What are the performances like?
Our performances are fun, stress free events that we have tried to perfect over the years. They are as age-appropriate as we can make them. They are short, roughly 25-30min in length, and your dancers are on stage for about 20min. The performances are structured much like class time. The kids follow a teacher, and in this case, there will be multiple teachers on stage to help guide them through the performance. There will also be on guest dancer that the students will get to watch in between their featured dance and the encore.
How do you think my dancer will do on stage?
We would love to know this too! Having watched over 5 years of performances we can safely tell you that the majority of kids will go on stage, dance, and leave feeling very happy and proud of their achievement. It’s a big step for them and we know it’s a big deal for you as well. Having said that kids can be unpredictable. Some of our students that are the most outgoing students in class and like to lead the group will go on stage and freeze. Sometimes the kids that are really quiet and shy in class will go on stage and be front and center with a big smile on their face. So it’s tough to tell.
One of our favorite stories
This story has happened with more than one student, and we love seeing it when it happens. There was one boy in particular who froze on stage a his first performance. The parent’s were not sure if the performances were the right thing for him after their first experience. However they stuck with it and continued with dance classes. He froze at his second performance, and his third performance. It was strange because he loved the classes and did very well in them. The parents stuck by their guns and sent him back for his fourth try. He did AWESOME! Front and center, smiling, and loving the performance. His mom was emotional and cried after the performance, she was so proud of him for not giving up. We were proud of her for the same reason, it’s not easy making that decision, but she knew he could do it. The moral of the story being, just because your dancer doesn’t do well this time doesn’t mean they are not meant to be on stage or that they are not interested in dance. Being on stage can take some getting used to for kids, and if you stick with it you will be rewarded with a memory you will never forget.
Remember that the point of these performances is to expose the kids to being on stage, performing in front of crowds, to show you what they have been learning, but mostly TO HAVE FUN! It’s okay if they freeze or forget the steps. As long as they have fun it will be a successful performance.