Recently I had the wonderful experience to debut in Brighton in the role of Swan Queen of Swan Lake’s Second Act that the company presents in this program now touring the UK. I have been working on learning the part for a while, watching videos of famous ballerinas performing it, working on the different step combinations and all that jazz. At the moment of going on stage, all I could think about was “whatever happens just make sure you enjoy yourself and keep on going”, after all the show must go on, right? Well, thanks to my amazing partner and all of my wonderful co-workers the show went great, or at least I thought so.
Even though it might seem as a small thing, the support of the people around you DO make a difference. I recall certain moments of both rehearsals and the performance itself when other dancers were watching with a hopeful look on their faces, as if they were cheering for me to do well. That support gave me a little more confidence to keep pushing through. Support is a very vital feeling, and without it is hard to go on, from our family and friends, from our pairs at work and our superiors (even though sometimes we prefer not to hear what they think of us), it helps a lot to know that whatever we do they will stand there along with us. I personally have a very close relationship with my “family” and thanks to the internet it’s easy to stay in touch while away on tour. But still sometimes it’s not enough because no matter how long you video chat there’s nothing like a hug or a home cooked meal from your mom or your closest friend. And trust me when I tell you that I miss my bed!! Beyond that “homesickness,” the touring life is great; traveling to places that you never thought you would, performing in beautiful theatres and do what we love to do most, Dance!