On the First Day of Performance Prep....Put yourself first! That means commit to drinking lots of water, eating good food, getting to bed a little early and generally taking care of yourself. Of course you need to practice (about half an hour a day should do it), but also you need to relax. That might be half an hour with a book, playing a game or going for a walk ? Promise that you will do all these things every day between now and the performance. You can get drunk and eat pizza after the show!
On the Second Day of Performance Prep... Fill in your calendar. Set up reminders in your phone, make appointments and generally get organised. Do you need a lift or car share? Should you book a manicure, or an eyebrow shape appointment? Maybe you want a massage before or a few days after the show ? Plan a practice session or a coffee meet up with a troupee, Ask a teacher for a private lesson to assess your choreography. If it needs to be done before the show, allocate the time in the diary now. And dont forget - you have to put yourself first...
On the Forth Day of Performance Prep.... Shop for your packing list. If you need to purchase something on line, you may have to pay for speedy shipping. In addition to the things on your list, you may want to purchase water and snacks to keep your energy up all day. Make sure you also have materials for tomorrow. Put yourself first, fill your calendar, take stock...
On the Sixth Day of Performance Prep.... Book your Video and Photos. Fill in the forms, write the checks, put them in an envelope in your bag. Put yourself first, fill your calendar, take stock, shop, fix it....
On the Seventh Day of Performance Prep.... Invite your friends! Its so much more fun to dance at an event when you have friends and family in the audience. Plus they can hold your purse, take photos and tell you how amazing you look. Put yourself first, fill your calendar, take stock, shop, fix it!, book your video and photos....
On the Ninth Day of Performance Prep....Mini Bag It! - create mini bags of your dance essentials to make packing easy and organised. In addition to your make up bag you will need a bag of your jewelry (pack a mini bag of spares too), one for your hair adornments, a hygiene bag (medical supplies, wipes, perfume), an office in a bag, and your music. Dont forget !!! - Put yourself first, fill your calendar, take stock, shop, fix it!, book your video and photos, invite your friends, make up....
On the Eleventh Day of Performance Prep....Pack and Pamper Get everything into a over sized suitcase. If you are using the mini bag system this should only take 5 minutes. Double check you have everything against your packing list. Did you book your pamper sessions for today? If not then treat yourself to a home pamper - paint your nails, tidy your eyebrows, moisturize all over and condition your hair. You can even put cucumbers over your eyes. Everything else on your list should be done, so relax.
On the Twelfth Day of Perforamcne Prep....Have FUN !!! - This day is all about you, so enjoy the fruits of all your hard work!
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Sara Shrapnell is a belly dance writer, teacher and performer.
She has taught more than 5,000 belly dance classes, both in the UK and US. She now teaches in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore in the SF bay area, as well as workshops world wide. Her classes are known for their humor, detailed breakdowns and cultural context. Students who have studied with Sara have gone on to teach and perform in all styles of belly dance and many have made their living through performance or teaching.
Sara’s first book “Teaching Belly Dance” was published in 2014. Her second "Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage", co- written with Dawn Devine, Alisha Westerfeld and Poppy Maya, is a stagecraft handbook for belly dancers of all styles and levels. Both are available on Amazon.
Sara is a teacher and mentor for The Belly Dance Business Academy, She offers a variety of on line lessons, including "52 Lesson Plans and How to Write 5,000 More".