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7 Tips for Managing Your Side Hustle
Dance is your passion. But it doesn't always pay the bills. So, you get a side hustle. But integrating that side hustle into your life without draining your time and energy for dance is easier said than done. Making it all work together is its own art form.
Set yourself up for success.
It's essential that your side hustle have some scheduling flexibility to accommodate auditions, rehearsals, performances, etc. Negotiate this with your would-be boss up front, or with yourself if you own your side business. Service industry or retail positions may give you some leeway, as will freelance gigs like graphic design, photography or grant writing.
Write it all down, and play the long game.
Using an old-school day planner or Google calendar will help you keep your schedules in line. Add extra calendar alerts in your phone to make sure you don't forget about daily tasks. If you know that you have a deadline looming, set alerts several weeks in advance, so you don't end up losing sleep to complete the task at the last minute.
Learn to say no.
It may be tempting to push yourself. But sometimes you need to say no in order to avoid over-committing. Stand up for yourself to ensure you have enough time and headspace to devote to dance. Check in with yourself often to reassess if your needs are being met.
More virtue, less vice.
Keeping a busy schedule with both side hustle and dance obligations means that fueling your body is especially important. Healthy foods, adequate sleep and hydration will keep you moving. Too much alcohol or too little sleep will, of course, have the opposite effect. Choose a side hustle that won't wear you out: A yoga studio might provide a calm, environment, with space for the occasional stretch break, while working in a warehouse schlepping packages may be more draining.
Self-care is key.
Discover ways to help your body to recover from a long work week; two jobs and twice the work makes self-care doubly important. Massage, acupuncture, a chiropractor visit or an old-fashioned bubble bath can help you rejuvenate. Use a foam roller or yoga wheel for a quick pick-me-up at home and at work. Keep treats in your bag for a quick mood reset: a healthy snack, a bright shade of lipstick or some calming essential oils can go a long way.
Take a technology vacation.
Rest your mind by unplugging from work emails and social media. You can even schedule this as you would any other task. Try taking Sundays away from the internet altogether, or experiment with smaller increments, like the first 30 minutes after waking up in the morning. By repurposing this time for creative hobbies or connecting with friends, you can create a clear separation between work and play, staving off burnout from your side hustle.
Be the star you are.
Leverage skills from your dance training to help you succeed in non-dance settings. A side hustle is still a "performance" of sorts; the poise and composure learned in class and rehearsal will help you shine, especially working with people in a teaching or customer service setting.
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While Solange was busy helping big sis Beyoncé give Coachella its best performances of all time, an equally compelling project was quietly circulating on Instagram:
When I wrote about my struggle with depression, and eventual departure from dance because of it, I expected criticism. I was prepared to be challenged. But much to my relief, and horror, dancers from all over the world responded with support and stories of solidarity. The most critical response I saw was this one:
"Dance isn't for everyone."
This may as well be a mantra in the dance world. We have become entrenched in the Darwinian notion that the emotionally weak will be weeded out. There is no room for them anyway.
In his final bow at New York City Ballet, during what should have been a heroic conclusion to a celebrated ballet career, Robert Fairchild slipped and fell. His reaction? To lie down flat on his back like he meant to do it. Then start cracking up at himself.
"He's such a ham," says his sister Megan Fairchild, with a laugh. "He's really good at selling whatever his body is doing that day. He'll turn a moment that I would totally go home and cry about into something where the audience is like, 'That's the most amazing thing ever!' "
New York City Ballet continues its first year without Peter Martins at the helm as our spring season opens tonight.
When he retired at the start of the new year, we plunged headfirst into unknown, murky waters. Who would the new director be? When would we know? Would we dancers get some say in the decision? Who would oversee the Balanchine ballets? Who would be in charge of casting? Would a new director bring along huge upheaval? Could some of us be out of a job?
In the world of ballet, Arcadian Broad is a one-stop shop: He'll come up with a story, compose its music, choreograph the movement and dance it himself. But then Broad has always been a master of versatility. As a teenager he juggled school, dance and—after the departure of his father—financial responsibility. It was Broad's income from dancing that kept his family afloat. Fast-forward six years and things are far more stable. Broad now lives on his own in an apartment, but you can usually find him in the studio.
Bales of hay, black umbrellas, bicycles—this Midsummer Night's Dream would be unrecognizable to the Bard. Alexander Ekman's full-length, inspired by Scandinavian solstice traditions and set to music by Mikael Karlsson, is a madcap celebration of the longest day of the year, when the veil between our world and that of the supernatural is said to be at its thinnest. The Joffrey Ballet's performances mark the seductively surreal work's North American premiere. April 25–May 6. joffrey.org.
"There's an ancient energy in Fana's movement, a deep and trusted knowing," says Jeff, director of the Chicago-based Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. "Because I witnessed the raw humanity of his dancer's souls, I wanted my dancers to have that experience."
Growing up in a family-owned dance studio in Missouri had its perks for tap dancer Anthony Russo. But it also earned him constant taunting, especially in high school.
"There was a junior in my sophomore year health class who was absolutely relentless," he says. "I'd get tripped on my way to the front of the classroom and he'd say, 'Watch out, twinkle toes.' If I raised my hand and answered a question incorrectly, I'd hear a patronizing 'Nice one, Bojangles.' "
Choreographer Sergio Trujillo asked the women auditioning for ensemble roles in his newest musical to arrive in guys' clothing—"men's suits, or blazers and ties," he says. He wasn't being kinky or whimsical. The entire ensemble of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is female, playing men and women interchangeably as they unfold the history of the chart-busting, Grammy-winning, indisputable Queen of Disco.