Holiday Recital Planning Tips

How to to put the finishing touches on holiday recital planning

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No doubt fall has been a busy time for dance studio owners, and it probably feels like classes just started back. Halloween has come and gone, and the holiday season is underway. With the holiday season comes the holiday recital.  Recital dates are quickly approaching, so it’s time to put the finishing touches on holiday recital planning in the coming days and weeks.

Double-check reservations

Nothing could be more catastrophic than realizing that something is missing, or a date or time is mixed up. It’s worth the effort to check the dates and times with the venue for rehearsals and the recital.  If anything, it’s one less thing to worry about, so take the time to do it. Also, make sure there will be tables available for selling flowers, check-in and out, and dressing rooms are reserved.

Take care of costumes

By now, dancers should be trying on costumes so any alternations that need to be made can be scheduled. Families should be notified of the costumes, hair, tights, and make-up requirements so they can prepare and make purchases. Order extra tights for those dreaded last-minute runs that inevitably happen.

Finalize the program

Whether using publishing software or hiring a designer, make sure the programs are proofread thoroughly and ready to print. This will be one less thing to deal with at the last minute.

Put volunteers in place

Parents have a lot going on during the holidays, so do not wait until the last minute to ask them to volunteer! Be direct and specific about the dressing room needs, backstage needs and anything else they can help with. Let them know what kind of tasks will be expected, and how best to prepare.

Putting pieces in place may be time-consuming but doing the work now will save – or at least help with – the stress later. Regardless, remember that it isn’t the end of the world if every tiny detail isn’t perfect. Dance studios have a big part in creating lasting memories for families, so remember and honor that privilege.

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