The law of averages finally caught up with me.
I’ve performed in Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Firebird, Dracula, Billy the Kid and Cinderella without hearing the words “white ballet shoes and white tights are required” from the wardrobe lady.
Through almost nine years of performing, I’ve gotten away with the security of black tights and shoes.
That is not the case for Sleeping Beauty and my role as a Court Man. Had a second fitting today, and that’s when the wardrobe lady dropped the bomb: You’ll need a pair of white ballet shoes and white tights.
For the record, I didn’t pitch a fit.
I may be an old recreational dancer, but I am a dancer.
I know that if I’m asked to perform, weird and wacky costumes are part of the territory.
A tunic, white shirt, nickers (thank the Lord) are part of the costume this time around along with white shoes and tights.
There is a store in town that is a sponsor of the ballet, so I got the shoes. And since I’m wearing something over the tights, the store lady suggested ladies tights as opposed to ordering a more expensive pair of men’s tights that I would never ever wear in class and may not ever again in a performance (although you never know).
Cue the laughter, I’ll be wearing an extra-large pair of ladies Capezio tights under the nickers (maybe I should have read the few reviews my fellow bloggers who happen to be female did about them …lol).
Seriously, though, I am liking this role more than I thought I would. There is a little partnering involved and a few other ballet steps to it.
And I was assigned a role front and center since I have more performing experience than the rest of the Court Men, which is really cool. We’re on stage for the entire opening act, including the opening scene.
We really got into the meat of the role today.
It was fun. And it was cool to see Act I finally unfold. The fairy dances were absolutely beautiful, which is remarkable considering how many classes and rehearsals that have been missed because of the wacky winter weather we’ve been having,
And once again rehearsal followed a very kick ass class (pardon the expression).
The petite allegro combinations were a bit more tricky today, but I thought I acquitted myself quite well today.
We also did a tricky combination across the floor today that included a pirouette that went into a fouette. And amazingly I was able to go into fouettes pretty well during most of the combination.
Amazing to me considering I hardly ever do fouette turns during center work, normally turns from second.
I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things with classes. Hopefully, the weather will start cooperating.