Jacqueline Posted December 4, 2005 Report Share Posted December 4, 2005 Now that many of us are fully immersed in nutty Nutcracker season, I thought I'd start a thread on a lighter note -- how to deal with our own performance anxiety! Anyone else out there feel you are more nervous sitting in the audience than your dk is on stage? Feel free to vent and share! A few years ago, I told one of dd's teachers, who herself had been a principal with a major company, how nervous I was about some of the bigger roles she would be dancing for the first time. I asked her why we as parents couldn't just relax and enjoy it, and she told me it would only get worse, recounting tales of her own Dad watching her first professional Sugarplum! Last weekend, my dd finally had her dream role in Nut and although I tried not to show it, I was a nervous wreck! Finally, while sitting there waiting for her scene I asked myself, "what is your worst fear?" The answer to that was that the stage would be slippery and that she would fall down. The fear was compounded by the fact that there were several errant pieces of plastic "snow" left behind for second act! But just having that little conversation with myself, and deciding how to deal with it if it did happen was a bit of a comfort. The performance was successful but passed in a blur. When we get the videos, we will truly enjoy it! Anyone else? Tips, advice for nervous parents? I guess it all comes with the territory! Jacqueline Quote Link to comment
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