I treat "recitals" like creating a piece of art. In college I graduated with a double major in Studio Art & Art History from Gettysburg College. My career as a dance studio owner doesn't use my art education background nearly enough, so recital time excites me! At DanceFIT our recitals are LOW-COST and beautiful. As an owner, I contribute $1000 for decorations & roses and the parents purchase headpieces in their tuition and provide the reception treats. I would love to share with you how my recital vision board came to life. With 254 dancers this year (our most ever!) I wanted it to be very special!
Music & theme: To keep my teachers (and myself) focused I pick a theme for the Spring show. We introduce our choreography to the dancers in April. My requirements are to keep it 100% classical for the older dancers, but 1.5 - 4 year olds can have lyrics in their songs because it helps them memorize choreography. This year my team & I chose gardens & fairies. Our dancers performed to You Can Fly! You Can Fly! (Piano version), Ballet Suite No 1, (Ed. Lev Atovyman: V Waltz), Fairy Dance from Peter Pan, Saute the bunny from Fantasy Garden Ballet class, Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker and a couple of our Jazz classes the dancers danced to Itsy Bitsy Spider and Walking on Sunshine. If you follow me on Spotify you can view our recital playlists.
Decorating the stage & studio: Since we don't rent a performance hall or theater, I like the studio to "feel" special & different for the dancers. This year my staff and I brainstormed simple ideas that enhance the show, but don't distract from the beautiful young dancers. Miss Amanda found these stunning paper flowers, and it was a perfect match with our ballet pink curtains and white walls. Between both studios I purchased 20 - 24" flowers some trendy pink/ white & gold tassel banners from Amazon and both studios looked beautiful!
Headpieces: We don't do costumes. The dancers wear their dress code. We purchase beautiful headpieces specific to each class. I love the gorgeous headpieces I found this year. I ordered many of them from the Hair Bow Company and Once Upon A Time Tutus. The ballet teachers and I wear black and pink to keep the focus on the dancers.
After the dancers perform we have an award ceremony where the dancers receive a personalized certificate and a bouquet of 6 silk roses (to save forever) and I tie a big tulle bow on the bouquets. I was able to buy these in bulk from efavormart. Such a great site!
The DanceFIT teachers worked so hard this year; I can't thank them enough for their dedication, enthusiasm, love for teaching and creativity working with children. I gifted them each with fun tank I made in the DanceFIT Store! Thank you to Miss Vanessa for this styled flat lay.
A big thank you to all the DanceFIT parents for supporting your dancers love for ballet and thank you for supporting my small business! We hope your dancers enjoyed their ballet year and can't wait to see many of them in our summer workshops & Fall classes. Please visit our FB page for more sweet recital pictures from both Natick & Brookline.
Mom of 3, wife, business owner, ballet teacher and fitness instructor. Trying hard to raise healthy, happy and grateful children while running the studio of my dreams. Trying to stay FIT, flexible, stylish and take care of myself in the process!