Day off? Not really
For this week my company had a guest choreographer come in to set a piece. His piece is an African/modern piece that uses a large group of dancers. He chose everyone in the company but five girls…and ovbviously I was not among the chosen. I’m not complaining, I promise; while the piece looks awesome, I really couldn’t pull it off as I am now, which makes sense with my intense ballet focus.
Because our director could only work so much with those of us left, she decided to give those of us not in his work Thursday and Friday off (and I just found out we may all get Monday off to give those people who were in his piece a well-deserved rest). Well, I’m not one to just not dance for five days. So what do I do?
A fellow friend and company member decided to come in and give ourselves class in the second studio. It was really quite nice, just giving ourselves barre and a bit of center. Lots of stretching was involved as well. It felt good to dance and know that was at least one day less that we had to come back from.
Dancers can tell you that while a day off is good, too many can have your body feeling like crap when you come back. If not dance, doing something physical feels good. I don’t know about my friend, but I have plans to dance for the other days we have off as well.
Conclusion: doing class is awesome, and coming in when not required made me feel good.