Most dancers are taught from a young age that no matter what happens onstage, the show must go on! Costume rips? Don't stop dancing. Forget the choreography? Don't stop dancing. Fall down? Get back up, but for the love of all things holy, don't stop dancing!
Anna White, teacher and studio director at Melinda Leigh Performing Arts Center in Mobile, Alabama, breaks down how she conveys this message to her students.
"On the Spot" Drills
"In rehearsal we make sure to prep our students for various issues. For example, if someone is out of class for the day, I have the dancers do the dance without them. This gives us an opportunity to discuss choices that they made and how they could react in various situations. When a student becomes sick or injured the day of the show, the dancers are more adept at making quick changes or thinking 'on the spot.'"