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.
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!
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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!
Shaun is a faculty member of A Step in Time and is thrilled to be a part of the team. Shaun most recently appeared in The Radio City Christmas Show as well as a featured dancer on Celebrity Cruises, Disney World, and Busch Gardens. He danced in Salt Lake City for the Opening Ceremonies of The Olympics. He graduated from The University Of Massachusetts with a B.F.A. in Dance. His extensive dance training includes both The Boston & Joffrey Ballet. Shaun was featured in “Shag With A Twist” at The LA Theatre. He also performed at Disneyland in Snow White and recently returned from Tokyo Disneyland.