Preparing for a performance is no easy feat! Class, choreography, rehersals and tons of practice have to happen before we even think about hitting the stage.

The OSB faculty has a few more tips to share as we head into performance season to help make sure you have the best possible experience.

#1. Write It Down!

Throughout the rehersal process your teachers have given you lots of notes, reminders and feedback regarding your performance and the choreography. WRITE THEM DOWN!

DanceNotesAs dancers we use our body and muscle memory to keep track of the information our teachers give us, but taking notes is a great way to make sure you remember everything you’ve been told. Write it, type it, get it in your brain in a different way!

#2. Keep A Kit!

In case of emergency, have your dance bag stocked! Here are some things you should have with you back stage:

– extra bobby pins and hair elastics 

– hair spray/hair gel

– safety pins and a small sewing kit

– water (you need to stay hydrated)

– all of your costumes and footwear

#3. Eat Well!

Eating well before a performance isn’t just important – it’s a necessity!

Dance revolves around significant technical, physical and aesthetic components. Because dancers are continually required to perform at the top of their abilities, proper nutrition and fueling of the body is essential. Dancers need to consume diets adequate in calories to support the demands placed on the body. Those calories should come from healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins and fats. Learning when and what to eat during the day is also imperative to a healthy diet for dancers. – A Healthy Meal Plan for Dancers by Ashley Lucas

While eating right before you go on stage may not be the best plan, you do need to eat enough throughout the day so that you will have lots of energy to get your through an evening of performing. A large breakfast and healthy lunch will help you stay nourished along with energy boosting snacks into the evening such as fruit, veggies and protein packed nuts.

#4. Get a Good Sleep!

Being well rested before your performance can make the difference between a good show and a GREAT show! Bringing energy and emotion to the stage means getting a good nights rest before the day of the show.


When you sleep, your body has the chance to replenish itself – muscles rebuild and strengthen and your mind is able to process everything you have learned. Take your sleep seriously and you will feel fresh and rejuvenated before curtain call. Have sweet dreams of standing ovations!

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