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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Saturday Rituals and Confidence

Saturday Rituals and Confidence

I’ve talked a lot about dancers, actors and other performers and their superstitions and rituals. While some of these behaviors may sound odd to say the least, these rituals can actually be important.

According to https://www.banffcentre.ca/articles/actors-prepare-backstage-look-pre-show-rituals: “Being on stage requires a shift from your everyday mindset. These pre-show rituals are the touchstones that allow an actor to comfortably make the transition from regular life to performance mode.”

Rituals provide a modicum of control in an unpredictable environment. And being onstage is definitely an unpredictable place! But rituals can give a performer more confidence, and that alone will likely produce a better performance.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #188:
“Rituals provide a transition.”

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“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
― Carlos Castaneda

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