When it comes to choosing YAGP ballet costumes for that final special performance, many dancers probably wonder who, how, when and where this important garment is going to come from. Fretting in advance is actually a good thing. The more a dance student can complete the preliminaries of dress requirements, the more prepared she will feel on competition day.
Think about some of the things that a YAGP contestant may have going through their minds:
- Am I good enough? Will the judges like me?
- How will I get to the theater? Who is going to pay for my plane tickets?
- Should I eat something before I compete or eat afterwards?
- What if I forget the choreography on stage?
- I wonder if the stage floor is slippery? What if I fall down?
- Will the audience be able to tell that I am nervous?
I haven’t even mentioned what a dancer could be thinking about her hair, makeup, shoes or costume.
Even Experienced Dancers Can Get Pre-Performance Jitters
I can’t help but feel compassion for the back stage jitters of any young ballet competitor; especially for such a high-level competition like the Youth America Grand Prix. It’s normal to worry about all the little things that could wrong. It’s human nature when chasing dreams to have some trepidation on the journey. We all want our dreams to come true without too many scary obstacles to get in our way.
Good news; there is a light at the end of the worry tunnel. The longer you perform, the more you realize that most of the calamities you dread never take place. Professional ballerinas learn through trial and error. Even the most advanced dancers still get that excited butterfly feeling in their stomachs before a show.
Planning Everything Well In Advance Is Key For A Dancer And Her Personal Designer
In a nutshell, ballet training is a series of preparations. Barre exercises lead to floor exercises. Soft slippers lead to pointe shoes. Practice tutus lead to full tutus. Rehearsals lead to performances. Everything about a performance needs to be planned ahead of time. Competition costumes definitely need to be chosen, fitted and constructed well in advance of a venue.
Relax, Let An Expert Take Care Of The Details
With so many details to think about, a YAGP contestant should never have to worry about costume issues. That is where a theatrical garment expert like Monica Newell comes in. You don’t have to worry about anything because she does all the worrying for you.
All you have to do is tell her which variation you have chosen and the details of your design, fit and construction are in her experienced hands. You don’t have to know a thing about tutus other than how beautiful you want to look and feel on stage in front of the YAGP judges. Isn’t that a comforting thought?
“One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others” ~Lewis Carroll