Festival Performances

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Times & Location: 9:00am to 12:00pm at 7 Generations Event Centre
*entrance at the lower level, there is a $4 entrance fee for audience members (please come prepared with cash)

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 two classrooms near the backstage area. Classes need to be together, ready, and warmed-up 15 minutes prior to their session start time and will remain backstage immediately after their performance until the completion of the adjudication for their session.

The following classes require 1-2 parents backstage to ensure they stay together, have their proper hair and costume, assist with any quick changes, etc. In order to avoid congestion backstage and limit the distractions as people enter and exit the theatre we ask that all other parents drop their dancer off at the backstage area and then proceed to the theatre area. If you would like to volunteer for the backstage position for any of the following classes please let Erin know by emailing info@danceworkskenora.com

Backstage helpers needed for:
Dance Foundations Monday / Dance Foundations Saturday / Primary Jazz / Primary Tap / Primary Ballet / Jr Ballet Ensemble

Session Times

9:00am – Session 1 – Contemporary
Senior Modern/Lyrical

9:40am – Session 2 – Hip Hop/Tap/Student Choreography
Junior/Senior Hip Hop, Primary Tap, Senior Tap, Alexis Ficek

10:25am – Session 3 – Jazz
Primary Jazz, Senior Jazz, Junior Jazz

10:50am – Session 4 – Ballet
Primary Ballet, Junior Ballet, Dance Foundations Monday, Dance Foundations Saturday, Senior Ballet, Jr Ballet Ensemble

11:20am – Session 5 – Solos/Duets/Trios
Addison McCann, Jamie Herr, Chloe Herr, Emma Manzie, Ireland Roulston, Josee McDonald, Madeleine Graham, Dancing Dolls (Baylee, Grace, Tayler)

The full Festival of the Arts Programme is online at kdfa.ca and the Dance component starts on page 14. 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 are encouraged to participate in the afternoon workshops; don’t miss this opportunity to learn from another dance teacher.

  • Ages 7 to 11 – 2:00 to 3:00pm
  • Ages 12 and up – 3:15 to 4:30pm

Please e-mail Erin at info@danceworkskenora.com to reserve your dancer’s spot in the workshop for their age group. The cost is $10/student (cash only).


Family and friends are welcome to watch the Festival performances. There will be a $4 charge at the door, please be prepared with correct change if possible. In order to limit distractions to the adjudicator and to the dancers there is no entrance while a performance is on stage. Please be prepared to wait outside the theatre door until a break between performances and then enter quickly and quietly.

The workshop classes 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 are being sent home with students and are the dancer’s 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 $60 replacement fee.

Ballet & Dance Foundations classes require their “ballet pink” tights and Primary Jazz will wear their black dance tights. Primary Tap & Junior Jazz will wear shimmer tights (to be provided with costume) and Senior Jazz will wear black fishnet tights (to be provided with costume).

Stage Makeup & Hair:

Students will need to wear 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 highlighter up to brow)
  • Brow liner/powder (only necessary for those with light eyebrows)
  • Eyeliner (top lid, winging 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.

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, Dance Foundations, and Primary Tap will require a proper ballet bun. Primary Jazz, Junior Jazz, Senior Tap, and Junior/Senior Hip Hop will wear  high ponytails (slick, no loose pieces). Senior Jazz will wear a low braid or low ponytail. Senior Modern/Lyrical can wear either a high ponytail, low ponytail, or braid.

For those needing some help with a ballet bun, this is a good tutorial video for a proper classical bun. https://vimeo.com/138680066 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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