ARAD, Ba. Social Sciences
As part of the Suitcase Series, I thought I would give everyone an insight on what I'm packing for this journey back home in preparation for the Tasmanian Academy of Dance's 21st Year Concert.
As it draws closer and closer to the day, I grow far more excited.
This will certainly be a highlight of my year and highlight of my long association with the school.
5 things in my suitcase...
- Pointe Shoes
- Camera – for plenty of happy-snaps
- Vibram Five-Fingers (they are special shoes that are like toe-socks)
- Miscelleneous paraphernalia such as hair nets, hair pins, hair ties, possibly a pare of fake eyelashes if I can find them...
What is it that you are most looking forward to?
That sense of “home” that the Princess Theatre brings with its smell (I love the smell for some reason) and the familiarity of its surrounds, but most of all, hitting the stage with some very special people...some whom I’ve not danced with for over ten years!
Any pre-performance rituals?
I have a habit of getting to the theatre ridiculously early...so the “ritual” as such follows this pattern (sometimes not always in this particular order): Arrive; Pull on warm-up gear and stretch/do a barre side-stage; make-up; hair; stretch/warm-up some more, sometimes if I have space I’ll do a centre; walk around and check out what everyone else is doing (in their dressing rooms); walk side-stage, and pace back-stage, then pace across the stage (if I can); if my costume has multiple parts I start to put one piece on (usually head piece first); warm-up some more and pace some more; put on some more of costume; pace some more; take some photos; put on last portion of costume and put on leg warmers and jacket over the top; pace a little bit more and start going through the dance back stage (marking); help with props/sets if necessary; curtain up – pace and pace and pace until I hit the stage!
I do a lot of pacing – nervous habit...the closer it gets to my cue to hit the stage, I usually become more silent to the point where I just cannot speak to anyone and I try to avoid any conversation if possible – not to be rude, but because I try to focus myself and overcome the nerves.
|"Peter Pan" December 2001 ~ Me with my Mermaids|
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" ~ Tasmanian Academy of Dance
Princess Theatre, Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December 2011