the journey to paid professional performing artist

So, from part one you’re going to eat normally, indulge your sweet touch, and spread joy by letting others sample your wonderful baking.

Not, don’t just sit and watch the Rose Parade.  It’s mind and body numbing to just sit there.

The one thing you shouldn’t let slide as you celebrate are your core exercises.  I’ve been letting them slide due to sickness (a totally reasonable excuse) and lots of rehearsing (not a good excuse).  And from this last week going back to ballet, I could tell.  If you do nothing else, do your crunches, Pilates, whatever floats your boat.

In addition, try to stay active.  No one expects you to go to the gym everyday.  There are lots of activities that will keep you off the couch.  If you’re in a cold climate, skiing, ice skating, snow shoeing, or just building a fort and having a show ball fight are great options.  And it gives you an excuse to have hot chocolate with marshmallows when you get back in.  If you’re in a warmer climate, you can go for a walk, play some football, whatever you like to do.  This gets you off the couch and also interacting with your family and friends.  Which is what it’s all about, right?

If you want to be an overachiever, just because you local dance studio is closed, doesn’t mean to can’t work out.  I know it’s not as good as being in class with others, but you can give yourself ballet barre.  Put your pointe shoes on and do releves at the kitchen counter, or even just stretch.  Do this to whatever music makes to motivated, even if it’s not the traditional music for that movement.

Keeping yourself going will make coming back to class that much better.  Remember, for every day you take off, it takes and least one day to gain back what you lost from that one day.  So if you’re off for 10 days like a lot of us are,  that’s 10 days just to get back to where you were before you left.  The sooner you get back to pre-holiday shape, the sooner you can start improving again.

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