It is that time of year again. For some, you are already back in the studios working, and for others, tomorrow will start the first day of ballet for the 2017-2018 season. Either way, we are getting back into the routine of things. For some, you are starting a new school, a big school, a premiere school. You have left home, moved into the dorms and are ready to start the rest of your life. You think to yourself, “I am one or two steps away from becoming a professional dancer” It is hard adjusting to new environments, this year, I’m doing the same thing. There is a huge period of adjustment. You have to find your groove/routine, decipher how different teachers work, what they want, and how well you respond to them. You have to figure out your rhythm with your new roommate. Things like that.
It’s hard for anyone. Add the stress of being a ballet dancer, the intensity the ballet world brings, and a pinch of homesick and there you have it.
Some tips while adjusting…
- Invite your roommate to make dinner together or get dinner together outside of dorm food.
- Play a board game.
- Use your phone’s note app to write down some things the teacher liked and disliked.
- Use that same app to write down any and all corrections you can remember, whether it was directed towards you or not.
- Go on a city tour, city guides know a lot.
- Facetime home.
- Eat healthy foods, drink lots of water, and make sure you are getting enough sleep.
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