Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner BEST Dance School in RI, 2017, 2018, 2019
Our Annual Recitals are held in June at Roberts Hall, Rhode Island College. Mandatory closed Dress Rehearsal for the Recital is also held in June.
  • While we are an all-inclusive performance based studio, it is not mandatory to participate in the June Recital. Please notify the office if your dancer is not performing in the Recital by November 1st.
  • Select Company Routines will perform in all shows.
  • Dancers may not switch classes after December 1.
  • Dancers and siblings who take multiple classes may be cast in multiple Recitals. We do our best to schedule classes on the same day in the same Recital.  There is no guarantee.
  • Recital design varies year to year. We do our best to accommodate all families while upholding the artistic integrity of the performance.
  • At our closed mandatory Dress Rehearsal only one parent per dancer is permitted to attend, non-dancer siblings and other family members may not attend. All are invited to the Recitals!
Timeline for Dancers in the 2020 Recital
In Studio Picture Days:
Warwick: Sunday, May 3
Cranston: Sunday, May 17
Smithfield: Sunday May 17
Not mandatory, specific times TBA, no fee due at Picture Day, payment due on Viewing Day June 6-Lobby of Roberts Auditorium, RIC.

Recital Ticket Sales:
Show 1:  Monday, May 18
Show 2:  Tuesday, May 19
Show 3: Wednesday, May 20
Show 4:  Thursday, May 21
Show 5:  Friday, May 22
Tickets are sold through the RIC Box Office- $25/adult, $15/children 12 and under, children 1 and under sitting on a lap are free.

Mandatory Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, June 6, Times TBA
Roberts Auditorium, RIC
One parent per dancer may attend Dress Rehearsal.  Non-dancer siblings may not attend, this includes babies in carriers.  These rules are strictly enforced with plenty of notice given to make arrangements.  No exceptions will be made.  

Picture Viewing Day: Saturday, June 6 Lobby of Roberts Auditorium, RIC

Recitals: Roberts Auditorium, Rhode Island College
Show 1:  Saturday, June 27, 10:30am
Show 2:  Saturday, June 27, 2:00pm
Show 3:  Saturday, June 27, 5:00pm
Show 4:  Sunday, June 28, 11:00am
Show 5:  Sunday, June 28, 3:00pm

  • Held at Roberts Auditorium, Rhode Island College.
  • Recitals are a wonderful opportunity for dancers to showcase what they have been working on throughout the year.
  • Performing on a big stage and bright lights encourages independence, confidence and poise in our students!
  • Participation in the Recital is not mandatory. Notify the office if your dancer will not participate in the Recital by November 1st.
  • Dancers and siblings who take multiple classes may be cast in multiple Recitals. We will not know which Recital your dancer is cast in or show orders until February. Recital design varies year to year.
  • Dancers may not switch classes after December 1st. No exceptions.
  • We do our best to accommodate all families while upholding the artistic integrity of the performance.
  • At least 6 students in a class are required to participate in the Recital. Some classes may be perform together in the Recital.
  • Held at Roberts Auditorium, Rhode Island College.
  • Classes will not be held at the studios on Dress Rehearsal day.
  • This is a closed Dress Rehearsal. Only ONE parent per dancer may attend Dress Rehearsal. Non-dancer siblings and other family members may not attend Dress Rehearsal, this includes babies. No exceptions.
  • Dancers must attend Dress Rehearsal to perform in the Recital.
Accounts must be up to date in order for dancers to participate in Dress Rehearsal and the Recitals. This means, all tuition and fees due must be paid by May 30th. June tuition must be paid on time at your first class of June in order to participate in the Recitals. 
How to: CDDS Recital 2019-Roberts Auditorium, RIC
It’s what you’ve been waiting for…the culmination of the year’s training and fun!  Here’s to a wonderful experience that is all about our DANCERS.

Dancers are not dismissed until the end of the show.  Please remain in your seats to enjoy the full production.  No dancer will be dismissed early for the safety of all performers.

  • Check in dancer 35 minutes before your show time in lobby and receive one parent wristband (wristband required to pick up dancer after show.)
  • CDDS staff escorts dancers to Dressing Room.
  • Check out dancer at end of show in the side hallway. Parade of Dancers ends the show!
  • When curtain goes down, ONE parent with wristband line up in side hallway - where you met dancer at Dress Rehearsal. (All other audience members exit to the Lobby).
  • Dancers are not dismissed until the end of the show.  
  • Staff members escort ONE parent with wristbands the dressing room to pick up dancer.
  • A CDDS staff member will assist Dance Dads with wristband as dancers are changing in the dressing room.
  • Additional siblings, babies and other family members are not permitted in this area during check out. For safety and capacity limits, this is a closed dressing room. This policy is strictly enforced.
What to know before you go:
  • Arrive 35 minutes before your show time in full stage makeup, hair, first costume. - Posted online in February.
  • There are other dance studio events at RIC, come to ours at Roberts Auditorium!
  • Photo/Video are prohibited during the show. Keep cell phones & cameras away at all times. Ushers will ask you to put your devices away if they are out. Follow this rule to prevent disruption.
  • CDDS staff and helpers change dancers at Recitals, enjoy the show!
Step 1: Get ready at home!
  • Write dancer name in everything, ie. shoes, costumes, accessories, etc.
  • Pack all costumes, accessories, and shoes. 
  • Pack clothes and shoes to change into after the performance.
  • Pack animal crackers and water only.
  • Put on makeup, tights, camisole and first costume (same as Dress Rehearsal). See website.
Items Not Allowed: If dancers arrive with these items a CDDS staff member will remove them or dancer may not be able to perform. CDDS and RIC are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Underwear: Tights are considered an undergarment, underwear is not needed.
  • Jewelry: Remove earrings before arrival to avoid dancers getting upset. Based on our experience, this is key. J  If earrings cannot be removed, cover them with a piece of band aid before arrival. 
  •      If a dancer arrives with earrings, a CDDS staff member will remove them.
  • Temporary Tattoos, Colored Hair Dye, Hair Beads, Nail Polish
  • Shiny Tights or Pantyhose: Dancers must wear approved tights listed in dress code.
  • Leave games, toys and personal belongings at home.
Step 2: Arriving at Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College!
  • Dancers must arrive 35 minutes before your show, in full stage makeup, hair, and first costume. See website.
  • Allow time for traffic, parking, bathroom, check-in, etc.
  • Put on dance shoes and remove non-costume items.
  • One parent and dancer see lobby check-in table.
  • Use the restroom beforehand and find your seat as soon as the theater opens.        
STAGE HAIR for female dancers: Use hairspray and gel!
Mommy and Me:  Hair pulled away from face, secure headpiece with bobby pins/clips.
Preschool: Neat and secure LOW bun. Bun must be LOW for hats to fit properly.
Primary, Level 1, 2, 3, 4, Company: Two French braids parted on the left tucked under.See website.

STAGE MAKEUP for female dancers:
Dancers need makeup to prevent their features being washed out by the bright lights on stage.
Black mascara, brown eyeshadow, blush, red lipstick.
Rhy/Jr/Sr Co. false eyelashes.
STAGE HAIR/MAKEUP for male dancers:
  • Hair neat away from face.
  • Just enough makeup to emphasize facial features on stage – ie. a little bit of blush for cheekbones and jawlines, some lipstick to bring out natural lip color. Or whatever he is comfortable with!
How to enjoy a CDDS production to the fullest!
To ensure the best possible experience for your dancer and your family, please read through, share and uphold the following CDDS theater etiquette.

1. Arrive early and get to your seat 5 minutes before show time- Our shows start on time!  Late arrivals will not be allowed in to the audience until the ushers determine an appropriate time. Allow time for traffic, inclement weather, parking, bathroom stops, picking up Celebrate Your Dancer items, finding your seat, etc. Have a plan for your entire party to have their own tickets. If you are late entering, you may not be seated in your original seat.

2. Please remember that everyone on stage is someone’s child and their family and friends are excited to see them perform. Do not leave your seat during the show unless there is an emergency. If you leave, you may not be able to return to your original seat.

3. If there is a short intermission, please remain in your seat unless absolutely necessary. The restroom lines can be long at this time and we will start the show promptly at the designated time.  If you are late entering for the second act you may not be able to return to your original seat.

4. Keep cell phones/devices and cameras away during the entire performance. No photo/video are allowed. Embrace the moment and enjoy the live performance. Purchase the professional video! Any cell phones or other screens are distracting to the audience and performers. Avoid the disruption of ushers asking to put cell phones away by keeping them away during the show. Please be courteous.

We are thankful for our respectful dance community, performers, staff, family, and friends.