Ah yes, recital season. Honestly, it's what I live for. I love the costumes, the makeup, the production, the dress rehearsal and the excitement. A new energy enters the studio around this time of year. It's so tangible you can touch it and if you listen carefully you can hear it, too. Everyone is talking about buying tickets and getting the right color shoes and tights. The dancers are preparing to perform on stage in front of all their loved ones and talk about how many dances they have this year. It's so cute:). Over the years, I can really tell when recital is around the corner based on a few, tiny indicators.
First of all, my storage room is packed full of props, boxes and costumes. I can't even get in there without creating some sort of unnatural avalanche. Second, there are random costume accessories that have been left behind at the studio. We'll find a bow, a glove, a hair flower, someone's Nike (did they even wear shoes home?!) or an entire dance bag. Third, my dancers are MIA. Yes, right before recital, school activities ramp up and don't quit until the final bell rings. It's like crickets in the studio for a few weeks! And last, the line-up goes on the wall. Oh the thrill of seeing small dancers look for their routines just to turn around and announce to the entire studio, "I'm in 3, 14 AND 29." Again, it's so cute:)
But most of all, I know it's recital when I look around and see how much all the dancers have improved since last year. It's really unbelievable! It's amazing how incredibly capable kids can be when given proper instruction and guidance for an entire season. The dancers are everything to us, and we love to share their progress every season at our annual recital. Here's to another great show!!