Singer's stance: the basics of performance posture

Singer's stance: the basics of performance posture

As an actor or singer, your instrument lives within you, inside the container of your body; therefore how you align your body while performing will substantially affect how well your vocal instrument is able to function. For maximum power, stamina and support, adopt a posture called Singer’s Stance (or Actor’s Stance), which is based largely off of yoga and effective ready-position posture for most sports. If you are familiar with mountain pose in yoga, you’ll recognize a lot of the elements of this stance.

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Progressive muscle relaxation for musical theatre performers

Progressive muscle relaxation for musical theatre performers

I recently wrote a post on why meditation is important for musical theater actors, along with an eBook how-to-meditate guide. Progressive muscle relaxation is an equally useful relaxation technique that has applications for musical theater. As performers, relaxation techniques are extremely important for the work that we do, because we need to be able to clear our chattering thoughts on a moment’s notice, calm your pre-performance jitters, give a truthful response, connect with a character, or concentrate quickly on some challenging choreography that the dance captain has changed at the last minute. More so than any other career, musical theater demands the skill of silencing your mind and coming into the present. Progressive muscle relaxation is a sounds fancy, but it's really simple - j

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