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Your Body Is Ready, But Is Your Mind?

Auditions can be a scary process. As the big day approaches, nerves begin to sink in, stomachs are filled with butterflies and we may even tend to psyche ourselves out. No worries! What's important about auditions is putting YOUR best foot forward. Get your head in the game! Here are five steps to mentally prepare for being your best self on the day of auditions.

1. Breathe

Okay, let's talk about this. In order for your body and mind to function well, you must provide enough oxygen. Breathe in slowly and deeply through the nose, and out through the mouth. Incorporating yoga practices into your warm up can also help you to calm your mind.

2. Confidence is Key

First impressions are everything for auditions. The best way to do this is to show your true personality. Be positive in your thinking and proud of yourself every step of the way. Smile!

3. Think of "Auditions" as a Dance Class

One important concept that I have and still continue to use during my experiences of auditions is to have FUN! Auditions can easily become nerve wrecking if you allow it to. When learning the choreography, think of it as any other dance class that you are just taking for the enjoyment. Soak in the information, but do not second guess yourself. Stress less, dance more.

4. Be Prepared

The quicker you are on your toes, the more efficient you can be. Pack your belongings the night before auditions. Bring extra of everything, such as audition tops/bottoms, tights, boots, make-up, hair products, safety pins, etc. Don't forget to pack a healthy lunch, snacks, and water to boost your energy throughout the day!

5. Sleep

Think about how much stress we put on our own bodies travelling from work to dance class, gyms to pirouettes. Rest. It is a simple concept that many of us do not give enough credit to. Without rest, your physical, mental, and emotional health can become fatigue. Sleep can produce more alertness. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night before the big day.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Ashley R.

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