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Dance Recital Necessities: a Checklist

As any parent of a dancer knows, backstage at a dance recital can be chaotic. In all the swirling action, many parents find themselves in a panic over forgotten items, wondering if they have time to rush to the store before the performance starts. You can ease last-minute preparations and maintain your sanity by remembering to bring the following items to a recital. Keep the majority of these items in a designated bag so you don’t have to hunt them down every performance, and check that the bag is stocked well in advance of a recital.

A Travel Package of Baby Wipes – these are great for quick make-up fixes and clean-ups

Extra Tights – Tights only ever seem to get runs in them right before a dancer needs to be onstage. Bring an extra pair of tights in every color your dancer will wear for the recital.

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Safety Pins – A box of safety pins in multiple sizes are indispensable in the event you need to do some last-minute alterations or repairs to a costume. You may also save the day for someone else who didn’t pack any.

Clear Nail Polish – this product can keep a small run in tights from getting out of hand, if you apply it as soon as a snag starts. (If it’s too far gone, see those extra tights we mentioned!)

Hair Accessories – There are enough important hair accessories that we are making a list within this section, because your dance recital readiness kit is incomplete without them.

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A hairnet/bun cover in your child’s hair color to smooth down her ‘do
A bun builder, which saves the day if you’re not a pro at styling
Super heavyweight hair pins and bobby pins in the color of your child’s hair

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Elastics, glitter hairspray, and a brush are all lifesavers for flyaways, cowlicks, lumpy ponytails, or any other hair snafu you can think of
Velcro hair jewels to embellish your dancer’s style and coordinate with her costumes.

Snacks & Water – Hungry dancers will appreciate a nutritious snack before the performance, and things like crackers, string cheese, granola bars, and grapes won’t make a mess of a costume. Bottled water is a must for keeping hydrated.

Cosmetic Bag and Makeup – You should touch up your dancer’s makeup immediately before going on stage. Make sure you’re using lipstick and blush in the colors suggested by the dance teacher, and pack foundation/powder and mascara too. A sturdy cosmetic bag will keep all these beauty supplies together and organized.

Band-Aids & Pain Reliever – a small supply of bandages in various sizes – clear ones work best because they don’t show through tights – and some Tylenol or Advil can keep minor aches or blisters from ruining a special night.

Costumes and accessories, and don’t forget the SHOES! You might think this one is obvious but many a recital has turned into a last-minute crisis when a rushed parent realizes the dancing shoes or costume are at home.

Pointe shoe Ribbon and Glue – so you remembered the shoes, but then you forgot pointe shoe ribbon, or it breaks – packages of satin ribbon and elastic will save the day, and a tube of pointe shoe glue will fix and harden weak areas of pointe shoes on their last gasp.



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A Stitch Kit – some heavy-duty waxed nylon thread and some needles are indispensable when a costume rip or tear shows up just before showtime – and if someone else’s costume tears and you have a stitch kit to lend, you’re a hero.

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Every dance mom has great suggestions for their must-have recital items, so it’s smart to ask what’s on their lists too!

NYC Dance Photography Project

New York City Dance Photography Project

By: The Dance World Editor



Dance As Art- The New York City Photography Project is a protest, an exhibition and a street show designed to raise awareness of the need for the arts and artists in New York City. It’s getting a great amount of attention on social media and in the mainstream press and I would like you to be a part of it!


Exceptionally talented individuals in great shape with a very, very strong background in ballet or modern dance who aren’t afraid to be in full dance attire anywhere from a subway car to Grand Central Station!


Fill out our application form below and we can go from there!


If you are interested in being involved in a project that will be professionally shot, allow you to showcase your talent, be featured and promoted as part of our project and help increase awareness of the arts, then this is certainly for you!

I am doing location shoots throughout New York focused on juxtaposing the beauty of motion of the human body with mundane and landmark New York locations and situations. It’s also a bit of a street show as we tend to draw crowds where ever we go and the audience interaction is in fact part of the project!

The shoots usually last 2-3 hour and most of them take place either early in the morning (6 am – 8 am) or around sunset (6 pm-8pm) or the middle of the day (1 pm to 3 pm.)

Dress for most of the shoots is classic dance attire with hair and makeup as if you are going to do a performance.

It’s an unpaid gig, but there are many benefits to being a part of the Dance As Art ensemble. Your image will be seen by the tens of thousands of Dance As Art fans and we will promote you and your career with a special section on our biography page and you will also be able to use the photographs privately for auditions as part of your portfolio.

Thanks for responding and I look forward to working with you!

Fill Out Our Dancer Application Form Here

Dance NJ’s Show Up and Dance

Show Up and Dance

This Sunday mark your calendars for Dance NJ’s “Show Up and Dance” showcase. Dance NJ is a service organization committed to reaching new audiences and promoting dance education in the state.Dance NJ has organized this amazing event which will feature several talented artists who will showcase their choregraphy.

Show up and Dance will feature the following dance companies/choreographers..

  • Nai Ni Chen
  • 10 Hairy Legs
  • Alborada Dance Theatre
  • Ballet Forte
  • Kinetic Poetic
  • Somerset County Vo-Tech Highschool
  • Breaking Waves Dance Academy
  • Performing Arts Ensemble
  • Shoreline Dance Academy
  • Nina Moshman


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be inspired by amazing choregraphers and the art of dance!

To become of member of Dance NJ go to


Excel in Motion

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Excel in Motion is a dance event that brings the most SYTYCD Headliners of any other convention. The goal is to have a fun, educational, and non-competitive experience for all those who participate. With ten classes from all Excel faculty members at 3 different experience levels, Excel in Motion makes sure that each convention will be memorable for all dancers, teachers and parents.

Class schedule includes tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theater, contemporary and jazz fusion taught by SYTYCD headliners Alison Holker, Lauren Froderman, Molly Gray, Kent Boyd, Ellenore Scott and more.

Tour Dates for 2015 are as follow..




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