All play and no work…

by Henrik on August 11, 2011

Summer is about to end, and I sense a light in the end of the tunnel. The season is about to start. The everyday routine is coming back shortly, and I couldn’t be more happy about it.

Not that I don’t like summer, or vacation for that matter. Oh no, I love it! In the last period of the season, there is nothing that sounds more sweet than slow days and a beer in the summer-night sun. And it’s been a fantastic summer. But it is time to return to reality.
I’ve had about a month off now, and honestly, every bone in my body is telling me it is enough. Ballet is ruthless, folks! It does things to you, you might call it something of a mental damage, really. When it’s thirty days since I did a ballet-class, I’m starting to worry I might not be able to do it again, and that’s not really healthy. But there’s also a hard truth in there: You don’t just leave out a month and continue where you left off afterwards. The body doesn’t work like that, not when you are 18, and definitely not when you are 25 (I know, I know, I’m not saying that I’m old! But I do feel the difference, though).

I haven’t just laid on the beach drinking cocktails all summer either, I did do some training in there. Like I wrote in my post on how to stay in shape during summer, it’s important that dancers keep active and work out even when your body is on a holiday from tendu’s and jeté’s. And I do practice as I preach, although I also know, I could have done much more. I could have done my own barre as some (crazy?!) dancers do every morning of their holiday, and it definitely wouldn’t have hurt if I went to a summer course somewhere to freshen up the mentioned tendu’s either. But then, it is vacation, and like I said in a recent interview with All Around, I think it’s healthy and important for dancers to focus on doing “normal” stuff as well as dance, so that’s what I have been doing.

It’s time to meet up with an old friend againballet barre used by ballet dancers for training certain exercises

The Barre © Daniel Bolla. All rights reserved

Bottom line is, I’m a lucky guy! I sincerely love my job! Yes, there are sacrifices, yes, it’s a pain sometimes, no, we’re not payed very well – blah blah blah. In the end, I’m doing what I love most the best part of my days. That is a pleasure not everyone pocess, and a reality I am both proud and grateful of. It’s about time to pick up those tights and start jumping around a bit. No mercy for lazy boys, remember?

I hope you all had an excellent summer, dear readers. I’m looking forward to sharing the every-days with you in the new season, I’m sure there’s going to be lots to talk about. And you know me, don’t expect no sugar coating – let’s get this party started.


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David Seven of Nine August 12, 2011 at 3:36 am

Yeah everyone needs to step away from what the do for a while. A month is a long time. If I stepped away from my computer programming job for a month, I would be worried that my job wasn’t there anymore when I returned. We always get a 2 week vacation for Christmas / New Years where I work and that is pretty sweet. But it still freaks me out a bit to be kind of out there with no higher discipline to demand my time except for my own imagination.

Hopefully, it all comes back to you quickly.


Henrik August 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm

lets hope it does, cause I’m afraid the season begins with a bang here as well, I seriously doubt my (new) boss is very interested in hearing about muscle-fever and bad general shape on monday ;)
And that thing with no higher discipline, I hear you! It’s darn hard being one owns supervisor, isn’t it?! ;)


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