10 Ways Participating in the Annual Relevé Dance Recital Benefits Your Dancer
- 1. Dancers are fully immersed in the adrenaline rush and pride of being part of a wonderful show.
- 2. Relevé parents can always expect age-appropriate movement, costumes and music.
- 3. Recital preparation involves memorizing skills, intricate choreography, rhythm, patterns, musicality, technique, teamwork, hard work and so much more…
- 4. Students love to have a goal to work towards each year!
- 5. Dancers are given an opportunity to perform in front of an audience boosting their self-confidence and allowing them to take that experience and apply it to school, public speaking and future jobs.
- 6. Family and friends get to watch their dancer shine on stage and see what they've been working towards.
- 7. Just like athletes have games, dancers have recitals to demonstrate their skills they've been working on all year in class.
- 8. Performances give students an appreciation for the performing arts they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.
- 9. Lifetime memories are created during the fun and exciting experience of putting together a Broadway caliber show.
- 10. It's fun!!!
Q: Is the recital mandatory?
A: No. The recital is strongly encouraged, but it is not required.
Q: Why do we need to purchase a costume?
A: Costumes are essential in presenting a professional looking show. They unite each class like a uniform would pull together a sports team. The instructors choose their costumes based on their artistic vision for their class. Relevé does not make any profit on the costumes provided so we can give you the best quality for the least amount of money.
Q: What are the costs associated with the recital ticket price and fee?
A: It costs thousands and thousands of dollars to produce the recital each year. The ticket price and recital fee go towards covering the auditorium rental, lighting and sound rental, classroom dressing room rental, parking lot rental, crew members (20-25) for tech rehearsals and the shows, ground maintenance, janitorial staff, program printing, ticketing software, insurance, props, sets, multimedia and the list goes on and on. We start planning our June recital in September of the proceeding year to give our dancers and their families the best show and experience possible.
Q: How important is class attendance?
A: Each dance class builds on the proceeding dance class. If a student misses 2 or more in a row, or too many in a month's time, they will fall behind in learning choreography and technique and may require a catch up at an extra cost to feel secure in the choreography and go on stage. Each class is a team, dependent on each other. Attendance should be a priority for the good of the team.
Q: Can my dancer still participate in classes if they are not in the recital?
A: Yes, absolutely! We have several students who take classes all the way through June who are not in the show. Classes are structured into 3 parts:
1. The warm-up
2. Center and progressive technique work
3. Choreography/recital piece
Students who are not in the recital are blocked into the recital piece on the ends or dance near the teacher and act as a swing when a fellow student is absent, they can jump into that spot and assist the teacher. Students not participating in the recital never sit out. They are always included, and they too can benefit from memorizing choreography, movement patterns, rhythm, and technique! That being said, we still encourage recital participation because of all the many benefits!