Inside Look at Sara Mearns' Life

Sara Mearns' career is the stuff dreams are made of: She's a principal at New York City Ballet, working on a piece with Broadway's Joshua Bergasse, doing fashion films with Ryan Heffington and now is featured in a short film by Ezra Hurwitz. "In a Day's Work" opens with a shot of a pretty ballerina ornament hanging from the lights of a dressing room mirror, then cuts to a close-up of Mearns wiping away her stage makeup. The back and forth between glamour and grit is a pattern that characterizes the entire film. It is a true inside look at not just the day of a dancer, but the lifetime of dedication and focus it takes to succeed. Mearns narrates her journey from the back of the class in South Carolina to center stage as an NYCB principal as Hurwitz follows her from coffee at home, to class at Steps on Broadway, to her dressing room before performance.

 

 

 

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It was Boston Ballet's first full run-through of its upcoming show, Kylián/Wings of Wax. As he prepared with a plié for a big saut de basque, principal dancer Paulo Arrais, 32, heard a Velcro-like sound and suddenly fell to the floor. He went into a state of shock, hyperventilating and feeling intense pressure on his knee. It turned out to be a full patellar tendon rupture, requiring surgery and an entire year off before he could return to the company.

Though his physical condition continues to improve, Arrais' mental recovery has also been challenging. "Treating your mind is just as important as treating your body," he says.

Feeling safe when returning to the studio can be tricky for any dancer. Some researchers believe a fear of reinjury can actually make athletes more prone to hurting themselves again. We talked to several medical professionals to understand why that might happen and what dancers can do to overcome that anxiety.

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