauty”

1:20pm    Grade 2 Modern & Grade 2 tap + Alyssa & Aunjel

1:40pm    Prep TNT & Pre-Teen Hip Hop – “Descendants”

2:05pm    Inter Tap – seize the day – “the newsies”

2:20pm    Guest TBD

2:30pm    Ballet D, B and Teen – Garland Dance – “Sleeping Beauty”

2:55pm    PPPs – “wonderful world of Disney”

3:10pm    Grade 5 Modern & Teen Acro – “Arabian night”

3:35pm    Found B acro & Inter F Acro – “Frozen”

4:00pm    Ballet C – “Sleeping beauty”

4:15pm    Adv 1 & 2 Modern – “Narnia lullaby”

4:35pm    Silver Jazz & Found. A acro – “Hey Mickey”

5:00pm    Guest – Cora

5:10pm    Grade 6, Inter & Adv 2 Ballet – “The sorcerer’s apprentice”

5:35pm    Finish



Studio will be open at 9:30 am

10:00am  Comp open Broadway Jazz “Joint is Jumping”

10:15am  Adult Tap

10:30am  Inter contemp –  “Can we auto-correct humanity”

10:45am  Adv Pointe

11:00am  Solo – Alyssa “Flowers that refuse to grow”

11:10am  Inter Hip Hop – “Hype”

11:25am  PPPs – Becky’s piece “Escalate”

11:40am  Comp Acro “The call of midnight”

11:55am  Ballet A

12:10pm  Solo – Jessica

12:20pm  LUNCH

12:50pm  Gold Jazz & Junior tech jazz

1:10pm    Adv 1 & 2 Tap

1:30pm    Grade 4 Ballet

1:45pm    Adult Cardio

2:00pm   PPPs – Christina’s piece “Falling Short”

2:15pm   Comp Junior Jazz “Girls just wanna have fun”

2:30pm   Senior Contemp “Land of all”

2:45pm   Guest – Jaime

2:55pm   Grad dance

3:10pm   Adult Ballet

3:25pm   Adv comp Hip Hop “Hit list”

3:40pm   Solo – Brontë “Strings”

3:50pm   Adult Comp “Not dead yet”

4:05pm   Inter comp jazz “Wild horses”

4:20pm   Senior comp jazz “Rude love”

4:35pm   Adult/Teen Hip Hop

4:50pm   PPPs – Becky & Julie “Never Enough”

5:05pm   Grade 6 Modern & Teen Contemp “A million dreams”

5:25pm   Finale -Inter Modern, Senior Tech & PPPs  “This is who I am”

5:50pm   Bows – Everyone!


June 2, 2018.  Raven’s Cry Theatre (no costumes necessary)

9:00am   Grade 6, Inter & Adv 2 Ballet

9:20am   Senior Tech/Improv & Inter Modern

9:35am   Adv 1 & 2 Modern

9:50am   Tech TNT, Inter Jazz Tech, & Hip Hop Tech

10:05am  Silver Jazz & Foundations Acro A

10:20am  Foundations B Acro & Inter F Acro

10:35am  Grade 6 Modern & Teen Contemp

10:50am  Prep TNT & Pre-Teen Hip Hop

11:05am  Ballets D, B & Teen

11:25am  Grade 5 Modern & Teen Acro

11:45am  Comp Acro

12:00pm  Gold Jazz & junior Tech jazz

12:15pm  Adults

Competitions 2018 – 2019

Firstly, I would like to congratulate this year’s competition team. They all did an outstanding job at the festival and competition this year bringing back high marks and trophies. They all represented their school and families with pride, maturity and incredible enthusiasm. Well done!

Looking forward to next year: we will be holding a general audition for all competition classes on June 11 & 12 at 4 pm. We are hoping to expand our competition participation and include more groups along with solos and duets. We also hope to open the competition experience to younger students. There will be more information to follow.

Thank you.