Standby in the Wings: A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to Producing the Perfect Dance Recital

Standby in the Wings: A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to Producing the Perfect Dance Recital

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Covering an expansive spectrum of production topics, Standby in the Wings is a behind-the-scenes production guide for dance studio owners and dance teachers. Designer and Production Manager Joe Naftal takes the reader through the process of producing a dance recital from booking a venue through opening night, including venue relations, site survey, lighting, projections, video, sound, backstage management and more, establishing a common vocabulary for dance studio owners and the designers, technicians, and staff they work with to create a stellar dance recital production!


“The good news for you is that Joe is here! It’s as if he’s on your stage crew and you can ask him anything -- better yet he’s actually just gone ahead and answered all your questions. This book is a comprehensive guide with behind-the-scenes tips that will help take your recital to a new level. When you approach running shows with the mindset that there is always something new to learn and ways to improve you will start to experience a whole new level of success.” - Suzanne Blake Gerety,


“An excellent source of recital management tips for all of us.” - Rami Shalan, Born 2 Dance Studio


"Often in recital planning I feel like I’m on my own… This book has been such an incredible resource. You do not want to plan another recital without reading this book first. I look forward to implementing Joe’s suggestions, systems, and approach to recital production. Couldn’t recommend the book more! It’s a gift to dance studio owners and anyone involved in stage production!" -Erin Jensen, Bloom Dance Studio


"I love this book! I wish that I had it sooner. It has so many ideas and tips in one place. I found the lighting section the most helpful." - Alice White, Wasatch Arts Center


"A comprehensive guide to running a top notch and successful show. Having Joe's expertise, experience and knowledge at your fingertips is a lifesaver for new studio owners. It is also positive reinforcement to the veteran studio owners like me. 32 years strong! Thank you Joe for your generous gift to dance studios everywhere." - Kim Semmel, Dance With Kim

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