It’s that time of year again folks! We have to start all over again! New everything!
It’s the time of year that many of us have to select a recital or showcase theme to wrap everything around. Over the years we have gone through lots of show ideas and many that we just did with generic titles like; Dancin’, of Everybody Dance Now.
Here are a few recital and ballet ideas that I have done over the years or that I have flat out stolen from my friends.
HATS OFF TO DANCE: Every dance has a hat! I think I first hear this theme from Larrainne Susa and it was one of my very favorite. Oder extras of the hats and collect them after the show! I have used the hats over and over and over again for other projects and shows!
YOUR AUTOGRAPH PLEASE: Every dance is about a famous person! Famous singers, famous people from history and celebrities of all kinds. Heard this one from James Dance Center in Kissimmee, Florida. We put a couple huge signs in the lobby for people to autograph and left plenty of space at the end of the program for students to autograph for each other.
DANCIN’ ACROSS THE USA: Songs about the States (North/South/East/West too) Deep in the Heart of Texas, Route 66…this one’s easy!
YOU BETTER WORK: Dances based on occupations! Don’t leave out the Dance Teacher!
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD: Songs about food with the program as a menu! My friend Scott Sisbarro did this and used a more updated title: YOU GOT SERVED
YOU GOT SCHOOLED (or SCHOOL DAYS): Songs relating to school activities. Band, Sports and hundreds of classes! For the ballets we used foreign languages and foreign studies like German (the polka), French (mimes), Spanish……you get it! Did a modern piece based on a Geometry lesson and another based on Harry Potter’s Hogwarths.
DON’T BUG ME, I’M DANCIN’: Everyone was a bug of some kind! Chinese beatles, lady bugs, Jimmeny Cricket, butterflies……it’s easier than you think because a lot of bugs come from specific countries. Don’t leave out the Flight of the Bumble Bees and exterminators!
DANCING COUNTS! : Songs with numbers! You get extra credit if they appear in numerical order!
A WALK THROUGH THE PARK: Ideas based on a visit to a theme park! We did ours on Disney the year before we went to dance in the park, but every theme park has millions of ideas running through it, including the shows in the park.
TUNE IN: Dances based on TV shows with Commercials inserted. The program looks like a TV Guide. Loved this one!
CHILDREN OF THE WORLD: Dances from around the world.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Dances from Broadway Shows…there are thousands!
YOUR TICKET PLEASE: Dances to themes from movies both old and new!
CALENDAR DAYS : Holidays and seasons highlighted. Back to School,sports seasons and Famous birthdays are included. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are great for the upper level ballet or modern classes.
COME FLY WITH ME: Destinations you can fly to!
HISTORY REPEATING: Anniversary show bringing back favorites from the past
WATERS OF THE WORLD: Dances based on bodies of waters, rivers and underwater worlds.
COLOR MY WORLD (or TRUE COLORS): Every color in the rainbow/crayon box can be danced about!
LET’S GO TO THE CIRCUS: Always a fun theme, fresh popcorn being popped in the lobby always sets the scene. We did this one three times over the years.
DANCIN’ THROUGH THE DECADES: Popular theme! Everyone has to do this once. Dances are arranged to bring the audience through the decades beginning with the 1910’s through to the latest dance craze.
DANCIN THROUGH THE ZOO: All about animals, including the carousel, the snack barre, the dolphin show and the butterfly gardens.
FANTASIES AND FAIRYTALES: Pixies, Fairies, Trolls and good old Mother Goose!
We’ve also done full Ballets, sometimes with the entire studio and sometimes with just the Ballet and Preschool Departments
HERE ARE THE ONES I CAN REMEMBER:
NUTCRACKER (OF COURSE!) Just remember, it doesn’t have to be a perfect professional rendition! Baby snowflakes, baby dolls as gifts, little baby mice, little children at the Christmas party, Extra little candies and other dances can be added to the story line to include everyone. Russians can be hip hop or acrobatic dancers.
Soldiers can be tappers. or, use the Nutcracker story line and wrap it around a different holiday like the Fourth of July. There are no NUTCRACKER police!!!!
COPPELIA Again, stretch the story to include everyone. Start with the basic plot and build out from there.
THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL
THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER
THE ELEPHANT’S CHILD, a wonderful story by Rudyard Kipling
A TASTE OF OZ based on the story of Dorothy! That one changed me for the good!
CINDERELLA The teacher can always play the wicked Queen!
THE SNOW QUEEN
Remember, don’t feel bad if you stretch the theme! That’s what good dance teachers do! If you need more details on any of these, just ask!
If you have some……leave them here for others….especially your favorites!
here’s another one from Holly Costa! Thanks Holly!
|We did “Our Town” and used many of the establishments in the community. Even the surrounding communities. Even used the “Welcome to” signs of the towns in the opening.|