Hey everyone! We had some questions come in this week so I thought I would go ahead and get those answered. Remember you can submit any cheerleading related questions through Twitter, Facebook or the website. Just remember to use hash tags #NataliesNotes and #ColtsCheer2013!
Q. How long have you been dancing? – Raymonda
A. I have been dancing since I was four years old, so about 19 years! I grew up dancing and competing with a local dance studio, The Dance Refinery. Then once graduating high school I immediately started dancing for the Colts.
Q. What tips can you give to help first time Colt’s cheer candidates to help calm their nerves and to not be overly intimidated by the lights, microphones and cameras which are present at auditions? – Angela
A. What I always do is just try to act like they aren’t even there! Pretend like you are just dancing for an audience and try not to even pay any mind to the lights and cameras. That way you can completely focus on yourself and your performance, which will give you the best result. Yes, it’s hard not to notice them at first, but just get in a mindset where you are only thinking about YOU and your dancing, don’t let the extra’s take over your confidence.
Q. For tryouts, would clear bra straps be okay to wear if we are wanting to wear a bra underneath? – Ashley
A. Yes, clear straps are great! Wearing a bra under your top is definitely necessary. So as long as your bra and straps are not visible, then you are good to go! And that goes for any undergarments you might be wearing.
Q. Natalie, how do you wear your dance tights with low shorts? I’m trying to figure out the best way for auditions! – Cassandra
A. It all kind of depends on the type of tights you are wearing, but there is a trick that a lot of us use. You can cut the waistband of the tights off, not completely though, you want to leave a little bit of the waistband on so the tights don’t run or fall down. That helps with the dreaded ‘muffin top’ look that some tights can create. Now, if they still come too high for your shorts, an easy fix for that is to just fold them over far enough to not be visible. Just makes sure your fold is smooth and seamless as to not be seem through your shorts. Hopefully that fixes your problem.
Thank you to those who sent in questions this week. I love getting the feedback. I hope you cheer candidates are getting excited for auditions, they are so close! Hope to see some of you at next weeks workshops. Thanks for tuning in.
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