Dance recital season is upon us! My daughter has been dancing for four years now. Her favorite part of dance is the recital! Over the last few years, I’ve figured out a few tricks of the trade for dance recital preparation that have really helped us streamline the entire process. This is probably one of the busiest times of year for us, so anything that makes life easier is helpful!
Get Dates on your Calendar!
Most dance schools provide all the info you need in a bulletin, email, or even on their website. Put it in your schedule right away! Usually, leading up to the recital, you’ll have picture day, dress rehearsal, and ticketing information. Make sure of the school’s policies, too. Some schools only accept cash for tickets, since it’s at the end of the year.
Find out everything you need about the day of the show. For example, are the kids required to wear a certain hairstyle? Do they have to have a certain color or style of tights? Do their shoes need to be a certain color?
When I get this info, I try to purchase as soon as I can so I don’t have to rush around last minute. Amazon is a great source for dance supplies. My daughter’s dance school requires certain tights and shoes, and I can always find them here at a good price, and then I get them in two days with Prime!
With shoes, most of the time you can dye them to the color that’s needed instead of buying a new pair. I’ve used Meltonian Shoe Dye many times, with great results. If you don’t need to dye shoes, I’ve had luck cleaning them with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! Obviously, you’ll want to test that on your shoes first, in a hidden area. Make sure you dye the shoes a few days out, to give them ample time to dry. You also want to give yourself time to spray them again, in case you missed any spots.
Your dress rehearsal should be a dry run for the day of your show, not only on stage, but off! Make sure you have everything you’ll need packed, including hair and makeup supplies that you might want to refresh at the show. You likely won’t be able to take photos or videos during the recital, so now’s the time! In the past, I have videotaped my daughter’s performances during the dress rehearsal, and it’s been good enough to save some money on the DVD that they sell at the recital.
While the dress rehearsal is a dry run, it may be a little more chaotic than the actual recital. My daughter has been dancing since she was three, and always loved dance class. But the dress rehearsal freaked her out a bit, and I was nervous that she wouldn’t go on stage at all (after buying ELEVEN tickets for the show! Luckily the recital was a totally different ballgame for her. At the rehearsal, they test the sound system, people are getting dressed in the auditorium, and many classes do a few run-throughs to get it right. I think that scared her a bit.
Day of the Show!
It’s the big day!
If your child is going to be backstage for the entire show, be sure to pack non-messy activities for backstage. Crayons, Color Wonder, and games work really well. Stickers and books are good too.
We make sure everything is packed the day before. Be sure to find out what time you need to be at the show, and what time doors open. Get flowers for your little performer and enjoy the show!
Dance recitals can be an overwhelming thought, but they are a fun way to see your child’s hard work pay off!