Before Recital Day
- Double check your email for your personal instructions for the day
It contains ALL the information you need, like what to bring, theatre + ticket info, drop-off/pick-up details, etc.
- Set aside everything you need
Gather costumes, tights, shoes, accessories, make-up, and hair styling tools, etc and put them in a place you won’t forget them. Don’t forget your vaccination cards & masks too. That way, it’s easy to find everything you need and there will (hopefully) be no last-minute rush the day of to look for something you forgot.
- Rest up
As dancers, it’s imperative that our bodies + minds feel rested and ready to take the stage on recital day. Set aside extra wind down time the night before to give your body the chance to relax and regulate before all the excitement! Here are our favorite ways to wind down: reading, listening to relaxing music, journaling, and meditation (see our Mindful Blog Post series)
On Recital Day
- Do a health screening
At this point, we all know the drill, but we want to reiterate that if you’re feeling unwell or have any symptoms of being sick on the day of the recital to please stay home. There will be many more recitals to come, and we look forward to sharing the stage again when it does.
- Hydrate and eat a healthy meal before your showtime
Eating the right foods and drinking water plays an important role in your dancer’s overall recital experience. As dancers, we know the importance of taking care of our bodies, and that certain foods will help maintain our energy level, regulate our moods, and improve our performance when it’s time to dance on stage. Dancers should avoid sugary foods & drinks that contribute to energy crashes and mood swings, and instead opt for protein-rich, nutritious foods and drinks like, eggs, meat, nuts, and your favorite fruits & veggies.
- Arrive early
Nothing takes the magic out of recital day like a late arrival and the stress of not knowing if you’re too late to participate. Save the theatre’s address in your phone, check the ETA early on the day of, and plan to leave extra time for yourself to account for traffic, parking, dropping off you dancer, checking into the theatre, picking up bouquets (if you ordered one), not to mention socializing and saying hi to all your dance friends & families!
- Pack extras
After countless recitals, there are bound to be dancers and staff in need of extra: safety pins, bobby pins, hairspray, hair ties, deodorant (for our older dancers), underwear (for younger dancers), bandaids, hand sanitizer, and face masks. Sending you dancer with these extra items in their bag will set them up to handle whatever comes their way that day!
- Enjoy the moment