Dance recitals are magical. Watching budding artists find their dancing legs is thrilling. What parents isn’t proud to see their child perform in public!

You can preserve the magic of this watershed event in your child’s life through the magic of video. Professional videography, that is. There is a difference. Chicago Star Productions mixes must shows live with 2 to 4 cameras, that what makes us different. We offer brighter pictures … sound that is crisp and clear, not mushy. Well-lit images even when the stage isn’t so well lit.

"This dance recital was even better than I remembered!"

Here's how it happens every time...

Parents sit expectantly at their child's dance recital. They anxiously wait the moment their child dances onto stage. They nervously finger their camera waiting for the moment, THE PRECISE MOMENT, their child moves to the front of the stage. Then the tall guy in front stands up and blocks their view! All the video picks up is little Sally's right arm and a quick glimpse of the smile they love so much. Well maybe next year.

Let Chicago Star Productions handle the video for better results and fewer distractions...

We have been videotaping dance recitals since 2000. We plan, set up sales structure, shoot and edit dance recitals, drama club presentations, or other school events. We finish the event in a custom packaged DVD which we can distribute for you.

 Option 1

 Most of our performance videotaping is done ‘on speck’ meaning you do not pay us for production costs. We come out and do the job free! However, we do request a minimum amount of DVD’s purchased. Usually we need a minimum of 20 DVDs to book your recital. Our DVD’s are chaptered so you can go to each dance quickly.

 Option 2

 You pay us a flat rate for a predetermined amount of DVD’s. You can then sell them at whatever price you choose. Or you can take the DVD master elsewhere and duplicate them yourself. It’s up to you

Another option for financing the DVD production is to include the price of one DVD into your ‘recital fee’ or ‘costume fee’. This way, every family receives a DVD of the performance. There is a bit more of work on your part, but the price per DVD can drop drastically.

We film each dance recital with two cameras, one manned for close-ups and one un-manned for wide shots. We also mic the stage to hear the tap dancers loud and clear.

We deliver the DVD’s within 30 business days of your recital. We have a great customer service policy – with all the DVD’s guaranteed.

Your performance is important to you and to us. We edit in the title of each dance routine and cut out the time between each dance number. We provide the order forms and can provide a sales table on the day of the performance and do all of the collecting of payments. Or, if you like, you can collect all the video orders instead.

Please email us if you’re interested in having your dance recital videotaped. 

We specialize in dance recitals. With your blessing, we can strategically position two cameramen to capture your program in its entirety without distraction. We digitally edit the finished video together into a professional, compelling production parents will enjoy for a lifetime.


All of your efforts, the choreography, the costumes, come alive in a magical, polished dance video almost as good as being there. In fact, some say its even better, because the view is better than the one they had sitting behind the tall guy!

You'll love the sound, too. Our microphones eliminate unwanted background noises. Music comes through clearly. And visually, our videos are a feast for the eyes! There is no comparison between Uncle Charlie's camcorder and our 3 chip professional cameras.