9 Ways To Get Recital Ready

Recital season is just around the corner! Of course, if you’ve been going to competitions, you probably know the drill by now. But if this is your first recital or you have no idea how to prepare, we’re here to help! Here are 9 ways to prepare for a recital.


I don’t think we can express this one enough. Make sure you know your dance(s) without having to look in the mirror or at one of your peers.

  1. Walk it off.

If you do mess up, try to make it part of the dance, smile, and move on. Chances are if you play it off, no one is going to notice.

  1. Have all your costume pieces. 

Remember to pack ALL of your costume pieces when you head off to recital. If one person doesn’t have the hair piece, no one gets to wear the hair piece. 

  1. Pack your makeup.

Different dances may have different makeup, so make certain you have all the makeup you need. Also, it’s never a bad idea to touch up your makeup between dances.

  1. Pack your hair products.

Makeup can change and so can hairstyles. So remember to pack your hairspray, bobby pins, ponytail holders, and anything else you may need to change up your hair.


If you don’t want to risk getting makeup, food, or drink on your costumes, bring a coverup. You would wear this over your costume so if there’s a spill, your costume is not in danger.

  1. Have food.

You will probably be spending several hours at a recital, so pack a non-messy snack (leave the Cheetos at home) and water. Even if you’re in multiple dances, you can eat during intermission or if you have a longer time between dances.

  1. Do you have a quickchange?

Once the recital schedule comes out, find out when your dances are. Different studios will have time limits on how long a dance can be. There may also be a limit on how many songs is considered a quickchange. If you’ve never done a quickchange before, practice at home and see how long it takes you to change costumes, hair, and makeup.

  1. Have fun!

Remember, recitals aren't a competition, so don’t stress out too much. These performances are a way to show your family and friends what you’ve learned over the year and how much you have improved. So try to have fun.

Hopefully these tips have helped prepare you for one of the more stressful times of a dancer’s career. What other recital tips do you have? And make sure to follow our social media @more_than_dancers for more dance content. 

By: AJ (Intern)

Apr 29, 2022

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