The Nutcracker session is underway and whether it is your first time or your 10th time the whole experience can be stressful and exhausting. This is why we have gathered a few suggestions to help dancers have a great Nutcracker experience.
One of the most important things a dancer can be is prepared. This means that before the very first performance you should mentally do your hair and makeup to make sure that you have everything you will need ready in your bag before heading to the theater. It is also important to organize your bag in a way that makes sense and allows you to reach everything you will need with ease. Keeping everything in a separate compartment will help to ensure that your hair products and makeup will not mess up your tights and outfits. Make sure that your costumes and accessories are all in the order that you will need them in the performance. You don’t want to be head on stage only to remember that you forgot a headpiece. It is also important to make sure that you are checking your bag carefully before you leave the theater. Remember to always be aware of what is happening on stage so you can judge when you need to get ready and how long it will take.
Make sure that you are properly warmed up. This means that you are going to any company classes that are being held before the performance. As a dancer, it is important to keep your muscles warm so that you can dance to your highest ability. So you need to rewarm-up backstage to ensure that you can have an enjoyable performance. This means that you should make sure that you have enough warm-ups with you as the backstage can be freezing.
Don’t Play Around
This means that older dancers should not change their routine and every dancer should be careful to ensure that they do not get injured. If there is more than one performance in a day, make sure that you are stretching and putting your feet up and not running around goofing off because you want to still be able to dance your best for the second show. And don’t forget to sleep! Trust us sleeping is the most important thing for a dancer. Even though it will be hard to unwind after long rehearsals or performances. It is so important to sleep so that you have enough energy to get you through each performance.
Label All Your Belongings
While dancers do sometimes share items it is important to remember which items are yours and which are your friends. And the best way to make sure that you don’t lose something is to label them.
Bring Plenty Of Healthy Snacks And Water
Healthy food will help you power through the run. So save the sugar until after the performance so you don’t have a sugar crash. Eating sugar will also affect your energy and your muscles so not having sugary foods will help you to keep your muscles in tip-top shape for the duration of the run. Fruits and nuts are what you will want to be snacking on backstage, not Micky D’s.
And remember above all enjoy the experience! Treat every performance like it is your first because the Nutcracker brings with it a new set of dancers and dance lovers each session.