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.
Fake It 'Til You Make It
"When something doesn't work in class, we encourage our dancers to not give up. This applies even more so when it comes to stage and performance issues. I teach my dancers to try to push through the panic and hope the crowd doesn't notice."