Addicted to Performing

As Dancers, Why Are We Addicted To Performing? 


As dancers, we have a unique connection to performance. We spend countless hours in the studio honing our craft and perfecting our technique so that when it comes time to show off or perform on stage, we are ready. But why do we feel such an addiction and drive to perform? Is it simply because of the adrenaline rush that comes with being in front of an audience? Or is there something deeper at play here? In this blog post, I’m going to explore why dancers are so addicted to performing and how this addiction can be both a blessing and a curse.  


The first thing to understand about performing is that it’s not just about showing off your talent and skill; it’s also about connecting with the audience. As dancers, we have a special connection with the people watching us perform because we can communicate and share emotions through our dancing. It’s this connection that can make performing so addictive for dancers. When you hit a high point in your performance and the audience is captivated by what you’ve done, it’s a feeling unlike any other.  


However, this same addiction can become detrimental if dancers don’t take the necessary steps to stay healthy and safe. The adrenaline rush of performing can cause dancers to push themselves too hard, leading to injuries and exhaustion. It’s important to remember to take breaks from performing and practice healthy habits like good nutrition, adequate rest and stretching.  


Overall, the addiction to performing is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it can give dancers an unparalleled sense of joy and connection with the audience. On the other, it can lead to injury and exhaustion if dancers don’t practice healthy habits. If you stay mindful of your health, it’s possible to enjoy the thrill of performing while keeping yourself safe and healthy.  


Whether it’s during a performance or even during a productive rehearsal, the addiction we are talking about is a zen-like state of “Flow”. A feeling of total immersion of being in the moment. It’s when your motivation is at its highest and you’re completely focused on the task at hand. Flow doesn’t just feel good, it’s beneficial for our learning and development. It’s the reason we keep coming back to the practice room, the stage, or our instrument even after we’ve had a few bad days. Flow is that special moment when creativity and productivity happen together and it’s something that all musicians strive for. So how can you reach this state of flow and make the most out of every practice session or performance?  

First, set yourself up for success. Make sure you have everything in place that you need to do your best work. This could mean taking some time to warm up and get your body and mind ready for the task at hand, having your sheet music organized, or even just making sure you have comfortable shoes if you’re performing. 


Second, set clear goals and objectives for each practice session or performance. Having a plan and knowing what you want to accomplish in the moment will help keep you focused on the task at hand. 


Third, try to eliminate any distractions. Put away your phone and anything else that could pull your attention away from what you’re trying to do. 


Finally, try to stay in the moment. Don’t worry about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow, just focus on the task at hand. Try to appreciate the practice session or performance as it’s happening and focus on the music. 


When you can reach this state of flow and stay in the moment, you will be able to make the most out of every practice session or performance. Enjoy your journey as a musician, and may your music always flow!  


Happy practicing! 🙂  


Good luck and have fun creating your beautiful movement! 


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