I’ve been thinking I really should blog. I’ve been feeling incredibly inspired the past few weeks and so I’ve been thinking that I should really come up with something clever and blog about it. I like to write with a clear desk and a clean studio. So before I sit down to blog I tackle the piles on my desk: the mail, the receipts, the left messages, the fade-in/fade-out times for the recital album, the booster to add to the program journal, the fundraiser results, Gamzatti's variation that needs to be downloaded for Stephanie, the fall 2013 scholarship donation, emails, check deposits via cell phone app (thank you technology), the elastic-ripped pointe shoe that need sewing, placement assessments for our two new level 1’s, teen yoga flyers...… wait, what was I just doing? Oh yeah, scrubbing bubbling the bathroom. …Excuse me for a moment, I was just about to clean the bathroom. I grab my coffee and to dump in the sink, grab the scrubbing bubbles, notice a flyaway loose from my bun, switch coffee to elbow pit, grab hairspray from dance bag, spray scrubbing bubbles into hair.
the artwork makes it OK. It'd be better if the artists' hair were neatly sprayed back into a ballet bun. But nonetheless, OK. Thank you for adding to our gallery.
We are so excited to present A Midsummer’s Eve tomorrow night at the Brookside School. After eleven or so weeks of rehearsals, it’s finally here. The dancers are ready, the costumes are ready, the stage is… almost ready.
What makes us so very jittery before a much-anticipated performance? How can we get rid of our stage fright once and for all?
Well, we can’t- and we shouldn’t want to. Stage jitters should be welcome and expected; it means you care about the work you’ve put in and about the quality of your show.
There is nothing, at this point, that can make or break your performance. You’ve done the work and the work you’ve done with shine through, just let the music take over, get into your character, and dance. That’s all. No matter what happens, it cannot make or break your performance.
That works of course in both ways - the work you’ve done will show, and the work you haven’t done will show. No stunning trick, nor daring leap, nor elaborate turn sequence can possibly help if you haven’t put in the work to earn the strength.
So now it’s time to just have fun. (And of course, pre-company, to ‘count’)
Miss Erin serves as the Executive Director at Integral Ballet.