Here is a fun post I prepared for my students, but feel free to share with your group. Plan and prepare early to avoid last minute stresses:
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 Third Day of Performance Prep.... Take Stock ! Put together your packing list (Or use the one I prepared for you), check you own everything that you need and that it is in good order. Is your eyelash glue fresh? Did you run low on lipstick? Did you sew up the tear in your skirt? Then its time to make a shopping list or beg, borrow or steal (please dont steal) everything that you need. Put yourself first and fill your calendar....
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 Fifth Day of Performance Prep.... Fix it ! Did you mean to turn up the hem on your skirt? or spray paint your shoes gold? Does the back keep coming off your earrings? Today is fix it day. Put yourself first, fill your calendar, take stock, shop...
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 Eight Day of Performance Prep... Minimize your make up. Pick out the mini bag you are going to use and make sure you just pack your stage make up. Throw away anything that is out of date or past its best. Put yourself first, fill your calendar, take stock, shop, fix it!, book your video and photos, invite your friends....
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 Tenth Day of Performance Prep....Have a Dress Rehearsal! Even if your troupe had a dress rehearsal together, take the time to put together your whole look and practice your dance at home. Do your earrings like your veil? Can you spin in your shoes? Does your make up and hair look stage worthy. Now is the time to make any last minute changes. Put yourself first, fill your calendar, take stock, shop, fix it!, book your video and photos, invite your friends, make up, bag it...
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!
If you like this blog keep scrolling down for others you might like including:
"I'm Perfect for Belly Dance, And so are You!"
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"Picking out a Troupe Costume"
"Why Travelling is one of the Best Ways to Improve your Belly Dance"
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"Your First Belly Dance Workshop"
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Sara Shrapnell is a belly dance writer, teacher and performer.
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