Open Arts presents a dance and musical theater Showcase at the end of each season to highlight our students on stage in a professional production. This year's Showcase, "Super," will be held on Saturday, June 3 at Page Auditorium on Duke University's Campus. Below is information for our parents and families regarding the performance and preparations. Updates to this page will be made throughout the spring with additional information as it becomes available. Forms, Schedules, and other Showcase related Downloads are at the bottom of the page

Important Showcase Dates

  • April 15th - Showcase Fees Due - All students participating in the Showcase must pay the $30 Showcase Fee. This fee helps off-set the theater rental, theater staff, and other production-related costs.
  • April 22nd - Showcase T-Shirt Orders and Program Ads Due - Purchase a limited edition Showcase T-shirt and don't forget to give your favorite dancer a shout-out in our Program Book or advertise your business. Program Ad artwork is due by April 29th.
  • April 29th - Picture Day - Come dressed in your Showcase Costume. You may style your hair and make-up in any way you choose. Don't forget your dance shoes! Ballet/Tap Combination Classes should come dressed in Ballet Costumes with Ballet Shoes.
  • May 15th - Showcase Flower Orders Due - Pre-Order a Flower Bouquet for your dancers and it will be ready for you to pick-up in the lobby at the Showcase. You will be able to place your order from our Square Store and at the studio in the beginning of April.
  • May 18th at 7:00pm - Showcase Volunteer Meeting - Mandatory meeting for all backstage parents who wish to volunteer at the Showcase. Look for a sign-up in the lobby at the beginning of May or e-mail us at to let us know you're interested in helping out today!
  • May 30th and 31st - Mandatory In-Studio Rehearsal - Check the schedule online and posted in the lobby at the studio for your child's day and time. Come dressed in regular dance attire and shoes.
  • June 2nd - Mandatory Dress Rehearsal at Page Auditorium - Check the schedule online and posted in the lobby at the studio for your child's call time. Arrive at Page Auditorium in full costume with all necessary shoes and accessories. Please plan enough time to park and walk to the theater! Creative Movement, Pre-School, and Kinder students will have their Dress Rehearsal on Showcase Day by arriving 90 minutes prior to show time in full costume.
  • June 3rd - Showcase Day! - We'll see you at Page Auditorium. Creative Movement, Pre-School, and Kinder Dancers should arrive 90 minutes prior to showtime for dress rehearsal. All other dancers should arrive 40 minutes prior to their show's start time in full costume with all necessary shoes and accessories. Doors to the auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to the start of each show.
18Days to the Showcase

Showcase Tips & Tricks

  • Steam and hang all costumes before each performance and hang tutus upside down to allow them to reach their full
  • Place your name in ALL shoes, costumes, accessories, and belongings.
  • Make sure the little ones use the bathroom before suiting up - bathroom breaks in costumes can be tricky!
  • Be sure to eat a large and healthy lunch and a hearty snack (lots of protein with fruit and/or veggies) before the Showcase and Rehearsals. You may want to pack a non-messy snack for your dancer to have backstage the night of the Showcase. If you bring snacks to the Dress Rehearsal, please remember to leave the theater and snack in the lobby or outside. The show and rehearsal should not run more than two hours.
  • Be sure to get a good night's sleep before the Showcase! Relax and take it easy on Saturday before the performance.
  • Don't forget to have FUN! I know it can be stressful having to gather all of the materials together, arranging plans for family and friends the guests from out of town, running to and from the theater and studio all week, and all on top of everything else you have going on. But remember to breathe, enjoy this magical time with your child, and know that everything will be fine! At the end of the day, nothing in your 11-page Showcase Handbook matters as much as making sure the kids are having fun, feel loved, and have a chance to shine!

Showcase Dates + Times

Download this form to find all of your Showcase related dates and times listed by class including Picture Day, In-Studio Rehearsal, Dress Rehearsal Call Times, and Showcase Performance Times.

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Showcase Extras Store

Order your Showcase T-Shirts, Flowers, and Program Ads all from our Square Store beginning in April. You can also place orders at the studio at the front desk.

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Showcase 101 Pinterest Board

Check out our Showcase 101 Pinterest Board for all things Dance Performance related including some great hair and make-up tutorials, how to care for and pack costumes, and so much more. We're adding new pins all the time!

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Studio Spirit Month

During the month of May, we will celebrate our studio spirit in an effort to generate lots of fun and excitement leading up to our Showcase. Each week during the month of May, students will be allowed to dress-up according to our Spirit Month schedule for dance class.

Twins for the Win

May 1-6th
Gather your dance friends and dress just the same - twins, triplets, quadruplets, the whole class. Make a plan and go for the win with your twin!


Knock Their Socks Off

May 8 - 13th - Pull out your snazziest socks and wear 'em to dance class. Mix and match 'em, layer them up, or do a little bit of both.


Heroes + Villains

May 15-20th - Dress-up as your favorite super hero or villain or create one of your own. Dust off your masks and capes and get ready to save - or destroy - the day!


Showcase Ts

May 22-27th - Wear your Showcase T-Shirt to our last dance class of the season and help us build excitement for the BEST SHOWCASE EVER!