Secrets Revealed: 10 Things Bunheads Do When They’re Not Dancing…

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You’ve always wondered…Here’s the truth… 😉

1. Daydream About Dance

All the time. Everywhere we go. When you would never suspect it.

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2. Choreograph in Our Thoughts

If we’re listening to music, there’s a good chance we’re mentally creating, staging, or restaging ballets.

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3. Binge on YouTube Ballet Videos

Oops, 6 hours just passed? Oh well…

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4. Read About Ballet

As difficult as it is to remain still (if we’re not watching dance), we suffer through it for articles, books, and blogs about ballet…

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5. Sew Our Pointe Shoes

It must be done—like it or not. But listening to ballet music, a ballet podcast, or a ballet advice video helps pass the time…

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6. Cross Train!

This is why you watch/listen to TV, right?

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7. Look at Social Media Accounts of Our Favorite Dancers

They. Are. So. Amazing. #Goals

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8. Try Not to Obsess About How Much We Want to Be Dancing Right This Very Minute

Yes, we know we need to rest. And yet…

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9. Binge on YouTube Ballet Videos: Round 2 (or 3 or 4…)

Seriously, how did bunheads survive before YouTube?

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10. Do Things Totally Unrelated to Ballet

It’s a good change of pace. Then it starts to feel really weird and boring…

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7 Stages of a Bunhead Summer…

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How is your summer going? What stage are you experiencing? 😉

1. Post-Recital Blues

How is ballet season over yet?!

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2. Summer Intensive Prep

Just focus on summer intensive, focus on summer intensive…

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3. Summer Intensive

Ahh, finally…

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4. Intensive Performance

THIS. IS. WHAT. SUMMER. IS. ABOUT.

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5. Post-Intensive Slump

Can this please be over yet?

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6. Beginning of Nutcracker Season

Time to start thinking about auditions! September is just around the corner!

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7. First-Day-of-Fall-Classes Countdown

And 5,6,7,8 – can’t wait!

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Happy Tutu Tuesday!

“Aurora means “dawn.” When the princess enters, she comes like a sunburst — flooding the stage with beauty, charm and pre-adult energy.”

– Alastair Macaulay on the role of Aurora, Meet Aurora of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’: Her Native Language Is Classical Ballet, The New York Times, February 8, 2017

Video Break…

Love this performance by Sara Mearns! ❤

“In “Walpurgisnacht,” Ms. Mearns gives the single greatest ballerina performance of our era —hurling out fantastically bold, amazingly precise, rivetingly complex dance coloratura with musical blaze and rich colors. I say “hurling out” — this is exultant, space-filling dancing, with a strong element of swagger — but I don’t underestimate the twinkling wit of Ms. Mearns’s delivery, the driving impulsiveness of her self-contradictory turns to right and left, the subtleties of her unexpected pauses.”

–  Alastair Macaulay, Sara Mearns, in Her Prime at City Ballet, Inspires Debate and Awe, The New York Times, June 25, 2015

 

5 Stages of Post-Nutcracker Grief

All the feels. Every December. Can you relate? 😉

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Denial

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Linger as long as possible at the theater. Take one last cast picture with friends. Take one last dressing room selfie. Help anyone and everyone put away costumes and props, whether they need or want your help or not. Take one last panoramic view of the stage. Take one last artsy, Instagram photo of the stage…Repeat as desired–or until security throws you out.

Frustration

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Wonder why magic has to end so soon… Suddenly recall every real (or imagined) shortcoming in your performances–your double turns, your nervous smiles, that time you put your headpiece on backwards during a quick change–valuable moments onstage you’ll never get back….Why, why, why…

Bargaining

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Remember that the show can still go on…on social media! Make photo albums for Facebook. Add half a dozen filtered pictures and videos to Instagram in one evening. Tweet cryptic, bittersweet tweets hourly. If anyone unfollows you for oversharing, well, they weren’t a true friend anyway…

Anyway, at least there is next year… Yes, think about next year… There are probably three or four roles you’d be a candidate for… But, which ones are you most likely to get? So many factors worthy of obsession here… What if you grow a couple of inches? What if you somehow shrink? What if your petit allegro miraculously improves?

Gloom

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Resistance is futile. Listen to sad songs. Indulge in mournful improv.

Try to distract yourself…Chocolate. Peppy music. Movie binge. Chocolate. Peppy music. Movie binge. Clean your room for the first time in forever. Peppy music. It’s going to be okay! You are sooo okay!

Go to bed. Lie awake. Get back on Facebook. Post more backstage pictures.

Acceptance

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Sometimes, it actually happens…eventually. 😉

Happy National Dance Day!

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Coppélia Again

More videos and some fun pictures from Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of  George Balanchine’s Coppélia. ❤

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