Day in the Life of a Springs Dancer

I was asked by Springs Dance Company to write a little “blurb” for a school dance program. It was to talk about what a day looks like for us, emphasizing rehearsal and dietary/health practices of a dancer. I thought others might enjoy.

(I took my “day” from our recent Belfast Tour in February…)

Belfast by night

Belfast by night

A Day in the Life of a Springs Dancer

07:00 get up.

07:15 Get up again. Think, pray, and go for a morning walk.

08:00 Breakfast. A muffin and fruit for excitement, a bowl of porridge to fill the stomach with healthy proteins to last the morning!

08:45 Head to the studio, and start warming up.

09:30 Company class. Usually contemporary, today is ballet to work our turn out, turns, and strength!

10:30 Rehearsals start. Begin by reviewing choreography from previous day, and asking for help on hazy bits. At 11:00 choreographer arrives and begins setting new material.

12:00 Elevensies at 12. Quick tea break, and a chance to talk about the show, and pray as a group. We pray for each other, and for any friends or family members in need. Then we keep working.

13:30 Lunch. Hour break gives time to cook something nutritious. I have fresh tomatoes and cucumber for veg, with my bread and cheese for proteins and carbs.

14:30-17:30 More rehearsals. Choreographer splits time between developing new material, assigning tasks to the dancers for creative exercises and choreography development, and polishing sequences from previous days. She has to leave at 5, but we still nab a quick tea break and continue on.

17:30 Done. But still working a few quirks out of that pesky last piece of choreography…!

18:00 Officially done! We stretch and cool down, then head over to one of the dancer’s place to cook dinner together.

19:30 Dinner. We decided to stir fry! Fresh veg, chicken (or tofu for the vegetarian option),

The new "Company game"

The new “Company game”

and egg noodles piled high to keep up our energy and strength. Hang out after dinner, talk about costumes and promotion for the upcoming show. Maybe play a card game (Citadels…!), and head for home.

22:30 Bedtime!


About doctornogrod

Daniel Cossette is a writer, actor, dancer, and mime originally from CT, USA. He's been writing, producing, and acting in scripts since jr. high. At Mimeistry International, Pasadena, CA he double-majored in Mime and Theology. Afterwards he founded Ambassador Arts and produced the shows Say It Louder! and Christmivest, including all original stories; he danced with Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston, TX, and eventually moved to England where works with Springs Dance Company, and directs Infusion Physical Theatre. He is married to a long time friend from the mime school, and currently resides in Cambridge, England.
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