For our first official blog post, we would like to start out with a little brag: Pole Sport Organization Southeastern Competition is coming up in just a few days, and we are so proud of how many of our community members are turning out! Students, instructors, and even our very own studio owner are all putting the finishing touches on their costumes and routines, and getting hyped to represent Lotus Fitness Studio in this epic event, right here in Orlando! And just around the corner, our Halloween Student Showcase will be coming up, giving even more dancers the chance to wow us.
But as we have been rehearsing together, working out our choreography, and hearing the same song three thousand times, at some point we have all had second thoughts. Is this song even good anymore? Is my choreography ridiculous, or worse, boring? Am I going to just embarrass myself completely? Could we literally die from stage fright? Just sayin, those heart palpitations feel serious right before a run through. If you ever decide to perform—whether that may be professionally, competitively, or even just for fun in a student showcase—you will most likely share this moment of despair with pretty much all of your fellow performers.
This is when you take a breath. Go ahead. We’ll wait.
Now remember why you signed up in the first place. Was it a way to share your love of pole with your friends? Did you want to stretch your artistic side and create a little art through movement? Do you have a story to tell? Did you want to motivate yourself to work out harder and more consistently? Did you feel confident enough in that moment to go for the gold? Were you just bored and looking for something fun to do?
Whatever your reason was, it felt good enough at the time. And it still is. At the end of the day, remember that performing is about putting on a show and bringing a little enjoyment to people’s lives, even if that means getting one round of applause during your kick-ass fireman spin.
Next, take a couple of days off! Get a massage, get a mani/pedi! Go see a movie! Do something completely unrelated and get out of your head. Then, watch your run through videos (you do record yourself, right?) and get excited about the parts that are looking fantastic and make a battle plan to clean up or eliminate the parts that aren’t working. While you’re doing that, lead pole instructor Brittany advises getting enough calories, and “keeping some snacks with some carbohydrate on hand” in your workout bag (think nuts, dried fruit, granola, and peanut butter for boosts of carbs and protein). She got me hooked on eating one piece of crystallized ginger right before a run through for a little sugar jolt. Sssh, my secret! Also, do not neglect your water intake! Be sure you are drinking plenty.
Then, just rehearse your piece over and over. The best way to prevent stage fright is to make sure your moves are programmed into your muscles so well that if your brain goes completely blank, auto-pilot will still get you there. And don’t forget to practice in front of someone other than the mirror! Practicing in front of your friends is a great way to find encouragement and feel the rush of performance before the big day.
In a few days, you will un-slump yourself and feel energized and ready to tackle your routine all over again. And again. …And again. And we will all be there to cheer you on. You got this! Performing is a fantastic way to help yourself blossom. See you in the air!