Before you get called to the
wings by the stagehands; practice breathing and
stretching. Make sure you are completely warmed up,
stretched and calm. Doing deep breaths is very important
so you have a great surplus of oxygen flowing through your
lungs and muscles. By the time you get to the wings, you
should be calm enough to handle last minute nerves.
Never go on a stage without
practicing the piece at least twice. Being physically
warmed up will assure a better performance and that should
ease a little tension right there.
Make sure you have enough time
the night before, to sleep at least 9 hours that night.
This will help your performance and your tension.
Do stay hydrated and have some
protein in your pre-performance meal. Don’t eat heavy
but try to eat enough so that you feel energetic. Eat 3 to
4 hours before your performance so that it is digested for
energy stores at the time you’ll need it. Do not eat
sugar or drink caffeine. And absolutely no smoking or
Make sure your dance bag ,
costume(s) and stage makeup are all packed and checked the
Arrive at the venue at least
an hour before you’re required to be there. This will
give you time to practice on the stage area and will
lesson your chances of any late arrival, which will in
turn cause increased tension.
Try your shoes on the floor
when it’s rolled out. Make any last minute adjustments
according to the floor.
Make sure you listen to your
music and visualize the performance before you go onstage.
Visualization is a very powerful tool and can relax the
mind and body.
Don’t let a chatty friend
take all your crucial last moments before a performance!
Try to center yourself and stay in a very focused state of
Try to use whatever mood
you’re feeling that day towards your performance. Any
energy is good energy. This is the difference between a
good dancer and a phenomenal performer.
Backstage nervousness is also
a twist of anticipation and excitement. Remember these
other factors and keep your mindset positive. Anticipate
your best performance yet, and enjoy the excitement of
your finally getting to perform this piece after all the
hard work you’ve done! Enjoy instead of dread it! Be
Dancers need to come together
as a group in a positive light pre-performance. Sometimes
it helps to pray together, massage each other’s
shoulders or do a pep cheer! This pep cheer can be a team
ritual that gets every one in the mode and into the
spirit. It brings a positive energy to the group that
translates on stage.
Have confidence in yourself!
You have worked hard and know the choreography. You were
chosen for this part because you earned it! Have pride in
your part no matter how large or small it may be. This
humble and thankful mindset will give off an inner
happiness that will shine for your fellow dancers, your
choreographer and your audience.