Less than one week away! AHHHH! Are you excited yet?
If you’re a dancer, you probably laughed at that. Sure, you’re actually excited, but you’re also anxious! You might be second-guessing yourself. It’s normal, though try not to do it. šŸ™‚
As the show comes closer…
Be nice to yourself. Do as I say, not as I do. On Saturday, I ran/walked a 5K then spend the evening walking around a huge work party–in heels. I proceeded to tend bar at the Packer game the next day (which involves copious amounts of walking) and then boogied to the studio for a dress rehearsal. Guess what. After the first run-through or so, my thighs started to cramp–HARD. Wonder why…
Don’t push yourself like I did. Know your limits and respect them. Do this always, but ESPECIALLY this week. Paula is very adamant about this, and rightfully so. If you don’t respect your limits, you could end up burned out or injured. Not good for Christmas Show dancing. I definitely learned my limit tonight and I am going to be nicer to myself this week.
R-E-L-A-X. Right now, you’re nailing down all the fine details and timing in your routine, or you’re running it a million times. In our group, we’re doing the first. We continue to tweak and tweak. It makes me very anxious. I wonder if I am ready. Anxious thoughts race through my mind, but I fight to stop them in their tracks. If you have the same thoughts, you should fight them off too. Why? BECAUSE THIS IS MEANT TO BE FUN GOSH DARN IT. Sure, we all want to look and dance our very best, and I believe we will. Ladies, remember this: Even though you are bada**es, you are not yet professional dancers. That is OK. You are not expected to be perfect. You are expected to have fun while showing your friends and family all the cool stuff you can do. šŸ™‚
Eat well and stay hydrated. Janelle mentioned this in her most recent post, and I will echo it. Feed your body good things that will help keep you feeling great and full of healthy energy. Don’t make big diet changes this week! Also, stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle around with you, set a timer to remember to take a drink, anything that will help. This is a great healthy habit to have all the time, and it will definitely help you on show day if you make it a habit starting this week.
SLEEP. Ā Sleep helps your brain and body recharge–both things you will need on show day. Some of you may find that your excitement makes trying to sleep very interesting the night before the show. You very well could see a post from me that night, because I tend to have trouble sleeping on Christmas Show Eve. Do your best and make sure you’re getting enough rest during the week to help make up for that possible iffy pre-show sleep.
Check the Journey blogs regularly.Ā Of course, I hope you always do this šŸ˜‰ . As the show comes closer, you’re going to see posts from Janelle, Paula, and me. We want to try and help you with advice from our own perspectivesĀ because we love you and want you to have lots of fun on show day. You can also check the Journey blog archivesĀ because Paula and I posted quite a bit about the show last year. I collected some for you in this blog post.
It’s almost showtime! I can’t wait to see you there! šŸ™‚