6 Tips For Your Child’s First Dance Recital
Congratulations! You’ve made it through an entire year of dance class. You’re more familiar with putting tights on your child, and tying teeny tiny little ribbons on her dance shoes than you ever imagined. So now the time has come. Recital time. Don’t panic! Here are some helpful hints to get you through.
- Pay attention. All of those flyers, handouts and emails you have been receiving with recital information are actually really important. Read them closely. Organization is key to a successful recital experience.
- Form a mommy alliance. Reach out to a few moms (and dads) from your child’s dance class in case you have a recital-related question. The studio is really busy this time of year, so they will appreciate your independent problem solving.
- Costume preparation. When you get your costume, have your dancer try it on and dance around a bit. This is the best way to see what needs adjusting or fastening. The last thing you need is a costume malfunction in the middle of “Good Ship Lollipop.”
- Put together an emergency kit. It should include things like safety pins, hair spray, clear nail polish for tight runs, makeup, water, snacks, and the list goes on. Also pack some backstage entertainment like coloring pages for between dance wait time.
- Arrive early. There might be unforeseen parking or seating issues you have to resolve. You also want enough time to get your dancer settled with his or her group. Especially for young dancers, separation anxiety can set in when it’s time to say goodbye to mom.
- Don’t forget the flowers! Luckily most recitals will have flowers available for sale, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Just remember that no matter how much you prepare, something unexpected will happen – and it’s okay! We’ve all been there, and there’s always someone close by to help.
Enjoy the show!