Magazine article Dance Spirit

A DANCER'S GUIDE TO Finals

Magazine article Dance Spirit

A DANCER'S GUIDE TO Finals

Article excerpt

"Final exams," Those two words can strike fear in the heart of even the most confident collegiate dancer. To help you get through the pressure cooker of your dance exams. Dance Spirit asked two recent dance grads for their best stress-relief and time-management tips.

TRUST THE PROCESS

Real talk: If you've been consistently working hard since the first day of classes, you have nothing to fear in your dance final exams. As Georgia Dalton, a 2018 graduate of Indiana University who now dances with Boston Ballet II, says: "Our teachers were fair. People who didn't have perfect attendance or weren't as committed didn't receive the A's that the hardworking people got."

The exam will likely feel much like an audition, albeit with adjudicators you already know. You might take a juried technique class (in which a guest teaches and faculty members watch), or dance a solo you've chosen yourself and had ample time to rehearse, or perform movement sequences that your class has been working on all semester. No matter the format, remember that how you've grown as a technician and artist since the first day of classes will ultimately affect your grade more than any exam-day nerves.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

You're probably familiar with the finalexam tropes: pulling all-nighters in the library, subsisting on sugar and caffeine, and generally pushing your body and mind past reasonable limits. If you want to do well in dance and academics, though, forget all of that. …

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