3 Secrets to get you Performance-Ready (by Jeffrey Tan)

Dance performances are always an exhilarating rush! When you're a seasoned performer, you've likely had years to perfect your pre-performance routine. But if you're new to the world of dance, it can be a nerve-wracking experience preparing for performances, exams, and class showcases. 

We are humbled to have the opportunity to work with Jeffrey Tan — former Principal Dancer of Singapore Dance Theatre (now Singapore Ballet), International Ballet Jury, and Regional Director of Singapore Dance Alliance. Jeffrey has been a change-maker in the Singapore dance scene, and we are truly in awe of his passion for dance and building up the next generation of dancers. Check out Jeffrey's Instagram account for more insight into his life.

Jeffrey's shares his top 3 Secrets on what a dancer needs to be confident when the curtain lifts!

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1. Do your research

A common mistake for any performance is being out of character. Do your research, understand the background of the story being told, and get familiar with your character before adding your own spin to the performance.



2. Technique is everything

Clean and beautiful technique is key to a strong performance! ‘Tricks’ are the cherry-on-top but should not form the basis of your performance.

p.s. blessed are those with long legs but a good performance is not contingent on your body features.

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3. Practice until its second nature

Don’t forget to practice the little things - even your walk on stage or eye contact with your audience. Practice it in the studio until it looks natural!

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Preparing for a performance is a challenging yet rewarding endeavor. After all that hard work in the studio, its finally time to enjoy your time on stage.

The stage experience you get will bring invaluable lessons to advance your craft and make you a more confident dancer!