Performing: More than Just a Time to Shine
At Silver Creek Clogging, performing is an important part of our dancers’ growth and progression, which is why we provide multiple performance opportunities throughout the year.
We know that, at their foundation, performances are an opportunity for each dancer to demonstrate what they have learned during months of dance classes, hard work and practice; in some ways, it’s like an exam in school. And, because dance is so personal and soulful, it is both a very exciting and very frightening experience.
But it’s more than just a time to shine. It takes a certain kind of preparation, and specifically courage, to perform in front of others. And, there will be successes and failures. Every performance is a learning experience.
While preparing for and participating in performance experiences, each dancer grows individually and along with members of their team. Lifelong friendships and memories are made. Dancers grow in team work, technical ability, performance presence, and the ability to work under pressure; all while experiencing the unique joyfulness of clogging. The individual and team growth that can be realized through performing is unique and can be quite powerful.
One type of performance opportunity we offer at Silver Creek Clogging is a dance recital. We typically hold two dance recitals per academic year. The dance recital is a special kind of performance. It is a formal performance that provides our cloggers a chance to dance on stage in front of family and friends. A dance recital is full of excitement and anticipation, with costumes, fanfare, and backstage fun. It is also an important time for the dance studio community. This is the time when parents, families, and friends from our diverse community get to come together with one common goal; to show collective support and pride for our dancers.
At Silver Creek Clogging, we also provide our dancers the opportunity to participate in clogging competitions. Competition performing is very precise and particularly energetic. Technical merit and artistic presentation are evaluated by a panel of judges. This includes clarity of sounds, showmanship, choreography, and technical execution. At competition, not only do dancers get to demonstrate their own abilities and experience the thrill of winning awards, they also get the chance to see cloggers from other areas in action. Competition is a particularly inspiring and exciting experience for dancers and a unique opportunity for individual and team growth.
Community performances are another very important performance opportunity. These are generally less formal events at schools, festivals, rest homes, and the like. Often, at these types of performances, the dance stage is closer to audience members, which provides an opportunity for a more intimate connection between audience members and dancers. Community performances allow dancers to share the gift of dance with a broader group.
And, because clogging is a very unique form of dance, it’s innate energy and liveliness has a particular ability bring dancers and audience members together in happiness and joy.
Practice makes perfect and performing isn’t any different. The more a dancer performs, the more comfortable they will be when performing in front of a group of friends or strangers. The confidence gained through performing will affect other areas of life. Sometimes, in ways each dancer won’t immediately realize.
In the end, performing is a unique experience that completes the dancer’s understanding of dance and of her/himself.