I’m not interested in how people move, but what moves them. – Pina Bausch
These past few weeks I’ve been super busy in the studio preparing for our upcoming production, Sleeping Beauty, which is the epitome of classical ballet.
Since I’ve been spending more time in the studio than outside of it, I thought it would be a good idea to show you all my studio life and how I dress for class and rehearsals.
My street style easily translates into my studio style, because I show my personality while still keeping it sensible and not too over the top in class and rehearsals. What I use in the studio shows personality without calling too much attention.
A typical studio outfit for a ballet dancer requires a leotard, tights, and flat shoes or pointe shoes, everything else is adornment. A lot of girls are very easy with which leotards they wear and what they like, whereas I’m really specific on the styles and cuts of leotards I like and look good on me. At work, we’re very lucky that a friend of mine designs super classy, flattering and beautiful leotards (Divenire Dancewear), so every time she brings in leos it feels like Christmas morning!
When I’m rehearsing in the studios, my days start with a class, used as a warm up for the rest of the day, and then rehearsals start at 12 and can go until 6:30 p.m. During a normal rehearsal day I change at least once or twice a day, depending on how many rehearsals I have, which means I’m wearing two or three leotards per day. Most of the time I use a matching headband or skirt to add my personal touch.
Sleeping Beauty rehearsals require either long skirts or rehearsal tutus, so you get to see your legs differently, how the audience will see them onstage, and work them appropriately.
I’m loving rehearsing this ballet, because there are so many parts to learn and so many details, that you don’t have a second to be bored!
We still have one week of rehearsals left at our studios and then we head to the London Coliseum to start our performances, which run from the 6-16 of June. Come and watch if you can! You can buy tickets at the London Coliseum’s website or English National Ballet‘s website, by simply clicking on the link in the blog.
Until next time,