Facial expressions are a big part of competitive dance performances, and what dancers should be doing with their mouths onstage has long been a matter of great debate. Many teachers, choreographers, and judges are staunchly against lip-syncing of any kind, while others believe that it can be a light-hearted, appropriate form of expression.
Providing dancers with a comprehensive plan for Nationals now gives them the ability to shine onstage, to fulfill their responsibilities to the team and to balance dance commitments with summer fun.
Dancing across a hotel ballroom in small-town America seems a world away from performing on Broadway, but for some students, competitions and conventions are an important step toward realizing that dream. Skills honed at these events—the ability to quickly learn choreography in a wide range of styles and perform it immediately afterward—are valuable in securing work in musical theater.
Long before a dancer steps into the spotlight for a competition solo, the work of creating the steps that will lead to their success begins. With a strong partnership between dancer and choreographer, this process can be its own reward:
Jealousy and the dance competition world go hand in hand—dancers from one studio are pitted against those from another as they strive for the same awards and recognition, creating the perfect conditions for envy to flourish. But sometimes, jealousy strikes among dancers from the same studio or team.
Dancers need to be both artists and athletes, so physical conditioning can be an effective way to enhance performance in the lead up to competitions.
Here are a few techniques to use—before and during an experience of stage fright—to help minimize the symptoms and get back to dancing.
Despite your most valiant efforts, costume mishaps are going to happen from time to time, and your students need to know how to handle them. The most important priority is protecting the dancer.