Preparing For A Dance Recital

Dance recitals are fun and exciting events for both the excited performers who are eager to show off what they have learned from a year of lessons and practicing, and also for the proud parents and grandparents who are just as eager to see how their favorite dancer has progressed and grown in her art.

Although dance recitals are fun, they are often hectic and can be stressful for everyone involved, especially for younger dancers and new dance parents. Here are some tried-and-true tips for surviving (and enjoying!) a child’s dance recital:

Tips for Before the Dance Recital

  • Practice: The best way to ensure a less stressful dance recital is to practice, practice, practice. Dancing in front of a crowd can create anxiety that leads to forgetfulness, and the best way to combat stage fright is to thoroughly memorize the entire dance routine. Ask the dance instructor about getting a copy of the musical selection for your child’s dance recital music and have your child practice their dance routine at home.
  • Plan: Begin planning the week before the dance recital by making a list of everything you’ll need including the costume, it’s accessories, tights, dance shoes and the teacher’s notes regarding stage makeup (how much, what kind, etc.)
  • Organize: Label all costumes and accessories with a permanent marker or sew-on labels. Keep the costume neat and clean by storing it in its original bag, or keep the costume and its accessories together in giant Ziploc bag.
  • Rest: Dance recitals can be exhausting, so it’s important to make sure your dancer goes to bed a little earlier than usual on the night before the dance recital to ensure a good night’s sleep. Some good before-bedtime activities include: reading books or listening to audiobooks, playing board games, or doing a handcraft. Television, computer and hand held video games should be avoided because these media “wake up” the brain’s activity center and make it harder to fall asleep.

Tips for During the Dance Recital

  • Before the Show: Eating and drinking while in costume is usually a big no-no, and peeling off a fitted costume to use the bathroom can be a little tricky, too, so be sure to have your little dancer have a light snack and use the bathroom before suiting up.
  • During the Show: Plan for the inevitable boredom that happens in between dance numbers. Bring books, quiet games (like portable magnetic games meant for long car trips), a small pad of paper and pencil for passing notes or playing hangman, etc. Hand-held video games are not recommended (they can be so engaging that a dance may miss her cue).

For information about choosing and caring for girls’ dance recital costumes, including some great ideas for how to find cheap dance recital costumes, check out this page ofdance recital costume tips. Although a dance recital can be stressful, remember that its sole purpose is not to be a source of anxiety, but rather to showcase a dancer’s new dance skills and celebrate the love of dance. So relax, enjoy, and celebrate this special time in your dancer’s life.

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“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking” – Agnes De Mille

 

 

Tremaine Dance Competition

On April 13th & 14th, we will competing and studying @TremaineDance! We are excited to have this opportunity to further our dance education in a positive and motivational environment through master classes with top professional choreographers from Los Angeles and New York. Tremaine Dance was founded by Joe Tremaine about 20 years ago. Joe used to have a studio in Los Angeles and has trained many famous dancers. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to broaden their horizon as dancers.

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The Dance Company at Disneyland

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What an amazing time we had at Disneyland! We absolutely love the experience each and every time we are there to perform.

The day was off to a great start from the time we arrived at the park, bright and early.The weather was beautiful, Main Street Disney was packed with tourists, it was a perfect day at the park.

Our performances all went very smoothly, everyone was filled with excitement to be performing in front of such a large audience. We had all dedicated a great deal of time to this event, as we do for every event, competition and recital that we participate in, and all of our hard work really paid off!

We can’t wait till our next time at Disneyland. There truly is something magical in the air!

A Step in Time in Rehearsal

We are so thankful for the many opportunities we have here at A Step in Time! Our rehearsals for our performance at Disneyland really paid off. Thanks to all of our amazing instructors who did an excellent job encouraging us and pushing us to be better, stronger dancers every single class!

A Step in Time Dance Company Prepares for Disneyland!

The dancers of the A Step in Time Dance Company have been preparing for their upcoming performance at Disneyland this Sunday, February 24th. Many of the teenage girls in the company have performed at Disney several times with A Step in Time. The younger girls in the company will be performing there for the very first time. Check out this video clip to see the girls rehearse!

For more information about A Step in Time Dance, please visit our website, www.AStepinTimeDance.com

Interview with Evan Schwartz, former student at A Step in Time, presently studying at Julliard

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Evan Schwartz, former student at A Step in Time Dance, now studying at Julliard, shares some insight into the life of a dancer, his experiences at A Step in Time and his goals for the future.

N: How has A Step in Time influenced you as a dancer?

E: It was my foundation as a dancer. My experiences at A Step in Time were what propelled me forward as a performer.  It provided me with the training necessary to get accepted into LACHSA (Los Angeles County High School of Arts) and then from there, get accepted into Julliard.

N: What are some of your favorite memories at A Step in Time?

E: There are too many to count. Every class was filled with really great times with friends. We really worked hard and grew together. Some classes and experiences were more difficult than others but I learned to stick with it and enjoy every part of it.

N: Tell us about your experiences at Julliard?

E: In the beginning, it  was really crazy because you realize that everyone you are studying with was the best performer of their class in their hometown. Now, we are like one big family, we all work together and really support one another both personally and professionally.

N: Where do you see yourself in the future?

E: After Julliard, I am particularly interested in joining and touring with a company, preferably  in Europe, if possible. I traveled to Europe as a child and I am very taken by their culture. Later in my career I would like to go back to school for my master’s degree and teach at a university.

N: Do you have any advice for parents who have children interested in dancing?

E:  Don’t put any pressure on them, just support them and allow them the freedom to enjoy all of their experiences. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to dance, there are many kids who are unable to take classes or don’t have the support needed. Parents, just let your kids enjoy it and have fun!

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A Step in Time!