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5 Weeks, 5 Recital Tips: Tip #4

How are we on the second last tip already? Time is FLYING by, which can only mean one thing... RECITAL IS SO CLOSE!

Here at Xtreme it is our last week of regular classes before we move into full recital crazy mode next week with our dress rehearsals and, of course, recital. Check out our 4th tip to help you get through the next week of crazy excitement!

Organize Your Dance Life

There. I said it. It's time we have some real talk here. If you don't get everything organized for your dress rehearsals, photos, and show, you are going to be running around like a chicken with your head cut off and stressing out about everything. That will not equate to a good time... I promise.

1) Get Your Hair & Makeup Supplies in Order

Remember that checklist we said is a really good idea to make? If you made it, then this part will be easy. Get all the hair and makeup supplies you need that you listed and put it in your (labeled) hair and makeup bags. Now, this is important...


Makeup brushes harbor a pretty nasty amount of bacteria, leading to pimples and all sorts of other nasty stuff. The last thing you need is to wake up with a giant zit on the tip of your nose for pictures or the show itself. Baby shampoo is awesome for this. Not sure where to start? Click here for more detailed information on how to wash your makeup brushes.

2) Steam Your Costumes

Please don't be that person who shows up to pictures or recital looking like their costume was shoved into your overflowing clothing drawer halfway sticking out and forever crinkling the tulle.

If you don't have a steamer, hang your costumes up in the bathroom after a steamy shower. If it has a tutu, hand the tutu upside down so it seems fuller. This may take a few showers. Steamers are much quicker and is pretty much a must-have for dancers/dance moms everywhere.

3) Who's Doing Your Makeup and Hair?

If you aren't the one doing your own makeup and hair, be sure to schedule that into your dress rehearsal week and for the show itself. The last thing you need is to be scrambling looking for someone who can help you with it. Have them practice on you before your photos!

If you're doing your hair and makeup, be sure to practice lots. Makeup is an art and takes time to perfect applying it flawlessly and seamlessly. It doesn't need to look like a professional MUA swooped in and saved the day, but it should look decent enough that you don't end up with raccoon eyes. ;)

4) Practice Posing

Yes, it may seem awkward being at home and posing in front of the mirror, but, trust me, you will feel so much more confident and comfortable going into the photoshoot having practiced and seeing what you feel comfortable doing for your individual shots.

Your dance teacher will most likely pose your group shots, and I am sure they will pose you as well if you don't have any ideas, but it can help the process move a little more smoothly when you have an idea of what you want to do. That way you are happy with your pose, and you still have your dance teacher there to help guide you if need be.

There it is folks! This week's tip was pretty intense but everything in this mini series is here to help you make your recital season smooth and successful.

What is the first thing from today's tip you are going to tackle? Let us know by commenting below!

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