We had our first premiere of the season on Sunday. Dancing and rehearsing all day everyday…. pretty much all of the work we do in the studio leads to the real deal. We spend hours and hours at the studio perfecting every tiny detail. Every position, lift, placement, count and so on.
It’s easy to forget that this profession is about dancing for an audience. Our days are long and tiring, sometimes it feels like all we do is practice. Class at 10 a.m. then rehearsals until 5:30 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. We go through the same steps over and over again. Not only until we get it right… getting it right is only the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, I like my routine and enjoy working. I’ve gotten used to the daily grind. But shows are almost like a breath of fresh air.
You know that feeling when you work for something and it pays off? That’s exactly what shows are. Performance days are also a ‘change of scenery’… different from our ordinary rehearsal days. A week or two before premieres we have costume fittings, stage rehearsals as well as rehearsals with the orchestra. It’s a lot but it’s exciting!
When it’s finally showtime and I Get to perform on stage I get that nervous-in-a-good-way feeling. When I think of people looking at me that energy bounces off so I push more because I want to show my best and give the audience what they came for. It’s a great feeling finally showing everything we’ve spent so much time practicing.
We spend months preparing and end up performing just a tiny fraction of all the hours spent in the studio… and that’s alright. It’s one long process. At the end of the day I can’t perform without having hours of rehearsals, and I can’t rehearse without having ballet at 10 a.m. in the morning.