It is finally and officially Nationals Season!
There’s no doubt you’ve put in all the hard work you need to succeed. From late-night rehearsals to last-minute formation and choreography changes, there’s a good chance the past year has been filled with equal amounts of triumph and tears (but hopefully more happy, celebratory tears than tears of frustration).
But while you’re busying yourself with packing lists and curating the perfect pre-performance playlist for your team, there’s a very important aspect of competing you should never neglect: your brain!
You may have the world’s dreamiest feet and longest legs, but even if you can turn for days and leap from one end of the stage to the other, you won’t sell your performance to your audience—and the judges—if your head isn’t in the game.
Enter: The Almighty Mantra.
It can help to have a sort of catchphrase that you repeat to yourself before—even during, so long as it’s not distracting—your big performance. Look in the mirror in the dressing room and say the mantra out loud, or just play it over and over in your head while you’re waiting in the wings.
Here are a few of our favorite mantras:
- “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Boxer Muhammad Ali coined this one, but it can absolutely apply to dancers. Look graceful, make it look easy, but throw down on that stage.
- “Tomorrow is just one more day I get to dance.” In one of the most classic Center Stage quotes, sassy Eva remembers what it’s really all about. Preach, girl!
- “Open the gates and seize the day.” Those Newsies boys know what’s up.
- “Whatever you feel, just dance it.” Another Center Stage standby.
- “Breathe.” So simple, and yet how many of us have gotten halfway through a routine before realizing we were pretty much holding our breath the entire time?
- “You’ve got this.” Yeah ya do!
Got a mantra of your own? Let us know! Leave it in the comments and share it with us.