"What feels so hard now will some day be only your warm up." - Unknown
Even though we are barely out of the snow, recital time is forever looming over the heads of all dancers. It's an exciting and stressful time, full of a year of dreams and goals culminating into one place. Hard work (and money well spent) is shown off during a studio's spring recital. Watching a child take their first shuffle-steps on the stage or the final bow for senior year, that and all the bits in between showcase growth and experience gained.
Each studio has their own individual space that they use as the location for such a performance, and this can vary from local high school auditoriums to grand professional stages in the region. Each one has merits (and, likely, a price tag that factors into seasonal fees) and while it would take lengthy pages of information to list out each specific one, we're going to touch on the top three choices for both the Buffalo and Rochester area. Even if your studio does not hold their annual recital at one of these, we think you'll find the information useful should you ever transfer to another, attend someone else's recital, or even see a show there that isn't recital-related!
The first dance recital can be rather full of surprises for the first-time dance parent. There are expectations and traditions that are encased in the dance culture, and they all intersect on recital day. If you're anxious or worried that you'll forget something, don't hesitate to ask other moms or the teachers themselves. But where the venues and being there for the day are concerned, here are a few tips we recommend.
Bring snacks and activities. Make sure the activities are "quiet time" things, and not ones that could distract other dancers. Card games, a sketch pad/coloring book, stuffed animals are all safe bets. Food-wise, keep in mind what they will be wearing. Sloppy food is a terrible idea for the obvious reasons! Consider foods that will give them energy, such as fruit or protein. (Try to be cognizant of food allergies as well. Steer clear of peanut butter, nuts etc since kids are in close proximity of each other on days like that.) Stay away from sodas or dark drinks, since you want to leave the venue looking the way it was when everyone arrived. We all know spills are the worst!
Know the bathroom location(s). Today is not the day for an accident! Costumes can be tricky to work with already, and knowing where the restrooms are (especially with a toddler/young child) is crucial.
Have cash on hand. Most places nowadays take cards for things like front-of-house snacks etc, but if there are vending machines, parking meters or a mom running last minute to pick up things a few folks forgot, it might be handy just to have something on you in case!
No matter the location, from Sweet Home Middle School to Shea's Buffalo, we wish everyone a fun and memorable recital season! For those last minute runs or hair net needs, Bailey Slipper Shop will be here with what you need to see the season ended right!