Suzy; a Season at Scottish! Post 5.
So my sore toe has pretty much cleared up and I managed the whole of class without even thinking about it - very happy today! I always try and think positively whatever the situation because it’s 50% your mental attitude as well so you can make things better just by the way you think about it. I’m still dancing in flat shoes but within no time I’ll be putting on those pointe shoes again.
I had a costume fitting today for French Maids which was so exciting because now I’m potentially 2nd Cast so I’m very happy about that. Today has been a long yet a very good day, we rehearsed French – they dance with large tea pots and the Governess too so we were making sure everything worked together with spacing and finalising the positions and holding of the tea pots. After we went straight into Waltz of the Flowers with Poppies, Courgettes, Orchids and the Rose. With so many dancers on stage it can get very busy so you have to be aware of what is going on!
The party scene from Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker, photograph Andrew Ross
Lunch and we were back into rehearsing the French Maids finale. The practise tutu I wear for rehearsals is too big for me so I have finally got a piece of elastic to tie around the top and now, thankfully it sits up on my waist and I don’t have to keep fiddling with it…perfect!!
A quick break and I decided I was going to go home at the weekend after rehearsals and once I’ve caught up with a friend. Scottish Ballet have been touring with the Find Your Feet Project which has been a great success and they are going to my hometown of Perth this weekend to finish the tour off! So if you are in the area, definitely check it out as they are there from Friday until Monday, a full weekend of activities for everyone to get involved with! They are talking at my first local dance school - Julie Young Dance Studios on Saturday night from 7-9pm so I’m going to be going along - come and say hello if you are there! A lovely excuse to go home to family, friends and old comforts and I’m very much looking forward to it.
To finish the ay we ran from the beginning of Act 1 to the interval. They used a mixture of people and although we did stop and start, it gave me a good idea of what it would be like to go from Children to Mice and then to Snowflakes too. I sat watching in a part of the Party scene and I thought about the beginning of the tour starting in just over 2 weeks and I really can’t wait! To think it was only 3 weeks ago that I started with company and we are nearly at opening night – to describe any kind of excitement and emotions I’m feeling wouldn’t give them justice; I literally can’t wait!