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Common Costume Mistakes

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Dancers rely on their costumes to set the mood of their dancing pieces. Costumes are very important to dancers during their dance recitals. The ideal costume will enhance the dancer and his or her dance performance, but there are some costumes that end up hindering it more than helping.

Costume malfunctions are a dancer’s nightmare. They happen more frequently than we would like, and are usually due to a lack of proper preparation. That is why trial runs are usually required before major performances.

Unfortunately, even after careful preparation and dress rehearsals, costume mishaps still can occur. Costume blunders can be embarrassing, not only for the dancer, but for her comrades who are dancing with her. Here are some costume mistakes to watch out for.

When dancing with an object on your head, there is a much higher chance of something going wrong. The object can fall on the ground or get stuck in your hair. Either act takes attention away from the dancer, so be certain to have all objects on your head properly secured so this doesn’t happen.

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The Many Different Types of Dancing Shoes

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

With a variety of dancing styles, it is not a surprise that there are a wide range of dancing shoes available now. Each specific style of dance shoe is meant to work flawlessly with the dancer. Dance shoes enable her to dance safely and efficiently through her dance routines.

A main factor with dance shoes is that they are not meant for everyday wear and tear. They are performance shoes and should be used for practice and recitals. Here are a few examples of dancing shoes that are available at this time.

ballet-slippersBallet slippers
– Ballet shoes are easily the most recognizable dancing shoes. Beginning to moderate ballet dancers most commonly use ballet slippers, which help protect the ballerina’s feet and ankles. Ballet slippers come in full sole styles, which easily coincide with the type of stylepointe shoes have, or they are split soled to work best with a dancer’s arch of her foot.

Pointe shoes
– Pointe shoes are ballet slippers for the advanced ballerinas. They are called pointe shoes because the front of the shoe has a place called a toe box, which tightly fits your toes together so that your body weight can be supported once you are on the tips of your toes. The still insole allows the extra help to support the feet from underneath the arch.

Jazz shoes
– Jazz dancing is different than ballet, though the shoes are very similar. The major difference between the two shoes are that jazz shoes have a small heel to support the dancer. Jazz shoes are full or split soled, depending on the style, and should be very flexible.

tapshoesTap shoes – These shoes are what make tap dancing possible. Tap is a fun form of dance wear the dancers wear special shoes that have metal taps on the bottom of the shoes. Tap shoes use their shoes like drums to create a pattern and timely beat.

Hip Hop and Lyrical Shoes
– Unlike modern dancing where most of the dancing is done barefoot, hip hop and lyrical dancing prefer shoes to be worn to allow more fluid movement. Hip Hop is one of the few dance styles that allows a lot of room for the variety of shoes that can be worn. The most common type, however, are tennis shoes or a flexible dance sneaker.

Latin and Ballroom Shoes – Latin and Ballroom shoes are normally pumps or sandals with at least a 2 or 3 inch heel. Suede soles, for both men and women, are best because they provide the best grip and slide needed for this type of dancing. When looking for this dancing shoe, remember to find ones that are both lightweight and flexible.

Making a First Dance Recital Special

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

A child’s first dadance-recital06-275nce recital is a very special opportunity for her parents to show her how proud they are of her. Dance recitals show off dance routines that your little one has been planning for all year. Here are some suggestions of how to make your little one’s first dance recital special.

Put an ad in your local paper wishing them luck. Many newspapers have special ad space for birthday, engagement, or special announcements. Let your little one know how excited and proud you are of their first dance performance by publicly telling them so.

Bring flowers to give to them after the performance. Flowers are a beautiful and appropriate way to congratulate your daughter. Flower arrangements can come in a variety of types and sizes, so it is up to you whether you would like to give her a single flower or a bouquet of them.

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Items to Bring to a Dance Recital

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Dance recitals can be a very exciting time for a young dancer, but the performance can quickly change to one of chaos and confusion. Don’t take the chance of having to miss any special moments by running home to grab last minute items for your daughter. Be prepared with the following items:

Makeup- You will want to have some makeup available to do last minute touch-ups. Bring makeup that will match the rest of the class and not bring unneeded attention to your daughter. Remember to touch-up her makeup right before she goes on stage.

The video below gives some great tips on getting your child’s makeup ready for a dance recital.

Camera - Dance recitals, on average, only occur once a year. You won’t want to miss out on any of these special moments. Even if you can’t take pictures during the performance, you still want to remember your camera for the backstage moments and after the recital.

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Displaying Good Manners Goes a Long Way

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

It is important to know how to properly act at a dance recital, whether it be your daughter’s at Flowers for dancersher high school gymnasium or at an opera house in the city. Look for any specific rules sent home by dance teachers to know specific rules. For example, at some performances it is appropriate to give gifts and flowers to dancers before the performance, and others it is only appropriate for afterwards. Check and see if there are any specific protocols.

Good manners at a dance recital can really help those around you to enjoy themselves

Good manners at a dance recital can really help those around you to enjoy themselves

Do not touch or move a costume or prop, even if it looks out of place. You don’t know whether a dancer will come back looking for it and won’t be able to find it. Don’t risk the chance of leaving a dancer out of the performance or stalling the show while they look for it.

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Helpful Tips for Calming Your Dancer

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Performing in front of a group can be quite intimidating. It’s no wonder that a lot of dancers find themselves nervous

Kids can get really anxious before their first performance

Kids can get really anxious before their first performance

on the day of their dance recital. It may not be easy, but there are some things that can help calm frazzled nerves on the big day.

Find fun ways to distract them whenever their nerves start to act up. Say encouraging words first, by telling them you know they will do great the night of the performance. Then change the topic, or find another activity to help ease their mind off of their nervousness.

Have them practice, practice, practice. The more practice they do the more confident they will become in their dance routine. It will also give them an activity to do that will actually help them at the time of the recital.

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Quick Tips for a Smoother Dance Recital

Monday, November 30th, 2009

A dance recital is an exciting time for a young dancer. It’s a time for her to shine and showcase her talent, with dance routines she’s been learning and practicing for months. You may not have control over her actual performance, but there are some things you can do to help the recital go smoothly.

Plan ahead. Start planning for the recital a week or two before the actual performance. Make a list of everything you may need, such as special dance shoes, tights, costumes and accessories.

Make sure your child is rested. Recitals are tiring enough without the lack of sleep. Having your daughter sleep a little more the week of the recital will go a long way in helping her on the big day.

Keep up the energy Level. Recitals have a tendency of dragging at certain points, so make sure your child has MainStreet_Dance_Recitalplenty water or Gatorade to drink. Have their favorite snacks on hand. Make sure to bring snacks for yourself too.

Arrive to the recital on time
. Make arrangements so you can get to the performance early. You will need time to set up in the dressing room. Your child will thank you later for the extra time to calm her nerves.

Label all of your items
. Make certain that all your costumes and items are properly labeled so you can keep track of them. A lot of the other dance students could be in the same size costumes or shoes as your daughter, so labeling them will help make certain your items won’t get lost or taken on accident.

Bring something to entertain during the long stretches
. Recitals can be very exhausting for younger dancers. Packing a few quiet games (children’s game ideas) to help pass the time, such as a deck of cards, can help during the more boring parts of the recital.

Breathe
. Keep in mind that recitals normally only happen once during the year. It’s not always easy watching your child perform, but try to relax and enjoy watching your young dancer up on the stage.