How to Calm Chaotic Show Day
It’s the day of your performance and we can almost guarantee that the last thing on your mind is if you packed enough water bottles. Whether it’s a competition, the recital, a show or any other type of performance you may be about to put on, preparation is the key to making sure that you don’t lose it in the process.
Come up with a system that fits you and your dancer when it comes to keeping your costumes organized. To get started with this, check the line-up for the performance and see where and when your numbers are positioned. Once you’re aware of when your numbers are, line up your costumes in that order on a rolling garment rack for convenience. Make sure you have all of your costumes elements on one hanger, in one place (any accessories, etc.). This will make it much easier to navigate your costumes during the show and will assist you if you need to move your costumes to a different location at any time. Invest in a nice garment bag as well. This will help keep your costumes beautiful on and off stage!
Make sure that you check with your studio to see if there is specific makeup that you must be wearing. Often times in shows and competition, there are instances where makeup must be the same to yield cohesiveness on stage. It’s a good idea to make sure you have this sorted out at least a week or two before just in case you need to purchase or order anything. Plan to practice your makeup before your performance. This will allow you to get the hang of it, ask others for help if necessary, and not scramble on show day.
You MUST have your proper shoes for show day, especially if it’s a competition. Most times, shoes are one of the first things decided on the first day of class, you know which ones to wear going into the class. It is very important to order your shoes and make sure they are ready before the day of the show. You have to be comfortable and break the shoes in to be able to deliver your best performance.
Directions to the Venue
Even if you think you know where you are going, make sure you have an extra copy of directions on hand. Program the address to the venue into your GPS and look up traffic online the morning of so that you aren’t in a pickle at the last minute. The show must go on and you don’t want it to start without you! Also, knowing where you are going and if there’s any traffic will relieve the stress factor immensely. After all, who wants to be lost?
Food and Drinks
Save yourself the time and energy of having to run to the store or snack stand multiple times throughout the day and pack a cooler full of water and snacks. Alternatively, make a stop at the store on your way to the performance with a list of things you’d prefer to have with you. Preparing this way helps ensure that you and your dancer don’t have to run in and out of the venue to stay hydrated and nourished throughout the day.
Check On Your Friends
Teamwork makes the dream work! Don’t leave anyone behind. If you think you have it all together, check on some of your friends and see if they need help. Often times some of your friends may be too busy to ask for help themselves so if you’re ready to rock and roll, lend a helping hand.
The Day Before
Relax! If you know you’re going to be at a competition all day, sit back and relax at home the day/night before. Get a great night’s sleep, eat properly and up your energy level as best as possible so that you come out and give it your all the next day.
Performances are the best part of a dancer’s experience. Whether it’s one class going into another’s to show the combo they learned that day, or taking the stage to perform the number they’ve rehearsed all year long, the feeling they get is one you’ll have to experience yourself. Take these tips and implement them into your show day routine, it will be sure to ease the stress level!