Jan 9, 2024
This e-mail contains important information for our first Convention and Competition, Nuvo! Please read it in its entirety.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI 48243
Friday, January 12:
9:00 am-9:30 pm: Solo Competition (see competition schedule below)
2:25 pm: Mini/Junior Solo Awards Ceremony
5:00-6:00 pm: Mini/Junior Hip Hop (Phil)
6:00-7:00 pm: Int/Adv Tap (Sarah)
7:00-8:00 pm: Int/Adv Contemp (Chantel)
9:20 pm: Teen/Senior Solo/Duet/Trio Awards Ceremony
Saturday, January 13:
7:30 am: Arrive at Teen Room for Warm-Up
8:00 am-2:00 pm: Convention Classes (see schedule for class & lunch break times below)
4:00 pm: All Dancers Arrive for Competition (Hair/Makeup Ready)
5:00-7:30 pm: Junior/Teen/Senior Group Competition
7:27 pm: Junior/Teen/Senior Group Awards
Sunday, January 14:
7:45 am: Arrive at Designated Ballrooms
8:00 am-2:30 pm: Convention Classes (see schedule for class & lunch break times below)
2:45 pm-3:45 pm: Scholarship Ceremony
*Please note that there are Ballroom classes at this convention so bring the appropriate shoes for this class!
All dancers must be in classes this week. The week of the competition is very important at our studio.
Please make a list of all items that your children need to bring to the competition - costumes, shoes, undergarments, accessories, makeup, hair products, etc., and double-check that you pack each item! Review the links on the Company page of our website or Mobile App including the Company Contact List, Costume Master List, and Hair/Makeup List. Items like socks, belts, extra hair ties, and clips are easy to forget! It is always best to be overly prepared.
Have your children remove any colored fingernail/toenail polish before the weekend.
All family members and friends who are not attending the event can watch the competition via the live stream. You can find this link at https://tv.breakthefloor.com/nuvo/
Write out your children's individual schedules so you can double-check if there are any issues with the lineup. No dancer should have two dances back-to-back.
Be aware that the competition may run ahead of schedule. Make sure your children are always stretched and ready to dance as soon as possible. If we need to hold a dance, we will.
Each Company group has a Group Leader, and all other dancers should check in with this Group Leader before they go backstage, to make sure all dancers are present and ready to dance. Teachers may not have time to see their group dances before they go on stage. If the teacher cannot come back to see the group, the Group Leader must be responsible for getting the group backstage and checked in.
Teachers will most likely not have time to stretch or see soloists before they go on stage. Solos need to stretch themselves and get backstage 3 numbers before they perform.
Your children are welcome to sit in the ballroom when they are not competing. Please monitor your children on their breaks so they are not running through the halls, making a mess, etc.
Please treat all event staff with kindness and patience. They are doing the best they can! Bring any concerns to a CSDS teacher.
Remember that all families are representing Center Stage at all times throughout the weekend, not only at the convention center but at restaurants, hotels, etc. Please be mindful of negative comments and keep all opinions about dancers/routines/the convention to yourself.
NO ONE can bring any type of camera into the convention ballrooms. NO recording of any kind. NO photography of any kind. Failure to comply with this could result in the disqualification of a routine.
Dressing Room Reminders:
Please do not take ANY photos or videos inside the dressing rooms and remind your children as well. You never know who may be in the back of a photo/video changing clothes. Please understand how important this is!
No boys are allowed in the girls' dressing rooms for any reason and no girls are allowed in the boys' dressing room for any reason.
Please limit the food, drinks, and candy in the dressing rooms as much as possible. We do not want any food or drinks getting on costumes.
Please iron/steam all costumes that can be.
Use A LOT of hairspray and gel and touch up hair/makeup (especially lipstick) between dances.
Have your children wear CSDS coverups over their costumes when walking through the venue.
During the competition on Friday, make sure your children come and see Ms. Alyssa to receive their convention wristbands and audition numbers.
Please have your children arrive 15 minutes early at the beginning of classes and 10 minutes early after lunch/dinner breaks.
Make sure they bring lots of water to drink and snacks to eat throughout the day.
Plan ahead for lunch breaks so your children are not wasting time getting food and then not having enough time to eat.
It is VERY important to our studio that your child takes every single convention class (unless they have a major injury or illness). As a Pre-Pro Company dancer, this is a requirement. Our teachers will be monitoring students in their classes to help give them advice and make sure they are working hard. They will reach out to parents if any situations arise that require their attention.
Make sure your children dress appropriately for each convention class. They should wear tight-fitting dance clothes, no t-shirts or baggy clothes (except for Hip Hop), and their hair needs to be presentable and out of their faces. Bright colors are smart to wear for classes so your child stands out. We will be giving the dancers more tips for convention classes this week.
Dancers should have all of their dance shoes with them at all times: Tap shoes, Jazz shoes, sneakers for Hip Hop, Ballroom shoes, and Ballet shoes!
Please let us know if you have any questions! We are looking forward to an awesome weekend of convention classes and competition!