2014 Song Selections

Because I’m a huge music / stats nerd, I like to share my song choices from each year. ¬†It’s mostly for me to be able to look back and say “when did I use that song”? , but maybe someone will enjoy it too.

(Here’s 2013’s music list if you’re curious… and 2012… and 2011)

Our first half of our recital had a theme which was “dance inspired by literature or literary themes”, so you may notice that some of my songs are related to books.

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TEENS

TWEENS

CHILDREN

“I’m Late” – white rabbit tap solo

Loved this one!

Can I get a show of hands for who used an “over popular” song this year and regretted it? ¬†What was your favorite song to choreograph to this year? ¬†Comment below.

2012 Song Selections

Now that the competitions and recitals are over, I’d thought I’d share my list of songs I used this past year for choreography. (Here is 2011 in case you’re curious)

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TAP

 

My magic hat!
Faces obscured for privacy

LYRICAL / CONTEMPORARY

OTHER

What was your favorite song that you danced to this year?

I Survived Recital Weekend!

Recital weekend was this past weekend for my studio and it was exciting, exhausting and most importantly is OVER! ¬†I can now join the “Done” Club for Studio Owners who are done with their show! ¬†Hooray!

We crammed five shows into three days and it was great, but I’m glad to be done. ¬†Here’s a peek into the weekend, and my entry for May’s “Performance Pic” Challenge.

This year we rented a local school for our shows.  The auditorium holds about 1000 people.  We got in around 2pm on Friday to set-up the stage and theater for the 6pm show.

I let the students sit in the auditorium РI feel like they enjoy watching the show.  I have alumni students who volunteer as aisle monitors.  They are responsible for two to three classes and oversee them in their seats and making sure they are brought backstage on time.  The teachers also patrol the seats, and help with their rowdiest classes.

Pre-show chaos!

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Performance Pinspiration

In honor of May’s Blog Challenge, Performance Pics, I scavenged Pinterest for some great pictures that made me think of those exciting minutes leading up to a great performance!

Check out these photos and follow me on Pinterest while you’re at it!

Hair and make-up first…

Source: Pinterest
Russian State Ballet – Photo by: Helen Maybanks Photography

Warm-up before the show

Russian State Ballet РPhoto by: Helen Maybanks Photography

Peeking to see if your special audience member arrived yet:

Azra ҆ahinovińá Photography
Photo by Natalie Frigo

The busy dressing room, everyone rushing to make sure everything is perfect.

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Finding your way backstage, calming your nerves and getting ready for the show to start.

Source: Pinterest

One more run-through before going on stage…

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Waiting for the cue..

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Do you have a pre-performance ritual or a favorite part of the performance?  Share below in the comments!

10 Hair & Make-Up Tutorials For Recital

Recital season is upon us in the US, and with it comes lots of parents and kids who have never done stage hair or make-up before! ¬†I used to do demonstrations for some of my classes, but it is difficult to find the time when everyone is available, so I have switched to emailing YouTube links. ¬†My students’ parents love it when I point them to a YouTube tutorial – and I have learned a few tricks myself!

Here are some of my favorite tutorials for applying stage make-up and doing hair.  And be sure to share your favorite tips and tricks in the comments!

MAKE-UP TUTORIALS

For older students:

(JAM Cosmetics)
For children:

(JAM Cosmetics)

From start to finish w/little explanation, just her applying make-up:

More specific tutorials

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May Blog Challenge: Performance Pics


Many of us are getting ready for their recitals or spring performances this time of year. ¬†The weeks leading up to the big performance are exciting and stressful, but are worth it in the end. ¬†For studio owners and teachers, you may be wishing it was over sooner — check out our mantras for surviving recital season.

To keep things stress-free, this month’s challenge is easy peasy… it’s a photo challenge!¬†Share a picture that relates to a dance performance–it can be part of the preparation, dress rehearsal, backstage, final performance… it’s up to you!

Share one, three or a hundred photos!

Post a your dance photo(s) on your blog, and then come back here and leave a comment with a link to your post so we can all share!

Don’t have a blog? You can still participate! ¬†Just leave a comment below with a link to your picture, or post your picture on our Facebook wall.

Click here to see past blog challenges.

Mantras for Recital Season

Sometimes recital season makes studio owners and teachers want to pull their hair out!  Here is a list of mantras to keep you going, keep you positive, or make you smile, even through the most stressful days.

I think I can, I think I can!
It’s almost over… It’s almost over…

Tutus… sequins… and glitter… OH MY!

One step at a time.
When in doubt, fade the music.

Dress the part.  Act the part. 


No words, just the sound of a cork *popping* out of a wine bottle in X weeks…

When in doubt, just take the next step.

Keep your head up.


No one reads handouts or signs.  Just accept it.

You can do it!

Keep calm and carry on.

No matter how good or bad the current situation is, it will change.

GAHHHHHHHHHHH!

Hairspray, duct tape and safety pins will fix anything.
It’s not brain surgery, it’s dance.

I am strong. I am awesome. I will succeed.


Best wishes for your recital this year!

~ Cait

Lyrical & Modern "Shoes" – Do You Wear Them?

I prefer bare feet for my modern and contemporary classes, but lately my students have been wearing FootUndeez or Dance Paws (the ones with stripes, polka dots, sparkles, etc) to class. I feel like an old lady but I tell them “when I was your age, those shoes didn’t exist and we toughened our feet by dancing barefoot. We we proud of our callouses”. In college, we were not allowed to wear them and quickly adapted to dancing on marley barefoot.

Then my students laugh at me and pull on their rainbow colored modern “shoe” over their tender, un-calloused feet.  So here’s my question to you, dear reader:

What do YOU wear on your feet to modern / lyrical class?  

Or if you’re a teacher – what do you allow your students to wear in class?  For performance?

If you’re not sure of what I’m talking about, they are little shoes that slip on over your toes and just over the ball of your foot to reduce friction and help with turns.

As a teacher, I allow my recreational students to wear them in class and in recital, but they must be skin-toned for the recital.  And they must make a choice – whatever they plan to wear for the show, they must wear for class.

For my competitive students, I do not allow the to wear them for modern dances and for lyrical, I make a decision on the day of competition based on the surface of the stage. For slippery stages, they go barefoot.

As a dancer, I don’t like the feeling of things between my toes while I dance.  I have a wide foot and the “Pawz” and “FootUndeez” cut off the circulation to my pinkie toe – does anyone else have that problem?  I think I might like the half-ballet shoe (top row, middle), but for now I will remain shoeless.

2011 Song Selections

Just wanted to jot down my song list from this past year for posterity! ¬†(Or so I can look it up at a later time when I can’t remember what that song was I used way back when…)

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And my favorite dance for the year: