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So, This is Your First Recital

Now that we’re seasoned dance performance pros (or, just good at correcting our past mistakes!), we know to pick up a small bouquet the night before the recital. Leave them in your refrigerator so they stay fresh, and bring them with you to the recital. The best part — if you forget (it’s going to happen!) they’ll still be there waiting for you in the fridge when you get home. I promise you; your daughter will NOT be scarred for life if you forget!  

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Inspiration Corner: Aging Gracefully in Dance

Take Suzelle Poole. At nearly 80 years old, London-born Suzelle is still putting on her pointe shoes. She currently teaches dance at Royale Ballet Dance Academy in Dallas, Texas and states that ballet makes her feel better. Watch this video of Suzelle dancing beautifully and just as gracefully as she did in her early professional career.

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Meet the Makers

Today, Freed of London makes dance shoes, fashion collections, and bridal collections — all by hand. In a consumer market driven by mass produced cheap fashion, this company has demonstrated its commitment to staying true to the art of making high-quality, sought-after dance shoes by hand.

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I’m an Inspired Creator

I got my first taste of creative making as a child. My mom lovingly and painstakingly sewed beloved outfits for my siblings and I when we were young. Watching her made me realize the power of my own imagination — if you can dream it (and if you have a healthy dose of innate creative abilities), you can make it.

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So, This is Your First Recital: Potty Breaks!

Now that you have a bathroom break schedule, emergencies do happen! Whenever that’s the case, just go with the flow (no pun intended). Running to the bathroom and taking care of business always takes precedence to being uncomfortable, or worse, having an accident on stage. Stay calm and don’t let your daughter see your stress. I promise she won’t be the only one with a need-now bathroom situation!

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