8 Helpful Tips For Recital Parents

Hey Parents!

Whether this is your 1st successful and stress-free recital, your dance studio staff prepares months in advanced to create a memorable show and we do everything in our power to make it easy for you. We plan ahead, set deadlines, and organize from A-Z . We want to ensure that your dancers will have an experience of a lifetime without you having to break too much of a sweat whether you’re in one recital dances or ten!

Here are some helpful tips to set yourself up for a successful recital

1. READ THE RECITAL INFORMATIONAL PACKET

The informational packet includes ALL the information you need to know about recital. Every question you can think of is already answered in this handy-dandy booklet of information provided by your wonderful, awesome studio staff.

2. MARK YOUR CALENDARS

We provide you all the important dates to mark on your iPhones, tablets, calendars, refrigerators. We set them up at least 9 months ahead of time so that you are better prepared and don’t end up booking your family vacation to Disney World the same weekend as Picture Day, Dress Rehearsal, and the day of the show!

3. BE PRESENT THE LAST 15 MINUTES OF CLASS

This is the time when we invite parents into the end of class to do a little show and tell. We also give updates, class information, routine information to parents at this time. And if you can’t be there, make sure to communicate with your kids to relay the information to you.

4. CHECK YOUR E-MAILS AND THE RECITAL BOARD

We send e-mails to our parents to keep them informed about the show. We want to make sure everyone is on the same page by giving you the most up-to-date information. Waiting for your child to get out class? Make sure to check out the recital board to keep yourself updated on recital information. You might as well do a little reading while you wait.

5. STUDIO AND DRESS REHEARSAL ATTENDANCE

Dancing in the studio is very different from dancing on a stage. Your child may not be used to dancing on a much bigger space than what they’re used to in class. Being present at the Dress Rehearsal gives children the opportunity to perform with no mirrors or teachers assistance. This will also give them a feel for where they will be backstage, on deck as they wait for their turn to dance, and where to go after they perform on stage. Practicing this will give your child more confidence in taking the stage when the big day arrives.

6. COSTUMES | MAKE UP | HAIR

Keep track of all costumes, accessories, tights, and shoes that are required for each dance routine. Once a costume is handed for you to take home, it is your responsibility to maintain it until picture day, dress rehearsal, and the day of the show. Remember : do not eat with the costume on and do not play in the costume before recital day.  Make up and hair information is provided by the studio staff based on the Instructor’s requirements. Make sure to stay up to date with information. The staff will post up sample  photos to help you understand what their stage make up should look like. Make sure to pack recital or your 4th, it is always good to know these helpful hints to having a hair spray, extra hair ties, hair nets, bobby pins and a comb just in case.

7. PREPARE YOUR CHILD

Dancing on stage can be very nerve-wracking, even for dancers who have been performing for years! Explain to your child where they will go, what will happen, and where you will be the entire time. The more prepared you are, the more prepared they will be. Be encouraging and

stay excited about their performance. Good energy spreads!!

8. TRUST THE STAFF, RELAX AND ENJOY THE SHOW

Your child will have worked hard all year in preparation for the show. The staff is working hard in preparing a smooth-running and entertaining show for you. Once you drop off your child at their dressing room, go to the front of the house to enter, take your seats and enjoy the show! Don’t forget to bring tissues to wipe away those happy tears of pride for your dancers on stage.

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