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Preparing For Your Child's Dance Recital

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Jan 10, 2014 10:31:00 AM

dance recitalIt's never too early to start thinking about recital! Participating in a recital is the perfect way for your child to celebrate their hard work throughout the year in dance class, and it is a wonderful way to create lifelong memories with your family!

While dance recitals are a ton of fun, many parents worry that a large performance may be stressful (especially parents with first-time dancers). While recital is a busy time, it is also a fun time, an experience that should be enjoyed by parents and dancers alike! To help make sure that your recital experience is the very best that it can be, we've compiled several helpful tips to help get you and your dancer prepared, ensuring the big day will be as much fun and stress-free as possible! 

Practice Make Perfect!dance recital, practice

The importance of practice is simple: as with any skill, the more often you practice something, the better you will get! Think of any top athlete...how often do you think they practice? Olympians often train 4-8 hours per day depending on their sport. NFL players work practice for about 4 days a week, 5 hours at a time, and that doesn’t include general workouts. In preparation for their Christmas show, the world-famous Rockettes practice 8 hours a day, 6 days per week. As you can see, reaching your full potential in any area takes time and commitment.  It is important to attend all weekly dance classes and scheduled rehearsals, and communicate with your teacher if you need to be absent.

Dance Recital preparation is the perfect time to develop a practice schedule for your dancer at home. By practicing your dancer's recital routine at home several times a week, he/she will become comfortable with the choreography. Ask your dance teacher for the name of the routine song and see if there is a video of the choreography available for practicing with at home. Once your dancer is confident with the routine, he/she will be full of excitement for the opportunity to show off on stage!

dance recitalDay-Of Helpful Hints:

• Make sure you pack snacks and things to do backstage (snacks should not be messy…you wouldn’t want anything to spill on a costume!)  Most dance studios will tell you what to bring and not to bring.

• Lay out your costume the night before to ensure you have all the pieces (head pieces, tights, shoes, etc.)

• Do a trial run with hair and make-up so both you and your child know what to expect so there is no extra stress on show day (make-up is typically new to young dancers and can take a bit of getting used to!)

• Pack extra hair elastics, bobby pins, safety pins, clear nail polish (for runs in tights) and hairspray

• Label all your costumes and accessories to make sure that things don’t get mixed up

• Make sure you pack your camera to capture the magical moments!  (Although check your dance studio's photography policy as most do not allow photography during the show for safety reasons.  But take pictures before and after til your heart's content!)

Once you and your dancer feel prepared for the dance recital, the fun really begins. On the big day, your dancer will get to put on his/her most beautiful smile, and as a parent, you can sit back and enjoy the show!

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5 Benefits of Dance Recital Participation

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 29, 2013 1:01:00 PM

dance, recitalDancing is a performing art, therefore recitals are often considered to be the highlight of a dancer’s experience each year! Though the thought of rehearsals, costumes, and dancing for a large audience may seem overwhelming at first, participation in an annual recital is an incredible opportunity that harvests a variety of benefits for both the dancers and their families!

5 Benefits of Dance Recital Participation:

1. Recitals Boost Confidence!

Taking part in a recital or performance helps dancers to overcome shyness, fear, anxiety and stage fright. It gives students a chance to showcase all of their hard work, dedication, and progress from throughout the year. As children experience getting on stage, performing for an audience, and being applauded for their efforts, they gain self-confidence that will carry with them in all aspects of school and life!

2. Recitals Promote Teamwork!recital, dance

By working with their fellow dancers on a group performance, dancers learn the positive aspects of working as a team to create the best end result. Teamwork and camaraderie are skills needed not only in dance class, but also school, future careers, and family life. Because this is a basic skill necessary in all aspects of life, it is never to early to start learning! Recitals provide a wonderful opportunity for dancers to learn that anything one can do, a group can do better!

3. Recitals Provide Goals!

Athletes have tournaments and games, and dancers have recitals! The weeks/months spent preparing for a recital teaches students how to work towards a goal! Dancers take pride in conquering new steps; and knowing that they’ll be showing their moves off to friends and family gives them the added encouragement to work hard!

4. Recitals Build New Skills!

Preparing for a recital is a way for dancers to work on retention/memorization skills, rhythm, technique, and much more. For students who have never performed before, recital introduces new terminology and also the basics of stage direction.

recital5. Recitals Create Memories!

Recital memories are lifelong memories! Recital performances provide dancers with the opportunity to share what they have been learning with their friends and families. Costumes become treasured keepsakes, and recital pictures become the highlights of photo albums and scrapbooks. For families, recital is a time to celebrate their dancer’s achievements, and for dancers, the recital instills a passion for the art of dancing and performing.

If your child is enrolled in a dance class, be sure to check out what fun and exciting recitals and performances are available! Many studios hold a summer performance, and springtime is the perfect time to start preparing! 

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