Recital Information

Debbie Nowotnik, the staff and dancers of Center Stage Dance Academy are so excited to have just crossed into our 20th season of dance!

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RECITAL UPDATE – Updated 7/21/20

Our recital will be held at Center Stage Dance Academy on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9. We will be following state guidelines to make sure our dancers, staff, and family members remain healthy and safe.


Ron McKinney Photography will be taking pictures on Sunday, August 9th. Dancers should arrive ready for their pictures and line up outside of the studio, maintaining 6 ft. Dancers will enter through DOOR 3 wearing a mask. No parents will be allowed to enter the building for pictures. Dancers will use hand sanitizer when entering the building and will need to wear their mask throughout the time they are in the building, except for while taking their picture. Dancers will put their masks back on after pictures and will walk to the studio where filming of their dances will take place.

Families will receive an order form digitally before the picture day. Pictures can not be ordered in person on the day of. All orders will need to be placed digitally ahead of time.


On both Saturday and Sunday, all performances will be video recorded. We will also have a Zoom live feed going throughout the day for people to watch the performance digitally. (A single link will be sent out and used for the entire day.) One parent per dancer will be allowed in the studio to watch the performance. (We are limited by the guidelines and must remain under the maximum number of people within the building at all times.) Performers that are only doing the video recording and parents will enter through DOOR 1 for the filming. All audience members will need to wear a mask at all times while in the building, will also need to use hand sanitizer when entering the building, and must complete the screening questions. Temperatures will be taken upon entering.

Place orders by August 6th to have them in time for the recital. You may place orders after August 6th, but they will not be completed for the recital weekend.

*Groups that have larger numbers of dancers and parent audience members, will have their audience split. Each dance will perform twice for filming, and parents will be able to view ONE of the performances if numbers are too large.


Videos of the performances may be ordered through Center Stage. The videographer will be putting together a recital video after all recordings are completed.

*NO DRESSING ROOMS will be provided as we are not allowed to provide a space for that.

There will be no charge for viewing recital, but donations are welcomed during this challenging time. Thank you in advance.


Past Recital Information

Show Orders

NEW DATE: Sunday, Aug 9

Dress Rehearsal

Future Recital Dates

June 30 – July 3, 2021
June 29-July 2, 2022
June 28 – July 1, 2023

Recital Shirt
Order Form

Give a Shout Out
to your
Fabulous Dancer!

Phone: 847-669-2510
Email: [email protected]
10631 Wolf Drive
Huntley, IL 60142
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Registration is now open for all students! We are following COVID precautions along with offering zoom options.

Click here for more information or contact us at 847-669-2510 or [email protected] to register.

Recital Information

Elgin Community College Blizzard Theatre
1700 Spartan Dr. Elgin, IL 60123 – Building H

NEW DATE |  Sunday, Aug 9th

Dancers are expected to arrive 45 minutes before the start of their show and be dressed in full costume.

The Box office for ticket sales will open 90 minutes before each show. Doors will open to be seated 30 minutes before show time.

Before and after the shows you will have the opportunity to take pictures in the hallway on our red carpet, purchase recital t-shirts, and other memorabilia or concessions. DVD’s of each show are also available.


Click here for directions.

Picture Day – Saturday, June 7th at Center Stage Dance Academy

All dancers participating in the dance recital will have the opportunity to take a whole class and individual pictures in their costumes. You must fill out an order form and pay in full before the dancer takes their individual picture. Several package options will be available on the day of pictures.
Dancers must be ready 20 minutes before your designated picture time to allow time to fill out the order form and line up the dancers. We run a very tight schedule and CANNOT WAIT FOR ANYONE!

• Recital costumes with the designated shoes and tights are required for pictures.
• Hair and make-up is your choice.

*We would like all dancers here for group pictures whether you are purchasing pictures or not.
*Parents are not allowed in the room during pictures.

Dress Rehearsal

NEW DATE AND LOCATION!   Saturday, Aug 8th at the dance studio.

Time slots are given in 60-minute increments. All time slots are approximate and dancers should arrive 20 minutes before the start of their time slot.

• Dancers should arrive in FULL COSTUME with the appropriate shoes on.
• Dancers must be ready to go 20 minutes before

The Finale Dance is rehearsed at the start of dress rehearsal. Finale rehearsal is optional for ALL the dancers to come up on stage and dance together in their costumes. We ask that all dancers have clean sneakers or their dance shoes for this (no tap shoes, flip flops, or sandals).

Costume Pick Up Days at Center Stage Dance Academy

Saturday, April 27 – Friday, May 3

Parents/guardians must come into the studio to sign for the costume. We will not release these to students. If any family has any unpaid fees, your costumes will not be released. If you are not available to pick up your dancer’s costume, you can pick up the following week or you can call us to give permission to another parent.


Here is our 2019 Finale Dance.

Want to practice prior? Come and learn and/or practice the finale dance on the following days/times.

Tues, 5/21 and 5/28 - 4:45 pm & 8:15 pm

Wed, 5/22 and 5/29 - 5:45 pm

Thurs, 5/23 and 5/30 - 4:45 pm & 7:15 pm

Dress Rehearsal - Wednesday 6/5 4:00pm (Practice only)


Hair and Make-up

  • Hair should be neatly pulled back in a ponytail, bun, or braid so that is off of the dancers face and not distracting while they are performing.
  • Makeup is optional, however, we do suggest some mascara, blush, and lipstick to give the dancer’s face some POP! under the stage lights. Dancers will be required to stay backstage throughout the entire show. They will
    perform their dance plus a finale dance with the entire cast of the show.

Video Information

Center Stage uses Artistic Video to produce a high-quality recital DVD full of memories!

All DVDs have a menu. With the littlest dancers, the videographer uses a split-screen for more close-ups. With the production numbers, they focus more on the choreography.

Click here for the DVD Order Form for the 2020 Recital!!

DVDs will be mailed to you 8-10 weeks after the recital.

DVD's - $35

Add Streaming / Digital Downloads to your DVD for $10

Optional shipping - $3

Contact Tom Estes at (248) 624-6762
[email protected]

Recital Ticket Information

Tickets will go on sale on TBA Tickets are first-come, first-serve. You will select your seats at the time of purchase. Ticket sales will be handled by Elgin Community College directly.

Purchase options include:
In-Person at the ECC Box Office: 1700 Spartan Drive Building H. Elgin, IL 60123
Over the Phone: 847-622-0300

Box office Hours: Monday – Thursday 12:00-6:00pm.
Saturday 12:00-5:00pm.

The box office opens 90 Minutes before each showtime.

Online through ECC Website:

*Additional fees charged by Elgin Community College will apply for purchases with credit cards, and over-the-phone and online orders.

Tickets must be purchased for all persons viewing the show. Children over 18 months must have a ticket for their own seat. You will not be permitted into the theater without a ticket. DANCERS DO NOT NEED A TICKET FOR THEMSELVES.

2019 Recital Shirt Order Form

Every year, we have a custom recital shirt made with the logo for that year's recital. The retailer is onsite selling t-shirts, hoodies, and long sleeve shirts with the logo, cast list, and other special additions of your choosing. Make sure you get the size and color you want without waiting in line by ordering now!

Order T-shirts Here!


When placing your order, under "Choose Your Event" choose "Unlisted Event"

Under "Pick up Option" choose "Pick up"

On the second page, under "Special Notes" list "Center Stage Dance Academy Humanity 2019" to ensure the correct logo. 

Give a Shout Out to your Fabulous Dancer!

Would you like to let everyone know how proud you are of you wonderful dancer? Do you know a business that would like to have their ad seen by hundreds of people over a weekend? Pick up a Sponsor Form in the office and sponsor an ad in our 2017 Recital Program!

Click here to print the Dancer Sponsor Form


Click here to print the Business Ad Sponsor Form