Friday, June 2

Last day of regular classes

Saturday, June 3

Final Studio Rehearsals @ AADbK

Sunday, June 4

Final Studio Rehearsals @ AADbK

Monday, June 5

Final Studio Rehearsals @ CFHS

Tuesday, June 6

Staging Rehearsals @ CFHS

Wednesday, June 7

Mandatory Dress-Tech
Rehearsal @CFHS

Mandatory Instruction Meeting:
“Must Know Facts”
10:30 am

Thursday, June 8

Mandatory Dress-Tech
Rehearsal @ CFHS

Mandatory Volunteer Training
6:30 p.m.

Fri. June 9 &
Sat. June 10

The Art of Animation
5:30 pm –Pre-Show
6:30 pm –Feature Presentation

Location: The studio rehearsals will take place at All About Dance! by Kristen on Saturday, June 3rdth and Sunday, June 4th. Then, we pack up and move into our performance space! The staging rehearsals, dress rehearsal, and recital will be held at Cuyahoga Falls High School located at 2300 4th Street. (Directions: From the studio, continue on west Graham Road. Take Route 8 South to the Second St. Exit. Turn right onto Stow Ave. The school will be on the right.)

Rehearsal Week: The students last day of regularly scheduled classes will be Friday, June 2nd. On Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th all students will be scheduled for a final studio rehearsal held at All About Dance. On Monday, June 5th and Tuesday, June 6th the students will have their first opportunity to practice on the actual stage for a staging rehearsal held at Cuyahoga Falls High School. Please keep in mind the students have worked very hard throughout the season to put on a great show and this rehearsal week is a very important part of the process. Please try your best to attend these rehearsals. See attached list for scheduled times for rehearsal week. “Like” All About Dance! by Kristen on Facebook or follow us @allaboutdance on Twitter for “to the hour” rehearsal updates.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at All About Dance! beginning Saturday, April 22nd, from 5:00 – 7:00pm. **Note: If you are planning to wait in line on the day of ticket sales, please realize that empty chairs DO NOT reserve your space in line.** Please respect the neighboring businesses by not occupying all parking spaces as well as standing directly in front of their front doors. Reserved seating will be sold for the entire auditorium. All children ages 2 and older must have a valid ticket therefore they are not permitted to be a “lap child”. All ticket sales are final. Do not buy more than you need expecting to turn them back in—this will not be possible with reserved seating. Ticket prices are $20.00 presale and $22.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased with cash (preferred) or checks must be made payable to Kristen Messner. Separate checks are required for those who are purchasing tickets for other families. Only one extra purchase of tickets will be permitted on Saturday, April 22nd!!!! All tuition balances must be paid in full BEFORE families may purchase recital tickets. Tickets will be on sale at the courtesy desk on Monday, April 24th from 5:00 to 7:00pm. After Monday, April 24th, the weekly Ticket Sales schedule will be announced.

  • Kindercise/Kindertap/Boys performing with Kinder-class: Are the ONLY children permitted to sit in the audience before and after their performance. Therefore, it is VERY important to get your free ticket for both performances for your Kindercise/Kindertap/Boys performing with Kinder-class child at the SAME time you purchase your recital tickets. If you forget, it is not possible to exchange tickets or add a free seat.
  • Please do not purchase tickets for your performers as they must remain in their dressing room for the entire performance.

Wheelchair & Disabled Seating: In consideration of our patrons with disabilities, we have arranged special seating for those in wheelchairs and those unable to walk to the higher balcony seats. This special seating is LIMITED AND SELLS OUT quickly, so get your special seating as soon as possible. Prices remain the same.

  • The auditorium will only accommodate a specific number of wheelchairs. Therefore, our wheelchair bound patrons will be able to purchase seats in the designated wheelchair row on the first level of the auditorium. There are limited auditorium seats available in the wheelchair row for ONE family member to sit nearby. Folding chairs cannot be placed in wheelchair spaces for family members or friends. Other family and friends will need to purchase standard reserved seating.
  • There will be a designated section for handicapped patrons who may not necessarily be in a wheelchair, but cannot maneuver the balcony stairs. These seats are limited to handicapped patrons ONLY & ONE FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND. Other family and friends will need to purchase standard reserved seating.

Recital Costume Photos: Lange Photographic will be taking our recital photos at All About Dance on Sunday, April 23rd from 9:00am-7:30pm. The office will NOT be open on Sunday, April 23rd. All costumes should be picked up prior to this day! Photos will be set up according to classes in order to take the entire group photo as well as individual shots. Time slots for individual photos will be available prior to the class photo. Refer to the Recital Photo Schedule attached. Even though you may not be interested in purchasing any packages, we ask that each student attend their group photo for our 2016-2017 studio records. All photos can be used in your “Dancer Ad/Congrats” space in our “The Art of Animation” Souvenir Program.

2017 Recital Program and Dancer Congratulation’s Ad Space: We are proud to offer our Keepsake Recital Program. Due to the support of those who have acquired businesses, friends, and family to purchase an advertising/congratulations ad space we have been able to decrease our costs. This allows us to offer a high-quality program to our patrons. In an effort to continue to keep our program costs low and the quality high, we are again selling advertising and “congrats” portrait space in our recital program. For each individual ad purchased, the purchaser receives a free program. Be our “Top Ad Seller” (limited to only one person) and receive a trophy presented to the student during the dress rehearsal, one-class free for our Summer Dance Program, AND one-class free for September – December 2017. Some suggestions:

  • Ask a local business to help off-set the cost of your child’s congrats space ad and include their contact information below your dancer’s or class picture.
  • Get together with your entire class to sponsor a class photo! We will be using the dancer’s photo taken by Lange Photographic on April 23rd, 2017 or Competition photos that were taken earlier in the year
  • Business Ad forms are available for businesses wanting to advertise in our program without a dancer’s photo. With an audience of well over 3,000-strong, your advertisement will certainly be widely read! ALL BUSINESSES placing a full or half-page ad will also have a link to your business website placed on our AADBK website SPONSOR TAB and have your logo placed on our AADBK SPONSOR BANNER displayed at various community events.

Orders must be placed by May 6th, 2017. See a sample book located at the courtesy desk. Order forms can be found on our website or at the AADBK courtesy desk. Check out the sample display on the bulletin board in the airlock hallway. ***Please keep in mind if you choose to submit a photo other than the Lange Photos from this year, photo must be at least 300 dpi for quality purposes. Also keep in mind that any scanned photos may be grainy or blurry and AADBK will not be responsible for quality of ad.***

Studio Closed:

  • Spring Break: The studio will be closed Monday March 27-Saturday, April 1 for spring break.
  • Memorial Day: The studio will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observation of Memorial Day. The studio is still open on Saturday, May 27th.

Special Note: Studio is OPEN for regular classes on Friday, April 14th & Saturday, April 15th. This is updated information from the prior studio calendar.

Class Cancellations: Due to our 2017-2018 Competition Auditions, there will be class cancellations for Saturday, May 6, 2017. Please refer to the chart below for cancelled class times as well as the rescheduled rehearsal time.

Original Class Time (CXX on 5/6/17)

Rescheduled Class Time

Sat. May 6 Int. Acro II 9:00am; Studio C Mon. May 8 Adv Acro 7:15-8:45; Studio C
Sat. May 6 Beg. Acro III 11:00am; Studio C Sat. May 6 Int Acro I 10:00-11:00; Studio C
Sat. May 6 Sr. Contemporary Team 11:00am; Studio B Cancelled
Sat. May 6 Beg Jazz I 12:45pm; Studio C Mon. May 8 Beg Jazz I 7:15-8:00: Studio B
Sat. May 6 Jr. Hip Hop 1:30pm; Studio B Fri. May 12 Jr. Hip Hop 8:15-9:15 Studio B
Sat. May 6 Adv. Lyrical 2:30pm; Studio C Sat. May 6 Int. Lyrical 1:30-2:30; Studio C
Sat. May 6 Musical Theater Team 2:30pm; Studio B Cancelled
Sat. May 6 JLT 1:30pm; Studio B Sat. May 6 JLT 11:00-12:00; Studio B


Costumes: Costumes are arriving daily. All costumes that are available for pick-up will be listed at the courtesy desk. Please check at the office for any remaining costume balance. ALL COSTUME AND TUITION BALANCES MUST BE PAID IN FULL BEFORE RECEIVING COSTUMES. We are presenting your costumes in a “Ready to Wear” fashion by placing them on hangers and steaming most wrinkles. Headpieces, gloves and other costume accessories are placed in a plastic bag and attached to costume hanger. Please keep in mind that in most cases, your child’s costume will need some attention from you. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the costume is wearable and all pieces of the costume are in order. Be sure to make all final preparations to your costume prior to photos and dress rehearsal. (i.e. Wrinkle-free, shoulder straps secured properly, any elastic attached to hats etc., extra beads secured to costume). Refer to costume picture that is attached to your costume for placement of all pieces. Costume directions will be posted to the AADBK choreography page. Friend our choreography page for specific costume demonstrations.

Tuition Payments and Showcase Fee: All tuition and fees must be paid in full before purchasing tickets for the show or receiving your costumes. All unfinished business must be taken care of prior to Sunday, June 4th, 2017. The office will be open during the final studio rehearsals on Saturday, June 3rd specifically to “settle” accounts. The office will be closed on Sunday, June 4th. June tuition is based on a full month. A recital fee of $10.00 per family will be instituted on April 1st.

E-mail Addresses and Phone Numbers: It is very important for All About Dance! by Kristen to have a current email address and phone number for each studio member family. All major announcements including 2017-2018 class scheduling, monthly newsletters, etc. are through e-mail. Keep in mind all information can usually be found on as well. Please notify the office if you do not have an e-mail address.

Videos and Photography: ABSOLUTELY NO video recording or photography of any kind is permitted in the auditorium during the production. A professional DVD of the recital by ACCLAIM VIDEO PRODUCTIONS will be available to purchase. See attached order form for information regarding dance recital DVD.

Professional action showcase photos: IMS Imaging will be taking action photos during the recital. They will be available to view or purchase on the AADBK website in July 2017.

Volunteers: Calling all Moms, Dads, Aunts, Uncles, and Grandparents! Volunteers are the backbone that make our recital successful. There are several opportunities for you to help our dancers. Please consider helping out for one or both nights. Some volunteering opportunities even allow you to watch the show as well as assist us in making this the best recital ever. Sign up early to get the right position for you!

***NEW THIS YEAR**: Volunteer sign-up will be done electronically on, links will be sent by e-mail and posted at the studio. If you choose not to sign up electronically, please send your name and phone number to the office and someone will contact you to sign up. ***

Because our volunteers are an integral part of making our show a success, we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation by offering a $20.00 bonus to be credited to your 2017-18 dance year!
Bonus will be applied July 1st, 2017.

There will be a MANDATORY volunteer training session for ALL Dressing Room, Finale Line-Up, Ushers and Auditorium Door Guard volunteers on Thursday, June 8th @ 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria of Cuyahoga Falls HS. This will be the only time to learn about expectations, procedures and the volunteer check-in and check-out process. Dressing Room volunteers will be asked to help set up dressing room afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there!


Awards: PARENTS, please sign the list if you believe your child qualifies for any of the following awards. Beginning dance year at AADbK is listed with each award year. Year awards exclude eight week sessions. Dancers must have participated in the annual recital of each year. DEADLINE IS APRIL 15, 2017.

  • Five-Year Award: Student has been a part of the studio for 5 consecutive years (2012-2013 dance season)
  • Ten Year Award: Student has been a part of the studio for 10 consecutive years (2007-2008 dance season)
  • Fifteen Year Award: Student has been a part of the studio for 15 consecutiveyears (2002-2003 dance season)
  • Twenty Year Award: Student has been a part of the studio for 20 consecutive years (1997-1998 dance season)
  • Graduating Seniors: Please email a wallet size jpeg (at least 300 dpi) to the .

Recital T-Shirts: “The Art of Animation” recital T-shirts ($25.00) are now available at the courtesy desk. Each T-shirt displays the name of every cast member participating in the recital. Buy your shirts early. They will only be on sale while supplies last! (Shirt sizes available: Youth Small-Large and Adult Small-X Large).

Star Charts: Soon, the bulletin boards will be decorated with “star charts.” Every instructor (except Kinder-Classes) will be evaluating students’ progress in learning their recital routines by placing a star by well-learned steps and commenting on steps that still need to be practiced. We want all of our students to feel very confident when performing their routines on the stage, therefore, we ask that students try to receive all their stars before the recital. If your child is having difficulty learning a routine, we recommend videotaping the routine during the weekly lesson so that you may help your child practice at home. You may also contact your child’s teacher if you still have concerns.

Facebook: You may be able to use FACEBOOK as a practice tool. Some classes will be posting recital choreography to FACEBOOK! Ask your teacher about friending our AADBK choreography page. This is a private page only to be used for practice purposes. It is not to be shared with others.

Practice CD’s: Order forms for CDs of your child’s recital music will be available at the courtesy desk. It is highly recommended that you purchase your child’s music in order for them to practice at home. Submit the order form with your payment and a practice cd will be made for your child. Please allow time for the instructor to make the cd.

Summer Dance Program: Are your kids always bored in the summer? We have the perfect solution! Why not participate in our summer dance program. EXCITING NEW SUMMER CAMPS WILL BE OFFERED THE WEEK OF JUNE 26th-29th and the six-week summer class sessions will begin the week of July 5th. Choose from a wide variety of dance genres including acro-gymnastics, ballet, all forms of jazz, tap, vocal classes and many more taught by a wonderfully, diverse staff of professional dancers and instructors. Try something new or just keep physically in shape with your favorite subject. Limited office hours for the week of June 12th will be; M-W-F, 10am-4pm. Regular summer office hours begin June 19th; Monday-Wednesday 10am-7pm; Thursday & Friday 11am-5pm.  Please see the blue summer registration form to register. Extra registration forms will be available at the courtesy counter or on our website.

Props: Some classes are required to purchase a prop/accessories kit for their recital number. Please refer to the chart below.

**Props for other classes not listed below may be added at a later date.**