Ten top reasons why it’s a good idea to perform

Have you been to one of our showcases yet?

Seeing students perform their routines will hopefully inspire you to believe that you too can do it too.

Whilst it may seem like a daunting and terrifying thing to do, every single one of the students were once in exactly the same place as you are now, and not really believing that they could do it or that it was achievable.

So is there a performer in you?

Let's take a look at some of the advantages of stepping out and stepping up and becoming a performer, which may make you think a little... and help to change your mindset about it.

1. Get out of your comfort zone and give yourself an opportunity to grow

Challenging yourself can help you reach your peak performance level. You can’t expect to evolve and reach new heights if you only stick to your normal habits and routine lifestyle. Whilst stepping out in front of an audience may seem terrifying you will learn from it and you will grow from it.

2. Overcome fear

By setting yourself up to commit to perform on stage you will find the way to overcome the fear of it. The first time is always the worst! After that when you know you can do it the fear will lessen. Remember the first time you tried that scary drop and it worked out ok? Well performing for the first time is a bit like that too... It'll probably be super scary the first time, but once you realise that you didn't die, or freak out, or run off stage (or any of the other dramas that were running through your mind beforehand) and that actually being the source of inspiration for others is kinda pretty cool... you may realise that it's something you want to do again, and hey you never know you may even discover that you love it!

3. Learn about yourself

Taking risks will help you grow as an individual and will teach you about your interests, passions, talents, strengths and weaknesses. Every time you accomplish something you didn’t think you were capable of, you become more confident, knowledgeable and skilled. Performing in front of others will teach you some great qualities such as how to be calm, present, strong, confident and charismatic. As well as new skills such as musicality, choreography and stage craft.

4. Increase your self-confidence

Tackling the unknown and proving to yourself you can push past your boundaries and limiting self-beliefs builds your self-confidence and self-esteem. Insecurity loves to feed on your habit of not trying. If you stop thinking and start acting, you will realise what's possible.

5. Expanding yourself and your creativity

When you try something new, you may find a new hobby or talent that you didn’t know that you had. New and challenging situations require you to find your own creativity in order to reach a solution. You may discover that this is something you actually love to do. Hey who knows it may change the course of your life and you decide to become a performer! You will never know until you step up and try it out.

6. Learn to deal with challenges

Life is unpredictable and it’s important to have the skills and confidence to face them head on. Knowing that you were able to overcome something you thought was insurmountable will build your confidence and reinforce your independence of who you are. What you achieve at the studio will translate into what you can do in the real world too.

7. Increase strength and stamina

Ok so stating the obvious here - but performing an aerial routine requires an enormous amount of stamina! Learning tricks in class is not the same as staying up in the air for four to five minutes. And even if you can stay up in the air for that long performers need to make it look easy. No one wants to see someone struggling through a routine - the whole point is to make it look effortless and graceful. That's where practice and rehearsal comes in and thats when your strength and stamina will sky rocket to new levels.

8. Learn choreography, musicality and stage presence

Learning a routine is one thing (mainly how to sequence tricks together) but learning how to make a routine that wows audiences involves another skill set entirely. You will need to develop a sense of musicality, the art of choreography as well as learning about stage presence. This means you can use music to your advantage and take the audience on a journey with you, telling them your aerial story.

9. Utilise the safe supportive environment

Remember that the audience is on your side. At Skylab we create an environment that is super safe and super supportive so as to help encourage you to perform. You won't find any heckling or bad tempered, disruptive audiences in our studio! Everyone is there to support you 100%, so if you mess up, get tangled or forget a part of your routine - we will still clap you! In fact we will probably clap you more as we totally understand that what you are doing is not easy, and it's your first time. So this is an awesome way to get started out and a great opportunity that is not available in most places.

10. Show off to friends and family

Probably one of the scariest but also most satisfying moments is when you get to share your latest obsession and passion (aka aerial) with your loved ones. Having people in the audience that you know can make things seem a little more overwhelming - but they are the ones who will be most proud of you. It'll also boost your self esteem no end when they won't stop going on about how awesome your routine was and how badass your are!

You'll never know the outcome until you try

So if you are on the fence about performing and getting involved in one of our showcases - I hope that this blog has made you think twice. Yes it can be scary, especially if you've never done something like this before, or if you are a shy, nervous type... but all the more reason to give it a go!

Remember that there are so many positives to doing it that these should far out weigh any doubts and fears you may have.

Remember that quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

“do one thing every day that scares you”

Well here's a perfect opportunity to scare yourself, and I bet you'll be amazed at how well it goes!

PS. Our showcases happen every three months so make sure you come along to one if you want to be inspired and perhaps think about giving it a go!