How to Prepare Your Little Dancer For The Show?

January 3, 2017

It’s the dream of every parent to see their children shine through the spotlight. If you are one of those parents, here are some tips;

1.  Make sure your little dancer gets plenty of sleep. It’s common for dancers to have an anxiety about how well they perform on stage. This will keep the dancers awake through the whole night. Do whatever you always do best to keep your child as comfortable as you possibly can. Talk to him/her. A sleepless night reflects on the dancer’s performance.


2. Make sure your kid is well hydrated. Include protein rich diet, fruits and vegetables. Dancing on an empty stomach is not a good idea. Your child will need plenty of energy. They may get exhausted quickly, it would drastically reduce their capabilities and may even pass out mid-performance.


3. Try to reduce the stress on your dancer. Any onstage performances are a part of learning process at this stage. It trains your kid to overcome stage-fright, the art of staying calm and to work as a part of a team. Don’t try to pressure your child to give the best performance of their life yet. That road is pretty far away.


4. You wouldn’t want others to label you as one of those “stage mums”. Trust your dance teacher.

Psychologists say that some adults do transfer their own unachieved goals to their own children. There are pretty good examples of child spending hours in the studio when it’s pretty obvious that their passion is something else entirely. This will leave your kid scarred for life. If your kids hate dancing, then leave them to their own passion and just move on.


5. Take advantage of the internet. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of tutorials on YouTube. Download and have your little dancer practice at home. Don’t forget to consult with your dance teacher and ask for feedbacks.


6. Make sure that your little dancer attends the class regularly.  Children learn those moves and steps along with rehearsals, entrance and exit, and the final bow. Although, occasional absences are unavoidable at times, practising at home is really helpful to catch-up.


For the teachers;

There are many non-performance components of a dance which can be tiresome to the production team. These include costs, music copyright and working with children. Plan your budget carefully.

Similarly, there are regulations which you need to follow in order to avoid the infringement of copyright laws.

Working with children possess yet another challenge. You need to make yourself familiar with the rules in accordance to The Children (Performance and Activities) Regulations 2014 Act.

Make sure you select the right costumes and carry out a ‘Dress Rehearsal’. This will make sure that the costumes match the theme of the performance as well as fits the dancer well.


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