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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Superstitious Saturday Tights

Superstitious Saturday Tights

Here is a balletic superstition that makes some sense. Many dancers reserve a special pair of tights just for performances. Usually this special pair is chosen because it was worn during a successful performance, and wearing it again is believed to bestow luck on subsequent performances.

While it may not truly determine the success of any performance, reserving a pair of tights certainly keeps that pair in more or less pristine condition. That is, they are not as apt to get torn or have runs.

I always kept an extra pair of tights in my dance bag in the (horrible) event I lost or forgot (gasp!) to pack a pair prior to a performance. And every dancer (active or retired) has nightmares about being in the theater and realizing something critical has been forgotten!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstition #136:
“Some dancers reserve a special pair of tights for performances.”

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