I share my dressing room with 13 fellow dancers, 6 in my "bay" and 7 in the other. We are either soloists or first soloists and share the same roles and work on ballets together. We share a fridge and 4 sinks and have a cupboard each for our dance wear. It's all very communal and free but when it comes to our dressing room area we can do as we please.
So here's a sneak peek into my personal space.
I like to keep my area nice and tidy before a show. Depending on which show we are doing they can get very chaotic with a mix of costumes, jewellery, head pieces and shoes. A tidy place helps to keep a sense of order.
On the corner of my dressing table I have my mini sanctuary. Two Buddhas; one that nods, the other that eats coins, my velvet reindeer Fred that I hang my jewellery on and my mini palm tree. An oasis of calm.
I also use my dressing room as an office. When I have a spare half hour during the day, I quickly work on this fantastic website, www.ballet.style and answer emails! It's great for me to step away for a moment and think like a businesswoman, on a project that's purely my doing, so I'm really enjoying this extra job I've put on myself!
I Like to hang my pointe shoes where i can see them clearly. Every pair of shoes are different and they each have their own role to play. I like to swap shoes In-between acts.
Smelling good is crucial when you are dancing so close with other dancers. I like to mix up my perfume, and am always swapping and changing dependent on my mood. I also have a huge tin of hairbrushes. 5 hairbrushes and 2 combs to be exact and for some hairstyles I need them all!
When I'm not rehearsing during the day I like to sit on my place and sew my shoes. It's my sewing station. We go through so many a season that it's pretty crucial to do. I also use this time to go through choreography in my head.
I like to bring my own food in for dinner before a show. But I like to put it on a proper plate rather that eating from tupperware, I drink a pint of fluid, either squash or water to wash it down - gotta keep hydrated and drinking from a pint does make me drink more!
I used to have a lot of photographs up on my mirror but I've now whittled it down to three very personal photos and a special card from a bunch of flowers after I achieved a very challenging show!