5. Make a playlist
A short one! Choose a handful of songs that you know pumps you up or will really get you in the mood for the shoot you want to create. Even I'll be dancing along sometimes while shooting! (Full disclaimer: I don't always use music on a shoot if we're moving locations super fast, but it's still good to have a few songs ready just in case.)
6. Choose comfortable clothes
The dreaded question... what should I wear?? Wear something you feel comfortable dancing in! I personally tell dancers, street clothes or dance clothes, it's up to you, but you must be able to move well and it shouldn't hide your lines or form. If you are opting to wear something like a leotard and your shoot is outdoors around town, don't pick a leotard that isn't comfortable or that rides up! It will translate in your photos that you are not comfortable as you worry about having a wardrobe malfunction.
7. Drink water & get sleep the night before
This is a general rule the night before ANY photoshoot. (I'm not kidding.) Hydrate and sleep!!!! You want to be feeling your best and the water will help your skin glow the next day.
8. Don't forget...
Make sure you pack water, a snack, and one extra pair of dance shoes. During the shoot your shoes will take a beating if you are shooting outdoors. Many pointe shoes have completely died, never to be worn again, on shoots. So make sure you bring a backup pair in case the first pair die earlier than you expect. (It has happened!)