3 Ways Dancers Can Harness the Power of Dance/Movement Therapy

As dancers, we are experts on our bodies. We can identify the tiniest amount of tightness in a hip flexor or predict a head cold when our balance is off. But are we really in-tune with what our bodies are telling us when it comes to managing the mental challenges of performance? The growing field […]

How Circa Contemporary Circus Pulls Off the "Impossible" Onstage

Watching Circa Contemporary Circus is a nail-biting experience. The acrobats climb the limbs of their fellow cast members, fly through the air without wires or ropes, and create human architecture that leaves audience members’ mouths agape. The venues they perform in—from Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts to the Barbican in London—grow abuzz with anxious energy. It’s […]

How Hypnotherapy Saved My Dance Career

I am a dancer in a successful West End show and a year ago I nearly quit. My anxiety came suddenly and without warning. We were in the middle of a stressful cast change and tensions were high as everyone wanted to prove their value to the production. I felt as though someone flipped a […]

3 Tips for Fighting Performance Anxiety

Whenever I’m cast in a solo role, I’m consumed with thoughts of everything that could go wrong. Please help. —Isabella, Philadelphia, PA Raising the stakes with “what ifs” only heightens your anxiety. Your insecurity may stem from a lack of stage experience or low self-confidence. The first can be overcome by putting in extra rehearsal […]

Why You Should Embrace Your Performance Anxiety

The range of emotions dancers feel during performances can run the gambit from calm transcendental elation to complete dread. If you’re the shaking and sweating sort, there’s good news for you: Those performance jitters don’t have to be a bad thing. Dr. John Raglin, a professor of kinesiology at Indiana University whose work examines the […]

7 Ways To Cope With Performance Anxiety

You’re standing backstage, and your mind won’t stop racing. What if, after weeks of rehearsal, you suddenly forget the choreography? What if that terrible critic gives you yet another embarrassing review? Did you remember to sew your pointe shoes correctly? Why won’t your partner stop cracking his darn hip joint? Why can’t you stop freaking […]

Paralyzed by Stage Fright? 6 Ways to Beat Your Nerves

In my career, I’ve gotten to dance several of my dream roles. But sometimes I felt so nervous before a show that I just wanted the whole thing to be over and done with.Don’t let this happen to you! Here are my tips for dealing with pre-performance butterflies: 1.Embrace Your Nerves Photo by 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 […]

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