October 4, 2013

Maintaining composure as your top falls off...



Most speakers, no matter how experienced, still have the tiny thought in the back of their head: "What if something goes wrong?" It's part of our preparation to know what we would do if we lost our place, the computer shut down, or a heckler challenged us.

But most of us don't have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions, like this dancer performing with Ricky Martin on Ellen. Look for the one wearing the crop top with spaghetti straps.

Note her calmness and composure as she most certainly realizes her top is slowly coming off, and how she handles herself. She continues giving 100%, even as she feels herself becoming more exposed. She waits as long as she can to leave the stage.

At 1:30, you can see the top start to open in the back.

At 1:45, it's halfway undone (I'm sure she's feeling a breeze at this point and wondering why her top feels loose).

At 2:45, she's holding it in place.

At 2:55, she gracefully exits the stage, still completely in character.

At 3:22, she returns, and seamlessly joins the rest of the dancers for the final pose.

This is what experience and professionalism looks like. No panic, just thinking on your feet and handling the situation in the moment.



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2 comments. Please add yours! :

Rowan Manahan said...

Superb stuff Lisa - and well spotted.


One other detail that caught my eye - the other female dancer realises what has happened to her colleague and exits stage right just after the first one has gone off to the left. Then, when the wardrobe malfunction is sorted, they both come back on together doing their in-character slinky strut. So professional of them both!

Lisa Braithwaite said...

Good eye, Rowan! I'll have to go back and watch it again!

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