Practice Video

Practice Music



Four separate videos due June 17.

Make your dancer feel as special as possible by treating this project like a real live performance. Spend some time putting together the details (costume, hair, makeup, rehearsal time), and involve your dancer in the process as much as possible. Here are the guidelines for dancers in Contemp/Lyrical I:


  • Dancers should dress “performance ready” for this video, just as if they’re performing in front of a live audience!
  • Hair in a high bun, slicked back and secure.
  • Wear blush on the cheeks, colored lipstick, and eyeshadow to enhance features for the screen.


  • Any colorful dress–solid or basic print–and leggings. If you want to buy a dress for this routine, we found these awesome summer sun dresses that come in so many colors, your dancer is likely to find her favorite. They are also sold in 2-packs, so they double as a great summer play dress (and more bang for your buck!).
  • No shoes required for this routine. Just make sure there is nothing on the ground your dancer can hurt her feet on while filming!


  • No accessories or props needed for this routine.

When preparing to film your child’s part for our Showcase, please take care to do the following so that we can have consistency in the clips (any not conforming will be returned and asked to be reshot):

SHOT LIST (Send as four separate videos):

  1. Film first section of dance inside a room with good natural light. Include the dancer’s whole body in the frame.
  2. From inside your house, film 10 seconds of the dancer running out the door, capturing the back of the dancer (no music necessary).
  3. Film the second section of the dance outside with as much natural scenery as possible, capturing the dancer’s whole body in the frame.
  4. Film a video of your child “close up” to the camera, smiling, waving, bowing, blowing kisses, etc. for 10 seconds without any music in the background.


  • Performer should be in full costume and makeup as noted on in Performer Details.
  • Make sure your performer smiles and performs full out with energy and enthusiasm!
  • Check that there is nothing inside your house or outside for your dancer to step on.


  • Plan to film during the daytime, Shot 1 in a room that provides good natural light, and Shot 2 in a location outside with as much natural scenery as possible.
  • Make every effort to have a solid color background wall, or make the background as clean as possible for Shot 1. 


  • Set your phone to the highest camera setting possible for maximum quality. 
  • Make sure the volume is all the way up on your phone before you start filming.
  • The phone must remain still while filming. Place the phone still on a table or your lap, etc. so it doesn’t move or shake while filming the routine.
  • Be sure to begin filming about 5 seconds before the start of your performer’s routine and for five seconds after while your performer holds the final pose.


  • Film in Landscape Orientation (Horizontally) on the phone, with the camera lens on top.

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