Written by: Lisa Collins
Lisa lives in the midwest and works at home while raising twins, an 8 year old, and a teen. She loves family adventures, traveling, concerts, and a cold glass of Moscato. You can find her blogging at MidwestMammas.com and MomOnTheSide.com
4 Tips for Dance Moms
You work hard all season to prepare for the big day. Hair gets styled, makeup gets done, costumes put on with all their accessories, and shoes laced up. You line up, walk on stage, and hope you remember everything you have been taught. The life of a dancer. Exciting, stressful, and one of the most awesome things I have been a part of in my life. I was pretty excited to meet two of the Rockettes recently and it brought me back to my dancing days.
Rachel Borgman grew up in Nebraska and is now in New York City performing as one of the Rockettes. Her father supported her throughout her dancing career and was always there for her – makes me think of my mom. Growing up a dancer, my mom was always right there with me. Making sure I practiced, had shoes that fit, was dressed for recital, and reminding me to “look out over their heads at the back of the auditorium” so I wouldn’t lose to stage fright during recital. She consoled me when I cried over hideous dance outfits and pictures and cheered me on when I finally mastered wings in tap. I remember all of those things, but I had no idea how much of herself she gave me to me and dancing…until I was doing the same.
Photos: Rachel’s parents traveled to Omaha while the Rockettes were visiting. If you look closely, you’ll see her parents joining the dance lesson and proudly taking photos in the background.
Being a Dance Mom, especially when you have child that enters Competition Dance, takes a lot of out you. Many nights spent at the studio, many days on the road traveling to competitions, many dollars spent on lessons, shoes, and costumes. Yes, that can all seem overwhelming, and at times it is, but being a Dance Mom to a child that loves dance, is one of the best rewards ever. To help you get through all those dance lessons, dance recitals, and dance competitions, here are some of my best Tips for Dance Moms.
Tip #1 Listen to your Dancer
It can be hard for those of us that danced, to keep our feelings and thoughts separate from our child’s. I loved tap and wanted my daughter to love tap. She came to me during her second year of tap and said she didn’t like it anymore. As much as I wanted to watch her tap, I couldn’t make her. What I did do was have her finish the year she had started, and the following year she didn’t take tap. I taught her that she couldn’t give up on things that she started, but I also taught her that how she feels matters.
Tip #2 Be Involved
Whether they are visiting New York, texting 24/7, or sending care packages to remind them of home, the Rockettes shared how important it is to stay connected with their family. Rockette, Karilyn Surratt, explained how her family understands the busy schedule of “Rockette Season,” but she can always tell when she hasn’t heard her mom’s voice in a while. Not only does being involved show your child that you care, it will also help you too feel more comfortable. I volunteered to be a room parent for recitals, helped with costumes, and lent a hand around the dance studio when things got hectic. Doing so I was able to get to know other Dance Moms better, get to know the dance teacher better, and ultimately feel more comfortable and less stressed on those big important days.
Tip #3 Learn Hair Styles
You can save a lot of money by doing your dancer’s hair yourself. The Rockettes do their own hair and makeup for their shows so I think we can do our dancers’ hair and makeup for their recitals and competitions. Am I right? Pinterest is overloaded with hair tutorials and all you need are one or two that you can recreate. If nothing else, find another Dance Mom to show you her tricks, like the French Twist that is passed down from Rockette to Rockette.
Tip #4 Celebrate with other Dance Moms
When the curtain drops on the recital and all the trophies at the competition are handed out, it’s time to celebrate. First or last, you and your dancer made it through another year. You hug and kiss your dancer, give them flowers, and tell them how proud you are of them. We even have cake and ice cream afterward. Then, it’s time for YOU to celebrate that you made it through another year as a Dance Mom. Grab your fellow Dance Moms and celebrate however you want, but recognize all the hard work that you put in as well.
Being a Dance Mom has provided me with some of the best family memories I could ask for. I can’t wait to continue those family memories at The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes at the Orpheum Theater!
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be at the Orpheum Theater November 13-30th, 2014. Tickets are on sale now at TicketOmaha.com.