by Jordan Hammond, Student, San Francisco Ballet School
My alarm goes off at 7:00 am when I crawl out of bed to begin getting ready for a busy day ahead. After getting myself together and eating breakfast, I’m out the door at 8:00 am to catch the bus that conveniently stops right in front of the Jackson House where I stay with other kids at SFBS. It’s a quick ride and I usually arrive at the studio around 8:30, where I warm up for my first technique class of the day which begins at 9:30.
What I love about the Trainee Program here is that there are only 11 students in the class so it makes it easier to work on corrections individually and learn from our teacher Jean-Yves Esquerre as well as from each other in a more closer environment.
When class ends at 11:15, we have a short break and then move right on into rehearsals which begin at 11:30. In our rehearsals we prepare for upcoming Trainee Performances around San Francisco and the Bay area. Our performances include a wide variety of repertoire from pieces choreographed by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, pieces by student choreographers in the school, and more contemporary pieces inspired by William Forsythe and Jiri Kylian. When rehearsals are over, we take a 2nd technique class of either pointe, variations, batterie for the boys, and pas de deux from 2:20 – 3:30.
Some days I am done for the day after 3:30, but other days I have rehearsals with the San Francisco Ballet when the Trainees are asked to understudy roles in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, etc. Rehearsals can go as late as 6 or 7, and I catch the bus home, make dinner, squeeze in some homework, and am off to bed to catch lots of sleep so I’m well rested and ready for the next day ahead!
I absolutely love the training and daily schedule here at SFBS and I am so blessed to be a part of the Trainee Program where it never ceases to amaze me at how much I learn each day!