7:30 p.m. Tiler has a carefully choreographed pre-show routine. “I do kind of like a prayer to myself: ‘Please keep me healthy and safe, first and foremost, and let me have fun,'” she reveals. “That’s my mantra every night.” Then she turns to Roman with some soothing words. “I think I say this both for myself and to calm him down and that’s just, ‘Let’s just treat this as another rehearsal.'”
Then it’s showtime! “There’s that rush that you get,” Tiler raves of her love of performing. “That adrenaline.” Being able to feel those familiar butterflies is a thrill more than a year after the dance world went dark.
“I always say, ‘You learn everything to forget it,’ meaning it’s that moment where you have to trust that everything you’ve been working for during the day is going to be there,” Tiler explains. “What people really want to see is somebody that’s in the moment, lost in the music and, honestly, if something goes a little wrong, what happens in the outcome of trying to fix it is sometimes so much more interesting than the original. So I just try be really present. And sometimes afterwards you can be like, ‘I don’t even remember what just happened.'”