Jim Lafferty

Got Stage Fright? There's an Online Juilliard Course for That

Your pulse is racing. Your mouth feels dry. You can't stop sweating even though you feel cold. But what's most worrying is that you can't stop your hands and knees from trembling, even though you're only moments away from stepping on stage.

Performance anxiety can sabotage even the most talented dancers. Studies suggest that at least 50 percent of all performing artists—regardless of experience level—suffer from serious stage fright.

Which is why we're excited to hear that, in collaboration with edX, Juilliard just launched a series of online courses, and one of the first is "Conquering Performance Anxiety." Taught by Juilliard professor and sport psychologist Dr. Noa Kageyama, the class will cover mental techniques used by top athletes and musicians: strategies for staying in "the zone," insight on how to overcome mistakes on stage, tips for silencing self-doubt and more.

Unfortunately, unlike regular edX classes, the course is not free: It's a steep $497 for six weeks. But although it's targeted to musicians, the syllabus looks very much applicable to any performing artist, including dancers.

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Topical Pain Relievers Are the Next Item on Your Dancer Self-Care Supply List

With the stressors of the pandemic still lingering more than one year later, self-care is, rightfully, a priority for everyone right now. But dancers have always known the importance of keeping their bodies and minds as healthy as possible. After all, your body is your instrument, and as we make our long-awaited returns to the studio and stage, finding self-care strategies that work for you will be crucial to getting back up to speed—mentally and physically—with your rigorous performing and training schedule.

Dancers have a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to treating minor ailments like soreness, swelling and bruising. One that's quickly gaining popularity are topical pain relievers, which provide targeted, temporary relief of minor pain. These days, there's more than just your tried-and-true Tiger Balm on the shelves. From CBD lotions to warming gels and patches, finding the product that's right for you can be as difficult as finding the perfect Rockette-red shade of lipstick…but even more beneficial to your dance career.

Read on for our breakdown of some of the most common ingredients to look out for in the topical pain relief aisle.

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May 2021