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JUNE 7th - 9th, 2024

at The Garden Theatre

160 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787

STUDIO REHEARSAL gives your child a chance to meet the other students, teachers and the volunteers that will be helping backstage. It also allows them to learn the order of the show! Please prepare for a quick drop off with only the items your child absolutely needs and a quick pick up. If you have questions, we ask that you email them or send a question to the BAND associated with your class or show! Do not send food or drinks. At the front of Studio you will also find a table for information!

Studio Rehearsals are very important. DO NOT WEAR YOUR COSTUME to studio rehearsal. This is when the students will practice the order of the show and meet all of the staff and personnel that they will see back stage. They will also practice their bows and review performance etiquette. PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SIT IN AT STUDIO OR DRESS REHEARSALS! (we want your child to feel as though the performance is FRESH for their audience)


DRESS REHEARSAL gives your child a chance to practice everything as it will be on the day of the show! That means costumes, proper tights and shoes, hair and makeup in performance best! It’s an important day so plan ahead! We suggest a fun “PRACTICE NIGHT” or “MIDDAY SPA” at home for hair and makeup!

Dress Rehearsal is MANDATORY! We must have this time with your child to get them familiar with the "big stage," the lighting cues, entrances and exits. PARENTS WILL DROP OFF CHILDREN AT THE STAGE DOOR (just like famous folks!). We have plenty of capable and well-seasoned staff and ensemble parents who help the children backstage.

For makeup tutorial click here


(Level I/II, PrePointe, Creating Dances, Adult Classes, CheerDance, PrePremier Scottish, Apprentice Co Classes & Ensemble)


Show A
Show B


(Ensemble, Jr and Sr Co Classes, Senior Solo,

Premier Scottish, and Level III/IV, Features)


Show C

General Info

LOCATION Our performances are at the Garden Theatre. Please take a drive and get your bearings for parking and so that you can explain to family. Remember that Saturday is Farmer’s Market Day and downtown is crowded. You will also want to scout out the easiest before or after recital refreshments, dinner, picture spots and other celebrations! KNOW YOUR SHOW Our Show A is geared to our Level I/II students but is not limited to those classes. Our Show B is our Foundations students but not limited to those classes. Our Show C is our upper-level students and special features. Your child/children may be in more than one show! Always ASK!


PICTURES  ____________________________________ Watch for a posted schedule We host our commerical picture day with Whit’s Photography. Watch for more specific times to be posted the first week of May. Further instructions will also be available at that time. A posed studio shot is a beautiful record of your child’s recital performance. AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT is the group shot: A photo that keeps the memory of who was in the class that year, what the costume looked like and how cute everyone is when they are not worrying about recital performance! We also usually have professional candid photographer at dress rehearsal and the performance. Those photos will be made available to you as well! PLEASE NOTE: There is NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED during performances!


SHOW RECORDINGS We are not looking to “break your bank” and video companies do not trust there will be a profit on recitals again because of the economy. We have the show taped (not edited) in a wide shot format and copies or links made available for a low price. Please look for details about viewing options for your child’s performance to be distributed closer to showtime. Special arrangements will be made so do not plan to bring your camera and video tape from your seat…that will NOT be “part of the plan” as a courtesy to everyone.


FLOWERS Please support both your dancer and the tradition of presenting performers with flowers by making sure that you PRE PURCHASE a special “ Bouquet”  for your special star! This is proper performance etiquette and every stage performer expects to be recognized in this manner by his or her “Admiring fans (That’s you!)” Place your orders ahead of showtime through our CDPA Performing Ensemble and your dancer’s gift will be waiting for you at the theatre as a SURPRISE for your dancer. You may pick them up in the lobby that day! Your purchase also supports our CDPA Performing Ensemble fundraiser to travel to the Dance and the Child International USA gathering at Hope College this summer!


TICKETS  will be available in early May through Garden Theatre. Tickets are $15 (base rate) for ALL SHOWS, per show. There are no child, student or senior discounts. We can not offer any complimentary tickets as our costs to secure the theatre are SET overhead as are the fees of the lighting, sound and crew. Garden Theatre tickets are assigned seating in family groups, limited and purchased through their website. Watch for specific ticket information concerning release of seats.


IN GENERAL PLEASE do not drop your child off BEFORE their designated time as we will not be ready for them! NO FOOD OR DRINK in the Studio, Backstage or ANY TIME you are IN COSTUME! HAIR & MAKE-UP notes will be given closer to performance dates! AND MAKE A NOTE that you may not wear your costume to another show! We want those gorgeous costumes to be a beautiful surprise to our audience members! Thank you!


COVID-19 All protocols necessary for the comfort of the most in need or at risk will be our minimum. CDPA has been and will continue to be proactive in the fight against COVID transmission.


at the Garden Theatre

160 West Plant StreetWinter Garden, FL 34787

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Each year we recognize outstanding students in a variety of award categories. Our awards ceremony is held separately from our recital performance. Seating is limited, so attendance should be immediate family. If your child is receiving an award or recognition they will receive a letter in the mail by May 5th. All teachers, assistants, graduating Seniors, CDPA Performing Ensemble and CDPA Scottish Highland Dancers will be recognized and should be in attendance. Do not arrive before 6:15pm

Awards Presentations

Donation to Silent Angel Fund Encouraged

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