How to Get Ready for Your Dance Recital

Prior to a dance recital, it's natural to have nerves and the jitters about your performance ability, let alone the fact that so many people will be watching! It's also a great experience to have, and you'll really enjoy the thrill of being on stage dancing, so have courage and be confident about your recital.


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    Come to the place where your recital at least 30 minutes before the show starts. It may be a good idea to come in your costume, but not in your shoes. The concrete or flooring could ruin your shoes. Many people come even earlier to apply make up and put on costumes, as well as to do warm-ups.
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    Make sure you know where to dress. Most of the time, they will assign your group or team a dressing room. Dress there if you didn't already. Also, there will probably be mirrors there, too. Do your makeup here. Keep it simple; don't overdo it. The audience will notice. As for your hair, keep it out of your face. If you have long hair, put it in a bun or ponytail. If you have short hair, don't use a headband unless one came with your costume.
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    Know when you're on. Pick up a program if there is one and determine how much time you have to change in between numbers. Change quickly if you do. Also, make sure you are backstage 3-4 numbers before you're on.
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    If you're nervous, take some deep breaths, whisper - don't talk - to a member of your group, or just close your eyes and go through your routine in your head. The important thing is to remain calm. If you are nervous and you're showing it, likely someone else will get nervous, too.
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    Give it all you've got. Smile when you're on stage, or do a lot of facial expressions. The audience loves that. If you mess up, smile even more. Get up, and keep dancing. Sure it's embarrassing, but don't make a big deal out of it – plenty of dancers have fallen and gotten up again. Giggle about it when you're off-stage.
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    When you're done with your routine, and the lights go off, walk off-stage if you haven't already. Some routines will have you "dance" off the stage.
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    Give yourself a pat on the back. Try to focus on the things you did well, instead of sulking about how you messed up the whole performance.
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    When the show is over, change back into your regular clothes, collect everything you brought, and go home.


  • Stick with your teammates or classmates, so you don't get lost and miss your performance.
  • If you are going to eat during the show, bring something that won't stain your costume. Don't eat popcorn or candy before your routine unless you have some dental floss handy.
  • Hang out with your friends. It will keep your attitude happy and you'll go on stage together.
  • Drink sufficient water to stay hydrated. But also be sure to take a bathroom break before going on stage.
  • If the music starts going wacky, don't freeze up and wait for the music to start again. Just keep dancing and the technical difficulties should be resolved in a few seconds.
  • Learn to be comfortable changing in front of others. If you need different costumes through the show, there's no time to be prudish.
  • Breathe deeply prior to performance. Think "I am not the doer, let the character flow through me", before the performance. You may even wish to meditate a little or chant and listen to calming music.
  • If you have glasses, don't wear them unless you are blind without them. Try contacts if they work for you.
  • If you do point ballet, make sure your ribbons are tied properly. If not you could trip over.

Things You'll Need

  • Your costume
  • Bobby pins
  • A program of the show

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Categories: Dancing