Preparation for performance

Dealing with performance anxiety, developing motivation and self esteem and making the best of yourself, physically and mentally 


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Advice to students: Performance anxiety

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Beyond Physical Practice

Psychological skills to boost training and performance. Efficient use of psychological skills is a key part of effective training and performing. Commissioned by Foundations for Excellence


Dance requires good respiratory “efficiency with elegance” and for this a balance between thoracic and diaphragmatic breathing is important.

I can't go on: Coping with stage fright

Some level of excitement is necessary to make a good performance, but if this turns into stress, it can be a problem. This factsheet helps you recognise the symptoms of stage fright, or performance anxiety, and offers ways of dealing with it.

Losing yourself in the work, or lost in nerves?

Performance anxiety is a common occurrence for performing artists. It is often interpreted negatively, but can actually help performance when at an optimum level. Commissioned by Foundations for Excellence.  

Motivation – a perspective from the instrumental teacher

Pupil motivation is interwined and inspired by teacher motivation. Self motivation is the key that unlocks a simple formula of - a motivated and inspired teacher, inspires and motivates the pupil and pupil goal setting then becomes an...

Motivation, goals and success in the performing arts

The intricate dance between motivation, goals and success in the performing arts: A guide for teachers, explored by Dr Sanna Nordin-Bates, Research Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Please visit the


Your inbuilt sense of body awareness and knowing where the body is in space is called ‘proprioception’, from the Latin meaning ‘one’s own’. Often called the ‘sixth sense’, proprioception can be developed...

Somatic Studies and Dance

This article reviews key somatic concepts and practices such as Ideokinessis, the Feldendkrais Method, Alexander Technique and Body-Mind Centring, which can support body awareness and control in musicians as well as dancers.

The drinks are on me: How do you manage stress, and how can you spot the signs of a drink problem?

Take an honest look at when and how much you drink alcohol and make sure you’re not building up problems for the future.

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