by Erin Brennan, Student, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
Summer is always a nice change of pace for myself. I have a couple weeks off in June, which I usually use to go home and visit with family.
July is summer session here in Winnipeg, which means rehearsal packed days and lots of new friends. We train in our usual classes with the auditioning students as well as rehearsing for “Ballet in the Park” at the end of the month. Luckily, most students are done academics for the year, letting everyone focus on our ballet training. I’m very lucky in that I am all finished with my high school academics, so year round I am free to concentrate on ballet.
August is usually spent at home, which is our longest break of the year. I quite often go on weekend trips with my family to visit grandparents and extended family out of town as well as a week away camping. When I’m not away I take drop in classes around home to stay in shape over the long break. I really enjoy the time I get to spend at home because I find it’s a great mix between work and play. I feel very relaxed and get to do a lot of things I don’t have time to normally, while still getting some classes in.
My favorite thing about ballet is that it allows individuals to pour out emotions that words cannot describe. We as ballet dancers are not held back by language barriers because ballet is a language in itself. Nothing is better than getting on stage and communicating something deep within to the audience.
The classical piece we are currently working on was an original piece this past March/April. I was lucky enough to be part of the original cast and have performed it before. However, it’s far from being overworked and I find new challenges in it with each rehearsal. Some changes to choreography are being made and all of the dancers involved are working hard to change our muscle memory to express the new movement.