Dance schools everywhere are buzzing at the moment with concert excitement building. Students are immersed in choreography and squeals of delight at costume reveals can be heard from afar. It is such a thrill!
We understand that this is a busy term with a never-ending list of events and To Dos, not to mention the countless emails and notices from organisations like ours…. We understand that there will be days you may feel stressed, confused, too busy or too tired to take it all in. We understand that juggling work, school, activities and home can be overwhelming at the best of times let alone in November/December.
BUT (yes there is always a but), the photo day, studio rehearsal, dress rehearsal and concert are what every dancer lives for. It is their well-earned reward for a year of hard work, for doing that medal test, for pushing through those cold winter months, for being passionate, interested and motivated. The whiff of hairspray, the laughs with friends, pulling on a scratchy but sparkly costume, that well-earned smile of acknowledgment from your teacher when you finally nail a tricky bit of choreography. It’s magic.
Mums and dads (particularly those who are new to dance this year), I promise it is worth it. When your little dancer is all grown up, these are the memories they will cherish. These are the events that will shape who they become. Dance builds strong, confident achievers. As teachers, we are motivated by seeing our students grow, not just as dancers but (more importantly) as people too. It is at the concert that this growth becomes truly evident. We care for your children as if they were our own and we share in your pride as each of them take their important place on the stage.
Dance schools go to great lengths to ensure information is available and accessible (ours is all on our website), but we need parents to take responsibility for their own schedule. Please read the information provided and ask by email if you have questions that are not answered. Make early arrangements now for rehearsal days to ensure you are not late and/or stressed and please don’t call your studio owner or teacher on the day to ask what time you are required!
Dance schools appreciate your patience and support at this time of year. Trust me when I say that an enormous amount of work goes on behind the scenes preparing for a concert. Long hours of choreography, costumes (measuring, sourcing, ordering, collecting sorting, fitting, altering), accessories, sewing, music cutting, licensing, ticket management, production meetings, venue liaison, child safety, OHS, running orders, lighting plots, image projection, communication with our families, props and more. In particular, we spend a lot of time on scheduling to minimise the time each family is required on important days. I certainly hope Dance Habit families will find our schedules practical and easy to read this year after the countless hours put into them!
Please be kind to your studio owners, administrators and teachers. They are all working tremendously hard to pull together fabulous concerts for the thousands of enthusiastic dancers around the country. As they rightly say in High School Musical – “We’re all in this together”!
At Dance Habit, we have just five weeks to go. I can’t wait to be backstage to feel the magic and anticipation as the curtain goes up. There’s no better place in the world.
Enjoy the ride!
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