So it is March. The weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer, and the dance schedule is getting busier! This is what I like to call, Dancing Harvest... Long days and nights, on the go non-stop, seeing all the hard work and sweat come to fruition!
This can all seem a bit overwhelming... Here is what parents need to know!
Your child has been working on their dance routine in class now for a couple of months. They are getting their costumes, and it is all coming together! There are only a few key things you need to know!
1. Your dancer has had a specific hair style and likely standard stage make up set out for their class. They will also need a specific outfit. This will include their costume, and likely tights and dance shoes. Double check that you have what is needed before you need it!
2. From here you have two main events to be at:
a) Photo Day: In costume, tights, shoes, hair and make up.
b) Dress Rehearsal and Recital: In costume, tights, shoes, hair and make up.
Phew! That's not so bad!
You're in the big leagues now! And that means you have a little bit more on your plate!
1. Your dancer has had a specific hair style and likely standard stage make up (with eyelashes!) set out for their class. They will also need a specific outfit. This will include their costume, and likely tights and dance shoes. Double check that you have what is needed before you need it!
2. Photo Day: In Costume, tights, shoes, hair, make up, etc.
3. Competition Rehearsal is a chance for dancers to practice their routines in front of their peers one last time before they enter the stage for competition! It is an important final run-through of dances before they go on stage in front of the adjudicators.
4. Your studio should have sent a schedule of competitions to you. This document will have important information including venues, dates, and times. You should have in there your dancer's "ready time". Usually dance studios include this time as an indication as to when they wish to rehearse the routine so they group has sufficient time to practice, get out the nerves, and make their way back stage. Your dancer should be stage ready by this time as they will usually rehearse, and then head straight back stage to wait with their group.
5. Dress Rehearsal and Recital: In costume, tights, shoes, hair and make up. Be aware of fast changes if your dancer has a number of routines!
It Will Be Okay!
Breathe, stay organized, and you and your dancer will be just fine! A frazzled parent makes for an even more frazzled dancer! And that's no good for anyone! Your studio director is there to help you out along the way! They should have provided all the information you will need so you are confident and comfortable. If you have any uncertainties, always just ask! As a Director, I would rather answer your questions all night long, than have dancers show up in their class leotards for their recital performance ;)