Everyone has those off days, but it’s always important to come ready to work and work hard in class.
Hopefully, dance is an escape for you from everything that might be bogging you down, so with this in mind, leave that “baggage” at the door and enjoy yourself while learning and working hard.
Instructors can tell when you are not having it in class on any given day, and while we don’t take it personally, we want you to be able to grow as a performer every opportunity you get. Some techniques you can use to get you into the mindset of class, rehearsal or performance are:
- Deep breaths before coming inside – clear your head and give yourself the opportunity to focus on what’s in front of you.
- If your schedule allows, arrive early to the studio and start your warm-up and stretches at your own pace, perhaps to your own choice of music on your phone.
- Bring your water to class and make sure you have hydrated during the day before class.
- Sometimes you need a pick-me-up. Don’t fill yourself up too much before class because you might feel poorly after, but something healthy may be a good idea. (My students definitely know, I’m an avid snacker.)
- Practice what you have been corrected in class, to show how much you care to your instructor.
Hopefully, these tips will help you arrive prepared for class and aid you in your improvement as a dancer.
PS: Comment below what techniques you use to get into the right mindset before class.