2 Days Until Dance Team State: How to Visualize

Step-by-step guide to backstage visualization for dance performance

at the Section 3AA Tournament. (Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/MN Dance News)

Dancers and coaches,

Ever practice visualization? It is used by professional dancers and athletes often to enhance performance (especially during peak week)!

Today and tomorrow are GREAT days to utilize this practice! It can help peak performance and calm your nerves!

Here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Focus 100% of your attention on visualizing. This can be done with eyes closed if you are stationary. It can be done with eyes open if you are also going to mark the routine at the same time.
  2. Decide whether you want to visualize with or without the music playing.
  3. Visualize in real time, not slow motion.
  4. Try to sense what it would feel like to perform the movements correctly with perfect execution.
  5. Pick only one focus for each time you run the dance in your head. Examples include:
  • what it feels like to prepare for perfect turn sets
  • pointy toes
  • straight knees
  • where you will focus your eyes and head
  • perfecting the weight shift during transitions between moves
  • timing, dynamics, and accents
  • many other elements–pick something that resonates for you!

Now that we’ve covered the steps, give it a try! Share your experiences and discoveries to help others! Enjoying the tips? Share them. What will the last tip before dance team state be? Check back tomorrow to find out!

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