For competition dancers, recital season often gets a little overlooked.
There are no judges, no awards, no scholarships to be won.
But again: there are no judges, no awards, no scholarships to be won.
Year-end recitals are low-pressure performance opportunities that provide a great way to recharge and reset between Regionals and Nationals. So let’s all show recital season a little love. Here are five reasons to love it.
1. You get to perform a lot in the span of just a few hours.
During a convention weekend, your performances are spread out over the course of a few days. But it’s likely that in addition to your comp routines, you’re also in a few non-competitive pieces during the recital, meaning even more chances to dance (and shine!). That’s a lot of dancing in just a few hours. Live it up.
2. The quick-changes are totally invigorating.
It’s like a race to get offstage, run to your dressing room, and swap out one costume for another, all before you’re due back onstage for your next piece. (The more organized you are, the faster the transitions will go, BTW.) Make it a competition between you and your dressing-room-mates: first one changed and back in the wings treats everyone else to post-show ice cream!
3. It’s a great time to bond with the rest of your studio — especially the littles!
If you teach or assist in the younger classes at your studio, seeing those dancers perform at recital can be so rewarding. You helped them get there! Plus, when comp season is in full swing, you really only see your fellow team dancers. It’s nice to spend some time with the rest of the studio’s equally awesome dancers.
4. It’s a nice opportunity to work on your mental game.
It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of performing at competitions. They’re high-stress zones where every performance counts. And while recital performances also count — you want to make your teachers, parents, and friends proud, after all — the judgment-free zone is a great time to assess where your head is at and try a few pre- and post-performance techniques. If you normally get super nervous before a performance, now’s the time to test new breathing techniques, backstage meditations, or anything else that may help calm the nerves and take the edge off.
5. There are no judges, no critiques, and no pressure.
Recital is all about showing off, having fun, and being with your teammates. You don’t have to worry about performance order, other studios, or who else is in your category. It’s just you and your best friends sharing the stage for a few hours. Dance your hearts out!
Bonus: Recital time means it’s almost the end of the school year! Summer lovin’, here we come!