Saturday, November 23, 2013


Please note that our website has a very comprehensive guide to Make Up & Hair.  Go to and hit link DUBBO NEWS to get full post and how to instructions on make up for stage.  It will be in November archive.  A link will also be posted on our Facebook page.  We will post how to videos.
MAKE-UP- Foundation, powder, blusher, white/cream eye shadow as base for eye, eye socket shaded with brown eye shadow ( violet eye shadow for students 8 years & under), black eye liner, white pencil as highlighter, black mascara, false eye lashes ( optional but highly recommended for students from 10 years of age), hot pink lipstick ( under 12s), crimson ( 14 yrs & open.)
TINY TOTS- Parents use your discretion.  Lipstick, blusher, shadow and mascara will be sufficient but ensure it is bright as the lights are very strong and can wash out those gorgeous little faces and we really want to see those beautiful smiles.
Students please ensure you wear white, nude colour or plain underwear under costuming and all straps etc must be pinned and unseen.  Body stockings are available for older students.
BOYS- Hair in own funky style.  Make up at own discretion and depending on child’s fairness.  Blusher or bronzer usually sufficient.
Please note that all hair styles will need to be slicked back from face.  The best technique is to use a fine tooth comb on damp hair and gel and hairspray to smooth hair and fringes off face.  Please ensure you use hair bands in matching hair shade or clear elastic bands.  Students with hair accessories please ensure that these are pinned firmly.  Hats, hair ties, hair pieces and wigs need to be pinned thoroughly.
SATURDAY FUTURE STARS “DOLLS” ELF THE MUSICAL High ponytail and flower pinned in.  Rest of hair curled.  Ballet or Jazz Shoes.
SATURDAY FUTURE STARS “TINKERBELL” High ponytail. Rest of hair curled.  Ballet or Jazz shoes.
MONDAY FUTURE STARS “I CAN’T WAIT TO BE KING” Hair in two very high pigtails and curled and teased out.  Ballet or Jazz Shoes.
PRIMARY BALLET “CINDERELLA” Hair in Classical Ballet Bun.  Headpiece pinned.  Ballet stockings.  Ballet shoes.
LEVEL 2 BALLET “ BEAUTY & THE BEAST” Hair in Classical Ballet Bun.  Headpiece pinned.  Ballet stockings.  Ballet shoes.
LEVEL 5 BALLET “CATS” Ballet Bun.  Ballet shoes.
SENIOR BALLET “GHOST” Hair braided to side.  Ballet stockings.  Ballet shoes.
POINTE “CENTRESTAGE” Hair in Classical Bun.  Ballet stockings.  Ballet shoes.
JUNIOR MODERN “ CAROUSEL”Hair in Classical Bun. 
INTERMEDIATE MODERN “LIONKING” Hair in very high ponytail and 
INTERMEDIATE HIP HOPROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW”Hair in high ponytail and teased out.  White ankle socks.  Please purchase white canvas lace ups.
SENIOR HIP HOP “I’VE GOT RHYTHYM “Hair & shoes to be decided upon in class with Miss Emma
BOYS CLASS “BLUES BROTHERS”Please purchase black canvas shoes ( slip on or lace up) Boys will also need to get black sunglasses.
JUNIOR JAZZ “ MARY POPPINS” Hair in high ponytail and curled.  Matte tan tights.  Camel Jazz Shoes.
10 YRS JAZZ “ BRING IT ON”- Hair in high ponytail and curled.  Matte tan tights.  Camel jazz shoes.
12 YRS JAZZ “HAIRSPRAY” Hair in high ponytail and curled.  Matte tan tights.  Camel jazz shoes.
14 YRS JAZZ “ FAME” Hair in high side ponytail to the right.  Matte tan tights.  Camel Jazz Shoes.
SENIOR JAZZ “ BORN TO HAND JIVE” all different hair styles from the era.  Matte tan tights.  Camel Jazz Shoes
JUNIOR TAP “ CHARLIE BROWN”  Two high pig tails.  Matte tan tights.  Camel Tap shoes.
INTERMEDIATE TAP “ THE WIZ”  Hair in two high pig tails and curled.  Matte tan tights.  Camel tap shoes.
SENIOR TAP “ FOOTLOOSE” Hair in two low pig tails.  Matte tan tights.  Camel tap shoes.
JUNIOR PERFORMANCE GREASE – Girls can have all different hair styles depending on the era.  Matte tan tights.  White ankle socks.  Camel Jazz Shoes.
Boys need to really fifties slick their hair and black canvas shoes.
INTERMEDIATE PERFORMANCE “LEGALLY BLONDE” All different hair styles ( ie pig tails, pony tails etc)  Matte tan tights white ankle socks camel jazz shoes
SENIOR JAZZ PERFORMANCE “BRING IT ON” Various cheerleader style hairstyles.  Matt tan tights.  White ankle socks.  White canvas lace ups.
SENIOR MODERN “LULLABY” Hair in braid and out.  Convertible tights.
JUNIOR HIP HOP “ WE WILL ROCK YOU”Hair in high ponytail and teased.  Please purchase black canvas lace ups.  BOYS will have wigs and high tops.PERFORMANCE STUDENTS 12 YRS & UP “A CHORUS LINE” OPENING
Students need to arrange their own audition look.  WE suggest leotards, dance shorts, ballet skirts, leg warmers.  They should wear their best dancewear and will need a number pinned on them at front and back like they are in an audition.

Sonya has advised that at Costume Collection she will have false eyelashes for sale $5 a pair or $10 for a 5 pair pack.  Eyelash applicators will be also available for &5.

We need a full dress rehearsal on Friday, 13th December as this is when our final lighting scheme will be decided upon.  I understand that for a great deal of our families that there will be a rush from school and work and so we are very appreciative of your efforts.  ( Concerts are meant to be fun so please don’t stress.  We only ask that you do your best.) 

Than you- Your children will not only look a million dollars but more importantly feel a million dollars.  We can’t wait to see our students SHINE.

Monday, November 18, 2013

GUIDE TO MAKE UP- Unlike the song title suggests "Making Up is not that hard to do."

Here is a comprehensive look at MAKE UP. Video to follow PLEASE CHECK OUT THE TUTORIAL FOR SOME FABULOUS TRICKS & TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR PERFECT STAGE FACE ON. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! 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 some of our kids 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!

Classical Ballet Bun Tutorial

Tutorial: Ballet Stage Make Up

Friday, November 15, 2013


Hi Everyone, Well haven't we been a flurry of activity at Stepping Out HQ. IT'S OFFICIALLY A MONTH. WE ARE SO EXCITED !! The response to ticket sales has been so overwhelming. It's going to be amazing for the kids to perform to such impressive audiences. I've had a sneak peek at Costuming- ARGHHHHHHHHHH! They are going to look SENSATIONAL. Our next big moment in the preparation for this special day will be our Stage Rehearsals. Please read below. STAGE REHEARSALS- SUNDAY 1st DEC The countdown continues. Now it’s time to get really excited because after all of our hard work in class we are now about to step on to stage for our very first stage rehearsal. Our stage rehearsals will be held on Sunday, 1st December at Dubbo Regional Theatre, Darling St. The students are asked to please enter through the backstage entrance at Carrington Ave and mark your child’s name off the roll. This is a closed rehearsal and only performers will be allowed entry beyond stage doors and area. Stagecraft Rehearsals prepare the students for the correct manner to enter and exit the stage, the stage dimensions and other important features of Performance. They are an important and exciting lead up to Dress Rehearsals and our Concert and are sure to combat all the nerves and ensure the performers are feeling prepared, confident and most importantly, very excited about their performance. Please pack a water bottle for your child and for those students with numerous rehearsals, adequate refreshments. Students should come dressed in dancewear and the entire faculty will be present on the day to keep a watchful eye over our stars. Please collect your child from the backstage entrance at the close of their rehearsal. Times are as follows; 9.30- 10.15 Saturday Future Stars 2-3 yrs 4-5 yrs ( 9.30 and 10.15am classes ) 10.15-11.00 Monday Future Stars, Monday Primary Ballet (with Brinley Catto) 11.00-11.45 Junior Tap ( with Brandie McGuire), Level 2 Ballet ( with Maddie Gibson) 11.45-12.30 Junior Modern Tuesday 4.30, Junior Jazz Monday 4.30 ( with Melissa McDonald) 12.30- 1.15 Intermediate Tap, 12 years Perf Yellow Brick Road ( with Courtney) 1.15- 2.00pm Junior Hip Hop Tues 5.15, Intermediate Hip Hop Tues 6.00 2.00- 2.45pm Boys Class, Senior Tap, Senior Hip Hop 2.45-3.45 10 years Jazz Monday 5.15, 12 years Jazz Monday 5.15, Senior Perf 3.45- 4.45 Grade 5 Ballet, Senior Ballet, Pointe 4.45- 5.30 14 years Jazz, Intermediate Contemp Monday 7.15 5.30- 6.15 Senior Jazz & Junior Performance –Grease, Senior Modern 6.15-7.00 ALL PERFORMANCE STUDENTS A copy of this note will be posted on our blog under DUBBO NEWS and a link will be on our facebook page. A reminder that tickets went on sale at DRTCC on Monday 11th November ( A Hair & Make Up Note will be sent home shortly ( all info will be available on the blog with a link from Facebook.) In the coming weeks, we will also be sending home notes regarding our Dress Rehearsal on Friday, 13th Dec, an invite for anyone who may be interested in volunteering assistance in the countdown, Costume Balances and information regarding the organization of both Dress Rehearsal and Concert Day. We understand it’s a lot of information and we thank all our studio families once again for the support and enthusiasm you are so kindly extending to us. We hope you will enjoy the show as much as we have enjoyed producing it.