Creating a Pre-Performance Ritual

Written by Kelli Nottingham How do you feel before you perform? Does your mind go into a complete fog? Does your heart flutter like a butterfly on espresso? Do your muscles feel stiff or cold? Do you forget your choreography or what your song even sounds like? Do you feel more numb than scared? Do you dread performing? Or do you just avoid performing completely? The truth is, performance anxiety affects a huge number of dancers and shows itself in…

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New Performer Series Tip # 6: Generating Emotional Energy

Some dancers are not only seen, they are felt! The six video in this series, Anna will be discussing the idea of generating emotional energy and practicing keeping that energy up during rehearsal and performance. Tip #6 suggests using a common acting technique to use your mind and your own life experience to generate emotional energy that can be felt during your performances. This process will teach you the first step in using your energy to impact your audience.  

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New Performer Series Tip # 5: Keep Your Head Up and Your Eyes Out

We often feel very uneasy when we first start performing, so our bodies tend to do things naturally that physically show our uneasiness, like looking downward with our head and eyes. But with a little awareness during practices and rehearsals, you can adopt a new habit of looking more confident. In the fifth video of this series, Anna will be talking about how to look more confident during your performances from the neck up by keeping your head up and your…

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How NOT to Be a Good Candidate for the AAMED Teacher Certification

  About this post…   This is one of those posts I have been brewing on for some time. It’s been in my Evernote for nearly a year and ever so often, the universe reminds me of Ahlam Academy’s mission, which is providing dancers with the best education in the most efficient, supportive way possible. I am continually looking for ways to advance that mission, and selecting the best teacher candidates is a big part of that.   So here…

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