Ballerinas Respite

A dancers life is very busy. Not only are we performing most evenings but during the day we're preparing for upcoming productions. It's never as simple as preparing a show and then getting it on stage and having a chance to relax during the day (contrary to what people often think...), we are constantly learning new rep and new roles. This means that we’ll have a full day of rehearsing two or three (or four or five!) different ballets throughout the day while trying to fit our normal life into gaps between rehearsals. Imagine those day to day pieces of life admin that you do while at work. The couple of minutes you spend on the phone to the estate agent, the time you slip away from the desk to coordinate dinner with your boyfriend.... now imagine doing that from within a quiet ballet studio - impossible!

Thats why those 15 minute breaks between rehearsals are so precious. You’ve got to move from studio to studio, find a second to book a physio appointment, grab somebody from wardrobe to discuss a costume alteration and find time to organise dinner! It’s still crucial to arrive in the studio ahead of the rehearsal though, arriving flustered is never good mental preparation, 

I have always thought these moments before a rehearsal in the studio are something quite beautiful. I love to see the different way in which a dancer spends these precious quiet minutes.  

It ranges from a quiet moment to oneself to go through repertoire with a colleague or just surfing through insta if you know you’ve got a less stressful rehearsal ahead of you. It’s just a brief moment you have for yourself and in this line of work that is appreciated indeed.

Isabel, Lettie and Chi having a quite moment before putting on their tutus for rehearsal. 

Isabel, Lettie and Chi having a quite moment before putting on their tutus for rehearsal. 

Natalia, checking her emails while still wearing her headpiece for Medusa !  

Natalia, checking her emails while still wearing her headpiece for Medusa !  

Lara and Helen stretching out. 

Lara and Helen stretching out. 

Sarah darning her pointe shoes. 

Sarah darning her pointe shoes. 

Mariko killing 2 birds with one stone. 

Mariko killing 2 birds with one stone. 

Lettie and Gem catching up  

Lettie and Gem catching up  

Chi sewing her ribbons. 

Chi sewing her ribbons. 

Hannah grabbing a quick bite. 

Hannah grabbing a quick bite. 

Romany prepping her toe tape 

Romany prepping her toe tape 

Tara draining her legs  

Tara draining her legs  

Mica booking a physio appointment through our Smartabase system. 

Mica booking a physio appointment through our Smartabase system. 

Shoutout to my amazing colleagues and to all dancers around the world , you guys rock, never forget it !