Well, here we are again. At the end of another year. In today’s blog post, we will not be discussing technique, hacks or career how-tos. Instead, today we are simply here to say “Thank you”, and last minutes things to help you transition into recital with ease!

After coming off of a year that was like no other, season 8 was truly great. We watched you all grow in talent and technique. Our studios are full of bright and shining up and coming stars. We couldn’t be more proud.

Within this season it truly felt like the dance world has made it back on it’s feet. Curtains are rising on recital stages once again with ease. We are entering year 2 of facing new normals, and we are so happy to have had you along for the ride. We have worked our way back up from virtual dance classes to full dance studios. It has been such a joy having yet another year moving forward with our Reach For The Barres family.

With all the joy and triumphs our year is winding down, and our recital is right around the corner. With that we are excited to announce, that it’s going to be a spectacular show! Our students have worked hard in the studio to make sure their dances look flawless and fun! We have no doubt in our minds about the magic you are going to see on stage.

To our parents, we are so thankful that you allow us here at Reach to teach your children the art of dance. We know there is much that comes with being a dance parent, and know you are doing your part in making sure your child has everything they need to shine on stage! We truly can’t say thank you enough for all you do to support your dancer and know it’s a lot to keep track of. To make your job a little easier, we thought we would give you a mini list of everything you need in your child’s dance bag to have a successful show day.

Read through the list below and pack your child’s bag before the big day. You will be able to check a few things off your list so you can enjoy the moment with your child!

All costumes labeled with your child’s name.

It’s SO important to label your costumes. The last thing you want is to be missing an accessory or shoe when it’s time to dance on stage! Your child’s things could get mixed up easily so it’s best to be safe and mark your child’s initials into all your costume items, shoes, and accessories. Please make sure to mark costumes and shoes on the inside so we don’t see them on stage. This is especially important for our dancers in multiple numbers.

Dance shoes

This seems obvious but it’s worth saying, there is nothing worse than missing a shoe on recital day! Make sure to have your dancer try on their shoes before the big day to catch any holes or shoes that are too tight. Need new shoes? Stop by the studio where you can buy anything you need for the big day.

Extra tights

We have provided your dancers with tights in their costume bag. But we all know that tights can rip easily! Throw in an extra pair of tights for your dancer along with the ones they will wear on stage. That extra pair could save the day for your dancer!

Costume accessories 

Do any of your child’s costumes come with headpieces, layers, or other accessories? These items are just as important as your main costume to have in your dance bag.

In 2023 we want to take time to recognize all the wonderful people that make this studio possible. We have an amazing staff with qualifications out of the roof… but they are more than just dancers and educators. So for the next couple of weeks, we will be getting to know the humans behind the teacher, and their little fun facts. 

This week we are diving into the little details of Miss Reyana! 

If you know Miss Reyana you know she is a person who lives in a world full of color. Everything she touches is brought to life with sparkle✨. You can tell she navigates through a kaleidoscope lens when you step into her studio👯‍♀️! Even though she loves all the colors in the rainbow she does hold one color high above the rest. What is that special color you ask? FUCHSIA 💕

Just like her Miss Reyana loves to enjoy something sweet. When it comes to favorite foods she loves to enjoy a delicious ice cream cone🍦. Can we blame her though? Who doesn’t love a sweet treat. Especially living in Los Angeles🌴 it’s perfect for anytime of the year🗓.

For everyone here music is engraved in our lives like no other. It’s a big part of our job. With that sometimes it makes it hard to pick just one. But when we asked Miss Reyana she knew right away which song has stole her heart ❤️ . ‘Rhiannon’ By Fleetwood Mac☁️ is a solid choice. We don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this classic🎹.

When it comes to favorite artist it was a little bit hard for her to choose on this matter. There is simply too many to count🔄. Miss Reyana’s first love was music 🎶 (and dance) growing up. So answering this question felt impossible to her 🤷‍♀️.

We are made of memories☁️, and as we grow older we become a product of all the things we have experienced along the way. Some memories stick out more than others💬. When it comes to Miss Reyana she looks back and favors summers on the lake with her family, in South Texas where she was raised ☀️.

Even though everyone here is an amazing dancer our teachers are much more than that. Outside of the studio, Miss Reyana loves to travel✈️, visit Disneyland🎡, and experience live music🎵…but most often she can be found playing records she’s collected. Working on crafts🎨, puzzles🧩 , playing board games♟, or watching F1🏎️ with her hubby.

Our teachers here at Reach For the Barres are fountains of knowledge⛲️. They are people who are full of amazing advice. What Miss Reyana would like to pass on to the students here is “Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine”💕

These are just a few of the things that make Miss Reyana so special! 

In 2023 we want to take time to recognize all the wonderful people that make this studio possible. We have an amazing staff with qualifications out of the roof… but they are more than just dancers and educators. So for the next couple of weeks, we will be getting to know the humans behind the teacher, and their little fun facts. 

This week we are diving into the little details of Miss Leighanna! 

There are many colors of the rainbow. Some shine bright like the sun, and some are as dark as night.. but they are all special to someone. The color that caught the eye of Miss Leighanna PERIWINKLE🦄! It’s a soft a cozy color that makes of think of all things good. We completely understand why this color holds a special place in her heart❤️.

When it comes to food Miss Leighanna loves  SWEET POTATOES🍠 . In any shape, way, or form she will take it. You can never go wrong with this super yummy food. It’s versatile like regular potatoes but it’s got a twist! 🌪

Miss Leighanna is a lover of all things music🎵. There is no way she could go a day without it. Her life is full of it. When we asked what her favorite song was she thought long an hard. Leighanna went back a forth and came to the conclusion that she simply couldn’t pick just 1️⃣.

When it comes to favorite artist it was a little bit easier for her to choose on this matter. Though she did take a little time to think over all her options one artist stuck out more than the rest. When in doubt Miss Leighanna will always be a fan of Kendrick Lamar!

We are made of memories☁️, and as we grow older we become a product of all the things we have experienced along the way. Some memories stick out more than others💬. She looks back fondly on Disney🪄 trips she took as a kid. But of course she couldn’t look past all her days spent taking dance class🩰 as she grew up. 

Even though everyone here is an amazing dancer our teachers are much more than that. Outside of the studio, Miss Leighanna loves to travel✈️. Seeing the world is something she finds is one of the best ways to spend your life. On top of that she loves photography📷, and we gotta say she is pretty great at it to! Last and certainly not least she loves to visit Disneyland🪄on her days off!

Possessions can come in many different shapes or forms. Some things are tangible that we can hold in our hand, and others are things like time spent. When it comes to things that are extra special to this teacher of the week she keeps her photo albums of her and her family🖼 in a safe place.

Our teachers here at Reach For the Barres are fountains of knowledge⛲️. They are people who are full of amazing advice. What Miss Maraya would like to pass on to the students here is “Always lead with you heart”💕

These are just a few of the things that make Miss Leighanna  so special!

In 2023 we want to take time to recognize all the wonderful people that make this studio possible. We have an amazing staff with qualifications out of the roof… but they are more than just dancers and educators. So for the next couple of weeks, we will be getting to know the humans behind the teacher, and their little fun facts. 

This week we are diving into the little details of Miss Maraya! 

There are many colors out there in the world, and she couldn’t possibly choose just one. The colors that have caught attention of Miss Maraya are FOREST GREEN🌲 & LILAC PURPLE🦄! Two colors that are complete opposites but two she loves dearly. This shade of purple has her thinking of spring flowers, and this particular green makes her think of the forests she grew up in. So we completely understand why she loves them so.

When it comes to food Miss Maraya loves the loves PASTA🍝. In any shape, way, or form she will take it. You can never go wrong with a big warm bowl of it’s  goodness❤️. The best pasta she ever had naturally is the variety she indulge in while in Italy.

Maraya couldn’t go a single day without music🎵. Her life is full of it. Everything has a soundtrack in her world. From the dance classes she teaches to the songs she listens to in the car. It is truly hard for her to pick one favorite song. But some of her favorites are ‘Grey Street’ By Dave Matthews Band, ‘Adore You’ By Harry Styles, and a new favorite ‘Ceilings’ Lizzie McApline.🙌 

Anyone who knows Maraya will know who her favorite artist is without a doubt🎤. She doesn’t go a day without listening to this artist, and has been a fan for over a decade⌛️. Her love and appreciation started early on in his boyband days. Harry Styles captured her heart and ears in 2011. She makes sure anytime he is in town that she has a ticket to his show!🎟

We are made of memories☁️, and as we grow older we become a product of all the things we have experienced along the way. Some memories stick out more than others💬. She looks back fondly on her summers with her family. Every year Maraya’s family and her moms best friend and their family would spend 2 weeks at the beach together. Without fail every year was filled with sunshine☀️, 4th of July celebrations🇺🇸, and carnivals🎡. She looked forward to this time with the people that meant most to her every year. 

Even though everyone here is an amazing dancer our teachers are much more than that. Outside of the studio, Miss Maraya loves to write✍️. From short stories to poems she loves to create worlds with pen & paper. It’s another way for her to be creative, and express her heart. She also loves to read📖. Which is no surprise since she loves to write. She loves that you can get lost in a story. Miss Maraya could spend a whole day reading and never get bored.🤩

Possessions can come in many different shapes or forms. There are 2 items that Miss Maraya holds near and dear to her. Both belonging to her mother. She keeps her mothers engagement ring 💍in a safe space🔐 & wears on extra special occasions. But the one she couldn’t live without is the necklace her mom wore everyday. It’s something that has been passed down form mother to mother for generations👩‍👩‍👧. Whenever Miss Maraya isn’t at the studio she has is on her neck.

Our teachers here at Reach For the Barres are fountains of knowledge⛲️. They are people who are full of amazing advice. What Miss Maraya would like to pass on to the students here is “Always stay true to yourself. Never sacrifice yourself or what you believe in for others”💕

These are just a few of the things that make Miss Maraya so special!