Small Fry Dance Club Performances

2019 Spring Tap Performance
WHEN: June 29, 2019
WHERE: Cubberley Community Theatre, Palo Alto, CA.

Performance Registration Open: 2/20/19 – 5/3/19
Late show Registration (add $10 to fee): 5/4/19 – 5/10/19
Registration Closed: 5/10/19 at 5:00pm
Extra Tickets on sale: 5/20/19
Preschool dancer tickets mailed home: 6/8/19
Studio dancer tickets ready for pick up: 6/8/19


Each June and December our Dance & Performance students have the opportunity to take the stage and show off what they have been working on in class. Our performances are designed to be stress free for both your dancer and the entire family. Your dancers will be on stage for the entirety of the performance, which will last roughly 30 minutes. They will also get treated to some guest performances from previous Small Fry’s who are now in our PCPA dance program. It’s a great way to expose your little one to the stage and boost their confidence.

Who is eligible?
Any dancer that is currently enrolled in a Dance & Performance class is eligible to register. This includes our 45 min and 60 min classes. Our Music & Movement classes do not participate in the performances. The recital is optional and we do have a limited number of dance spots available, so it is recommended to register early in the registration period to ensure you get your spot. Participating in our recitals is optional, but very fun! 

Important Dates

Performance Participation Registration Open:
Late show Registration (add $10 to fee):
Registration closed:
Extra Tickets on sale:
Preschool dancers tickets mailed home:
Show Day!:

2/20/19 – 5/3/19
5/4/19 – 5/10/19 @ 5:00pm
5/10/19 @ 5:00pm
Monday 5/20/19
Monday 6/8/19
Saturday 6/29/19

Cubberley Community Center – Theatre – Main stage
4000 Middlefield Road, T-2 (Main Entrance)
Palo Alto, CA 94303

All dancers – $70
Late registration – $80

Items included in bundled participation fee: 

  • Family tickets (2 tickets included, your performer does not need a ticket)
  • Student participation
  • Show programs
  • Small Fry performance patch

Show Times

Our recital days consist of 5 identical shows. Each with a different group of dancers from the different locations we teach. The schedule below is our recommendation for which time to pick for your school/location so that your dancer may see some of their buddies on stage. However, you may select from any of the times below if our recommended time doesn’t work for your schedule or if it sells out before you register. All dancers regardless of where they take class, will be learning the same recital numbers during the season. This allows us the flexibility to let dancers participate in the time slot they need. Our staff will all be there for most of the show times. So even if they don’t dance with their assigned school, they will still see a familiar face. If there is a specific friend you want to dance with, we recommend coordinating with them to see which show time they have selected. Show times do sell out of space for dancers, so signing up early is recommended.

Leading Teacher

Below you will also see a teacher’s name listed as “leading” that particular show time. This doesn’t mean your weekly teacher won’t be on stage at that time. It just means they won’t be the teacher in front of the group, leading the dancers. Your teacher will likely also be on stage dancing along with the kids. In some cases you may not want your teacher as the lead teacher, since the lead teacher will not be as mobile or able to help each individual dancer as they will be leading the whole group. Your dancer will be on stage with about 4-5 other teachers.

Studio Weekday Dancers
Teacher Jenny leading
Guest performance – PCPA Soloists

Bright Horizons Gilead / Merry Moppet / Kindercare Shores / Bright Horizons Redwood City
Teacher Torie leading
Guest performance – PCPA Soloists

EA Early Learning/ Learning Links / Kindercare Cisco
Teacher Stephanie leading
Guest performance – PCPA Soloists

Studio Weekend Dancers
Teacher Lizzie leading
Guest performance – PCPA soloists

Happy Campers / Kids Connection / Papillon
Teacher Angelica leading
Guest performance – PCPA soloist


Spring Tap Music Line-Up for “It’s a Jungle Out There”

Here is the list of songs for the recital if you wish to download and practice at home. 

  • “Happier” by: Marshmello (marching / entrance)
  • “Come See About Me” by: The Supremes (stretching focus)
  • “I know a chicken” by: Laurie Bernker Band (action song – opposites)
  • “Suis – Moi” by: Camille (body parts)
  • “It’s a Jungle Out There” by: Randy Newman (Featured Tap Dance)
  • Guest Performers (will vary by show time)
  • Encore of “It’s a Jungle Out There” (Featured Tap Dance)

General Tap Performance Curriculum Notes:

Our current performance curriculum for Dance and Performance classes (45 and 60-minute classes) will be focused on tap from now through the end of June. 

While tap shoes are not required for class, all dancers will be exposed to tap basics more heavily during the winter and spring months.  Keep in mind, tap shoes are required for the June show.  Teachers may sometimes use tap shoes for the first half of class and change to ballet slippers or barefooted for the second half of class.  Please continue to bring your ballet slippers to class each week if you have them readily available.  The tap shoes should be black.  The style is your choice. 

Some additional reminders, tap shoes are more difficult, and take more time, to break in.  Purchasing tap shoes right before the show is not the best plan.  I recommend at least a month of practice time to break them in.  Also, many of the tap steps will be easier for your Small Fry to execute if they have tap shoes.  In case you practice at home, tap shoes can be very slippery on tile floors and will damage hard wood.  You can spray the bottom of your child’s tap shoes with hair spray to create some traction if need be.

I recommend visiting Dance Theatre Shop to purchase tap shoes. (scroll down for locations)

We also have the shoe exchange program up and running.  You can email to check in on available styles and sizes.

Consignment stores sometimes have gently used shoes as well.

Please keep in mind it will take us about 5-7 days to reply and prep shoes from the shoe exchange if we do in fact have the size you need. Our shoe exchange is free, and we don’t require you to turn in shoes in return.  If you have some dance shoes you have outgrown and want to donate that’s great, but this is not a required step.


For the tap performances, we have families build their own costume at home. Our theme for this show will be jungle animals or characters from “The Jungle Book”.  For example, Gorillas, snakes, tigers, orangutans, sloths, and toucans. If you are a fan of “The Jungle Book” stories/movies you can incorporate Akela, Bagheera, Baloo, Kaa, King Louie, Mowgli, Raksha, or Shere Khan.  Let your creative juices flow! We have included some pictures for examples. If you have items or ideas you are unsure of you can send us a photo and we’d be happy to give individual feedback. Please no logos or writing.  Be sure to consider how your dancers’ safety and focus will be affected by the costume choice.

We have a Pinterest board with some ideas to peruse:

This is one of our favorite performance milestones; seeing what families come up with for this family planned costume! You parents nail this every single round. Kudos!


All performers must wear tap shoes. Shiny dress shoes are not allowed. 

Tap shoes must be black.  The style is your choice.  We recommend purchasing tap shoes sometime in April or May as your dancer will need time to practice in the shoes and also break them in.

Hair and Make up

Hairstyle for this show is up to you and your dancer.  We do recommend pulling hair back, away from the face.  Wearing make up to the show is also up to you and your dancer.  It is common to enhance features so dancers can be seen on stage.   For example; lips and blush.  You can decide as a family when you want to add this element.


Please note, failure to follow costume and footwear requirements will result in ineligibility for participation in future shows.  If you have any questions, please ask.

This is a great learning experience for the Small Fry’s.  Our rules and requirements are in place for safety, confident and comfortable dancers, and reinforcement of classroom curriculum.  Please trust our guidance as professional teachers and dancers. We want your children to have a wonderful experience and the details count!           

Dance Theatre Shop

309 South B Street
San Mateo, CA94401
(650) 340-7066
M-F 10am – 6pm / Sat: 10am – 5pm

982 El Monte Avenue
Mountain View, CA94040
(650) 965 – 7066
T – F 10am – 6pm / Sat: 10am – 5pm

Extra tickets – $12 each PRESALE / $12 day of the show
Each family will receive 2 tickets with their performance fee.
Extra tickets – $12 each during presale dates (5/20/19 – 6/27/19)
Extra tickets will go on sale Monday 5/20/19
Extra tickets are first come first serve, must be paid for in advance, and are non- refundable.
Extra tickets are limited, and shows do sell out.
We will create an online form for extra tickets sales.  The link to the extra ticket form will be live as of 5/20/19 at 10am.

Show Photos

Jeremy Fratkin of Fratkin studios will be at the show to catch your tiny dancer in action!

These photos will be available online in a private Small Fry Gallery.  We encourage you to view and purchase performance pictures of your Small Fry!  Photography details will be emailed to performance families during the weeks following the performance.

Need a dance class but not under age 5? PCPA is our dance program for ages 5 to adults.

PCPA is a creative and performing arts program that requires dancers to be both athletes and artists. Our ultimate goal is to instill dance intensity and drive inspired by much more than trophies and sequins. We believe in building strong fundamentals, technique, and discipline through dance training and performance experience. You can count on building a respect and love for dance whether you are training for personal or professional goals.