Dancing 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!
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.
5. 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!