Recital Time! Recital Time!
Do you panic when you start to hear this each season from the dance instructors?
If you shook your head "yes," STOP right where you are! Look no further, here are a few tips that help get us through our recital season! Some of these tips you can also use on Recital Picture Day, keep in mind.
Practice! Practice! Practice! Practice! There is truly nothing we could say more. There is no such thing as "too much practicing." Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, it is always good to know the name of the song they are dancing to. Practicing is similar to homework, students should set aside at least 20-30 minutes within the day to practice their dance, even if they are marking the dance. For our studio we do share the dance song and the dance steps on our parent portal site.
Preparation - You want your dancer to look their best for their dance photos and dance recital. With that in mind, it is very important to have clean tights and shoes (avoiding holes or runs) when in their costume. At this time, we suggest making sure each pair of shoes they will be wearing for recital fit properly. If shoes fit, cleaning with soap and water or a mild shoe cleaner are recommended to spruce up before the photos and recital. *Avoid placing shoes and tights in the dryer* It is best to pair the tights and shoes with the costume, ensuring you have the correct colors and shoes for the correct costumes. Flesh tone and nude leotards and bra tops are a necessity. These are very helpful for changing from costume to costume. All costume accessories should be placed in a ziplock bag (labeled with dancer's name & name of dance) attached to the hanger of the costume, ensuring for easy transition and locating.
Label EVERYTHING - You want to make sure every single item your dancer is walking into picture day and recital with has their name on it. From shoes to the can of hairspray. When labeling shoes it is best to label on the inside of the heel on the bottom of the shoe, preferably in a bright vibrant color. Black shoes, a silver or gold sharpie. You can even use a small amount of nail polish to write their initials, being very careful.
Connect with Other Dance Parents/Guardians - This is very important! This can help relieve some stress, especially for those parents with more than one dancer in a recital. The time of an entire dance production rehearsal day and recital day, can be very extensive. Be sure to exchange numbers for text messages and phone calls to help stay connected, group messages are helpful. Use this time to coordinate with your team on snacks, water and activities in between dances, helping to keep the children occupied. Always pack waters, avoid soda or juice.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Extra! Pack extra of just about everything. Pack an extra pair of tights, runs and holes can happen on stage. Extra bobby pins, hair elastics, hairspray, gel, lipstick, and importantly make up remover wipes. Additional items you may want to consider packing include razors, toilet tissue, hand sanitizer, tampons, sanitary napkins, deodorant, baby wipes, pain reliever medication, lotion, and fingernail polish remover.
Breathe, Relax, You Rock! Take this time to double, triple and quadruple check every single item. Ensuring you have everything you need to succeed on picture and recital day. If this is your first dance recital, you may have more anxiety and nerves than your dancer. STOP! Pause, take a deep breath. As you exhale, push out all of your anxiety and nervousness and enjoy the show! You both are going to do amazing and rock it.
Pre Recital Purchases - Recital Tickets, you absolutely most importantly want to make sure you have purchased tickets for everyone in your immediate party. Depending on the studio, dancers usually do not need a ticket to sit in the audience. Recital Gifts, something simple and small as a way to show you are proud. Some ideas include; homemade card, stuffed animal, flowers, balloons, studio apparel.
Recital season can be a very stressful time for everyone, instructors to parents. We hope these tips are helpful as recital starts to approach. Preparation is the biggest and most important part of all. You want to make sure you have everything you and the dancer need.