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Attention, dancers! Recital picture days are coming up on May 18-19, 2019. Are you ready to smile for the camera? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions we receive about dance class picture days.

Do I have to purchase photos?

No, there is no obligation for dancers or parents to purchase photos on dance class picture day.  However, they make a wonderful keepsake to document this time in your child’s life. The professional camera and backdrop also make the photos extremely frame-worthy.

Do I have to attend picture day if I’m not purchasing photos?

We strongly encourage all dancers to attend their classes’ picture days. Even if you don’t purchase photos, your teammates might, and they want you in them, too!

When should I arrive for pictures?

Check the picture day schedule to find out when your classes are having their pictures taken. Then, please plan to arrive fully dressed at least 20 minutes early. The photographer takes pictures of classes back to back, so there’s no time to wait for you if you’re late.

What do I wear for my dance class picture?

Bring the shoes, costumes, hairpieces and makeup you will wear at the recital in June. The pictures showcase what your team looks like before going on stage. This is a perfect opportunity to make sure everyone has the correct costumes and accessories for the performance. If you have any questions about what to wear, be sure to ask your instructor.

What kinds of poses can we do?

It’s fun to pose in ways that highlight the style of dance. For instance, ballerinas might stand en pointe and breakdancers can bust a move. Silly or expressive poses are also allowed, as long as it stays appropriate. If your team isn’t sure how to pose, the photographer will position you in a pleasing way.

Can I do individual shots?

Every team will have at least one group shot taken. If you’re interested in buying an individual photo, include this on your order form.

How do I order pictures?

You can grab an envelope on picture day, but we encourage all parents to pick them up in the office starting the week before pictures. This prevents you from having to wait in line and gives you time to consider which photo package will work best for you. Fill out the form, write a check and drop it by the office.

Where do I pick up my order?

We will have your photos printed and ready to go by dress rehearsal day on June 14. You can pick them up then or at one of the recital performances on June 15 and 16.

If you have any more questions about dance class picture days, or you’re interested in signing up your child for dance lessons in Cupertino, California, please contact Dance Academy USA online or email us at


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