People enjoy seeing something a little more extraordinary than a revue type show. If you can collate your dances into a recital theme or concept, then the production automatically has an appearance of greater grandeur. This does not have to be a strict theme (there are plenty of creative ways to include dances that are loosely related), but it should be an idea that gels the performance together.

In considering recital themes, there are two clear avenues to pursue:

  1. Story-Based Recital
    A recital production based loosely on a well-known story, fairytale, etc.
  2. Topic-Based Recital
    A recital production based around a general topic (Broadway, decades, etc.).

When creating your recital theme, make sure of the following:

  • There are enough music and costume options to fit the needs of your show
  • There are diverse music options to accommodate different class levels, ages, and dance styles
  • The content is appropriate for all audiences (you will score bonus points if the theme is nostalgic for audience members)

“Dancing in the Garden” is a mini-themed recital that one of The Dance Exec’s Studio’s satellite programs presented (for more information on starting a satellite program, please reference The Dance Exec’s Guide to Satellite Programming). The satellite program is a smaller performance that is held in the country club’s ballroom. There are usually 8-9 classes that perform and all of the participating students are ages 10 & under. The theme is relevant to the clientele, perfect for the season of performance, and appealing and age-appropriate for the performers and the audience members.

The theme included the following acts:

  • Frogs (4 year-old ballet class)
  • Teddy Bears (2-3 year-old ballet class)
  • Bumblebees (4-5 year-old ballet class)
  • Rain Showers (7-8 year-old jazz/tap class)
  • Orchids (7 year-old ballet class)
  • Flowers (5-6 year-old tap class)
  • Garden Tea Party (5-6 year-old ballet class)

This mini-theme will be developed upon throughout each segment of planning the recital to suggest a general overview of how to cohesively plan your event.