Helpful Tips for Parents Preparing for Their Child’s Dance Recital

Helpful Tips for Parents Preparing for Their Child’s Dance Recital from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

We are familiar with kids dance recitals. Entertainment is given by a performer to show achievements or progress. Not only do we know kids dance recitals, but also we have come to love them. The costumes are beautiful and the dancers are talented.  This year, your little one will be dancing and performing in front of a big crowd. There is no better time than the present to start thinking about the dance recital. As your child prepares for the performance, challenging themselves to learn new routines, you have to make sure that everything is okay. You want your toddler to be successful, don’t you? Of course, you do. Preparing for recital time is anything but easy when you’re a parent. Here are some helpful tips on how to survive this chaotic and stressful time. Do your best to be prepared for the grand moment.

Save the Date Ahead of Time

Your attendance at the dance recital is paramount. The validation that the kid receives from you makes all that hard work worth it. Even if they have a small role on stage, the child sees himself or herself as an important part. Both of you will derive great satisfaction. The point is that you can’t afford not to be there. As soon as you get hold of the recital date, save it. You can write down the information in your appointment book and calendar. You can equally create a reminder on your smartphone. As a rule, kids dance recitals are set up months in advance so that you’re better prepared. Make sure that you don’t forget about the day of the show. Your toddler only has a few important events in their life each year.

Take Your Child to Dance Classes   

Helpful Tips for Parents Preparing for Their Child’s Dance Recital from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

The weather has started to warm up and summer vacation is almost here. Given these aspects, it’s important to ensure that your child maintains a good class attendance during the last period of the dance session. Take your little one to dance classes and rehearsals. Attendance to class is very important. Every time that your kid misses a class, they take a step backward, while all the others make progress and advance. Practice makes perfect and truer words have never been spoken. When it comes to acquiring new skills, the more you practice, the better you’ll get. Think of professional dancers… how often do you think they practice for new productions?

Your child needs to practice so as to become accustomed to the routine and gain confidence. Besides ensuring that your little dancer is in class, you should help your toddler practice at home. You can teach your toddler ballet if you put your mind to it. Get your hands on a copy of the music and play it everywhere. Listening to the music time and time again will provide your child the ability to memorize the song and anticipate what comes up next. At a young age, the movements correlate with the rhythm of the music. As for balances, skips, and leaps, you can look up some videos on YouTube. Or you can simply request a video of the choreography from the dance teacher and set your kid up for success. Remember the Strictly judge? Craig on Twitter shares stories about rising stars. Who knows? Maybe one day your child will be the star of a dance production.  

Pick up the Costume for Dance Recitals

Helpful Tips for Parents Preparing for Their Child’s Dance Recital from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

The best thing about the dance recital is that you get to see your kid in a shiny dance costume. Chances are that you’ve already checked costume websites for the latest collections and chosen something that matched the need and vision of the piece with your little one. You mustn’t forget to pick up the recital outfit. Most importantly, make sure that you have accessories. Just a single accompanying item can create an entirely different look. Tights matter. You should invest in several pairs. Why? You may ask. Simply because the stockings might rip. Maybe you’ll be able to bail out other parents. Attention needs to be paid to the fact that not all tights are equal. When purchasing opaque tights, be careful about fitting. If the garment doesn’t fit well, it will fall down in the worst of moments.

Other accessories that can accompany the costume are gloves, jewelry, and hats. Shoes are the most important accessories. The dance teacher will tell you what shoe style to opt for. As you can imagine, the footwear will be exclusively for the recital. If your toddler does ballet, then you’ll have to go shopping for ballet slippers. On the other hand, if your youngster tap dances, it will be necessary to acquire shoes with ties or buckles. When you have everything you need, label. There should be a label on every piece of clothing and footwear. In case they get misplaced, which happens more often than you think, people will know who the rightful owner is and return them to you.   

Help Your Child Prepare Emotionally

Helpful Tips for Parents Preparing for Their Child’s Dance Recital from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

Your child loves to dance; there is no doubt about that. But maybe they aren’t so comfortable performing on stage. Most performers suffer from anxiety. They think that they are ready to hit the stage, but when the moment comes, they freeze. What you need to understand is that your kid hasn’t done many shows, so they aren’t used to stage performing. It’s your job to help the little one become ready from an emotional standpoint. In case you didn’t know, confidence is the most important accessory. This is true for adults and youngsters alike. Being on stage requires courage. What are you supposed to do if your dancer has butterflies in their stomach? You can’t hold your toddler’s hand throughout the show, but you can offer them encouraging words before stepping on stage. Another thing you can do is try to shift their focus from the fear. Make your child think about things that are calm and reassuring like cartoons.  Once your kid is mentally prepared, the fun can begin.           

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