Dance Tips for on-stage presense and avoid mishaps
If you are, or have ever been a performer of any kind you have had something happen to you on stage, am I right? We have all given a new meaning to falling on stage. Perhaps you have taken a nose dive, have gotten tangled in your skirt, tripped from a complicated dance move, perhaps there was some type of debris on the stage while you were dancing, or you literally spun your way off the stage and fell.
Well you are not along. Many performers, singers, and musicians have fallen that dreaded fall, I would think at least once in their lifetime. From Beyonce, Brittany Spears, Justin Beiber, JayLo, Prince, to Madonna have taken that diehard fall too. What makes their falls remembered are not just their falls, but getting up and they kept going. I have travelled around the world and danced on many dance stages, dance floors, even where there weren’t any stages, on grass, on cement, in the desert and even on the edge of a pool that I almost fell in, (thats a story for another time).
Taking a fall during your performance can be painful, embarrassing and just an ego debunk. Not too mention all those eyes glued to you. Here are some tips that might just help you to be a bit more careful and more confident the next time you are performing.
- Dance floors can be very slippery. If at all possible know your dance floor, meaning if you have never danced on the particular floor or stage, you want to become familiar with it beforehand. Take a few minutes and dance on it, feel the stage, walk the four corners, or perhaps the perimeter. Get as familiar as possible with it.
- Decide if you will be dancing with shoes or without shoes on. Will you be dancing barefoot, or wearing flat shoes, jazz, ballroom, or high heel shoes? Depending on the place I am performing, I will decide either to go barefoot in lieu of wearing my dance shoes. I always make sure to have rubber soles on the bottoms of my dance shoes for more traction. This enables me to grip the dance floor easier when I am dancing. If you do wear dance shoes, make sure to keep them clean and looking nice, they are a part of your costume.
- Be aware of what is on the dance floor. Was it just mopped and still wet? Perhaps it has not been cleaned yet. There are many ways to reduce your chances of falling on a slippery dance floor. Try different methods and footwear to see what works best for you. After all, you want to focus on dancing, not slipping and falling on the floor.
- Now, if it just so happens you have fallen, make sure to always wear underwear under your skirt. I prefer nude underwear. You don’t want your black skirt to fly up and you are wearing hot pink lacy g-string underwear for all to see, (or maybe you would)!
- If you do fall, try to stay relaxed, and keep your smile on. I know this will be a bit tough especially if you are in shock that you have just fallen in front of everyone. Take a second if needed to gather your surroundings then get up gracefully and begin dancing as if nothing happened. If you do get up and you have hurt yourself, the best thing is to walk gracefully off stage and seek medical attention if needed.
- Now if you are like me when I hear the music my body just flies away when I dance, I don’t have any cares in the world and I am surely not thinking about the dance floor when I start dancing. Though, to avoid falling, try to slow down. As you begin to perform know your surrounding stage or dance floor, look around before spinning and make sure to spot while you are spinning, this will keep you in a better frame of mind where and which way you are moving toward.
- Trust in yourself and be prepared. Preparation and experience will get your confidence up. Look, as dancers we have put our heart and soul into our dance. We have put hard work into our dance moves and sequences. All the time and effort you put into class and technique, the build up of experience on stage or of situations in which you must improvise or think on your feet is all preparation. With this preparation leads to confidence.
- Exuding confidence does not require one to act in a self-centered manner. In fact often it is quite the opposite. Dancers with confidence give a lot of themselves without dwelling on what the audience is thinking of them. This allows the performer to focus on making good use of all that preparation, overcome mistakes when they arise, and concentrate fully to the performance itself.
These are just a few tips that have helped me along the way with my dancing performances. I hope they have given you value and can adapt them to good use for yourself. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime. If you have any questions that I can assist you with let me know.
Now get out there and dance, because you can!
Sense your Power and Seize the Day! The Sohaila Way