RECITAL: June 16, 2018 | 11AM + 4PM

Children 3 and under do not need a ticket. Children 3+ must sit in a seat to not block the people behind them from seeing the show. 

Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis. When a show sells out, tickets will no longer be available for that show. Every child /adult age 3+ up needs to have a ticket. It is open seating, and doors will open 45 minutes prior to the show.  You will be unable to reserve seats for friends and family.  Please be respectful of this! NO FOOD OR COSTUMES in the THEATRE AUDIENCE OF ANY KIND!

Please plan to attend an entire performance not just the portion of the show that your child is in. All of our students work hard and deserve an attentive audience free from the distraction of people leaving the theatre.  The show is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes long.


  1. Every dancer must enter through the 500 Hall Exit and Entrance by the B Lot!

  2. Do not wear your costume in the audience.

  3. No food or drink in the audience.

  4. Do not enter or exit through the side audience door, this is a fire exit only.
    (This door will only be allowed to be used during Dress Rehearsal)


creative movement + predance

All the CM and PD classes perform in the first half of the show. Not one CM or PD student will be allowed anywhere besides backstage until intermission. The first half of the show runs 45 minutes to 1 hour long. Your student will be supervised by our amazing volunteers. They will be wearing Black DDS aprons the day of the show so you can easily find them. If you think your student will be hungry or thirsty pack them some water and a non-nut snack that is not messy (we don't want a costume emergency). Students should come in their costume (with regular shoes, do not wear dance shoes outside!) with their hair and makeup already done. They need to bring a labeled tote bag with their dance shoes, any snacks, and a change of clothes for after they perform on stage. Students must change out of their costumes before entering the audience. Students are welcome to watch the second half of the show with their parents, but they cannot be wearing their costume! Please keep their costumes/bags backstage or in the car at intermission.

levels 1 - 4

Students should arrive at least 15 minutes before the show start time with makeup and hair ready to go. There will be dressing rooms assigned to classes backstage. Students will enter through the side door. There is no entering the backstage area through the main entrance of the High School. Students must remain backstage until intermission, or the end of the show. Students are permitted to watch the second half of the show in the audience if they do not have any remaining dance numbers. They must have a ticket to sit in a seat. All students are required to perform in both shows at 11am and 4pm.


All classes will receive their costumes in May. Please note that dancers will not be allowed to receive their costumes or purchase tickets until ALL outstanding balances/tuition is paid in full and current. For more information on costume specifics, makeup and hair for each dance class go HERE. We do not have any extra costumes or costume pieces. Make sure that your student's costume is hung up before the show and that you arrive with all accessories, shoes and tights needed for your class. DO NOT IRON YOUR COSTUME! Parents are responsible for making the appropriate alterations for their student's costume before the show. When we measure for costumes we do our best to accommodate for extra growing room so that the costumes are not too small by the time of the show.


All Students must be dropped off at the 500 Hall Exit and Entrance by the B Lot! No student or parent may enter backstage through the commons. All parents must then go outside and around the building to the main entrance to enter the theater. When they are ready to pick up their student they will have to go back outside and around to the 500 Hall Exit and Entrance by the B Lot to pick up their student. When students arrive they must go to the correct table to check-in with our volunteer for both shows. Students must check-out with the volunteer before they leave as well.


We need at least one parent volunteer from each Creative Movement and PreDance Class with the students. Since there will be mostly female students of all ages with costume changes backstage, we ask for mom volunteers only, thank you for your understanding. We will have other (non-parent) volunteers backstage to help, but I feel it is valuable to have a mom who the girls know and recognize. Teachers of course will be back there also and will lead and set the their places onstage. Please email ASAP if you are willing to help out backstage and for which show. We are always in need of friendly volunteers! Thank you so much!! 

Dress/Tech Rehearsal: June 15
Time: TBA
Mercer Island High School

Mandatory dress rehearsal will take place at Mercer Island High School, Friday, June 15, from 3:30 - 6:30 PM. Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can start right on time. Students must enter through the side door for Dress Rehearsal and not through the main high school entrance! High School students are finishing up school so we must be respectful of school hours. This is a closed rehearsal: this means parents and caretakers only, no aunts, uncles, neighbors or additional friends. 

Dancers are allowed to leave when they finish their dress rehearsal. Dressing rooms will be assigned according to age and dance discipline.  Signs will be posted to assist with room assignments where parent helpers will provide supervision and costume assistance.

TBA Creative Movement and PreDance
TBA Ballet 1/2 - 4
TBA Remaining Running Order of the Show (Ballet 1, Jazz 1 - 4, Tap 1 - 4, Lyrical 1 - 4, Hip Hop 1 - 4, Contemporary 1 - 4)

Please have a parent/caretaker/guardian attend Dress Rehearsal with your student so they can hear all pertinent instructions and announcements and be familiar with what will take place on recital day. They are welcome to watch the show from the audience, and can leave once the student has finished all of their dance numbers. You will drop off and pick up your student at the 500 Hall Exit and Entrance by the B Lot Parking Lot. Students may not enter or exit through the main commons and entrance of the High School. Dress Rehearsal is the only time we are allowed to use the side entrance into the auditorium audience. Please do not let this confuse you, you will not be able to use this entrance into the auditorium from backstage on Saturday.

Pre-Dance & Creative Movement, must arrive at 3:15 (with costume on). Levels 1-4, Your dancer does NOT need to wear their costume. Please come in dance attire only and ready to dance! Upper levels with multiple dances will be allowed to leave their costumes in the dressing rooms after rehearsal so they don't need to transport multiple times. Remember, moms and dads and nannies and or additional family help is allowed, but please do not invite guests to the rehearsal. We need to run on time and the dancers need to focus and take corrections. Please be respectful of this.

DDS Class Pictures
June 10 - June 15 | Definitive Dance Studio

Monday, June 12th and go through Friday, June 16th. You will take your pictures during your regularly scheduled weekly class. Please note the Ballet photo schedule. Once you have completed your pictures, you will rehearse your piece.  If your class does not have a recital number you will still have dance class. All of your class time will be used.  Even if you choose not to purchase photos, please plan on coming and participating in the picture so those dancers who are buying pictures have a complete group photo. So come to class with your costumes and be ready to go right at class time!  Picture hair will be the same as recital hair.  

Picture order forms are available at the studio, this is an outside company that takes the pictures.  We provide this as a service to you, and is in no way affiliated with the studio. No payments for pictures are made to the studio, so please make sure you bring your checkbook or cash as credit cards are not accepted.  There are several price point packages available for purchase.  Pictures will be available for pick-up at the studio in September. 

Monday 6/11 | 4:15 - 8:45 | DDS

4:15 - 5:15 Mon. Pre-Dance | Lyrical 1
5:15 - 6:15 Ballet 1 | Ballet 2 (Monday and Wednesday Classes)
6:15 - 7:15 Ballet 3 (Monday and Wednesday Classes)
7:15 - 8:45 Lyrical 3 | Ballet 4 (Monday and Wednesday Classes)         

Tuesday 6/12 | 4:15 - 8:30 | DDS

4:15 - 5:15 Tues. Pre-Dance | Junior Jazz + Junior Lyrical
5:15 - 6:15 Jazz 2 | Senior Jazz + Senior Solos (Carly, Maddie, Olivia, Caroline)
6:15 - 7:15 Jazz ⅔ | Adv Jr Jazz + Adv Jr Contemporary
7:15 - 8:15 Jazz 3 | Teen Jazz/Lyrical/Cont
8:15 - 8:30 Jazz 4 | Adv. Junior Solos (Kayla, Vaiva, Alex, Julia, Amanda)

Wednesday 6/13 | 3:15 - 8:15 | DDS

3:15 - 4:15 Jazz 1           
4:15 - 5:15 Tap 4, Senior Tap | Ballet 1/2
5:15 - 6:15 Tap 3 | Jr Adv Tap
6:15 - 7:15 Tap 2 | Jr Adv Cont Trio
7:15 - 8:15 Tap 1 | 
8:15 - 9:15 

Thursday 6/14 | 4:15 - 8:15 | DDS

4:15 - 5:15 Lyrical 2 | Hip Hop 1    
5:15 - 6:15 Tap 1 | Boys Hip Hop
6:15 - 7:15 Tap 3 |  Hip Hop 2 | This is What Makes Us Girls
7:15 - 8:15 Tap 2 | Hip Hop ¾
8:15 - 9:15 Tap 4 | Clap Your Hands 

Friday 6/15 | 3:30 - 4:30 | MI High School

3:30 - 4:00 9AM Creative Movement Class (After Dress Rehearsal in the backstage hallway area)
4:00 - 4:30 10AM Creative Movement Class (After Dress Rehearsal in the backstage hallway area)


  • Please have your envelope already filled out.
  • You will need a separate envelope for each dance, but only payment.
  • Please include only 1 check regardless of how many dances you are in.
  •  Please may checks payable to: John Gault Productions
  •  Pictures will be available to pick up in late August/early September.
  •  Different packages are available for purchase and not affiliated with the studio.  Pictures are a personal choice.