Dear Constant Reader,
Happy Friday! Here’s your tip!
If you have an injury, take the time you need to let it heal.
As dancers and physical performers we are, unfortunately, prone to injury. While there may seem something heroic about ignoring the pain and going on stage anyway, you’re not doing yourself any favors. It’s frustrating to be sidelined, but you don’t want to make your injury worse by going back to your normal activities before it has healed properly.
That doesn’t mean you can’t continue to work on your art; you just need to be creative about it. Practice facial expressions, embellish costumes, do a modified version of an act where you can baby the injured body part*, &c.
*After spraining her ankle, Betty created a number she could do while sitting down.
Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.