Fairytale Dance Productions

At Susanne Hanger Dance we strongly believe dance is a performance art.


All our pupils are given the opportunity to perform on stage at our annual Fairytale Dance Production
held at Baycourt Theatre during the April school holidays. Each year our teachers, students and parents
unite to bring a long loved fairytale to life with the use of wonderful costumes, props, lighting and music.

This is a huge confidence builder for our pupils as they learn to combine dance, drama, mime and
expression to portray their character.

Cinderella 2017

Cinderella was a huge success, planning is underway for next years show of Puss in Boots.

A big thank you to all the families of our participating students for making this production possible. There is no way to really thank them enough for all their travelling, sewing and patience in the long build up to the staging of Cinderella. And thank you to the legion of parents and family friends who carried out those many jobs, large and small which are so essential in putting together such a high standard production involving so many performers. And of course thank you all for attending and we look forward to seeing you all again next year for the 36th Annual production of the Susanne Hanger Dance pupils.

Show tips and pointers

We understand your child’s first show can be an overwhelming time where you may receive conflicting advice. If you need advice that isn’t addressed by the following tips and pointers; please feel free to ask your child’s teacher to introduce you to an experienced parent who has the time and expertise to help you get sorted and underway with this exciting time!

Make-up / hair

  • “Stage makeup” needs to be more obvious than normal makeup in order to make sure the dancers features can be seen from stage
  • Blue eye shadows may make eyes appear “sunken” under stage lights so it is preferable not to use blue
  • Light eyebrows (e.g.: blond) may need to be shaded in with an eyeliner to frame the face under stage lights
  • Depending on the costume colour; red or pink lipsticks are best to be seen from stage. Brown lipsticks and/or clear glosses tend not to show up well. You can co-ordinate with other Mums within your group to ensure your group looks their best together on stage
  • For most hair types freshly washed hair can be somewhat unmanageable and flyaway for performance standard buns and braids


  • Have a checklist of all the required items for your childs costumes as well as extra stockings etc. This not only helps make a less stressful time for yourself but also if you are supervising with other parents in your childs group; it also helps them
  • A dressing gown or zip up fleece is a good idea should your child want a snack to ensure the costume stays clean
  • No jewellery, underwear, nail polish, temporary tattoos are allowed during show dress rehearsals and shows. Flesh colour plasters are to be worn where necessary


  • Keep your newsletter containing rehearsal and show dates somewhere safe; you will refer back to it many times before the final show!
  • Arrive in plenty of time to prepare, making the most enjoyable experience possible for your child with no unnecessary pressure
  • It is important for a smooth show and your child’s safety that they listen to side of stage crew and follow their instructions
  • Snacking nutritious foods frequently (in the green room) throughout the day is a good idea for keeping energy levels high, hydration is also very important

Susanne Hanger Dance

6a Wilrose Place
Gate Pa, Tauranga
07 544 0099