What is the Spring Concert?
You’ve heard us talking about it. You’ve seen it mentioned on our website and in our emails. You know there’s a lot of excitement around it … but what exactly IS the recital?
Just as soccer players have tournaments, football players have games, and gymnasts have meets, dancers have performances! More than a year’s worth of planning goes into our annual Spring Concert at SDC—better known to most people as “the recital.”
The recital is a memorable opportunity for our students to showcase their talents onstage. From learning the first eight-count of choreography in class to the final bow onstage, the recital is definitely one of the highlights of a dancer’s year!
Consider this post your “recital primer,” where we break down a few key elements of what to expect these next few months and why it’s all so important.
Each class learns a particular routine to perform at the recital. The choreography is the series of steps, patterns, and formations the teacher creates for each unique routine. Your dancer will be learning and practicing this choreography during class time leading up to the recital. This repetition allows our students to grow their confidence as well as their skills.
Costumes, Hair, and Makeup
Because dance is a performing art, this is where the “performance” aspect truly comes together. As you’ve seen, each class will have a costume to wear onstage for their routine. We will also be communicating specific instructions regarding their hairstyle and stage makeup. These three things are the finishing touches that complete a performer’s look!
Prior to the recital, each class will have the chance to participate in our dress rehearsal. The dress rehearsal is almost like the recital itself, except it’s just for practice. It allows us the chance to rehearse our sound and lighting cues from backstage and helps us make sure the dancers are familiar with their new surroundings.
This is it! After all the preparation and practice, this is each dancer’s moment in the spotlight in front of their family and friends. The buildup of excitement is always huge. It’s like when an athlete arrives at the the Olympics … our students have arrived at the recital!
We understand that the thought of choreography, costumes, rehearsals, and being onstage in can be intimidating at first, so we’re here to show you what an awesome experience this journey can be!
– Ms. Julie