My article "Total
Rehearsal Power" in the July/Aug 1999 issue covered
ways to maximize your practice sessions before a show,
Try some of my psychological
preparation techniques to accelerate your practices
before a show.
Before our last class recital I gave all my students slips of paper that had two short Affirmations on them. They read:
Earlier this year I performed in Janeeda's "Celebrating the Elements" show featuring Morocco and Tarik. My dance assignment was to portray the "Etheric Air Goddess". Not knowing much about that, I asked Janeeda to explain what it was about. She sent me her interpretation, I printed it out and posted it above my desk. It took a couple of weeks before the meaning 'sunk in', which was fine with me - I like to let my sub- and super-conscious mind work for me as much as possible. When I rehearsed and finally performed I kept those thoughts in mind and just let my body "do its thing" interpreting the music (yes, it was improvised). Was it "right"? I don't know, but I felt good about it - in fact, I had a blast! Did I ever think, "I don't know how to dance this", "I'm not going to do it right", "everyone will think it's dumb"? NO WAY! If I thought that way I would never have agreed to dance in the show. To paraphrase that old saying, "what your body finds to do, do it with all your might".
Another easy way to keep positive messages coming at you is your computer's screen saver. Mine says, "Success Happens" and floats around in pretty colors. Whenever I chance to look at it my mind gets a positive message! Since I'm not an optimist by nature I need to keep working at it. Think of other short, positive messages it could say: "I'm confident", "I dance well", "I'm calm and happy", "Peace and love" - think of it as a little blessing or prayer to keep in mind whenever you see it.
So what's on YOUR screen saver? More
importantly, what does your "Mental screen saver" say?
YOU CAN: Picture yourself dancing, IMAGINE it, and it will happen!
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