We leave for the U.S.A in just 10 days! Each day I shall be posting a little documentation of what life brings as the big day draws ever closer. So there is no better way to kick things off than with day ten! Today.
Gillian Murphy- perfectly balletic in her U.S tour t-shirt.
Dark, looming rain clouds draped the sky in the early wee hours of this morning as I shuffled out of bed. I am certainly feeling the hours of rehearsal. My feet take a little while to spread out and adjust to the floor and although sleep has refreshed me, my legs are not fooled. I can feel the muscle aches from this weeks practice. This is a fantastic thing. I look forward to another day of rehearsal and another chance to work hard and do what I adore most- to dance.
Arriving at work I glanced over the days timetable, triple checking that I knew what the running order of the day was. There is always time here for a cup of coffee and breakfast and of course I have to check instagram!
Challenge number one for the day- what will I wear for class? It may sound a little ridiculous but it’s amazing how different a certain leotard can make you feel. It’s also a good excuse for a chat with fellow dancers in the change room before warming up.
There was a definite determination in class today. Being Friday, and nearly the end of our working week, it was our last chance before the weekend to rehearse together. There was still time, however, for a little laughter and silliness despite the high level of concentration.
We finished our day rehearsing Willis from ‘Giselle.’ What beautiful music this act of the ballet brings. Such a haunting and lilting resonance. The beast that is the Willis, making their prey dance until the death, is back in full force. Polishing lines and timing and every head angle until the clock strikes 5:45pm and it’s time to conclude.
Delicious dinner of salad and steak for me tonight with a delightful hot cup of peppermint tea and enough time to unwind…and blog 😉 before bed.
RNZB Dancers rolling out and warming up.