Recitals Build New Skills
Preparing for the recital is an amazing way for dancers to develop new skills! Not only are they growing their gross motor skills by learning new steps and improving their technique, they are also building strong memorization skills. Remembering a recital dance requires hours of repetition with the correct movements so that the dancer’s brain and body can work together to recall the steps during the performance.
Learning a recital dance also helps a dancer develop his or her musicality. Counting music and using rhythmic patterns are a part of every style of dance, at every age! From a syncopated hip hop routine to a classical ballet waltz, recital dances showcase a range of musical skills.
For students who are new to the recital experience, new skills also come in the form of being backstage! Dancers learn proper backstage conduct in addition to basic stage terminology, such as “upstage,” “downstage,” “wings,” and “curtain.” Participation in mandatory dress rehearsals helps acquaint dancers with the procedures leading up to their performance and afterward. It’s pretty cool to see up close how all the pieces of the recital come together!
Watch some of our students announce our 2018 Recital themes!