First school term of 2016 was very short, and second term made up for it with more weeks than usual. Third term is well underway and if you are a dance teacher, it is by far the most excitingly stressful time because recitals are here galore. Many schools and dance companies have already started recital prep at this point, and that is commendable. Starlight will start very soon at the National Ballet, make sure to attend at least one night:
I recently attended the Ballroom competition with our performance team Tamba Africa Ensemble where we showcased a piece called Dawn, find it here (watch video below). Beautiful setting and the kids danced beautifully as well however, I could not help but wonder if the audience realised the amount of time, planning and energy it takes to pull off such a dance programme. Trying to remember everything that you need to bring and attempting to enjoy the moment are two very different things, so hopefully this post will help you feel a bit more prepared.
Make sure the students know their steps down to the T. They have to be comfortable with the routines and it is very important that they understand the difference between performing and counting steps. A performance is not forced, it is natural movement of the body, telling the story of the choreography.
Involve the students with the entire production, we do this with our teaching programme AfroFeet, where students are given options to get involved with associated things like lighting, stage management, costume and makeup among other production related tasks. Involving students with other tasks will ensure you build well-rounded dance students who have a full appreciation of the world of performing dance.
Make sure you are comfortable with the steps so that as I mentioned above, you can perform and not focus merely on repeating the steps you were learning throughout the term. Make sure you pack well the day of the recital to ensure that you don’t leave anything at home. While backstage, have a watch so that you are always aware of the time you will be needed on stage. Technology is also great during downtime as it keeps you from becoming bored.
Caution! Please avoid being backstage at all cost. You can only make your child nervous, with disastrous consequences – although ‘mom and dad were just trying to show support’. Make sure your child is rehearsing at home so that they nail the performance. On the day of the recital, please arrive early in order to get the best seats. It’s important you cheer on everyone, and not just your child, crucially, please I beggo – no booing – under no circumstances is that ever cool.
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