I am only a few days away from performing in Elevated Art. (Denver people, get your tickets) I’m getting really nervous, so I thought I’d put together a list of ways to deal with pre-performance jitters. Hopefully I can keep them all in mind.
- Prepare well for the performance (or competition). This one is super obvious, but it’s probably the most important thing you can do. Lock in your choreography early and focus on moves that you excel at instead of trying to learn new ones for your performance.
- Familiarize yourself with the rules (if applicable), venue, and anything else that will factor in on performance day.
- Leave lots of time to get ready and get to the venue so you aren’t stressed out about getting there.
- Bring headphones and some of your favorite music. Also bring your song, so that you can listen to it.
- While you are listening to your song, mentally rehearse doing your performance. Take the time to really feel your knees locking straight, your toes pointing, you holding your moves and not rushing through the performance.
- Take lots of deep breaths.
- Warm up. Moving your body is critical to your flexibility and safety, and it will also help your mind relax.
- Chat with the other performers. Camaraderie goes a long ways to alleviating nervousness. Cattiness does the opposite.
- Get the right attitude- you’ve worked really hard so that you can share a story with the audience, and they are excited to watch you perform. Stop focusing on the possibilities of messing up.
- Stretch and stand up tall.
- Go kill your routine.