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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!

Waltz into White

Waltz into White

with this Springs dance wear trends! White leotards are hot this spring and taking center stage.

Check out these stunning styles that can take you from studio to stage. 

Capezio’s V-Neck Pinch front leotard with belt

Product # TC0002






Bodywrappers Dotted Yoke Leotard P1040



Pinch Front Tank Leotard by So Danca


So Danca Children’s Tank Leotard ~ a great class basic                                   whitedress

Bodywrappers Solid Chiffon Asymmetrical Dress perfect for stage performances.

By: The Dance World Editor


The Freedom of the Freeform


Desmond Richardson wears Freeforms in black.

The Freedom of Freeform

Dancers want shoes that feel great and look great too. Capezio also strives to create products that serve, and they are on point when it comes to the Freeform shoe. This soft slipper, which can be worn for ballet, jazz or contemporary, was created about five years ago. The shoe’s structure makes it fit like a glove and move with the dancer’s foot, creating a seamless line.

Even professionals such as Adrienne Canterna, dancer, director and choreographer, and also a Capezio Athlete, appreciate the Capezio Freeform shoe and its adaptability.

“The Freeform is so weightless and so comfortable,” Canterna says. “It allows me to feel the floor but also provides support and protection.”

Melissa Brannan, Vice President of Design and Merchandising for Capezio, says, “When we originally conceived the Freeform we were looking to create a hybrid shoe that fit like a glove, allowing it to flow seamlessly with the intricate movements of the foot. We wanted the dancer’s experience in the shoe to feel as organic and unhindered as possible, while at the same time providing the full production and support that they need.”


What makes the Freeform different from other soft slippers is the design. It uses a special patented PowerPointe Construction®, which allows the Capezio shoemakers to build a shoe with no excess material. PowerPointe Construction® involves using a seamless, powermesh arch, which removes excess material from the arch. So, with Freeform, dancers are able to point their feet and acquire a nice, clean line with no bulk. The mesh arches also allow the feet to breathe.

Freeform’s upper is made of soft, durable leather and Nylon/Lycra Spandex. No drawstring or adjustment is required, and the elastic topline prevents the shoe from gapping, so the shoe is streamlined to the foot and enhances the arch and line of the foot.

“The shoe ultimately works with the shape and movement of the foot and becomes a part of the dancer’s aesthetic,” says Brannan. “Freeform highlights the dancer’s lines without creating any additional visual distractions, which keeps the focus on technique.”

With a shoe so snug to the foot, it appears as though Freeform is weightless. “My feet feel free, and that makes my dancing fearless!” Canterna adds.

In addition, Freeform is a split-sole shoe with a suede sole that is cushioned for comfort. It also has a 5/8” one-sided plush elastic that is attached to the shoe on either end but is customizable to be worn either across the instep in a traditional manner or behind the heel, which can look very flattering. Placed in either position, the strap is sure to help secure the shoe on the foot.

Pink Capezio Freeform

Freeform is a very versatile shoe. Good for ballet, contemporary or jazz dancers, this shoe comes in a variety of colors for different purposes – to be worn with pink tights, without tights or to match a black outfit. In fact, Capezio has just launched a web exclusive of Freeform in special patterns, which are available here.

“The inserts in the vamp are actually a patterned print, not a solid color,” explains Brannan. “They coordinate with our Studio by Capezio Fall/Winter collection. The shoes are really fun! This is the first time a dance shoe has been specifically made with the intention of matching one of our fashion collections! It is a step into the future, and we are very excited about it. For those who have never worn the Freeform, this is a great time to give it a try. If you are already a fan of the Freeform, this new Limited Edition line gives you a functional way to add a little fashion to your footwear.”

Currently, Freeform is available only for adults. The shoe is built for women, but men may purchase the shoe by going up two shoe sizes for a proper fit.

Canterna, a proud wearer of and ambassador for Capezio, says, “Capezio makes nothing but the best, and Freeform is no exception! Their products are of the highest quality and will never fail you.”

By The Dance World Editor

By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa.

Fashion Leotards Bloch & Mirella

Fashion Leotards featuring dance brands Bloch & Mirella. These leotards give that class wear basic the perfect touch a fashion. They make great pieces for class, performance, and auditions. Click… and you shall find..

By: Danielle Hernandez A Dance World’s Editor

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