by Erin Brennan, Student, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
At 6:30 am my alarm goes off and it’s time to get up. I gather my things, eat some breakfast and walk the short ten minutes from my apartment to the ballet. Once at the ballet, I get ready for class and warm up for about an hour before morning ballet class at 8:30-10:00. Then we have a 15 minute break before our second class, which is either pointe/variations or pas de deux.
Our second class goes from 10:15-11:15. Depending on the time of year, we either have our lunch break at this time, or show rehearsals until about 12:30. At this point, many students go to their academic schools for the afternoon, however because I am a high school graduate already, I stay at the ballet.
At 1:00-2:00pm senior students who do not have school take a repertoire class in which we learn choreography or quite often have things choreographed on us. The next couple of hours are generally ours to work on our own or see physio, etc, but during heavy show times it is sometimes used for rehearsals.
Around 4:00, we have an afternoon class of either modern/character or other rehearsals. These usually finish by about 5:30 and we are finished for the day. After classes are over, I walk back home, make a good supper, relax for awhile and try to get to bed in decent time. 6:30 am rolls around and it starts all over again!