You might think about how to prepare for a recital, whether it is buying tickets, organizing costumes, or how to keep your dancer’s hair in place.
It is important to practice before you start thinking about these things. This does not mean that you should only practice dance for your child.
This article is part 5 of a series on the four-step process you can use to prepare for your dancer’s ballet or dance concert. The first step is to practice, Prepare, Perform, and Pack. For more information, visit the Ultimate Guide or click on the steps directly to them!
Before you dance or ballet recital, make sure to practice these tips and habits.
Here are some practices and habits you might consider focusing on before your dancer performs in a recital or concert. These are just a few ideas to get you thinking. Not all of them are right for you. But they can be a good starting point.
My daughter was three years old when she performed on stage. She was adorable as all preschool dancers. But I soon realized that I hadn’t helped her prepare for the stage because I feared being pushy.
The dance teacher would send videos of her dance routines to us via an app our studio had subscribed to. To help her with her routines, I aired it on my TV the following year.
She was four years old and had only done the lesson once per week.
I was glad that I had the opportunity to go through her dances on the day of her midseason recital. She seemed so confident, even though she was still lost in front of an audience, and she kept most of the steps she was supposed to be doing.
I could see that she enjoyed watching her video lesson and practicing her dance at home. I also realized that I wasn’t pushing her too hard while rehearsing at her home as long as it was enjoyable.
My daughters, now aged 7 and 12, are 12, and we rehearse our routines at home. It has become a practice leading up to the recital.
Tips for Home Dance Practice
It would help if you were signed up for any social media groups or apps your studio uses to allow you to access recordings of rehearsals.
If they don’t already have recordings, ask your teacher. If a parent requests that their child not be recorded, it is important to understand that your studios may not be able to provide recordings.
Recording your child’s dancing is a great way to ensure that they perform well.
You can help them see what they’re doing wrong and not rely on you to tell them. This can sometimes become annoying, cause fights between them, and make it less fun.
A video of them dancing can help them see the audience’s reactions and where they need to improve.
Please remind your child to smile when the song requires it or to use appropriate expressions on their faces. Dancing on stage requires that you use your entire body, including your face, to perform!
You should note that the song you find online may not be the one your teacher uses, so you might need to request a copy.
Ask your child to listen and visualize the music.
Gather a crowd – invite your family members to sit down and watch your child dance at home, so they are comfortable performing in front of an audience.
Although practicing at home in costumes may seem excessive, it will help your dancer get used to the different things on stage.
If the costume is a prop, a long skirt or cape, or if it has other functions, practicing in costume can be very helpful. You may find feathers or a headpiece unfamiliar to you, and it might even tickle your dancer!