Showcase Participation Details

This page provides information about participating in the showcase. Carefully read all the content before deciding to opt-in. Should you have any unanswered questions, feel free to reach out at We’ll add frequently asked questions here to assist others.

If opting-in, continue reading and consider bookmarking this page for future reference.

Important dates and times:

  • Opt-in Deadline: Monday, 16th September 2024. Please confirm your participation by this date

  • Show Preparations: Routines will be choreographed and rehearsed during the Spring Term (January-April).

  • Ticket Sales: 2nd February 2025 at 10:00 AM. StageStubs – JLDance Academy.
  • Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, 27th April 2025 at Ripley Academy Theatre. Mandatory for all performing students
  • Showcase Weekend: 3rd and 4th May 2025 at Landau Forte College, Derby.

Dress Rehearsal – Sunday, 27th April 2025

  • Arrival: 10:00 AM, estimated finish at 4:30 PM.
    • Teenie’s Schedule: Arrive at 10:00 AM, finish at 12:00 PM.

Bring all costumes, shoes, and accessories.

Hair must be styled in a bun prior to arrival. Makeup is not necessary.

Dressers please aim to arrive 1 hour before students, thank you.

Show Weekend – Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May 2025

Saturday Details:

  • Arrival: 10:00 AM sharp
  • 10:30 AM: Dress Rehearsal
  • 1:30 PM: Lunch break
  • 2:30 PM: Matinee Showcase
  • Break between shows
  • 6:30 PM: Evening Showcase
  • Estimated finish: 9:30 PM

Sunday Details:

  • Arrival: 11:00 AM sharp
  • 11:30 PM: Team Time
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch break
  • 1:30 PM: Matinee Showcase
  • Break between shows
  • 5:30 PM: Evening Showcase
  • Estimated finish: 8:30 PM

Students must be in stage make-up and have hair styled in a ballet bun and prior to arrival (unless told otherwise beforehand)

    • Additional for Teenies on Show Days:
      • Arrival: 1:00 PM Saturday, 12:00 PM Sunday
      • Option to sign out between shows for rest and family time.
      • Optional early departure: After their dance in the second show each day for an earlier return home, welcome to stay for finale if they wish.


Students must commit to the dress rehearsals date and and both show dates in full, partial participation is not possible.

Students should strive for 100% attendance in their chosen classes. Absences may result in missing out on newly choreographed segments, i.e. if you’re missing from the class, you won’t be included any choreography that is set during that specific lesson.

Costs Involved:

  • Dress Rehearsal and Finale T-Shirt Fee:
    • £35.00 per student, invoiced post opt-in, non-refundable. These were previously charged separately but are combined for convenience.
  • Make-up: Uniform stage make-up:
    • Please see this page for details:
  • Accessories:
    • Typically include items already owned as part of general dance kits, such as Shimmer Tights, Satin Tights, Jazz Shoes, Satin Ballet Shoes, Seamless Underwear, Hair Grips, Hair Nets, Plain Black Trainers (for the finale), and Black Leggings or JL Leggings (also finale).
  • Costumes:
    • One per routine, usually provided by JLDance. Sometimes students may need to source costumes or parts thereof, as directed. Prompt payment is essential upon finalising costume prices. No costumes will be distributed without full payment.

Price averages based on 2022/23 Showcase:

  • Teenies, Mini’s and Juveniles: ~£35.00 per costume.
  • Juniors: ~£45.00 per costume.
  • Inters and Seniors: ~£60.00 per costume.

Please budget for these estimates plus additional margin. Expect to purchase one costume per dance style (e.g., Tap, Modern, Lyrical = 3 costumes).

All costumes are non-refundable. Opting-in commits you to pay for any costumes ordered on your behalf. Consider these costs before committing to the showcase.

Questions or uncertainties? Please don’t hesitate to ask!”

On the Day:

  • Student Check-In:
    • All students must be signed in and out by JLDance Staff and Dressers upon arrival and departure on Dress Rehearsal and Show Days.
  • Food and Drink:
    • We advise bringing a packed lunch, drinks, and snacks. Please ensure they are non-staining, nut-free, and drinks should have lids to prevent spills.
  • Personal Items:
    • Students may bring entertainment items for backstage use between routines and performances. However, these items should not have the potential to stain or damage costumes.
  • Showcase Recording:
    • The Show on Sunday will be professionally recorded. We request no unauthorised photography or video recording from the audience at any performance.

General Points:

  • Label Everything:
    • Please label all items including costumes, shoes, accessories, lunch boxes, bottles, costume hangers, and bags.
  • Costume Care:
    • Costumes should only be used for performances, not for general dancing or fancy dress. Replacements near showtime are difficult, so keep them clean and undamaged.
  • Personal Belongings:
    • Items brought backstage are at the owner’s risk. JLDance is not responsible for any loss or damage.
  • Dance Genres:
    • We recommend students in the Juvenile group and above study at least 2-3 dance genres. Focusing on a single routine in each show requires significant commitment.
  • Hot Food Run:
    • Organised annually by our amazing Dressers, details about the hot food run will be communicated closer to the show.
  • Backstage Access:
    • Only staff and Dressers are allowed backstage. Adults, other than these designated personnel, are strictly prohibited from entering this area.
  • Communication:
    • We strive to provide information promptly and clearly. General and important updates (e.g., costume prices, collection dates, required accessories) will be shared as soon as confirmed.
  • Dressers:
    • Volunteers are crucial for a smooth backstage operation. We encourage Dressers to coordinate show responsibilities among themselves to ensure that everyone gets a fair change to sit and watch the show. If you’re interested in joining the Dressers team, please speak to Gill at reception. Note: Dressers may not always work with their own child but will be responsible for multiple children.
  • Keep updated:
    • Ensure you’ve thoroughly read all the information provided. If you have questions now or at any point, please ask! It’s also handy to make sure “” is marked as a trusted sender in your inbox, and that you have the Class Manager Portal app installed on your phone.

Our annual show is a school highlight and a pinnacle event in our students’ dance journey. It’s a culmination of hard work, training, and dedication, resulting in a memorable weekend of top quality entertainment and performing. We often hear parents express immense pride in their children’s achievements, so we hope you can join us, and be part of something special!

To opt in or out, visit the parent portal < click here



  1. Select ‘Students’ from the menu
  2. Click the students name and ‘edit’
  3. Choose the option under ‘SHOWCASE 2024 OPT IN/OUT’
  4. Click Save

This will put you straight into our Show List, alternatively, email

Mandatory Dates: Dress Rehearsal Sunday 21st Apr’24 and Showcase Weekend 27th and 28th Apr’24. Opting in tells us that you have read everything on this page carefully, if we do not have a response by the 8th January we will assume you are not taking part.