Just Breathe: 6 Tips for dealing with Performance Anxiety & Stage Fright as a dancer

I've found that I'm not the only one whose palms get a little sweaty and nerves begin to shake when having to perform a routine in front of an audience. Often we don't realize until we're in the spotlight that we have some sort of anxiety or stage fright. This is important to realize, especially with our wedding couples, to practice in front of friends and family or even complete strangers! Here are some great tips from Emily Newton-Smith over at energetiksblog. Click the link below for the full article.

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No matter what style of dance you do, you will undoubtedly perform for others at some point in your dance life. For some, that might simply be dancing solo in a studio setting, in front of a teacher and classmates. For others, it could be onstage in front of hundreds. For a few, it could be to a broadcast TV audience of millions. If you suffer from performance anxiety, it doesn't matter if you're in front of a huge audience, or just one person. Nerves can kick in at any time, and instead of enjoying your moment, you could experience symptoms that simply take the joy out of dancing. Most people will have at least one episode of stage fright in their lives, from dancers, actors and vocalists, to athletes, musicians, and public speakers. It's important to have the tools to acknowledge and effectively deal with an episode of performance anxiety, so you can get back to enjoying what you love to do - dancing. Read on for some tips on coping with this common issue.

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