Performance preparation can save your feet, knees, ankles etc! In situations where you are unsure what the floor or space you are performing in is going to look like, come prepared. Recently, I performed in a rock climbing gym for a fundraiser. We were told it would be concrete but it was in fact a squishy mat material My advice for handling situations such as these is to come with everything you could possibly need: knee pads, tiger paw dance shoes, tape (and foundation to color the tape skin color), band aids, and shoes you can dance in. Be patient, flexible and have a good sense of humor. The show must go on!
Another tip I have for performance time is, have layers to put on over costumes that won't mess up hair and make up. The idea is to be stage ready at the drop of a hat, warm muscles, perfect hair, makeup and all that. Keep an active level of energy between lighting set up, dress rehearsals and show time. Allowing yourself to cool down too much before a high energy situation such as the adrenaline rush of performing can be hard on your nervous system and tire you out more quickly.
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