Sunday, November 20, 2011


Well this time in two weeks we will be recuperating from what promises to be our most memorable concert yet but in the meantime, to get to this blissful state, much needs to happen. DON'T FORGET the following important dates;
* SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27th- STAGECRAFT REHEARSAL at WESLEY HALL ( all students have been given a timetable. Please contact me or check noticeboard if you have misplaced yours.)
* CLASSES MONDAY, 28th & TUESDAY, 29th will be as normal but we will also be using this time for Costume Collection. Balances of costumes will be supplied as they are made available to us from Sonya.
* DRESS REHEARSAL- WEDNESDAY 30th NOVEMBER at Dubbo Regional Theatre. 1st half performers required from 4- 6pm ( all Future Stars & Junior Jazz students will be dismissed at 5pm). 2nd half performers will be required from 6-8pm. Please be prompt and ready, fully dressed with hair & make up by commencement time as this is a full technical rehearsal.
NOTES ON CONCERT DAY ORGANISATION will go home in week before Concert.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Some hair photos



Hair slicked using fine tooth comb and gel to get smooth appearance


Hi Everyone,
Monday's classes were handed their Concert Guide yesterday with important information about Rehearsals ( Stage & Dress) as well as Hair & Make Up.
I APOLOGISE AS IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT JUNIOR JAZZ WAS OMITTED FROM THE LIST FOR DRESS REHEARSAL. JUNIOR JAZZ "Walk Like an Egyptian" will be in the first half ( so 4pm start on Wednesday 30th Nov)but closer to Dress Rehearsals you will be given a program of events.
I have no excuse other than a massive six hours typing up notes and working out programs and a somewhat brain deficiency caused by the commotion of the Slack-Smith kids in the background.
A note correcting this will be given to Junior Jazz next week. ( and can I add, WOW, how amazing is this group?? Miss Emma is doing a brilliant job with them. Energy & Enthusiasm Plus.)
The other concern was for those students who had hair changes. Exhale ladies. It will be ok. We are all there to help ( and there are quite a few experienced mums there). YOU CAN DO IT. Don't get too worried about it especially the curls ( though hair pieces are fabulous! I haven't curled my girls hair in years. I just clip on their flowing locks and away we go) But if you don't want to go to that expense, rags, foam rollers or heated are ideal. If you need to get your daughter's hair out and then up, I really suggest you start with two braids as this keeps the hair staying put all day and all night. I will post some pics for you of the various hair to help.

Monday, November 7, 2011



It's that time of year again when we dive into our treasure trove of make up and get our little darlings looking gorgeous for the stage! Why do we need to put make up on the kids? Well, though your little dancer may look like a mini drag queen off stage, I can assure you that on stage, they will just look like their sweet little self (with just a touch more pizzazz.) The lighting used can wipe them out and make it very hard for them to dazzle us with their brightest smiles so they need a little help to highlight their features PLUS IT'S FUN! Little girls love make up!Mums, I feel your's hard to get animated, excited little faces still long enough to weave your magic wand. And then there is the liquid eye liner....oh and the tears, you forget how easily and often little faces can crumple into tears until you spy your pain stakingly applied handi work sliding down their faces. BUT know this, it does get easier and quicker. A little bit of practise before the big day and you are good to go. Remember, children, like animals smell fear! Go into the application with confidence and assertiveness. You are a make up magician. Here is my guide to lighting up our Junior's faces.
* Use a foundation in their shade ( you can go one shade darker than skin tone for stage but make sure you cover neck etc as well). I suggest using a sponge to apply. It's much quicker and much better for coverage. Some skin tones may not require much foundation.
* DO use powder to blot out shininess and it will help rest of make up to go on with ease and stay on.
* Use a white highlighter (shadow or powder form- some have a real sheen or a glitter) and lightly place under eye area and along cheekbone. Get your little one to suck in cheeks and generously apply hot pink blusher (for very rosy cheeks.)
* Closing eyes, cover entire eye area in white or ivory eyeshadow. Using a brown eye shadow cover entire eye lid. Accentuate corner of eye with a darker brown shade. Trace top lid with crayon eye liner in black and extend along eye in a cat's eye. (I use a crayon liner rather than pencil as it is easier on little faces). Use crayon liner under eye as well but below natural line so as to enlarge eyes.
* Use a white eye liner in corner of eyes on both sides.
* If using false eye lashes apply now. Use glue on both lashes and paint along upper lid. Press firmly and hold until fully dry. If not using eye lashes ( on little ones etc) just use mascara on top and lower lashes. Apply LOTS especially if they are fair.
* You can then if you like go over crayon with liquid eye liner ( I use the pen ones) as again they are much easier.
* On fair children , it is important to draw in eye brows in slightly darker shade than hair. Just lightly colour in.
* Outline lips in lip liner- I colour in lips with it as well and then apply lip stick! HOT PINK- as bright as you can find!!
Here are some pics of Immy & Onny in full make up! There are always lots of mums who have been there, done that all before and remember their first days of making up their children and who are only too happy to help! Please ask us if we can help you! Concerts should be fun and not stressful!

Tutorial: Ballet Stage Make Up


Whoah! In our first two hours of ticket sales we are overwhelmed by the response. The 5pm show is close to being a sell out and the 11am is selling fast too. If you haven't already done so, time to start booking those seats to see your superstars.
Your notes are going home today about Concert Rehearsals & Hair & Make Up.
Stick it on the fridge or somewhere handy. It is your Concert Bible.