by Rob Binet, Student, Canada’s National Ballet School
I wake up at 7:45 each morning and get ready for the day. I ride my bicycle to school from my apartment, so I get to school around 9:15. I am in the Post-Secondary Program (PSP) so I do not have any academic classes.
From 10:00-11:45 the PSP students have ballet class. The men and women are split into separate classes. After ballet class, the men and women in PSP have an upper body strengthening class together until 12:00.
We have a lunch break until 12:45, and then we have our second class. On Mondays we have Life Skills class or career planning meetings, and the rest of the week we have either Pas De Deux or Variations. That class finishes at 2:00 and then we have a break until Contemporary.
Contemporary goes from 2:35-4:30. We work on Kylian and Forsythe repertoire, improvisation, and once a week I am given time from this class to choreograph for my peers. After 4:30 we have rehearsals for upcoming performances, such as the Assemblée Internationale, or other dance classes.
We finish anywhere between 5:00 and 6:45 and are usually exhausted. Afterwards, I ride my bicycle home and cook dinner. I relax for a bit and then stretch, and then go to sleep.
I love being in the Post-Secondary Program because we are able to focus entirely on our dance training, and we don’t have to worry about academics. The program is great because it is tailored to suit the needs and interests of each person in it.