As we approach the end of the year, many dance studios and groups will have an end of year recital or concert planned. This is a one-off performance in which you and your fellow dancers showcase the skills and routines you have been working on all year in your dance classes. Usually family and friends will be invited or buy tickets to come and see you perform, there will be exciting dance routines and amazing costumes. Often the venue will be different from your usual dance studio as well. It's an exciting and memorable event, and preparation is key to ensuring it goes smoothly and is enjoyable for both performers and the audience. Here's what you can expect at your dance recital and how to prepare for it. You will be performing the dance routines you have learned in your dance classes. These routines may vary in style, such as ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, or any other genre you have been training in. You will have been learning these routines for most of the year and practicing at home too, so you should know these off by heart. You will likely wear costumes that are individual and appropriate for each of your dance routines. Costumes can be exciting, adding a bit of glitz and glamour to the event and they often add to the overall visual appeal of the performance. You will be issued your costume prior to the concert, so make sure you keep it somewhere safe, usually on a hanger to avoid creases. Makeup and hair! Depending on the style of dance and the requirements of the recital, you may need to wear stage makeup and have your hair styled in a specific way to ensure you look your best under the stage lights. Your dance studio will normally give you a list detailing what your costume is and also what hair style and makeup you are required to have. Remember that stage makeup is darker and more pronounced than street makeup. Leading up to the recital, you will have several rehearsals to practice your routines. These rehearsals help ensure that all dancers are in sync with each other and with the music, that you get used to the new stage which can be quite different from just dancing in the studio, and that the performance runs smoothly. Bring your “Stage Presence!” You'll be performing on a stage in front of an audience, so you should be prepared to project confidence and perform with energy and enthusiasm. The dancers that really look like they are enjoying themselves on stage are the ones that will attract the eye of the audience, so make sure you have heaps of fun. It’s important to follow stage directions. Pay attention to your dance teacher or choreographer's instructions regarding where to stand, where to enter and exit the stage, and any specific movements or formations you need to follow. Expect an audience made up of family, friends, and potentially other members of the community. The atmosphere is usually supportive and encouraging, as the audience is there to celebrate your hard work and talent. It’s a truly great feeling to dance well and to hear the applause and cat whistles from family and friends at the end. It gives you a great feeling of satisfaction and achievement. We all get them. Yes, that thing called Nerves! It's normal to feel nervous before a performance, but remember that nerves can actually enhance your performance by increasing your focus and energy. Practice deep breathing or visualization techniques to help calm your nerves. Backstage organisation. There will be a backstage area where you and your fellow dancers will prepare before going on stage. Make sure you have all your costume pieces, accessories, and props organized and ready. Take some snacks and bring a bottle of water. You may even want to bring a book or something to occupy you. Often you will be required to stay backstage for the entire performance, or at least for the half you are in, so it can be a long wait. Most importantly of all, remember to have fun and enjoy the experience. A dance recital is an opportunity to showcase your love for dance and the skills you've developed and for your family and friends to recognise the hard work and dedication you have put in. Here’s some additional advice to help you to prepare in the weeks leading up to your dance recital. **Practice regularly:** Ensure you are consistently attending dance classes and practicing your routines at home. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel on stage. **Listen to your instructor:** Pay close attention to your dance teacher's feedback and follow their guidance during rehearsals. **Costume and makeup:** Make sure you have all the necessary costumes, accessories, and makeup required for each routine well in advance. Check you have the right tights and that your dance shoes look nice and fit well. **Stay healthy:** Get enough rest, eat well, and stay hydrated in the days leading up to the recital to ensure you have the energy to perform your best. **Warm-up and stretch:** Prior to your performance, warm up and stretch to prevent injuries and ensure your muscles are ready for the demands of dancing. **Mental preparation:** Visualize yourself performing confidently and successfully. Positive visualization can help boost your confidence. **Arrive early:** On the day of the recital, arrive at the venue early to allow time for any last-minute preparations and to get into your costume and makeup. **Supportive mindset:** Remember that everyone makes mistakes from time to time. If you make a small error during your performance, keep going and don't let it distract you. **Enjoy the moment:** This is your opportunity to shine and share your passion for dance with others. Savor the experience and be proud of your hard work. By preparing thoroughly and staying focused, you can have a successful and enjoyable dance recital experience. Good luck!
Shopping online can be hard, especially when it comes to getting the correct fit for your ballet or jazz shoes. We've been selling shoes online since 2008, and have operated a dancewear shop, so we've had loads of practice in helping families pick the right size of shoe. We can't stress enough, that sizes vary a lot between different brands and one size in X brand, will not always match the same size in another brand. Don't base your sizing off a brand you've tried before and don't assume your ballet or jazz shoe will be the same size as your street or school shoes. Usually (but not always) your ballet and jazz shoe will be one size down from your street shoe size. Note also that our sizes are based on AU sizes. Ballet and jazz shoes are sometimes called slippers and this is because they are a soft shoe and should ideally be worn as a snug fit. We strongly recommend that you always CHECK YOUR CHILD’S FOOT SIZE prior to selecting the shoe size. Please check our size charts below and also remember to measure your child’s feet from back of heel to end of the longest toe then add 1cm for wriggle room. This is best done by taking an A4 sheet of paper and standing on it on a flat hard floor surface, then tracing around both feet. Take the length in centremetres then add 1cm for wriggle room. The shoes are a medium width, so if your child has a wider than average foot then choose a larger size. Always choose a larger rather than smaller shoe. For example, if the foot measurement is 19.4cm + 1cm = 20.4cm = C13. You will choose C13. As a crosscheck, your child is most likely wearing an Australian Adult Size 1 school shoe/sneaker/street shoe. When trying your ballet shoes for the first time we would appreciate it if you could refrain from pulling or tightening the front elastics, or dirtying the soles of the shoes, as we are unable to refund or exchange the shoes once you have done this. Size Shoe Length (cm) C4 12.9 C5 13.7 C6 14.5 C7 15.3 C8 16.1 C9 16.9 C10 17.7 C11 18.5 C12 19.3 C13 20.5 A1 21.3 A2 22.1 A3 22.9 A4 23.7 A5 24.5 A6 25.3 A7 26.1 A8 27.0 We hope you found our instructions to be clear and easy to follow.
Quick outfit changes are essential for dancers, especially during performances and shows with multiple costume changes. To ensure smooth and efficient outfit changes, dancers often rely on a "quick change kit" or "dance bag" containing various items to help them transition between costumes quickly. Here's a list of items you might need for a dancer quick outfit change: 1. **Garment bag or costume organizer:** A garment bag or organizer with compartments can help you keep your costumes separate and organized, making it easier to find the right outfit quickly. 2. **Safety pins and/or sewing kit:** These are handy for emergency repairs and adjustments if something comes loose or needs fixing during the change. 3. **Costume change checklist:** A written or visual checklist can help you remember the specific order of costume changes and ensure you don't miss anything. 4. **Clear plastic bags:** Use these to store undergarments, accessories, and any small costume pieces. Transparent bags make it easier to see what's inside. 5. **Velcro or snap fasteners:** These can be used to secure parts of costumes that need to be quickly attached and detached. 6. **Dance shoes:** Have all the necessary pairs of dance shoes ready to go, organized by costume. 7. **Hair and makeup supplies:** Keep hairbrushes, hair ties, hairpins, hairspray, makeup, and any other necessary beauty items in your quick change kit. 8. **Wig or hairpieces (if applicable):** If your performance requires a wig or hairpiece, have it prepared in advance with the necessary pins or clips. 9. **Baby wipes or wet wipes:** These are useful for freshening up quickly between costume changes. 10. **Water bottle and snacks:** Staying hydrated and having some energy-boosting snacks can help you maintain your energy during a long performance day. 11. **Labeling materials:** Use labels or colored ribbons to mark costume pieces and accessories for specific changes, making them easy to identify quickly. 12. **Adhesive bra or dance belt:** These undergarments can be helpful for quick changes, especially if your costumes require specific undergarments for modesty or support. 13. **Mini flashlight or headlamp:** A small light source can be handy for navigating backstage areas with dim lighting. 14. **Cue sheet:** If your performance involves specific cues or timing for costume changes, have a cue sheet with reminders. 15. **Quiet shoes or socks:** If you need to change footwear quickly without making noise backstage, bring quiet shoes or socks. We highly recommend every dancer has a bodystocking in their wardrobe, this is a one piece nude leotard which gives a nice coverage and support and usually come with both nude and clear straps to work with a multitude of costumes. This makes life easier when changing in public as well. Pictured is the Studio Range bodystocking, perfect for children and adults. Remember to plan and practice your quick outfit changes ahead of time to ensure everything goes smoothly during the actual performance. Having an organized and well-prepared quick change kit will help you stay focused and confident on stage.
Sewing ribbons onto ballet shoes is a common practice to help keep the shoes secure on a dancer's feet during performances and practice. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to sew ribbons onto ballet shoes: **Materials you'll need:** 1. Ballet shoes (pointe shoes or soft ballet shoes) 2. Ribbons (usually satin ribbons are used) 3. Sewing needle 4. Matching thread (usually the color of the shoes) 5. Scissors 6. Measuring tape or ruler 7. Pins (optional) **Step-by-step process:** 1. **Measure the ribbons:** Begin by measuring the ribbons against your ankle and lower leg to determine the appropriate length. Cut two equal lengths of ribbon for each shoe. Or you can purchase these pre-cut to the correct length. (We stock these). A typical length is around 45-54 inches (114-137 cm) for each ribbon, but this can vary based on personal preference and shoe size. 2. **Prepare the ribbons:** To prevent fraying, you can either use a lighter to carefully singe the cut ends of the ribbons or apply a small amount of clear nail polish. 3. **Locate the proper placement:** Wear your ballet shoes and position them on your feet. Locate the areas on the inside and outside of each shoe where you'll attach the ribbons. For pointe shoes, the ribbons are usually attached to the sides near the arch, and for soft ballet shoes, they are typically attached on either side of the ankle opening. 4. **Pin the ribbons (optional):** If you find it helpful, you can use pins to temporarily secure the ribbons in place on the shoes. This can make the sewing process a bit easier. 5. **Thread the needle:** Thread your needle with a double strand of thread (to make it stronger) and tie a knot at the end. 6. **Start sewing:** Begin sewing the ribbons onto the first shoe. Insert the needle from the inside of the shoe out, making sure the knot is secure inside the shoe. If using pins, you can remove them as you go along. 7. **Stitching technique:** Use a strong, even stitching technique, such as a whip stitch or a blanket stitch, to attach the ribbons securely. Take small, regular stitches along the edge of the ribbon, going through both the ribbon and the fabric of the shoe. Avoid stitching through the drawstring or any other parts inside the shoe. 8. **Even tension:** Keep the tension even as you sew to ensure the ribbons are firmly attached but not too tight. 9. **Reinforce the ends:** When you reach the end of the ribbon, sew several extra stitches to reinforce the attachment point. You can even go back along the ribbon's edge to strengthen the whole attachment line. 10. **Repeat for the other shoe:** Once you finish sewing the ribbons on one shoe, repeat the process for the other shoe, making sure the placement matches. 11. **Check for symmetry:** Once both ribbons are sewn on, double-check that they are symmetrical and at the same height on each shoe. 12. **Trim the thread:** Cut the thread, leaving a small tail, and secure it with a knot or two. You can push the ends of the thread inside the shoe to hide them. And that's it! Now you have successfully sewn ribbons onto your ballet shoes, and they are ready for you to tie securely around your ankles. Remember to adjust the tightness of the ribbons according to your comfort and dance needs. Happy dancing!
Are you stumped on how to do the best ballet bun? Does your ballerina look like she's been pulled through a hedge backwards after her performance? If you said yes, then this guide is for you! Creating the perfect ballet bun requires some practice and the right technique. Follow these steps to achieve a neat and secure ballet bun: Gather your supplies: You'll need a hairbrush, fine-tooth comb, hair tie or elastic, bobby pins that match your hair color, hairnet (optional), hairspray (optional), and a mirror. Prepare your hair: Start with clean, dry hair. Comb through any tangles to ensure a smooth result. Brush and slick back your hair: Using a hairbrush, gather all your hair into a high ponytail at the crown of your head. Ensure there are no bumps or stray hairs on the sides or back of your head. Secure the ponytail: Use a hair tie or elastic to secure the ponytail. It's essential to choose a hair tie that can hold your hair tightly. Create the bun: Take the ponytail and twist it until it starts to coil around itself. As you twist, wrap the hair around the base of the ponytail. Keep the hair taut and make sure the bun is smooth and even. Secure the bun with bobby pins: As you wrap the hair around the base, insert bobby pins into the bun to secure it. Start by placing bobby pins around the outer edge of the bun to hold it in place. Then, add more bobby pins as needed to keep the bun secure. Use a hairnet (optional): To ensure a sleek and polished look, you can use a hairnet. Stretch the hairnet over the bun and secure it with additional bobby pins. This step is optional but can help keep the bun in place during intense movements. Tidy up loose hairs: Use a fine-tooth comb or your fingers to gently smooth any loose hairs or flyaways around the bun. Set with hairspray (optional): If you have a lot of flyaways or want extra hold, you can lightly mist the bun with hairspray. Check in the mirror: Make sure the bun is centered, smooth, and secure from all angles. With practice, you'll become more proficient in creating a perfect ballet bun. It may take a few attempts to get it just right, so be patient and don't hesitate to ask for help from fellow dancers or instructors if needed. Photo shows Ballet bun at the crown of the head. Photo by Colin Hutton from danceadvantage.net