Her interest was piqued at four years old when I took her to see The Louisville Ballet perform the Nutcracker Suite. She sat wide-eyed on the edge of her seat the entire performance. She talked through the entire show as well, making comments and observation about the show. Thankfully, the people around us were more amused by her cuteness than annoyed by her chatter.
A year later I signed her up for ballet and she’s been dancing ever since. Many hours each week are spent in the studio perfecting her craft. She now also takes hip-hop and jazz, but she really loves ballet. She’s made some of her best friends at the studio. And she’s gotten some awesome experiences through dancing.
Her dance experience came full circle when she was cast in a children’s roles in The Louisville Ballet’s professional performance of The Nutcracker. She had the opportunity to dance on the same stage where she first came to love dancing. She has been an angel, a toy soldier, and a party boy…a role for which she would not allow me to share pictures. The wig was pretty ugly. LOL
Being in a professional production is a major commitment. The ballet company is depending on each cast member to be present and ready to go for each performance. She works hard to stay healthy, not get hurt, and be show ready at all times. I take some extra steps to make sure that she can stay show ready.
Stay Show Ready: Hair and Skin Care
Professional productions can be hard on the skin and hair. Stage makeup is heavy to absorb and reflect light. To fight off breakouts and keep her skin healthy Olivia uses Zandra Beauty skincare. The Bamboo Black Soap and Big Balm are her favorite products to cleanse and moisturize her skin daily.
Hairstyles must be perfectly in place and the same each performance, hence the Party Boy wig. To strengthen and protect her hair from breakage, she drinks Sip and Grow Healthy Hair Tea daily.
But the best remedy for healthy hair and skin is water! Lots of water before, during and after and performance keeps her entire body hydrated from root to cell.
Stay Show Ready: Prepare for the Inevitable
Now that she’s hit puberty, menstrual cramps, pain, and discomfort can be unbearable. I run to my nearest Walmart and grab a bottle of Advil® Menstrual Pain from the pain relief aisle to put in her dance bag. As a dancer, it is very important that she can stay in control of her body. With no caffeine or antihistamines, it won’t make her jittery or drowsy.
Stay Show Ready: Practice, Practice, Practice
The most important tip to stay show ready is to PRACTICE!
This year, Olivia will perform The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the show Motown Christmas. She spends 3 hours per week rehearsing her routine in addition to tech rehearsal and dress rehearsal.
Managing nerves and adrenaline in front of a crowd of thousands can be challenging. Practice helps to develop muscle memory so that her body is functioning on autopilot, even if she is a bit nervous.
From the moment the lights went down at The Nutcracker when she was four years old, Olivia has been destined to perform on the professional stage. When you are a professional, the show must go on no matter what. Advil® Menstrual Pain helps Olivia stay show ready.
What other things do you think are needed to stay show ready? Share your advice and suggestions below.