Monday, December 3, 2007

Check & Recheck Tape Marks On Stage

Double Check Your Stage
Just about every dance instructor uses tape marks on the stage floor to serve as guides for where dancers need to stand on stage. We all have no problem checking our stage markings before the show begins. Although, always remember to check or assign someone to remember to check the tape marks during intermission. It is very easy to loose a tape marking during the show. I have seen tape marks carried off on bottoms of shoes, on costumes, on backs, in hair, or just plain picked off by a tiny dancer that would rather pick at your stage floor than do their dance on stage. It is easy to forget to check your stage floor during that all to quick intermission, when you feel like you have a long list of things to do in that 10 to 15 minutes before the curtain rises again. Remember to deligate and your directing experience will be a lot easier. A note about taping the stage. Colored electrical tape works great. I would use electrical tape and then place dot stickers ontop of that. I would label the front row dots with capital letters and the back row dots with numbers. Also, remember that some 3 & 4 year old dancers may have trouble reading some of the numbers and letters. When teaching them their dance routine, make a special point of teaching them their assigned numbers. Think of it as a little extra academic learning.

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