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Parent Meeting Notes

Comp Prep & Comp Day

 


Before Competition:

  • Label all costume pieces/shoes/tights

  • Pack in advance: (often competitions are far away, and dancers need all costume pieces, tights, shoes, etc, or not able to perform)

 

How to Pack:

  • Garment Bag: (each bag should be labeled with packing list for each dance)

 

What to Pack:

  • Costume(s):  dance shoes, performance tights, earnings, hair accessories.

  • Hair and makeup tools:  Brush, comb, hair spray, gel, eyelash glue, etc  (Often dancers will need a touch up before stage, please be prepared with hair and makeup tools for your dancer.

  • Emergency kit: safety pins, sewing kit, any medication/inhalers, nail polish remover, etc.

  • Snacks/Water:  Lots of water and non-messy, healthy, snacks.  

 

Makeup/Eyelashes:

  • Eye Shadow:  MAC (Stars and Rockets)

  • Lipstick: MAC Flat Out Fabulous

  • Lip Liner: MAC Beet

  • Black Eyeshadow:  Matte black eyeshadow (not offered through SDC)

  • White Eyeshadow:  Matte white eyeshadow (not offered through SDC)

  • Blush:  Doll pink (not offered through SDC)

  • Foundation:  To match your dancer (not offered through SDC)

  • Powder: Lightweight powder (not offered through SDC)

  • Black Eye Liner:  Liquid eyeliner works best (not offered through SDC)

  • Eyelashes:  For Little Spartans, we have found the individual ones to work best, for all other dancers, a full set of eyelashes.  Brand does not matter. (not offered through SDC)

  • Eyelash Glue:  We have found duo works best for eyelashes (not offered through SDC)

  • NO nail polish is to be worn at competition

 

Arrival at Competition:

  • Know Where to Go:  PLEASE leave plenty  of time to get to the venue and to the dressing room before call time. (Locations re listed on the Parent Portal) PASSWORD: SDC2024

  • Instructors Phone Numbers:  In case of emergency, please put instructors phone numbers into your phone.

    • Tiffany: 517-599-3055

    • Shawn: 517-490-4834

    • Leah: 248-535-8442

    • Meghan: 810-730-8855

    • Spartan Dance Texting System: 517-225-0096

  • Arrive on time!!!!

    • Arrival:  When you arrive at the competition, you should find the team dressing room and help your dancer get their stuff set up. Please complete finishing touches on your dancer and have them fully prepared for call time with instructors. 

    • Call Time: Call time is when your dancer should be with a designated instructor, ready for warmup and performance. 

    • Early Morning: Many times the kids dance before their slotted time. If you have family coming to watch or joining in on livestream have them arrive early.

 

After Call Time:

  • Parents: Once the dancers are with a coach, we ask parents not to linger.  Most of our warmup spaces are tight, and we need your dancers' full attention to prepare them to take stage.

  • Auditorium Seating: We ask parents to sit together in the auditorium to watch, as it makes it easier for us to find you should we need to. 

  • After Performance:  After dancers perform, they will meet with their instructor and then be dismissed to their parents to prepare for their next dance or to watch in the auditorium until awards.  

 

During the Competition:

  • All dancers must have a parent or chaperone onsite for the entire competition in the event of an emergency. But we encourage you to watch the other numbers, as the kids tend to be more focused when you're not in eyesight  and have more practice space.

  • If not performing, all dancers should be in lime green jacket / warm-ups.

  • If eating, be careful not to spill on costume 

  • Performance times are subject to change (and probably will) Awards

 

Awards:

  • Dancers: All dancers will need a green team jacket for awards.  Dancers will meet backstage before awards begin and sit as a team onstage. 

  • Parents:  Parents are asked to sit in the audience for the awards ceremony.  

 

After Awards: Dancers will be dismissed for the day if all of their dances are complete. You are always invited to stick around to watch and support their teammates’ other dances. 

 

Dancer/Family Etiquette:

  • Dancers: Since dancers are in warm-ups, they are representing themselves, the Company and SDC the entire time they are at the competition!   Please make sure they are behaving appropriately. 

    • Be respectful of competition staff, property, and public venues.

      • No running, cartwheeling, screaming through halls  

      • Being polite

      • Picking up any trash 

      • No climbing on hand rails or other studio’s props 

    • Good Sportsmanship!!! 

      • Never bad mouthing another studio/dance 

      • Clapping after any studio performs

      • Congratulating/Wishing Good Luck to other teams

      • Applauding for any award that they or another studio receives

    • Good “theater” etiquette

      • Please be sure your dancer stays seated and is quiet during all performances.

      • Only enter or exit your seat/the auditorium between numbers (i.e. If a performance is going on, you should be seated.) 

      • Dance team, like any other sport, helps young people develop so much more than just the skills to dance. It teaches them personal responsibility, how to work hard to get what you want, how to be a team player, and yes, how to be polite, respectful, and considerate. It is up to us, as the adults, to consistently reinforce those lessons in our young people, by both reminding them of the appropriate behavior and by leading by example. Which brings us to our next section…

  • Parents & Families: Please follow the dancers etiquette above as well as the following. . .

    • Please if you have any questions, come to SDFC staff. The Competition Staff is not equipped to answer studio questions. If anything needs to be addressed with the competition staff, it needs to come from a SDC staff member.

    • Only instructors are allowed backstage 

    • Please don’t yell the studio’s name In cheering, try to be mindful of when is the appropriate time to cheer, and help younger dancers understand the difference between “cheering” and “screaming”

    • No pictures or videos should be taken of the dancers performances 

      • Flash photography can be dangerous and distracting to dancers  -  Keep kids photographically safe - Keep choreography safe  - Could result in disqualification Often times

      • NO Photos should be taken in the dressing rooms at any time.  

    • Only same gender parents are allowed in the dressing room.

Competition Hairsyles
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Little Spartans “Cupid”

  • Hair should be slicked tight to the head, with no wispies, fly-aways, or stray hairs. NO BANGS

  • Please use hair ties that match the color of your dancer’s hair.

  • All hair accessories should be pinned in securely as well

  • Please use lots of hairspray and gel so that it looks just as great at the end of the day as it did at the start!

  • Girls:   Pigtails - Hair should be parted down the center with a “polished” look for your dancers specific hair type. 

    • Arm bands are to go around each pigtail.

    • Heart hair piece to go in front of the right pigtail.

  • Boys:  Hair should be styled with hair spray so hair stays out of the eyes

Pre Company “Glamorous, Thriller & Lobster”

  • Hair should be slicked tight to the head, with no wispies, fly-aways, or stray hairs.

  • Please use bobby pins that match the color of your dancer’s hair.

  • All hair accessories should be pinned in securely as well

  • Please use lots of hairspray and gel so that it looks just as great at the end of the day as it did at the start!

 

  • Girls: Glamorous & Thriller -  French Twist parted over the left eye.  Crease of the twist opens to the right. 

    • Hair clip should be pinned in the crease of the french twist

  • Boys Glamorous:  Hair should be styled with hair spray so hair stays out of the eyes  

  • Girls Rock Lobster: French Twist parted over the left eye.  Crease of the twist opens to the right.

    • Lobster headpiece & hair clip in the crease of the french twist

  • Boys Rock Lobster: Hair should be styled with hair spray so hair stays out of the eyes

 

 

 

 



 

Part-Time Company:  All Dancers

  • Ladies:  Low Bun, parted over the right eye

    • Hair should be parted over the right eye and pulled into a slick back low bun.

    • Hair should be slicked tight to the head, with no wispies, fly-aways, or stray hairs.

    • Please use hair ties that match the color of your dancer’s hair.

    • Please use bobby pins that match the color of your dancer’s hair.

    • Please use lots of hairspray and gel so that it looks just as great at the end of the day as it did at the start

    • Please cover the bun with a lightweight hair net that matches child’s hair color

    • Hair clip should be placed close to the head above the bun.

  • Gentlemen:  Polished, styled

    • Hair styled.  If long hair, please keep it pulled back so it does not fall in the face when dancing.

Full Company:  All Dancers

  • Ladies (All dances EXCEPT Production, Ballet & Contemporary): Center part, low “braided” pony

    • Hair should be slicked tight to the head, with no wispies, fly-aways, or stray hairs.

    • Please use hair ties that match the color of your dancer’s hair.

    • Please use bobby pins that match the color of your dancer’s hair.

    • Please use lots of hairspray and gel so that it looks just as great at the end of the day as it did at the start

  • Ladies (Production, Ballet & Contemporary):

    • Braided low pony should be changed to a braided low bun with a hair net to match your dancer's hair color.

  • Gentlemen:  Polished, styled

    • Hair styled.  If long hair, please keep it pulled back so it does not fall in the face when dancing

Competition Makeup
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The purpose of stage makeup is to allow the judges and audience to see facial features, facial expressions, and consequently performance under the bright stage lights!
 

What Makeup is needed:

  • Full coverage foundation (that matches skin well)

  • Lightweight powder

  • Bright pink blush (MAC Dollymix or similar)

  • Duo eyelash adhesive 

  • Fake eyelashes 

  • MAC “Stars and Rockets” Eyeshadow

  • Matte (no sparkle or shimmer) white eyeshadow

  • Matte (no sparkle or shimmer) black eyeshadow

  • Black liquid or gel eyeliner

  • Black mascara

 

 

 

 

Stage Makeup Instructions:

  1. Apply a dab of foundation or eyeshadow base to the eyelids (helps eyeshadow to stick & last through day)

  2. Heavily apply white eyeshadow underneath the eyebrow, stopping before you reach the actual eyelid

  3. Apply white eyeshadow to the inside corner of the eye (near the tear duct)

  4. Apply purple eyeshadow to the entire lid area.  Put purple on heavy for the stage!

  5. Blend black eyeshadow into the crease of the eye. Blend so that it’s heaviest in the outside corner and gets lighter as it gets closer to the inside. (Think sideways V shape)

  6. Hold the fake lashes up to the dancer’s eye to measure and make sure that it fits the eye properly.  * TIP: Eyelashes may need to be trimmed.

  7. Apply a bit of Duo eyelash adhesive onto the fake lash.  Give it about 30 seconds to get tacky.

  8. Once the glue is tacky, place the lash as close to your dancer’s natural lash line as possible, without gluing the lash to their real eyelashes. You don’t want to see a gap between the fake lashes and the real lashes.  * TIP: It works well to have the dancer look down while applying the fake lashes.

  9. Apply black eyeliner along the top lash line, extending slightly out and up past the edge of the eye.

  10. Softly blend the black eyeshadow along the lower lashline

  11. Apply mascara to the bottom lashes, and top lashes if necessary

  12. Clean up any black or purple eyeshadow that may have fallen underneath the eyes (you’d be surprised how much is there!

  13. Apply a foundation that matches your child’s skin to the rest of the face. Remember- the foundation serves a purpose besides evening skin tone- it gives the rest of the makeup something to stick to so it stays put throughout a long dance of dance and bright, hot lights

  14. Apply powder to minimize shine/sweat

  15.  Starting at the apples of the cheeks, apply blush; blending up towards the ears.  (Visible but not overdone)

  16. Older dancers may wish to also contour under the cheekbones and around the temples with bronzer.

  17. Crisply apply lip pencil at edges of the lip and fill in the outside portion of the lip.

  18. Lastly, apply lipstick over the whole lip.

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