The Phrase Finder defines the expression, “Wing it,” as “doing something with in an impromptu manner, improvising, with little preparation.” Sometimes in your everyday life you don’t have enough time to prepare for something, forcing you to “wing it.” This could either lead to success or be a learning experience depending on the outcome. But, knowing how to “wing it” is the trick to successfully pull something off that you didn’t prepare for. It is also common to “wing it” in the performance industry, and I am going to share with you some advice from what I’ve learned from my experiences.
Lets just say you were instructed choreography that you have to perform the next day. Scary right?! First, you must remember that you are not alone and this happens extremely often in the performance industry. You may not feel confident performing with minimal preparation time giving you no other option except to “wing it.” Second, you must remain calm in order to successfully “wing” this performance. Remember that no one in the audience knows the choreography. If you are dancing alone and make a mistake, you can stylize the choreography to make it your own. If you are performing in a group, making a mistake with confidence will make the mistake less noticeable.
Most of the time when you are performing the audience stares at your face because they are not all dancers criticizing your technique. The most obvious way people can tell if you’ve made a mistake is though your facial expressions! And whatever you do, at any cost, do not make the “oops, I just messed up,” deer in headlights, face. This petrified facial expression will make it obvious to the audience that you messed up.
If you do make mistake, always keep moving and never stand still. Freezing up is an obvious signal to the audience the you messed up. Dance Studio Life states that if you blank out, keep moving by improving until you can jump back into the choreography. Also, do not run off stage in the middle of a performance if you make a mistake! This is the absolute worst decision you can make as a performer.
Confidence Is Key
The key to “winging it” is if you mess up, mess up with confidence! Making a mistake with confidence will convince the audience that you were supposed to do something different. You must realize that you are doing your best and not worry about making mistakes. Even the best dancers in the world make mistakes and are forced to “wing it” at times.
Have you ever had an experience “winging it?”