It’s the end-of-the-year, which means graduations AND RECITALS. This is my girls’ second year of dancing and I have TWO dancing so these are some of my tips and tricks for surviving the dreaded recital.

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#1- Do not, I repeat, do not volunteer to be a chaperone.  A chaperone is an adult who stays behind-the-scenes of the recital, keeping the kids busy while ALL of the other dances happen on-stage until it’s their turn to go.

Good luck to the poor sap who has to entertain 10+ toddlers for 2+ hours.

May the odds be ever in your favor.


#2- Snacks. Lots of snacks. I packed Cheerios, chips, trail mix, raisins, Goldfish and MORE. And my 2-year-old ate ALL of it.

#3- Come late, leave early. This may not apply for older girls, or girls who don’t take naps, but we left immediately after the last girl’s dance was over, before the “big finale.”

#4- Bring STUFF. Just stuff. I packed dolls, crayons, notepads, books. Anything I could think of to keep them busy and well-behaved.

#5- Take advantage of the Rehearsal. The Rehearsal is the day before the Recital and when you are allowed to take photos and/or videos. It’s also the day when the kids haven’t been up on stage for hours the day before, deprived of lunch and nap time. The auditorium isn’t as full. I brought my mom to the Rehearsal this year.

#6- Dress nicely yourself and have your significant other and other family members dress nicely and take some family pictures.


And last, but not least, sit back on Recital day (you’ve already taken all your photos and videos the day before) and enjoy watching teensy tiny little dancers being the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.

Allow your self to be in the moment and realize that they won’t always be this little for long.

They won’t always be in tutus and hair bows.

Take it all in.

And LOVE every minute of it.

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