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The 8 Stages of Recital Season

It's May, which means it's time to gear up for your studio's annual recital! Yes, every group's performance preparations are different, but here are the eight stages pretty much every dancer goes through.



Doing Spring Cleaning on Steroids​

Every arm, head, and accent must. be. the. same. And if it takes running the number "one more time" about 50 times, so be it.

Trying to Get Every Single Person You Know to Buy a Recital Ticket

Your old preschool teacher, your second cousin twice-removed, the Starbucks barista: Basically anyone you've ever interacted with is getting an invite to your recital. You've worked too hard this year not to have a 50-person entourage greet you at the stage door!

Stocking Up on Survival Supplies

10 packs of bobby pins, 3 cans of hairspray, 2 boxes of makeup-remover wipes and, oh, 30 pounds of snacks should be just enough to get you through the weekend, right?

Remembering that School Is Still a Thing

Why oh why do final exams have to coincide with this mayhem? Doesn't your school understand the demands of recital season?

Spending a Few Glorious Minutes Onstage

It's finally show time, and your moment in the spotlight is e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, because you understand how much work it takes to get there! You're almost sad to be hearing your recital songs for the last time…almost.

Spending a Very Not-Glorious 30 Seconds Between Each of Your Dances

If quick-changing costumes were an Olympic sport, you'd most certainly win the gold.

Bidding the Seniors Farewell

After final bows, the curtain falls, and you're left in a sea of sobbing dancers because 1) you're exhausted and 2) all of your besties are officially heading off to college without you.

Realizing it’s Actually NOT the End of Everything

Get some rest and enjoy your five days of summer dance-cation, because Nationals rehearsals start bright and early next weekend!

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Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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