Nolte Academy 2020 recital
Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through the logistics of this new format for our year-end and 20th anniversary celebration! Below you'll find some tips for taping your children's recital dances at home, how-to record video, and where to upload them.
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT!
First of all, please know that anything you are able to capture is going to be a success! We are all accustomed to recording our children during fun and funny moments — and this should be no different!
We are not expecting — nor do we want — perfection! We want your children doing what they do best -— being themselves, feeling comfortable showcasing what they have learned this year (or not! If your kiddo stays dead still during the recording, or just waves to you and says, "Hi, Mommy!" just as many children do on the Hancher stage, please know that is totally fine and welcome! We want real-life captures of our end-of-year celebration!) and having fun! We hope for this to be a low-stress and fun process for everyone!
We'll remain as close to our dress code as possible for recital performances with regards to tights and shoes. Hair should be secured away from the face and in a center part, low bun, if possible. Pony tails and braids are fine for younger children, or use barrettes or bobby pins if hair is shorter. If costumes have a hairpiece, please secure it on the right side or center. Hip hop hair style is more relaxed. Makeup is optional, and because we are not on-stage this year, a light touch is fine. If anything, mascara and lip gloss will work well.
Use the horizontal (landscape) setting on your phone to record. That means, turn your phone on its side. Your recording should look like what is shown on a television. A phone or other portable device will offer sufficient quality for the recording!
Make sure the light source is in front of the performer, not behind. This will showcase the student, and not the shadows cameras can pick up. Natural light (windows) is great if possible, or you can place extra lights/lamps set in front of the student, but out of the camera's sight.
Please use the sound-clap version of the class sound recording during the performance! Some teachers have placed two audio files in the Recital Folder with Music and Videos and you may use either the file with vocals or without, so long as it has a sound-clap.
That said, if you cannot record with the sound-clap version (and instead use the teacher video audio), that is fine too. We will make it work! It's totally fine to have a device running with the dance steps playing for performers to follow. Just please make sure the second device is not in camera view during the recording
Please clear space for taping your child's performance! Whether that means temporarily removing wall hangings or dancing in front of a closed garage door, find a space where the background is as clear as possible! Get creative!
TIP #6: Tap Level 1+
If possible, use wireless earbuds or wired earbuds with the device tucked away for playing the audio track. Your dance will be taped a capella, but we will sync the song on our end. For those in Advanced Tap Workshops: Please record two different videos -- one whole body (landscape) and one focused on tap dancing feet (landscape).
TIP #7: Acting/Musical Theatre/Voice
If possible, use wireless earbuds or wired earbuds with the device tucked away for playing the audio track. Your performance will be taped a capella (no audio track should be heard; just the performer -- just like many Broadway performances you're seeing on social media lately), but we will sync the song on our end.
HOW TO: Access all of Your Recital Information
HOW & WHERE TO: Upload Your Dances!
HOW TO: Record Your Recital Dances at Home!
We are so excited for this fun, new way we are learning to put on our end-of-year performances! It's going to be different, sure, but also unique and memorable! So grateful you've come along for this ride with us! We can hardly begin to imagine what the next 20 years will bring!