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Are You Ready for Your Recital?

dance recital Photo © Lorraine Swanson |

By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa.

Spring is here, and that probably means you’re gearing up for your end-of-the-year performances. There’s a lot to do before then – learn and master choreography, try on costumes and take dance portraits. When it comes time for performance day, however, you want everything and everyone to run smoothly.

This Recital Ready Guide is a helpful list to make sure you have everything you need on show day. Print it out and share it with your parents and dance friends to help everyone get organized. And to make it quick and easy, all of these crucial items are available right here on the Capezio website.


You probably won’t forget your costume. That sparkly jazz jumpsuit or floral tutu has probably been in your closet and has had you excited for weeks. Don’t forget the things under and around that costume, though; it’s all one package!

MT11 Men's Footed Tight

MT11 Men's Footed Tights.

From stage, it looks best and most professional to have a new pair of tights set aside for show day. Other pairs can become faded and develop runs from wear to wear and wash to wash. It may even be a good idea to have an emergency pair on deck, should yours get a little snag or run. Capezio has all the Tights you need – every color, style, texture and footing.

Sometimes it’s also nice to get a new pair of shoes for your recital. Older pairs quickly develop wear and tear, or get dirty, from all the dancing you do in them. Some shoes, such as pointe shoes and tap shoes, may require more breaking in, but Ballet Slippers, Jazz Shoes and Modern Shoes are usually ready to wear right away. Check out Capezio’s extensive collection of Women's Shoes and Men's Shoes, something for every style!

Capezio sells Dance Bras, Under-Shorts, Thongs and Camisole Leotards that are designed to be worn underneath your costume. These Flesh-Colored Undergarments are perfect for quick changes on the side of the stage and also just for extra security. Make sure everything is tucked in and hidden to ensure modesty and the cleanest lines.

Performance ribbons by Bunheads.

Performance ribbons by Bunheads.


Even if you don’t have a new pair of pointe shoes for show day, it still looks nice and neat to buy and sew on new Pointe Shoe Ribbons, which will be clean and blend in nicely with your new tights. These ribbons even come in a pack of six, so you can save some for future recitals, or share with friends, or use them all if you have multiple pairs of pointe shoes on hand.

No one wants to see a pointe shoe ribbon fly out on stage! It could be very distracting to yourself and to the audience, and your teacher would be much more pleased if everyone’s ribbons remained tucked in and kept put. Try Bunhead's Knot Keepers™, invisible adhesive strips that help keep your ribbons securely in place.

Bunheads Knot Keepers

Bunheads Knot Keepers will help secure your ribbons.

Bunheads' Stitch Kit™ is a wonderful addition to any dance bag. It's sturdy needles and heavy-duty thread, all in one tiny container, can save the day for last-minute sewing jobs for ribbons and elastics and also for quick costume fixes.


Avoid any hair scares and make sure you have plenty of hairspray, Bobby Pins, Hairpins, Hair Elastics and Hair Nets with you on recital day. Fly-aways can happen during quick changes or by dancing away on stage, so these items can fix up your hairstyle in no time.

For a super easy and nearly perfect ballet bun, try the Bun Builder™, a fabric “doughnut” that makes it simple to create perfect, neat buns.


For performance day, you want to look your very best. And from the stage, that may mean putting on a little extra makeup. Try Bunheads' Performance Lashes to really make your eyes pop. These are reusable, complete with adhesive and are easy to remove.

Hair nets are a must for controlling stray hairs and keeping your bun neat.

Bunheads metallic hair nets look pretty and help control stray hair.


After the performance, there are a couple things you can have with you that will make you feel instantly refreshed. Bunheads Makeup Wipes help you remove thick stage makeup quickly, refresh the face and have a soft, herbal scent. Foot Wipes are great for your feet after sweating in shoes and dancing on what can be dirty stages. They’re also antibacterial and antifungal. If you’re going out after your show, makeup wipes and foot wipes are a must. They will also help you smell a little better too, particularly if you use them for a quick underarm wipe.

May you enjoy a wonderful recital season. Merde!