Archive for the ‘Dance Recitals’ Category

How to Plan an Amazing Sock Hop For the Holidays

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Looking to liven up your holiday season? Throw a sock hop. Sock hop dances are a wonderful way for people to get together and celebrate for the holidays.

Start with a great invitation. Invitations are the first thing your guests will look at so be sure that you have a fun invitation to share. You can make hand-made invitations or purchase ones that have a 50’s theme.

Another important aspect of sock hops is the costume choices. 50’s attire is mandatory to pull off a successful sock hop. This means wearing bobby socks, saddle shoes, cuffed jeans, leather jackets, poodle skirts, and cat glasses.

Dances need really good music to dance to. Stick to the popular classic choices with your music. Elvis Presley and Bill Haley will definitely liven up the dance party.

You could hire a choreographer to teach some fun 50’s dance moves to people who are interested. There are quite a few fun dance steps including the bop, the hand jive, and the cha cha. Some people like to have the choreographer teach guests the dance moves an hour or half  hour before the dance starts so they can use those moves during the dance.

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Why You Should do a Sock Hop this Holiday Season

Friday, November 5th, 2010

With the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to begin planning a fun and festive event for your friends and family.  There are several holiday activities that you could choose from.  Why not add an annual sock hop as a new tradition?

Strolling right down memory lane can be  memorable experience for all.  With a few simple things to think about and prepare you’ll quickly be ready to amaze everyone with you’re great entertainment.  These include invitations, decorations, costumes, food, music and games.

There are many creative ways to invite your guests to your party. You could use black construction paper to make a record, inviting people to come for a “swinging party.”  You could cut out a picture of a clock and inviting people to come “rock around the clock” at your sock hop.  There are many possibilities.  Just put something along with your 50’s theme.

Next you need to start thinking decorations.  You could set your room up like a high school gym, or a diner.  Add an old-fashioned jukebox and you have a decoration and entertainment in one.

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Different Hairstyles for Dance Recitals

Monday, January 4th, 2010

With dancing, there usually is a hairdo that fits that type of dance. For example, if you were doing country and western the hairstyle would be a little different then if you were doing ballet or Latin dancing. It is important to duplicate the type of hairdo to fit your dancing number.

Hairdos need to connect with the type of dancing you will be doing. The most important factor is to be comfortable while you dance. The more complicated the dance step and style is, the most controlled your hairstyle will probably need to be.

When you are competing your hairstyle is even more relevant. You want the judges to watch your dancing, not your hair. Have your hairstyle match the type of dance style you are doing. Here are a few suggestions.

dance-recital-ballrooom-hairstyleBallroom: Whether you are doing the foxtrot, cha-cha, tango, or waltz you will want a sophisticate style. Have a smooth hairstyle with your hair pulled back. Best hairdos for this dancing style are French twists, knots, and chignons. Make sure you secure all do’s properly so there is no chance they come undone and distract from the performance.dance-recitals-swing-hairstyle

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Pros and Cons of Letting Your Boy Join Dance

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Dance normally is viewed as a feminine sport. A boy that is in dance will more than likely be made fun of by his peers at some point for being a dancer. Whether it is right or not, that is a fact of life.

If your son does want to dance there are many benefits. For one, dance allows an opportunity for a boy to express himself in a safe way. Dance is an expression of one’s self, and can be a constructive outlet.

Dancing can also be a great way for boys to get to know girls. There is a social trend for boys to not want to play with girls, and dancing allows this social behavior to be non-existent. Boys will have to interact with girls, and can continue to have a good relationship with them as they dance.

As the boy gets older, the more confident he will become. Girls who love to dance will really appreciate a boy who will get out on the dance floor and dance with them. If a guy knows how to dance he can most likely get any girl out there on the dance floor.

Dance is an expression of movement with the body. If a boy learns how to dance it is going to teach him how to control his body. Some dance instructors feel that this is an advantage that most boys don’t get, since they will have to be aware of their body, their thoughts, and multi-task when it does not naturally come to them.

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Preparation You Can Do On The Day Of The Recital

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

The day of a recital is a special day for a dancer. Nerves can run high and it can be easy to forget things. Here is a checklist of common sense things you can do on the day of the recital to help your daughter out on her big day.

Be sure your daughter uses the bathroom before the performance. She may have to wait behind stage for a while and there will be no time for them to use the restroom there. Make sure she has a comfortable performance by using the restroom first.

Lay out her costume for her. She doesn’t have to wear the costume to the recital location, but laying it out will make sure that you won’t forget it. Some teachers prefer them to wear their costume to the recital, while others don’t. Be aware of some of the most common costume mistakes, that we posted about earlier.

Do a last practice session with your daughter. Have her do a quick run through to help her remember her steps. This can help with stage fright, as she can feel a little more confident knowing she has the steps down.

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Ideas on Where to Host a Dance Recital

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Are you hosting a dance recital? Do you need some location ideas? Here is a quick list of common places for dance performances.

1. Theatre- A lot of dance recitals are performed in a theatre. This is the ideal place for a recital. They are specifically made for performance pieces and are the dream location for any dance teacher.

2. School Auditorium- School Auditoriums are a popular choice. They allow a lot of room for dancers to move around so you have little fear of dancers bumping in to each other. There is also plenty of space and seating for a large audience to watch.

3. Gymnasium- A gymnasium does not necessarily have to be part of a school. Again, a perk with doing a performance in a gymnasium is that you won’t have to worry about students being too cramped. You also have one level to perform on, so you don’t have to worry about dancers accidentally moving too far forward and falling off of a stage.

4. School’s dance studio- Some schools decide to use their own dance studio. The students and parents all know where it is, so there is no fear that they will get lost on their way to the performance. It can also be a good choice because the students are used to practicing there and may feel a little more at ease.

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Help Your Child Memorize Their Dance Routine

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Learning dance routines can be rough. This can be especially true for students that have many dance pieces that

You don't have to be a pro to help your child learn and memorize their dance steps

You don't have to be a pro to help your child learn and memorize their dance steps

they need to learn. Some parents may need to have a strategy to help them remember their parts.

One tip is to have your child break down their dances in to smaller parts. This way they only have to remember a section at a time. With time they can put them in order and get a better handle on performing the entire piece.

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Dance Recital Makeup

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Performance makeup for dancers is very important. Makeup is just as important as a dancer’s costume and choreography are. Make-up, if done properly, can really help your child stand out when performing.

Dance recital makeup is an essential part of the performance

Dance recital makeup is an essential part of the performance

Makeup is essential for a dancer to show up while dancing on stage. The bright stage lights make it almost impossible for performers faces to be seen if they don’t have make-up on. With out makeup the audience won’t be able to see the performer’s faces clearly.

Stage makeup is different than it would be regular applied. The main idea with recital makeup is to make the face really show up from a far away distance. However, you don’t want to over do it so that the makeup ends up being a distraction.

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Have a Dance Recital at Your Home

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
A dance recital at home is a great way for your child to have a great time, without the pressure

A dance recital at home is a great way for your child to have a great time, without the pressure

Girls love showing their talents off to family and friends. In the very least, mothers do. Formal recitals usually happen only once or twice a year. Let your little girl have some fun more than that by putting on a dance recital for her in your home.

A dance recital at home has its definite perks. The pressure of perfection with the performance won’t be as high as it normally is at actual performances. And only people she knows will be at this performance, not strangers.

A dance recital at your home also allows a little more creativity on her part. She can choreograph her own dance moves and come up with her own style. It may be fun for her to perform a solo if she wouldn’t have the opportunity with her dance school.

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50’s Dance Steps to Teach Your Students

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Looking for an idea for your next dance recital? Do a fifties theme and have a lot of fun with your students! There are many different dance styles during the 50s, but here we list our top favorites.

The Swing- Students will have a lot of fun with swing dancing. Although swing originated from the 1920s, the Lindy Hop was still a popular dance in the 1950s. Swing dancing features the combinations or triple steps and a delayed approach to rhytmic timing.

The Bop – The Bop, also known as boppin’, is normally a solo dance step, though it can work to incorporate more for a recital. Boppin’ uses a lot on heel and toe tapping, and normally is danced with blues or rockabilly music from the 50s. Your dancers can alternate between dancing and tapping. Be sure to get the right 50’s poodle skirts to complete the dance.

The Stroll- This popular line dance is another good 50s hit. Have your dancers face each other and move with the music, doing more elaborate dances in between the rows of dancing. A good song to use would be “The Stroll” by The Diamonds.

The Hand Jive – This 50s dance works well with rock and roll or the rhythm and blues music of the 1950s. This style involves a lot of hand moves and claps, as well as sometimes imitating the percussion instruments of the movies. This dance is sure to be fun for dancing students due to the fun thigh slapping, fist pounding, and elbow touching moves. If you are looking for inspiration for your choreography, check out the movie Grease’s musical display of the song “Born to Hand Jive“.

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