Welcome back to Pegasus!!
This is our first week back from the winter holidays and we are kicking it off with recital! Your recital handbooks are waiting for you in the reception room. We thought we would take a moment on the blog to revisit our recital philosophy.
Every year at Pegasus Studios we do a recital to finish off our season. It is a big event for us with hundreds of costumes, professional photographers, a beautiful theatre and lots of parents, grandparents, friends and family in the audience watching our hard working students showcase the choreography they have been preparing for months. It is an exciting time but it can also be rather stressful, which may beg the question; what is this experience giving to my child and is it worth it?
We work hard to create an encouraging environment where each student is able to develop life skills through the tools of dance and art education. We strive for this everyday in our classes, and recitals are no different. To us a recital is a chance to celebrate (and show off a bit) the amazing progress that students have made during the year. It is also a time to develop the all important skills and confidence needed to stand in front of a group of people and perform, present, demonstrate, etc. Whether it be in school, university, the future workplace, or in a job interview these skills will inevitably become part of all our children’s lives. Recitals are a fantastic, safe and supportive way to learn and enhance these abilities.
On top of learning skills needed for public presentation, we have found that the biggest lesson is in the process of working, with dedication, in a team of fellow dancers, towards a common goal. Learning this type of commitment to a process is another life skill that we hope our dancers walk away with after each recital.
So, although we always feel our dancers have a wonderful product in their recital choreography, we know the true value of the recital experience is the process of getting from the beginning dance idea to centre stage on recital day!