Day in the Life of a Dance Concert Performer

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3:30: Ensembles are over. I go back to the Upper School to start homework, and by “start homework,” I mean browse SJS Confessions for 45 minutes.

4:30: Homework still not started, but too late now. Miranda Hurtado-Ramos and I hike to Caven to head out in search of food. #GetatmeCentralMarket

4:55: The two Intermediate Caprice classes are supposed to meet at 5 p.m. to run our first number, but it’s t-minus five minutes, and the cash register lines are like something out of a nightmare.

5:02: Miranda and I pull out of the Central Market parking lot. I have officially sacrificed pride and punctuality for pita chips.

5:07: So late.

5:09: Whoops. No early rehearsal after all. So early.

Caprice I dazzles onlookers with fluttering dresses and rippling linens. (Anna Huang)

Caprice I dazzles onlookers with fluttering dresses and rippling linens. (Anna Huang)

5:15: The dressing room is already baking hot from the mirror lights. In the corner, Sophie Gershenwald, resident Lash Master, is helping Mackenzie Mott put her false eyelashes on.

5:30: I begin the process of turning my face into another face. Stage makeup is basically just a form of black magic.

5:35: Five minutes in, and already I have foundation all over my shirt. It’s a talent.

5:40: Terpsichore members start coming in and putting on their makeup with astonishing skill. Watching them makes me feel self-conscious about my own cosmetic skills, so I hide in a corner and pretend to know how to use lip liner.

5:42 Elizabeth Elrod patiently explains to Miranda that white eyeliner doesn’t work. Like, at all.

5:53: Ms. Arizpe pokes her head in and asks with only a little panic in her voice if anyone has seen Rod Ojeda. No one has.

5:55: All groups are in costume, and the dance teachers call us into the house to give us a pep talk. The subzero temperatures of the auditorium are only a little distracting.

6:02: Showtime. Terpsichore has the first number.

Terpsichore members take a moment to relax after another run through of their second piece, "Eyes."

Terpsichore members take a moment to relax after another run-through of their second piece, “Eyes.” (Anna Huang)

6:04: The Intermediate group goes on soon. Very soon. It is just now occurring to me that anything we do will seem meager after Terpsichore. Darn their talent.

6:07: Dear god, the stage is so black. Many apologies to the person I straight up slam into.

6:10: My first number is done. I go upstairs to change costume and hair.

6:45: Intermission. I start stretching in the dance studio with Mia Saade and Hannah Curtis, both of whom are ten times more flexible than I am. Maybe their stretchiness is contagious?

6:52: Terpsichore starts their third number. I tear up, even though I’m not even watching it.

6:57: Twerk break with Julia Boyce.

7:20: Time for my second number. I wait in the wings, battling with my irrational fear of burning myself on the lights.

7:25: Fade to black. I scurry off-stage like a terrified opossum.

8:05: The run-through is done, which can only mean one thing: time to run bows like several dozen times in a row.

8:11: I have literally no idea what the finale routine is, so I just watch Zoe Margolis and Allie Robinson, who seem to have a pretty good grasp of it.

8:33: Everyone but Terpsichore is dismissed. Their work ethic makes me feel like a super lazy bum.

While she waits for her turn on the stage, senior Anya Ring gets her homework done in the seats.

While she waits for her turn on the stage, senior Terpsichore dancer Anya Ring gets her homework done in the seats. (Anna Huang)

9:20: Home, alone in my bathroom. It takes me 20 minutes and a tub of Vaseline to remove my makeup. Is this what Taylor Swift does every night of her life?

9:45: Math. So much math.

10:10: Showers are the best.

11:00: Bed. Hopefully I’ll get enough sleep to repeat this entire process tomorrow, just for an auditorium full of judgmental peers and adults. Fantastic.

Iris Cronin
Staff Writer

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