Great Lakes Dance Academy

We, at Great Lakes Dance Academy, are committed to providing you with the very best Performing Arts education. We want each experience at our academy to be positive and inspiring. Our capable teachers and staff are passionate about dance education and the performing arts. We look forward to sharing our passion with each student, and helping each dancer, singer, and actor reach their goals.

Recital FAQ's and Dress Rehearsal Schedule

Dress Rehearsal Schedule: click here

Dress rehearsal will be broken up over 4 days and each class will have a chance to get on stage in costume and practice their routine a few times. The schedule has been emailed to every parent. Each child will be also given a personalized copy of the schedule with their specific times highlighted, they will be handed out starting May 7th during class time. If you missed the email, click here :)


When is Recital:

-This years Recital will be happening Thursday June 8 @ 6:30pm, Friday June 9 @ 7:00pm and 2 performances on Saturday June 10th. 1:30pm and 7:00pm. All performances are at the Imperial Theatre 168 Christina St N.

What show (s) are my child in??:

-All students Level 1 and up (including Primary Ballet 2) will be performing in the Friday and Saturday evening shows, both beginning at 7pm.

 -All Preschool, Primary and Dance Adventures and Boys Hip hop classes will be in either Thursday night @ 6:30

OR Saturday afternoon @ 1:30.

My child is dancing on Friday and Saturday night, do I have to watch both shows???????:

-NO, you don’t have to watch both. Unless you want to :).

I want to help out with recital, what can I do???:

We are looking for volunteers to help out in all of the dressing rooms, to help with costume changes if needed, and to help maintain law and order backstage. We need lots of help, so if you can, see the office to sign up.  We will also need a Dad or two to help in the boy’s dressing room. Thank you in advance :)


Each year, we bring our office to the Imperial Theatre and allow our current families to avoid the rush in the summer and register for the fall dance season early. We won’t have a schedule for the fall, but do know what classes will be offered. So you get first dibs on the classes you want. During the summer, when we have the schedule completed, we will send you your fall schedule and if you need to make changes, there is lots of time to do so.

My child is only in one number, can they leave when they are done dancing???

NO. Once they are in their rooms, they are there until the end of the show. There will be a final bow for the entire school. We also don’t have enough support staff on hand to keep track of kids leaving at different times. It’s easier and safer for everyone, to stay until the end. Send them with a snack and something to do. They will be well supervised. :) We have a system for picking them up after the shows from the front of the stage.

My child is only in one number, can they come sit with me when they are done dancing??

No. See above :)

Do I need a ticket for my child who is dancing??

No. See above :)


We have a “red carpet” style photo booth. There will be a back drop set up in the lobby that the kids can stand in-front of and get their pics taken by you! There isn't a schedule or a photographer, so you can take the pictures in whatever form you like and do whatever you like with them. There will be some fun hashtags to go along with the week if you feel so inclined to share them on social-media :)

Hair, shoes and tights:

The following is the updated list of Hair, shoes and tights for recital. The list is also on the back side of the dress rehearsal schedules that are going out to every student. ;)

All hair is to be in a BUN unless instructed otherwise. Short hair, pinned back and off the face, no fly-aways.


Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop classes are to wear caramel tights

Balera T99C (child) Footed Tight colour: Caramel

Balera T90-T90(C) Convertible Tight colour: Caramel

Ballet classes are to wear pink tights.

Balera T99C (child) Footed Tight colour: Ballet Pink

Balera T90-T90(C) Convertible Tight colour: Ballet Pink

Contemporary and Acro

T6980-T6980(C) Footless Tight colour: Caramel


Ballet- Dance Adventures, Preschool and Primary - Grade 1 -

Balera B40. Leather Full sole Ballet shoe. (colour Ballet Pink)

Jazz – All levels

Balera B80. Pull on Jazz Boot (colour Caramel)

Pre School/ Primary Tap

Balera B60 Beginner Patent Tap Shoe (colour Black Patent)

Tap 1, 2 and IS level A

Balera B70 Beginner Patent Tap Shoe with Strap (colour Caramel)

Tap 3, 4 and IS level B,C,D

Balera B160 Black lace up oxford full sole Tap shoe

Hip Hop- All levels

All black, canvas sneakers. (in the style of Converse All Stars or Vans)