“As the gracious ballerina you are, you will no doubt have experienced the nervous and timorous feeling before stepping on to the stage, or the importance of having to prepare physically and mentally before your call. Your weeks of training and prepping for the show are over and it is time to show the audience everything you’ve worked so hard for. You may not be experienced with shows and performing in front of an audience or just want some advice on how to stay on form and on top both on and off stage. By playing your cards right and treating mind and body well you will enjoy the experience all the more, and here I have gathered some helpful advice on how to do that exactly.

Calming your nerves
A lot of dancers find that nerves can ruin their focus and cloud their ability to perform, whereas some find that a little nervousness gives you that little extra adrenalin that makes the performance even better. I am usually extremely nervous beforehand, and in the second I enter the stage my confidence increases and the feeling of being sick is replaced by butterflies formed by the cheer of the crowd and the bright spotlight. For nervousness specificly, here are some pointers that you might find useful.

1. Be sure you know your steps. If you’re unsure about the steps, learn them! Not knowing your routine will make you even more of a nervous wreck. Go through the routine again and again until it sits.

2. Relax your muscles. Sit down, put your shoulders back and take deep breaths. Drink a glass of water and an energy bar. If you can, get a shoulder/back massage from a friend.

3. Psych yourself. Tell yourself that you can do it, that you’re the best, that you’re amazing and that it will be fun. Don’t be afraid of complimenting yourself, and there is no shame in boasting. Be cocky, and enjoy it.

Get a good night’s sleep. Relatively self explanatory. Don’t sit up or rehearse late the day before. Sleeping will be a lot more effective; It will make you remember more and you will feel rested and ready.

Eat healthy and stay hydrated. This really is vital. Don’t go to the nearest McDonalds and stuff yourself sick, but don’t starve yourself either. Make sure your diet is full of protein and vitamins to gain strength and avoid getting sick, and carbohydrates to give you an extra boost. Eat an energy bar or some chocolate, the sugar will do you good. Fruit and vegetables are also recommended, as are protein food such as chicken, fish and meat. Don’t eat too much fibre because it may bloat your stomach and cause indigestion, and avoid fatty/greasy food such as french fries, as it takes a lot of energy to digest. ” Click here to read more

Source: thebeautyofballet