Tips to Reduce Stress During Dance Recital Season
Well, it’s that time of the year again! Can you guess what I’m talking about? I’ll give you a hint, I’m suffering from PRS. You’ve never heard of PRS?! Well, PRS stands for pre-recital syndrome. Now, do you know what time of the year it is? Yep, you guessed it, it’s recital time! Within the next few months dance studios everywhere are going to be having their annual recital. It is so exciting, but at the same time, so stressful! So here are a few tips to help you reduce the stress and hopefully you won’t suffer from PRS!
Make sure to lay out everything you may need the day before if not earlier. Don’t wait until the last minute to get all your stuff together. This is how people forget items they may need. Remember to pack your costumes, shoes, tights, hair accessories, makeup, jewelry, water, and anything else you may need. Ask your teacher a week or so before to double check and make sure you have everything. Your teacher might think of something you need that you would not have thought of yourself.
Try to pack extra of everything if you can. Pack those extra bobby pins, hair ties, extra water. Extra everything is the way to go! I even bring my old worn out dance shoes, just in case. You never know when they might come in handy. After all, better to be safe than sorry.
If you can, bring a mini first aid kit. You never know when something might happen. It can be small but bring something so you have it if you need it. Make sure to eat food before you perform, you don’t want to pass out. However, don’t eat less than 2 hours before you go on stage you don’t want to feel too full while dancing. And never, never eat in costume. Also, never drink anything other than water in costume.
While backstage it is only natural for you to start getting anxious and feeling nervous. Try to relax. Don’t worry about messing up. One of the best pieces of advice one of my teachers told me is that; something is always going to go wrong. You can practice all you want and you can do everything right a million times before you perform but when it comes time to actually performing, something will always go wrong, so just enjoy the moment. After all, isn’t the saying dance like nobody’s watching? That is what you have to do. Take deep breaths, inhale, exhale, breathe and everything will be alright.
It’s recital season! Ready or not here it comes, so be ready and don’t have PRS!