Studio Fatigue exists on the competitive circuit. A talented dancer or group of dancers produces an impressive performance, and, then, coincidentally, they repeat it over and over again in similarly styled and choreographed routines.
With each performance, the “wow” factor decreases; and, sometimes, dancers perform SO much that it leaves you wondering: “Why? What’s the point?”
Does a soloist need to perform 4 solos in the jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and open categories? OR, should a group of dancers perform similarly styled routines in lyrical, contemporary, open, and modern?
Yes, we want our students to have opportunities. Yes, we want them to be able to perform. But, we also want to be realistic and smart in the presentation of our dancers.
I am a huge believer in quality over quantity and the diversification of repertoire and casting. Students can have multiple pieces and styles, but they do not necessarily have to perform every routine at every event.
Fatigue is defined as “a feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy”-could your routines possibly ignite a feeling of fatigue? Think about it now, and determine a way to avoid it in your future seasons. Every year, we revisit and restructure our casting in the hopes of avoiding fatigue of certain dancers/styles/routines. Leave the audience wanting more!