Recital Time is Here!
Recital, costumes, sets, calls for volunteers, extra practice sessions, makeup, hair and the list keeps growing. So why do we do it?
Recitals, whether a series of dances done by each class, or presents a story are a lot of work for studio personnel, parents and students. Presentations, both formal and informal are an opportunity for students to strut their stuff.
- Teach respect. Dancers from the very young and up learn to listen and respect those around them.
- Teaches commitment. Once recital agreements are submitted, that commitment entails attending all practice sessions. It’s hard to run a ball game with half the players. Dances are the same. Each dancer has a place and a role and others are depending on them to be in their places throughout the dance.
- Teaches responsibility to oneself. Dancers learn to have all their recital items prepared. Dance wear clean and all repairs done. Makeup kit complete and placed in dance bag. Hair kit also complete and placed in bag. Parents have to help the younger dancers learn this lesson.
- Teaches that dance is about performing. So often students focus on the “how” and the performance quality is lost. Learning to perform means acknowledging the audience before you and not the floor. Using music to accentuate dynamics makes for an interesting number.
This is just a short list, there is so much gained from recitals. At Academie de Ballet Classique we prefer to present stories weaving dancers in and out throughout the performance. This approach is so much more fun for the audience and the performers. We hope you attend this year’s performance of “Mary Poppins” at the Tower Theatre, Bend, Oregon on Saturday, June 18 at 6:30pm or Sunday, June 19th at 2:00pm. Tickets are on sale now at Tower Theatre, Bend, Oregon
See you there!