A big part of dance training includes learning through performance. Although, performance opportunities can help prepare some students for a possible career in dance, they also contribute to children’s non-dance activities. This experience helps build self-esteem and confidence, which can result in better school presentations, improved social skills, and strong college and job interview skills. It also helps with retention skills, and by working with their classmates on a group performance, they learn the positive aspects of working as a team to create the best end result.
Most studios put on a year end show in a professional theater. Students that perform in the show must have costumes for their dance numbers. Some studios may require parents to sew their child’s costumes, or pay extra for a professional seamstress to do the sewing. This can be inconvenient and frustrating for parents who are busy or can’t sew. Our studio orders the majority of our costumes from costume companies, where the dancers are measured so the correct size is ordered for them. This minimizes the sewing having to be done by a seamstress or by the parents.
Our recital is held in June of every year, and the recital process begins as early as October with ordering of costumes and the planning of routines . We choose to begin our routines early (late Jan- Feb)so that the dancers do not feel rushed to finish their numbers. The teachers and the students want them to look perfect, for this is a special time for the dancers to “show off” all they’ve learned throughout the year. We also choose to start our numbers early so that dancers may continue to work on technique, which is the most important factor in dance, throughout this time of year. We feel that it is important that parents should not have to put out extra money to attend their child’s dance recital. That is why each dancer will receive four tickets to the performance.
Our annual dance concert are held at Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. We will have 2 shows one at 1:00 and one at 7:00. Please see schedule to see what show your child is in. Rehearsals will be held on the week prior to the recital.
The recital was AMAZING! Not only were my child’s pieces great, but the entire performance was great as well. We don’t go just to watch our child, but to be wowed by all the children and all they’ve accomplished through the year.
Some of the pieces felt like I was at a Broadway show.
I am a proud parent of a child who LOVES her dance school. (I love the place as well.) The confidence I see in the older -just slightly older than my very young daughter- kids, their poise, their ability to stand on stage in front of a large audience and perform…I mean REALLY perform… I see these attributes in my child already as well!
From a Proud Dance Theatre South Parent