Parent Demonstrations

At the end of every school year, the Claire School of Dance offers two types of Parent Demonstration. For children in the Early Childhood Program, Creative Movement 1, 2 or 3 or ages 3 and 4, parents are invited to attend the last class of the year.  Every student receives a fairy crown at the beginning of the Parent Demonstration class.  The teacher then leads the class through a regular class to show parents what the students have learned over the course of the year. The class ends with the presentation of a rose to each student and the taking of class photos by the parents.

Students in preballet and above (Kinder and older) participate in the Parent Day Demonstration, a performance held at the theatre of St. John’s School.     Traditionally, the Parent Day Demonstration is based on the work of a chosen classical composer and dancers wear class uniforms.  In 2018, we are combining this tradition with the format of the 2017 Recital, with costumes, back stage portraits, and performance gifts. Our Composer of the Year for 2018 is Joseph Haydn. The theme of the recital is Sweets for the Sweet, with class uniforms forming the basis for costumes based on 18th century court attire.

Rehearsals for the Sweets for the Sweet!  (also known as “the recital”) begin in February.  We will distribute information sheets and collect performance fees at that time. Parents are asked to let the teacher know if they have a conflict for the performance date as the number of students will affect the choreography for the performance piece.

The performance date for Sweets for the Sweet! will be Sunday, May 20th. Run-through rehearsal for the entire cast will be 1:30-3:30 Saturday afternoon, May 19th. Several classes have rehearsals and/or photo sessions Saturday morning. That schedule can be found here. The updated FINAL PERFORMANCE GUIDELINES can be found HERE. The HAIR instruction sheet can be found HERE.

There is a $150 performance fee for Sweets for the Sweet! This helps cover the considerable cost of the theater, costumes, and professional services. We do have a scholarship fund to ensure that every child is able to participate. The fee includes two free tickets to the performance.

We will ask for volunteer moms to sit with students during the rehearsal and performance.

What Parents Need to Know

  •  Click here to download the UPDATED 2018 Sweets for the Sweet! Final Guidelines for Parents. Click here to download the 2018 Permission Slip.
    • All students enrolled at the Claire School of Dance at the primary level or higher are given roles to perform in Sweets for the Sweet!
    • Participation is on an “opt out” basis. Parents must notify the office VIA EMAIL or written communication by February 23rd if they do not wish their child to participate. Failure to notify the office that a child is “opting out” may result in the assessment of the performance fee.
    • There will be a $150 performance fee for each performer. ($200, if student does a second dance.) This helps cover the cost of costumes and other performance expenses. Each child receives two free tickets as part of her performance fee.
    • No child will be denied the opportunity to perform due to lack of funds. A scholarship fund is available to help cover the cost of the performance fee.
    • Scholarship requests should be made by February 23rd.
    • Payment of the performance fee is due by February 23rd.
    • Costumes remain the property of the Claire School of Dance.
    • In order to respect the time of parents, most rehearsals will take place during regular class times.
    • There will be one general run-through rehearsal Saturday  May 19th, the day before the performance, also at  St. John’s School. ALL performers MUST be present at this rehearsal as it will be the only time all performers rehearse together.
    • The general run-through rehearsal will take place 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Lowe Theatre of St. John’s School, Westheimer at Buffalo Speedway.
    • Some students are scheduled for “spot” rehearsals the morning of Saturday, May 19th. That schedule can be found here:

On the day of the show:

    • Parents leave their children at the theatre 9:30am Sunday morning, with a bag lunch. Dress rehearsal will start at 10:30am.
    • All children will be under adult supervision at all times. Children are welcome to bring books and crayons.
    • The performance starts at 2:00pm and runs about one hour.
    • Flash photography is NOT permitted during the performance.
    • We will have a professional photographer both backstage taking individual and class portraits as well as taking photos of the performance. Parents will be sent a link and instructions on how to order photos.

    Tickets, bouquets, and DVDs:

    • Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults. Tickets go on sale May 6th.
    • Ticket orders may be picked up  Saturday, May 12th,  at Grace United, 10 a.m. to noon or at the theatre during the run-through rehearsal Saturday afternoon.
    • Bouquets are a lovely ballet tradition. CSD offers a special performance bouquet for $20. Sign up sheets will be posted in the waiting rooms. Orders may also be emailed to our office. Bouquets can be picked up at the box office one hour before the performance.
    • DVDs are $25. Orders must be placed by May 22nd. The recording will be mailed to the parent home address.

    St. John’s Theatre has 600 seats – plenty of room for all your friends.

  • We look forward to a brand-new experience of Sweets for the Sweet!