Raise your [jazz] hand if you’re at Nationals right now!
With the summer competition season in full swing and high gear, it’s understandable if you’re feeling equal parts OMG excited and OMG so tired right now. If you still have a handful of scholarship auditions, classes, and performances — not to mention the almighty gala — still ahead, here’s how to make sure you’re staying on your A-game.
1. Rest when you can!
Whether it’s a full night’s sleep or a power nap between classes and dinner, make sure you’re prioritizing rest this week. It’s super important to get plenty of shut-eye to ensure you’re recovering and dancing your best each day.
2. Make sure you’re warming up.
Don’t just jump into your first class of the day expecting a full warmup. Take 10 minutes to yourself — or with your friends — to run through a quick barre or to do some dynamic stretching. Repeat as needed. Just because you run from class to class all day doesn’t mean your body will still be warm when your 8 PM solo rolls around.
3. Drink water!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Keep refilling your bottle throughout the day, and drink before you get thirsty.
4. Reach for nutritious foods.
If you’re in New York City or Las Vegas, there’s no doubt you’re being tempted by all the incredible food options on every block. But in order to perform your best, you need to feel your best. That probably means cutting back on sugar and foods that’ll make you bloat. Stick to your regular eating regimen on dancing days, and then feel free to indulge as soon as the curtain goes down at the closing night gala.
5. Make time for yourself.
Nationals can be overwhelming. You’re constantly running from one room to the next, you’re onstage, you’re backstage, you’re at awards — you’re probably never just hanging out by yourself. Try to take a few minutes each day to be alone. Take some deep breaths, think about what’s inspiring you, and then get to your next class or audition feeling refreshed. Breathing is key.
Keep killing it!