Focus is so important on stage. We’re not referring to listening to your teacher but more where you’re looking and eyelines. This is a skill that is often forgotten in younger students performance work so here are out Top Tips for improving your focus on stage…

LOOK UP

Project when performing. It is common for the younger dancer to internalise during performance and look towards the ground, thinking about what movement comes next. Instead look up and out and engage the audience.

KNOW WHERE TO LOOK

Ask your choreographer where you should be looking in the routine. Focus can differ depending on the style of dance so it is important the choreographer communicates their intention with you.

FOLLOW YOUR ARM LINES

If you’re performing a ballet or lyrical piece, use your ballet training and follow your arms. This adds another dynamic to your performance and makes it more engaging for the audience.

DANCER AWARENESS

We know it can be super awkward to connect with your fellow dancers on stage but it is also so important, especially if there is supposed to be an emotional connection. Start by looking at the end of your partners nose, then forehead and as you get more comfortable full eye contact. Remember when performing you’re not Suzy, you’re an actor or actress portraying a role.

Have a think about one of your routines and what your focus should be and if you need clarification, make sure you ask your choreographer.

Team BoPPA x

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