There are many reasons Generations is a great place for families, but the best might be the "Family Friendly Recitals!" One of our first families at Generations described the dress rehearsals and recitals like this: "The recitals are 'short and sweet'-lasting about an hour - my son and husband love this! And, because they are at Westerville South, there is free parking and virtually no travel time making it a really convenient event for the entire family! And dress rehearsal only lasts about an hour!"
Generations dancers begin learning their recital routines in January. Shortly thereafter, dancers will receive their costumes! Our staff will take care of all alterations! Another Generations Extra!
Recital Photos will be taken during classes in February or March. Every student will receive a complimentary photo for each class he or she is a participant! Another Generations Extra! In addition to the photo session being a memorable event, it is another opportunity for us to make sure everything is just perfect in preparation for the recital.
Our Dress Rehearsals are hassle-free! Each class is given a specific time to be ready to go at Westerville South. You won't need to be there more than an hour if your child is in one dance!! This is also a special time when you can move right up to the front and videotape and photograph your child on stage. The Dress Rehearsals are scheduled for May 3rd and 4th 2012!
Generation's recitals are kept "short and sweet." We will have 7 or 8 recitals over the weekend. Each class will participate in one performance. We typically place families with more than one student, or more than one dance in the same show when possible! The Generations recital times are scheduled for the convenience of our families. For example, in 2012 many of our students had their First Communion on the same weekend as the dress rehearsal. We worked with the church and made sure it worked for everyone! Our times last year we 5:00. 6:30 and 8:00 on Friday and 10:00, 12:00. 1:30 and 3:00 on Saturday. With an 8th show, there would be an additional show at 4:30 on Saturday. The recitals for 2013 are scheduled for May 17th and 18th.
Benefits of Performances
At Generations, we believe performance is one of the best gifts of dance! It is fun and exciting to get up on stage and show parents and family what you have learned! But the confidence that develops from successful performance carries through to adulthood! Former dancesr come back and tell us how beneficial learning to be in front of an audience had been helping them in their careers and in life!
Once your child has participated in their first recital and is 7 years old, there are additional performance opportunities! If this is something you would like to participate in, just let us know. Many of these performances are Community Service based including the Westervill Christmas and 4th of July Parades and school functions.
Generations participates in most of the Westerville Fourth Friday Events right in front of Generations. On September 28, 2012, we will be "Dancing in the Streets" at 6:00. In October, it's time for "Midnight Madness" where we will debut our newest dances for the season.
The Westerville Christmas Spectacular
We are set for "The Westerville Christmas Spectacular" on Saturday December 8th at Westerville Central High School. The show is an annual event produced, directed and choreographed by the Generations staff and performed by Generations students. Students with previous dance experience who are 7 years old or above may apply to participate in this exciting production at registration! Another Generations Extra! This gives the students the experience of being in a show that is just like a professional production!!
There is a children's concert in the morning. You'll see "Frosty The Snowman," tap dancing "Penguins" and the "Hippo" everyone wants for Christmas. The full-length show in the afternoon and evening feature Generations dancers in a musical celebration of the hustle and bustle of the season, including tap-dancing reindeer, dancing dolls and more! The show ends with an emotional scene in Bethlehem celebrating the true meaning of the season. Tickets will go on sale in October-call 794-3298 to purchase tickets. This is a show your family won't want to miss!
The Pride and Spirit of America
"The Pride and Spirit of America" was given rave reviews by the audience this summer! This program is dedicated to the men and women who serve and preserve the freedom we enjoy here in the USA. We were able to support a young man from Westerville who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan this year by donating $500 to help with his future needs. The show is tentatively set for June 29, 2013 at Westerville Central High School. Tickets will go on sale June 1st. All Service Men and Women as well as Veterans will receive free admittance with the Military or Veteran ID. We look forward to honoring more of our service men and women in the future!!!
Check back for other opportunities to see our dancers perform!