General Guidelines for North London Dance CentrePDF VERSION
For all performers in our Winterlude & Recital shows, it is preferable that the dancers wear some make-up on stage. Without make-up, it is not possible for the dancer’s faces to be clearly seen by the audience, or on our video recordings. Dancers wear make-up for a functional purpose, so that their faces are clearly seen under bright lights and from a distance. Wearing stage make-up is NOT about trying to improve your looks; no dancer needs make up to look beautiful!
Stage make up for the younger dancers generally includes:
- Eyeshadow – a pale/light colour just under the eyebrow to the eyelid & a darker colour on the lid, preferably brown
- Mascara – on top lashes
- Blush – kids love to make the ‘fish face’ to find the proper placement for blush!
Older dancers usually add foundation & black eyeliner, to the list above.
Please do not wear false lashes, nail polish, or jewelry of any kind.
All of this said, if a parent feels strongly about not having their child wear any make up on stage, we support your personal decision as well. It is worth mentioning that it can be difficult to apply makeup to a younger child. Getting them to sit still long enough for hair and makeup when they are so excited about the recital can also be a challenge. Additionally, not all children like the sensation of makeup being applied (usually eyeliner and mascara), and because of this, applying certain kinds of makeup can quickly become a real challenge. If you are a brand new dance mom, or if you have a child that is younger or sensitive to certain kinds of makeup, we ask you to just try to apply what you can, and not worry about the rest.
Have a great day!