Preparing for the Perfect Spring Showcase Day: A Parent’s Checklist

Spring is in the air, and with it comes the flurry of excitement as APA prepares for its annual Spring Showcase. It’s a day filled with pirouettes, leaps, and the proud smiles of every dancer taking the stage. For parents, it’s a moment of pride, watching their little stars shine brightly. However, getting to that moment can be a whirlwind of preparation. Here’s your ultimate guide to ensure you and your dancer are fully prepared for a successful Spring Showcase day.

Packing the Dance Bag the Night Before

Every dance parent knows the importance of a well-packed dance bag, but on the showcase day, its significance is magnified tenfold. Here’s a checklist to ensure nothing gets left behind:

  • Dance Shoes: Double-check that you have all the necessary shoes packed. Whether it’s ballet slippers, tap shoes, or jazz shoes, having the right footwear is crucial.
  • Costume Elements: From tights to tutus and every accessory in between, ensure every piece of the costume is accounted for and in good condition.
  • Hair Essentials: Hair needs to stay put during those energetic routines. Pack extra hair ties, bobby pins, hairnets, and any decorative hairpieces specified by the choreographer.
  • Make-Up and Touch-Up Kit: While the majority of make-up should be applied at home, a small kit for last-minute touch-ups can be a lifesaver.

Backstage Essentials

The backstage area is usually a hub of activity, with dancers warming up and making final preparations. Here are a few things to remember:

  • No Food Backstage: To keep costumes pristine and avoid any allergic reactions, food is typically not allowed backstage. However, staying hydrated is key, so a water bottle is a must-have.
  • Fully Charged Phones: You’ll want to capture every moment, from backstage photos to onstage triumphs. Make sure your phone or camera is fully charged and ready to go.
  • Hearts & Flowers: A dancer’s performance is always worthy of applause and what better way to show your appreciation than with a beautiful bouquet? Plan to visit the concession table to pick out some lovely flowers, squishmallows, and tasty treats for your dancer.

Day-Of Showcase Tips

The showcase day can be hectic, but with a bit of planning, you can ensure it goes smoothly:

  • Arrive Early: Give yourself and your dancer plenty of time to settle in, find your way around, and do any last-minute preparations without stress. We suggest dancers arrive 40 minutes before show start times.
  • Encourage Your Dancer: A few words of encouragement can do wonders for those pre-performance nerves. Remind your dancer how proud you are, no matter what.
  • Enjoy the Moment: Amidst the hustle and bustle, take a moment to enjoy the experience. Watching your child perform is a special occasion that deserves to be cherished.

Don’t Forget the Tickets!

An essential part of showcase day preparation is ensuring you have tickets for all your friends and family members who plan to attend. Our Spring Showcase is happening on June 14th and 15th. Share this moment of pride and joy with family and friends, and support your dancers as they take the stage. It’s an experience both of you will treasure for years to come.

Preparing for the Spring Showcase doesn’t have to be stressful. With this comprehensive checklist, you can ensure that nothing gets overlooked, leaving more time to enjoy the incredible performances. Remember, these showcases are not just about the final performance but about celebrating the hard work, dedication, and passion your dancer has put into their craft. Here’s to a successful Spring Showcase Day!

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for our Spring Showcase happening June 14th and 15th.

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