One thing newbies may not know is that the dance competition schedule CAN and WILL change at a moment’s notice. Timing delays occur often, and sometimes a whole group may be shifted to a different time slot due to an unforeseen issue with another team. The organizers do a great job of communicating these changes, but then it’s up to us parents and teachers to get the word out to everyone else.
The style of tight will also evolve as your dancer does. Tights usually come in four options: Capri, Convertible, Footed, and Fishnet. Capri tights come down to mid-calf, leaving the bottom half of the leg and the foot bare. Jazz and modern dancers usually prefer capri tights so they can either fit snugly in a shoe or limit slipping and sliding if they want to dance barefoot.
Amidst all the stress and nervousness that a dance competition weekend brings, don’t forget to take some time to have fun! Typically, our entire household packs up and attends competitions to support Alessandra and her dance team. As a family, we gather with pride to watch her dance her little heart out on stage! Getting a child to a dance competition is truly a family effort: from driving to and from the dance studio, to encouraging practice time at home, to washing those dance tights very carefully, it feels like we’re ALL on stage when she is.
Dance competitions can be a total sensory overload! Crowds of people, flashy costumes . . . and the NOISE. Giggling girls, the low hum of the crowd, dance teachers shouting over the din, not to mention the booming music. It’s enough to put the most centered person into a tailspin!