Should I make my child practice their recital dance at home?
The short answer here is no. We don’t believe practice should be forced, or it can become completely unenjoyable. But we do think it’s helpful for you to encourage it! You might say, “Why don’t you practice your dance for 10 minutes and then we’ll play freeze dance together … are you in?” (Of course, then you have to follow through on your promise to freeze dance!)
When my child practices, there seem to be a lot of forgotten or rushed steps. Does this mean she’s going to be a mess at the recital?
Nope. Keep in mind that the recital dance is a group dance, and so practicing at home is completely out of context. Your child is well-oriented with her group in the studio classroom, so remembering everything at home by themselves is a challenge. Remember also that every child develops memorization skills at their own pace. It will “click” for them in time!
What if my child expresses that they’ll be nervous on stage?
Know that this is completely normal and expected for nearly every dancer. Reassure them that it’s OK to feel nervous (that most people do) and their familiar classmates and teachers will be with them during the show. Talk with them about building up the courage to do their best, and remind them that you’ll be smiling and clapping for them from the audience. Remind them that you’ll be proud of them no matter what.