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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Saturday Sameness

Saturday Sameness

Last week I talked about one type of dancer and the ritual of being an “early bird”. Today it’s the dancer who has a set process he or she goes through prior to a performance. These set steps are usually done in the dressing room but can also be done on the stage or in the wings.

This may involve how the dressing table is laid out, and in what order. It may be the way the make-up is applied, or which shoe (left or right) is put on first. It can involve a lucky item that is always placed in the same spot on the table or on the mirror. There are as many combinations as there are dancers.

If it spills over onto the stage or into the wings it may involve which wing is walked into first, or involve a run around the stage so many times before the curtain rises. Or, a lucky item may be pinned inside a costume or put in an out-of-the-way spot in the wings. Again, there are many variations.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstitious Secret # 182
“Some dancers follow a set process in the dressing room.”

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“The general root of superstition: namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.”
― Francis Bacon, The Collected Works of Sir Francis Bacon

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