Competitions can be both hectic and very exciting, so it can be tough to calm down and get in the zone before you perform. In this post, we’ll talk about some ideas to get you centered and in the right headspace before you hit the stage.
Music on iPod/Phone
Having a copy of the music you’ll be dancing to is always a good idea. Many professional dancers listen to their music while sitting completely stationary on the floor and simply visualize each step in time with the music. Afterward, they’ll begin marking through the dance to the music, and eventually will practice full-out. This progression is a great way to get your mind in the right place.
Get to the venue with time to spare. This will help ease stress and make you feel more prepared. It also allows time to handle any last-minute emergencies that pop up before the performance.
Rehearse with a Buddy
Whether it’s for a solo or a group number, practicing with someone else helps give you more perspective on your dance. Constructive criticism, encouragement, or even silence can all be valuable in their own way. Having a friend to offer feedback or simply perform in front of can go a long way in making you feel secure before a performance.
If you get an opportunity to try out the flooring on the actual stage you’ll be dancing on, seize it. That way you can see how much or how little grip there is, and you can change the shoes you’ll be wearing accordingly (for solos).
Eat a good breakfast in the morning and bring healthy snacks (and a lunch if you’re dancing in the evening,) to munch on throughout the day. You’ll be expending a lot of energy during the competition, so make sure you’re fueling your body.
Get good rest the night before competition. These days can be long and draining, so it’s important to start off with a fully-charged battery.
Pre-pack Your Bag
Pack your bag with everything you’ll need for the next day at night before you go to sleep. In the morning, you’ll have one fewer thing to worry about. If you can, packing things in order of when you’ll need to pull them out will help keep you organized and tidy during the chaos backstage.
Create a Mantra
Memorize a meaningful quote or create your own. Having a phrase to bring you back to centre can help significantly when you’re trying to get in the zone.
Hopefully that gave you a few ideas about how to feel your best during competition. If you have any dancewear-related questions, feel free to reach out and let us know.