Registration Open for 2019-2020 Classes

We know some of you have been waiting…the 2019-2020 class schedule is now posted! Returning dancers can also see their class placement recommendations within your family’s portal account.

Registration opens for returning students on August 3 and opens to the public on August 10, 2019. Early bird discounts of an additional 5% off all class tuition runs until August 15th (and multi-class discounts of 10% to 30% off always apply).

Helpful Links:

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we can’t wait to see you back at the studio in September!

(PS. I know many of you are still patiently waiting for your photos from last year. Colleen is back to work and has been working on all of the orders. As soon as we have a firm date on their availability for pickup we will let you know. Thank you again for your patience and understanding of the situation.)

2019 Recital – Tickets on Sale!

The DanceWorks Kenora 2019 Year-End Recital is on Saturday, May 11 at the 7 Generations Event Centre. Join us at 1:30pm or 6:30pm for a showcase of the dancers’ hard work and effort over the dance year. Our show includes over 30 dance performances from all ages and levels in the styles of ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip hop.

Buy Your Recital Tickets Online

Recital tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for youth (12 and under) and seniors (over 65) and can be purchased online in advance or with cash at the door. Tickets are general admission.
Online ticket sales start at 12 noon on Friday, April 26 and end at 12 noon on Friday, May 10.

It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets online in advance. There are no guarantees of tickets still being available at the door. Purchasing online also lets you take advantage of multi-ticket discounts of $2 off every ticket when purchasing more than 3 tickets.

2019 Recital DVD

The recital will be professionally videotaped and digital downloads ($25) or DVD’s ($30) will be available to purchase. Place your order by sending an email to Accounts must be up to date in order to receive a DVD. If your account is overdue please contact Erin in order to arrange a payment plan.

Volunteers Still Needed!

We still have a number of open volunteer positions that need to be filled in order to ensure these events run smoothly! Please consider volunteering your time. (If you are a parent volunteer you can watch your dancer perform from backstage.)

2019 Year-End Recital Details

Hi DWK dance families,

Our 2019 Year-End Recital is fast approaching! Below is the link the detailed information packet for dancers and their families.

Please read through the detailed information carefully. It should provide the answers to any of your recital related questions. If you still have questions after reviewing you can reach Erin at or by calling or texting 807-464-3666.

Online ticket sales will begin Friday, April 26th at 12 noon at  It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets online in advance. There is no guarantee of tickets still being available at the door. Buying online also lets you take advantage of multi-ticket discounts of $2 off each ticket when purchasing 3 or more tickets.

Photos & DVDs
Photography and video are not allowed. Photography and lights from electronics can be very distracting to the dancers and often block the view of your fellow audience members.

The recital will be professionally filmed and a copy can be purchased by sending an email to

  • Digital Download – $25 (including HST)
  • DVD – $30 (including HST)

Volunteers are needed to make these events run smoothly. Please consider volunteering your time in one of the front of house or backstage positions. View the available positions and shifts and sign up to volunteer!

Dance Recital Etiquette

Is this your first dance recital as a performer? Your first time attending a dance recital? Danced before but want a refresher on best practices backstage? Are you unsure on expectations of an arts/theatre audience?

Take a moment to review our etiquette guidelines to help our Year-End Recital run smoothly for everyone.


Here are a few etiquette guidelines to help you and your fellow audience members enjoy the show fully.

Everyone Needs a Ticket – Parents, toddlers, grandparents, friends. Everyone attending the recital needs to purchase a ticket and seats are limited. While children are welcome to attend they must remain seated during the performances. If you feel that your child may not be able to remain focused for the performances it is recommended that you make other arrangements.

General/Rush Seating – Please try not to leave single seats between you and the next set of audience members as all seats may be needed for a sold out event. It is okay to save a few seats but if you have a large group attending please wait until most of your group has arrived before finding seats or be prepared to sit separately.

Silence or Turn Off Your Devices – Please turn off cell phones, tablets, and any other electronic devices prior to the performance starting. You should never speak, text, or play games on your electronic devices during a performance. You should also not check your device during a performance since the backlight is incredibly bright and distracting to other audience members and also visible to the dancers on stage.

No Entrances/Exits – Our recital is designed to flow quickly between performance pieces. Please do not enter or exit unless it is an emergency. If you have a fussy child please exit as quietly as possible in order to minimize the disruption to your fellow audience members. Intermission is your opportunity to chat, use the washroom, grab water or a snack.

No Video or Pictures – Photography and videography are not allowed during the recital performances. This will be enforced. Your movements trying to get the best angle as well as the light from the device are distracting to both nearby audience members and the dancers. Recital DVDs can be purchased by contacting the studio. Photos with family, friends, and fellow dancers can be taken after the show during the reception.

Curtain Call – The performance is over at the conclusion of curtain call (when every dancer comes onstage to take their final bow). Audience members should stay for the entire performance and should not leave early during the curtain call. Please stay in your seat until the performance is over and the house lights are raised. Then, exit with the rest of the audience. This policy is in place to show respect and appreciation to all of our performers.

No Backstage Access – No one is allowed backstage except for dancers, volunteers, and instructors. One parent can go backstage to drop-off and pickup their dancer. Additional family members should wait in the main theatre area. For safety reasons, dancers will be permitted to leave at any other time throughout the Recital (unless arrangements had been made prior to the show). Please rest assured that we have a number of volunteers backstage to help your dancer throughout the entire process.

Flowers for Your Dancer – If this is your first dance recital you might be surprised to find many of the other parents or family members have small bouquets or single roses/flowers ready to present to their dancer at the end of the show. This is a tradition for theatre and arts performances and while it isn’t necessary it is a nice gesture to recognize the dancer’s effort over the course of the entire dance year and the achievement of having performed in front of a large audience.

Enjoy the Show! – This one is the most important, sit back, relax and enjoy the performances. The dancers have worked hard on these performances and they love hearing the audience’s enthusiasm and applause.


DanceAdvantage has a great post on “Backstage Bliss: 11 Guidelines for Students in a Dance Recital“. This infographic covers the basics of the article but it’s a great idea to click the link and read the full article for more details and explanations of each guideline.

  • Please remember to arrive with your hair and makeup already done and also remove any nail polish or jewelry before arriving (for both dress rehearsal and recital)
  • Costumes must be worn at both dress rehearsal and the show. They should not be worn to and from the theatre and must be returned immediately after recital. Please be sure to have another outfit for your dancer to wear home.
  • Dancers can bring snacks to dress rehearsal but please recognize they may be in costume or near to costumes and do not pack snacks that will stain or easily make a mess.
  • Also, don’t forget to label your shoes or any other personal belongings.


DWK Studio News – April 2019

Hi DWK families,

It’s hard to believe but we are just one month away from the end of the dance year! This is a busy time for the studio and there is a lot going on. Please continue to read all emails and remember that you can always check for the latest news on the website as well at

Festival of the Arts – Dance Performances

  • Happening this Saturday, April 13! 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Seven Generations Event Centre.
    Note: There are no regular classes at the studio this Saturday due to the Festival performances.
  • All Dance Foundations, Primary, Junior, Senior, and Ensemble classes participate in the adjudicated dance performances at part of the Kenora District Festival of the Arts.
    • Details on what to expect and the schedule (including call times and session times) were previously sent out to all participating classes. Misplaced the Festival information? Find it online: 2019 Festival of the Arts Information
  • The public is welcome to attend Festival. There is a $4 entry fee at the door. Come out and support the dancers from Kenora and Dryden as they perform and receive their adjudicator feedback.

Musical Theatre Workshops

  • Brenda Gorlick (our dance adjudicator at Festival) is leading musical theatre workshops at DanceWorks Kenora on Sunday, April 14th. There are still some spots remaining, don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Cost is $25. View more information and register online at
    • Primary/Junior Workshop (ages 7-13) – 10:00 am to 11:30 am
      (7 spots left!)
    • Senior/Adult Workshop (ages 13 – adult) – 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
      (only 3 spots remaining!)

Recital is Coming!

  • We cannot make these events happen without the help of volunteers. There are a number of positions that still need to be filled for dress rehearsal and both shows. Please consider volunteering your time! You can view the volunteer positions and time requirements and sign up to volunteer at
  • Full details for dancers and information on ticket sales and DVD sales will be sent out after the Festival performances this weekend.

Fees Due

  • Do you have a balance on your account? A reminder that April 5th was the final monthly installment. Any remaining balances are now overdue. Please make payment arrangements with Erin as soon as possible for any outstanding amounts.

Spring Classes & Summer Camps

  • Don’t want dance to end? Know someone that is interested in dance but couldn’t commit to the full year session? DanceWorks Kenora offers a 5 week spring session as well as a number of summer camps. Read more and register online

Dance Pictures

  • Ms. Erin and Colleen are reviewing all of the dance pictures and working on getting the selected images onto the online selection site. All dance families will be sent an email (next week) with information on how to view the images and how to place your order.

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are an important part of our year-end performances. They help things run smoothly for the dancers and for the audience. Please consider volunteering your time and being a part of the team that makes these dance events possible.

Volunteer positions are available for the following events:

  • Kenora Festival of the Arts – Saturday, April 13
  • Dress Rehearsal – Friday, May 10
  • Year-End Recital – Saturday, May 11

The positions and shifts are posted to the DanceWorks Kenora online volunteer scheduling page. Follow the link to review the available positions. Once you make your selections and provide your contact information confirm your volunteer shifts by clicking “Sign up to Volunteer” at the bottom of the page.

2019 Festival of the Arts

Festival Information

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Times & Location: 10:00am to 5:00pm at 7 Generations Event Centre (entrance at the lower level)

All DWK Dance Foundations, Primary, Junior, Senior, and Ensemble classes participate in KDFA. We are also joined by a number of entries from Dryden’s Stage Door Studio. Dancers perform their dance and then return to the stage, along with all performers in their session, to receive feedback from the adjudicator. After their adjudication dancers are free to leave (or can stay to watch).

If your dancer is sick or there is an emergency on the day of the performance
please notify Erin at or by texting 807-464-3666.

Backstage helpers are needed for…
The classes below require 1-2 parents backstage to ensure they stay together, have their proper hair and costume, assist with any quick changes, etc. All other parents drop their dancer off at the backstage area and then proceed to the theatre area if staying to watch. This limits the distractions and congestion backstage for the dancers and volunteers.

If you are able to volunteer backstage please email Erin at

  • Dance Foundations –  Ballet (Monday) / Jazz (Wednesday) / Tap (Saturday)
  • Primary – Ballet (Monday) / Jazz (Wednesday) / Tap (Tuesday)
  • DWK Junior Ensemble

Festival Workshops
Brenda Gorlick is leading musical theatre workshops (singing and dancing!) on Sunday, April 14 at DanceWorks Kenora. Workshop cost is $25 (including HST) and workshops are scheduled as Primary/Junior (ages 7 to 13) at 10:00-11:30 am and Senior/Adult (ages 13+) at 1:30-3:00 pm. Registration is open to everyone at or through your DWK portal account.

There will be a $4 charge at the door, please be prepared with correct change if possible. In order to limit distractions to the dancers and the adjudicator please enter and exit only in the breaks between performances and not while dancers are on stage.

Costumes, Hair & Makeup
Please double check that you have all components of your costume, including your proper dance shoes, clean tights, hair supplies, and makeup prepared for Festival. You can review the requirements for each class in the 2019 Costume, Hair & Makeup note available under “News” on

KDFA Dance Schedule

Dancers should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their performance time with hair and makeup already done. Please plan to change when you arrive (costumes should not be worn to and from the performance). 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 on-stage adjudication for their session. Once their adjudication is complete dancers are free to leave.