Ballet · Organization

5 Tips for Dancers with Stage Fright

Hi, everyone!

It’s Tutu Tuesday! This past Sunday was my recital, and while recital is not a huge deal at my studio (our other productions are generally more important), I noticed that a lot of people seemed to get really nervous. Being one who doesn’t often get nervous about performance, I wanted to share with you some tips that keep me calm on performance days.

  1. Have a plan. This is an example of a day from my daily planner. Planning helps you stay organized and minimizes stress on a performance day.


2. Eat, drink, sleep. Make sure you fill your body with nutrients and get plenty of sleep. This will minimize risk of blood sugar drops and general exhaustion.

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3. Have a pre-show ritual. I’m not talking about a superstitious type thing. I’m talking about something you do before every show that keeps you calm. Maybe it’s reading a book, drinking a glass of water, praying, running through choreography,  ect. Something that will help you focus on what you have to accomplish.


4. Warm up. I cannot stress this enough. NEVER dance when your muscles are cold. Keep it simple. Some plies and releves, a little cardio, and good stretching is usually my routine.

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5. Talk with your friends. They’re nervous too! Talking with them will help keep you focused on your goal and less focused on worst case scenarios.



Have an amazing week!

❤ McKinnlee


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