Behind every good dancer is an AMAZING parent.
The day has finally arrived! All of the children’s work throughout the year is about to be showcased in front of family and friends. You’ve encouraged them, helped them perfect routines, invested in costumes and learnt to do that perfect ballet bun. Your child might be excited or nervous about performing on stage. This is completely normal and expected especially for first time performers.
Here are our 5 top tips to help your child overcome any anxiety they have and how they can enjoy their time on stage.
1. ENCOURAGE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR CHILD
Performing in front of people builds confidence and empowerment in our kids. Its something that they achieve and that they get to say I DID IT! Let your child know its ok to feel nervous about performing but you have no doubt they will smash it up on stage with their friends.
2. HELP YOUR CHILD PREPARE FOR THE BIG DAY
At Bella Dance Studio, we work to make our concert the BEST EXPERIENCE for all of our families and dancers, ensuring that every dancer has their moment on stage. One way to help your child prepare for the day is talking about what they can expect to happen, go through any procedures that the studio may have sent out, print a list of the concert order and have it there for your child to see and most importantly remind them that they are there to have fun. You’ll be surprised the accomplishment they will feel once they’ve done it.
3. CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK THEIR COSTUME
Its always a good idea to have a list of items that is required with each costume. Ie: shoes, stockings, hair accessories etc. Pack your child’s bag in advance if you can and go through your checklist. When the big day arrives it will be a matter of simply doing a quick check, grabbing your bag and away you go!
4. ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE
We know that performing on stage can be scary and nerve recking for some students, especially if they’ve never done it before. Remind your child of how much accomplishment they will feel once they have danced on stage and that they are not alone out there. Their friends are there to dance with them.
4. CELEBRATE SUCCESS
This is the moment to celebrate their success. Tell them how proud you are of them and be ready to congratulate them whole hartedly regardless of the outcome of their performance. Even though not all children will receive an award, it is important to remind them of the achievements they have accomplished in their year of dance and the fun and enjoyment they get out of dancing.