Every year, Shirley McPhail School of Dance produces a professional dance recital showcasing our students. A recital is a rewarding occasion for our dancers to perform and share their enthusiasm for dance with their families and friends. It truly is a time to shine!
Not only does an end-of-year recital give dancers the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and technique they have learned in class but performing in front of an audience also has many benefits that often translate to other aspects of a dancer’s life.
Recitals can instill confidence in dancers at a young age and help them get over any shyness, fear, etc. Seeing smiling faces in the audience and hearing the applause can help build self-confidence. This can translate to other situations throughout their lifetime. As dancers grow up, they will be presenting a project in front of their class, going on a job interview, or a pitching a new idea to a boss.
Recitals give the students the opportunity to work together as a class towards a common goal. A recital dance is a wonderful demonstration of cooperation. There is no better place to see teamwork on display than at the recital. That is why it is so important for dancers to attend classes during the months of April and May in order to learn and effectively practice the choreography as a group.
Creating lasting memories
Recital costumes become keepsakes, pictures become the highlights of photo albums and scrapbooks, and the lessons learned are remembered for years to come! All of the SMSD faculty and teachers who grew up dancing still have such fond memories of their recital performances throughout the years.
Although this year’s recital will look a LOT different than previous years (hello new outdoor venue!) we know it will be a fun and rewarding experience for all! Be sure to check out our recital page for all the important up to date info regarding this year’s show!