Quite a contrast to my last post, where I was in full swing of performances and dancing away. But underneath the smile was my apprehension of my impending surgery and on Monday i under went arthroscopy of my right knee. I questioned whether to even mention it in my CharlieHeart posts, but the more I thought about it the more I realised that probably to some readers it would be interesting. Let's face it, two weeks ago I was more than happily bouncing around (unbeknown to me) on a torn meniscus. Of course I knew it wasn't happy, but not to the extent of already being torn..... I think it will be good for me to have a diary of my knees recovery and the steps to get back on stage as quickly and as healthily as possible!
Ballet may be a beautiful art form but at the end of the day we are athletes and we aren't invincible!
A costume can make or break you. Unflattering cut, ill-fitted, awful colour, restricted movement or just overall - bleuuurghh!! Thankfully my Cinderella costume was anything but the above..... it was a joy not only to dance this particular part, but to dance in the costume and I kind of enjoyed to feel (if only a little) a tad Lady GaGa!
On Sunday we performed Cinderella for the last time this year, thankfully though it will be back in February. After months of rehearsals, the three shows we did went far to quickly and as I enjoy to dance it, I'll welcome more chances to perform this piece!!!
Finally, after months of hard work, last night we premiered our new ballet 'Cinderella'.
I absolutely adore this production...... the choreography, costumes and to boot..... an amazing partner to dance with (big bonus!!!)
There will always be blood, sweat and tears leading up to a world premiere...... and it can be easy to step off the path and lose track, but we have to remember we are all striving for the same thing - an incredible end result and I truly feel that yesterday evening we delivered just that!
Opening night jitters soon evaporated as we danced to a full house...... it's a nerving feeling to imagine that thousands of eyes are watching your every step, but the older (and wiser) I become, I have learnt to just enjoy the moment and feel lucky that I get to do something everyday that I truly love.
As life seems to be on high speed at present, it's hard to post to my blog daily :( (big sad face)
So, thank goodness for Instagram where it takes two seconds to add my daily photos!
Swan Lake is arguably one of the most beautiful ballets to watch...... to dance I find it one of the most taxing. The famous first entrance for the swans is grand and impressive, but in your pink tights and white tutu you feel vulnerable and only hope that you are creating a 'good' first impression to those who are sat in the audience. Throughout my career, so far, I have danced four different versions (I can't even hazard a guess to how many performances that would amount to!!!!). But it is my first which was with English National Ballet that will always be my favourite.
Yesterday we performed our last Swan Lake of the year (it will return in the Spring). The break will do us all good!!!!
Finally next week we will perform our new ballet 'Cinderella'...... As it's a world premiere I don't want to let too much out of the bag, but i couldn't resist in posting a sneak preview of my 'fabulous' pink do!!!
Looks good enough to eat!!!!
Daily photos are kept up to date on my Instagram page
Although it's tonight that the witches, ghouls and what not appear...... Halloween arrived early at our house and we hosted our party on Sunday evening...... With Zombies, devils, witches and vampires wandering around our house it may have been in honour of Halloween but it was also a good 'excuse' to throw a party, relax and enjoy some free time with friends, away from our frantic workload.
Friday we awoke to a little surprise.......snow!!! Although it wasn't entirely unexpected (we do live in the north!) it did feel a tad to early for such a blanket of the white stuff!!! So after a mad panic of rummaging through the suitcases full of our winter wear, off we trudged to work wrapped up in our hats, scarves and gloves!
On Thursday we had performed 'Swan Lake' and then Saturday we danced 'Manon' (definitely a favourite ballet of mine!) I love the costumes and the choreography is fun (always a plus!)
Today we had our final performance of 'Coppelia' for the 2012/13 season, knowing it was our last, I relaxed a little and just enjoyed to perform it, which resulted in it being probably one of my best shows!!! Maybe I should relax a little more in all my performances!!!
Our evening finished with a surprise birthday party for a fellow colleague, spending quality time with everyone outside of the theatre is always fun :)
Finally our day off tomorrow, a chance to recharge our batteries, as rehearsals of our upcoming ballet 'Cinderella' move onto the stage as of Tuesday!