Festival Performances

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Times & Location: 10:00am to 1:00pm at Evergreen Public School.

Dancers should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their performance time with hair and makeup already done. Costumes should not be worn to and from the performance. Please plan to change when you arrive. Dancers will be getting ready in the Library to avoid disruptions to other performers in the gym. Classes need to be together, ready, and warmed-up 15 minutes prior to their session performance time.

10:00am – Jazz & Tap
Primary Jazz / Junior Jazz / Senior Jazz / Primary Tap / Junior Tap

10:35am – Solos & Duets
Emelia & Ara / Josee / Tayler / Alexis / Maddy / Cassie & Leah / Kirsten & Emma

11:10am – Hip Hop
Junior Hip Hop / Senior Hip Hop

11:50am – Contemporary
Open Modern / Josee Solo

12:30pm – Ballet
Dance Foundations – Monday / Dance Foundations – Saturday / Primary Ballet / Junior Ballet / Senior Ballet

The full Festival of the Arts Programme is online at kdfa.ca and the Dance component starts on page 12. This will show the detailed performance schedule.

Festival Workshops

Workshops for age 7 and up will take place in the afternoon at the DanceWorks Kenora studio. Dancers in the Primary, Junior, or Senior level are encouraged to participate in the afternoon workshops.

  • Ages 7 to 11 – 2:30 to 3:45pm
  • Ages 12 and up – 4:00 to 5:30pm

We currently have 12 spots reserved in each workshop. Please e-mail Erin at info@danceworkskenora.com to reserve your dancer’s spot in the workshop for their age group.


Family and friends are welcome to watch the Festival performances. There will be a small charge at the door, please be prepared with cash. This small fee helps the Festival of the Arts cover the costs of running the event.

The workshops in the afternoon will not be open to the public. This is both due to space constraints at the studio as well as to allow the students to remain focused during the workshop.


Costumes have been sent home with students and are the dancer and family responsibility until Recital. Please double check that you have all components of your costume, including your proper dance shoes and clean tights, prepared for Festival. All costumes are paid for by DanceWorks Kenora and must be returned after Recital or there will be a minimum of a $50 replacement fee.

Stage Makeup & Hair:

Students will need to wear at least some makeup in order to not appear washed out on stage. Makeup for performances ensures that facial features remain visible which helps to convey expression to the audience. The local performance venues are not that big so the makeup will be only light stage makeup as compared to normal stage makeup for a larger theatre.

Stage makeup should include:

  • Foundation (if between shades, select the darker shade)
  • Concealer (if necessary)
  • Powder
  • Dark brown eyeshadow on lid (with optional cream/white highlighter up to brow)
  • Brow liner/powder (only necessary for those with very light eyebrows)
  • Eyeliner (top lid, extending slightly past the edge of the eye)
  • Mascara
  • Blush (red or pink for stage, avoid brown or neutral colours)
  • Red lipstick (does not have to be pure red; a brighter ruby/berry shade looks best on stage)

Here are two videos to give an idea of what stage makeup for a dancer should look like. You do not need to follow these exactly but they may be helpful if this is completely new to you.

https://youtu.be/1LC2aIzpvLg?t=3m25s (please ignore Step 10, false eyelashes are not needed)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YYEsVyqO1s (aimed at younger dancers, replace purple eyeshadow with brown)

Please do not feel like you need to buy all new makeup, you can likely use what you have at home. If you have forgotten something there will be a makeup kit for quick touch-ups. If you don’t feel comfortable applying the makeup yourself please let us know, we can find another parent to help.

All Ballet dancers require a proper ballet bun. Jazz and tap can wear high ponytails (no loose pieces). For those needing some help with a ballet bun, this is a good tutorial video for a proper classical bun.


You will need a hair elastic, hair net, hair pins (these are not the same as bobby pins), and hairspray to make a proper bun. Those with shorter hair may also need bobby pins or other clips in order to keep shorter pieces of hair out of their face.

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