📍584 NE Burnside Rd. Gresham, OR 97030
✉️ info@deborahmessingerschoolofdance.com
📞 503-661-6948

Dear Parents and Students,

For over four decades, Deborah Messinger School of Dance has provided students with exciting performance experiences through its Recitals. It’s a rite of passage for thousands of dancers; a chance to shine in front of family and friends, that students anticipate with nervous excitement.

A big part of the dance training process includes learning through performance. The experience helps build self-esteem, self-assurance, and contributes to a sense of confidence. Performance opportunities contribute to children’s success in non-dance activities. That onstage experience can result in better in-school presentations, improved social skills, and strong interview skills for future college or job opportunities. 

The rehearsal process is a tremendous learning experience as well. It helps the children develop retention skills, and they learn the positive aspects of working as a team.

It is the responsibility of the entire community, students, parents, teachers and directors to do their part to make a great show. The recital is only as successful as we make it - let's work together to make the recital a magical experience for your child!

We’ve created an online survival guide in an effort to clarify Dance Kids Toronto's preferred recital process. It can be found below.

We look forward to a great show!
Directors & Staff



In order to participate in Dance Kids Toronto's recital, your child will need a costume. You have the option to buy (new) or borrow (used).

When you sign up, let us know your child's size, and WE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST!

GIRLS COSTUME: We pride ourselves on selecting adorable, age-appropriate costumes that students and families will love! We give you the opportunity to *buy (new) the selected costume for $45 OR **borrow (used) the selected costume for FREE! 


We are proudly NOT-FOR-PROFIT. The recital ticket fees covers the cost of the entire experience for your little dancer. For example, the theatre venue, theatre & backstage staff, online ticketing, on site parking fees, photography set up for family photos and so much more!

TICKETS SALES START: WednesdayDecember 18, 2019 @ 11:00AM

Recital tickets are $20 each with a minimum purchase of 2 tickets.




Please come to the STAGE (back doors) of Fairview Library Theatre - 35 Fairview Mall Dr, North York, ON M2J 4S4 on Saturday, Jan 18, 2020.

All children must be left with the capable Dance Kids Toronto staff for the entire rehearsal and recital (1 hour). All parents are welcomed to stay in the lobby until the theatre auditorium doors open.

The goal of this time is to familiarize your child with the theatre stage, backstage, dressing rooms and process. Please make sure that at least one parent remains onsite, should your child experience any emotional distress, we will come and find you. 

It is our goal to make the entire recital experience a complete JOY for you and your child.


The children will not stay in the dressing rooms for any period of time. The dressing rooms are used for the bathroom facilities, leaving your child's coats, boots and bags and a quiet place should your child need a moment. 

The dressing rooms are not a hangout for parents, teachers or students. There will be no horse play, hide and seek or any such behaviours tolerated at the theatre. 

Dressing room #1 - Grade 1/2 students. 
Dressing room #2 - JK and SK students.
Dressing room #3 - Boys
Dressing room #4 - Staff

Please do not pack messy foods or drinks for your child, as we don't want any spills on the costumes.


HAIR: Dance Kids Toronto does not require uniform hair styles for dancers on stage. We encourage parents to style their children's hair in a way that will make your child feel most comfortable and confident. 

It is helpful to have your child's hair off their face so that parents, family, friends and the video camera can clearly see your little star on stage. 

Make-up: Dance Kids Toronto does not require your child to wear make-up. As a parent, you control what make-up is worn by your child, if any. 

Tights: Tights are mandatory under your child's costume for hygienic purposes. Please purchase "classical ballet pink" tights. Stage tights are not going to match your child's skin tone. "Classical ballet pink" has no correspondence with ethnicity. 


No parent will be allowed to remain backstage during the rehearsal or the show for any reason. Should your child have a medical condition or safety issue that our staff needs to be aware of, please submit it in writing to: hello@dancekidstoronto.com before December 31, 2019.

Please be advised that it is Dance Kids Toronto's mission to make the recital a positive experience for all involved. We reserve the right to prevent your child from performing onstage if your child is demonstrating any kind of physical or emotional distress. Even in this case, we must adhere to the no refund policy on recital tickets, recital costumes etc. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

  • Ensure your child has slept well the night before. 
  • Ensure your child has had a good breakfast. 
  • Please ensure that your child has gone to the bathroom BEFOREleaving your home AND at the theatre.
  • Students MUST arrive to the theatre dressed in their costume if purchased. If borrow, please arrive to the theatre with your child's tight already on.
  • Remind your child to ask a grown up for help if needed.
  • Dance Kids Toronto has arranged many staff members to help with the performance.
  • We ask that you only pack water for your child to avoid any messy spills on the costume. 
  • Make sure your child has all personal belongings clearly labeled. 
  • Do not bring any extra items that can be lost, broken or stolen. 
  • Dance Kids Toronto and the Theatre Staff will not be held responsible for ANY lost, broken, or stolen items while at the theatre.

Dance Kids Toronto makes every effort to create a safe, fun, positive, rewarding and enjoyable recital experience for your, your guests and your child. 

However, should there be a case where Dance Kids Toronto needs to contact you; it is your responsibility to ensure that your emergency contact information is correct in our database. 

Dance Kids Toronto will have access to the phone list during the recital. We can hold up to 4 telephone numbers per family. We ask you to check, correct and add cell phone numbers and an emergency contact number such as, aunt, uncle, or grandparent. 


The recital will last approximately 20 to 25 mins. 
The recital will include an awards ceremony at the end. 

  1. Dance Hip Hop #1- Wings [2:22]
  2. Dance JK/SK Ballet #1 - This Little Light of Mine [2:28]
  3. Dance GR. 1&2 Ballet #1 - Touch the Sky [2:20]
  4. Dance JK/SK Ballet #2 - Come Follow the Band [2:00]
  5. Dance GR. 1&2 Ballet #2 - Sunflower [2:38]
  6. Dance Hip Hop #2 - Classic [2:56]
  7. FINALE (ALL DANCERS) - Waka Waka [3:16]

Safety is our number one priority. No child will be permitted to leave the theatre without their own parent that;

1) Is known to the Dance Kids staff
2) Must be the SAME parent who checked in your child at sign-in.

Thank you in advance for your understanding, cooperation and assistance.