Be sure to read our Dance Recital Newsletter, with everything you need to know for this Spring.

For three decades, Stouffville Academy has provided students with exciting performance experiences at our year-end shows. An annual staple of any performing arts school, ‘The Recital’, conjures fond images of childhood for many. It is a rite of passage for thousands of young students, a chance to shine in front of family and friends that they anticipate with nervous excitement.

The recital offers our students a professionally directed performance that allows them to present to their families and friends the results of a year’s hard work, dedication, and progress.

A big part of the performing arts training process includes learning through performance. The experience helps build self-esteem, self-assurance, and contributes to a sense of confidence. Although performance opportunities can help prepare some students for a possible career in the performing arts, they also contribute to children’s success in other activities. That onstage experience can result in better in-school presentations, improved social skills, and strong interview skills for future job opportunities. The rehearsal process is a tremendous learning experience as well. It helps the children develop retention skills, and by working with their classmates on a group performance, they learn the positive aspects of working as a team to create the best end result.

Dedication to recital commitments is the responsibility of both students and their parents. We have created this online guide in an effort to help clarify what to expect in terms of commitments and responsibility to the annual recital, the school, and other students and parents.

Important Dates

Please be sure to check the important dates section of the website on a regular basis The key dates include the Recital Fee Payment Due Date, the Recital Photo Date, the Finale Rehearsal Date, the Dress Rehearsal Date, and the Recital Date. These dates are typically posted prior to registration as the theatre is booked a year in advance.


As the season progresses, additional recital information and updates will be posted on Facebook, in newsletters sent out via email and on our website. We do ask that you please read all communications carefully. Our goal is to make the recital an organized, exciting experience for everyone involved. It’s a team effort; students, their parents, the teachers, and the directors are key players in ensuring the children have a great experience.

Our goal is to make the recital an organized, exciting experience for everyone involved.


We spend many hours determining the correct costumes for each class. They are always age-appropriate and of the highest quality possible. Students will need one costume for each subject they train in. Costumes include all accessories (hats, gloves, etc.), but not tights or shoes.

The recital fee will include the recital costume, a class photo, as well as online digital access to our recital videos.

Recreational recital fees are as follows:

• KinderDance 1-3 - $135
• All recreational classes ages 6 and up - $145

Details on competitive costumes are included in the Competitive Team Handbook.

*Please note that all costume payments are subject to HST.

In an effort to ensure that costumes are delivered in time for school photographs and an organized distribution to our students, costume orders are placed by the end of October. Costume manufacturers do not accept cancellations or offer refunds; therefore the school does not refund costume fees.

Please refer to for costume due dates.


Costume measuring begins during the first week in October, during scheduled class times. Each child will be measured in order to determine his or her proper costume size(s).


Boys pants will need to be hemmed as they are cut long to account for varying heights. Girls are responsible for purchasing required tights.

Although rare, small alterations (like strap adjustments) are sometimes needed after the costumes have been distributed and are the sole responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian.


Costumes will be distributed prior to the Recital Photos. To ensure that there are no costume problems, students should not wear their costumes, accessories, or tights prior to the photo session, dress rehearsal, or performance.


No refunds will be made if a parent or guardian withdraws a child from the school after costumes have been ordered and prior to the recitals. Parents or guardians may pick up purchased costumes after the recitals and up to 15 days after the performances. Costumes not picked up after 15 days will be donated to charity.

Costume Care

We recommend that each student’s name be placed in his or her costumes, shoes, accessories, and tights. Please do not wash costumes in your washing machine; hand clean them only (after the recital).

We recommend that each student’s name be placed in his or her costumes, shoes, accessories, and tights.


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