As you gather around the table with friends and family for today's Thanksgiving meal (or maybe you're at the theater prepping for a Nutcracker performance), it's tradition to take stock of what you're thankful for. Don't forget about these dancer-specific kernels of gratitude. It's the little things like these that we often take for granted.
1. When your rehearsal director says "Take five" or gives everyone a water break.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal Julia Erickson in the studio. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea, Courtesy PBT.
2. Better yet, when you're physically drained and you hear these sweet words: "Let's just mark it this time."
Hannah Bettes rehearses at Boston Ballet. Photo by Liza Voll.
3. The feeling when you nail your fouettés, pirouettes or any tricky move. Two words: Crushed. It.
Tyler Hanes as Rum Tum Tugger in CATS. Photo by Matthew Murphy, Courtesy CATS.
4. The personal satisfaction of a nearly perfect performance—and soaking up the applause of a loud curtain call.
Former American Ballet Theatre star Paloma Herrera. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor, Courtesy ABT.
5. Indulging in a massage after you finish a production.
6. Having dance friends around who will always cry or laugh with you, because they just get it.
From left: Ailey dancers Collin Heyward, Belen Pereyra, Jacqueline Green, Jamar Roberts and Yannick Lebrun. Photo by Jayme Thornton.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Dance Magazine.