Shannon Marie Rugani – Rehearsal & Peformance Day
I am getting ready for Christopher Wheeldon’s U.S. premiere of Cinderella, opening on May 3 and rehearsing 6 different roles for Cinderella! They are the stepmother, Cinderella’s mother, the prince’s nanny, autumn in the four seasons and one of the courtiers in the ballroom scene.
Keeping my roles straight is my job, but keeping up with my schedule is another! To give you an example of what an average daily schedule looks like during the season – here is what I did the other day…
8:30AM: Wake up, get ready, pack a few snacks and then kiss my husband goodbye for the day.
9:30AM: Walk to work then change into my rehearsal outfit.
10AM: Start warming up for our morning company warm up class.
10:30-11:45AM: San Francisco Ballet’s (SFB’s) warm up class.
12:00 – 3PM: Cinderella rehearsals.
3:00 – 3:30PM: Half hour break to eat a snack and rest.
3:30 – 5PM: More Cinderella rehearsals.
5:00 – 6PM: Run home for a quick bite to eat and a short nap.
6:00PM: walk back to the theater to get prepared for the evening performance.
8:00PM: Performance time! This evening it was a mixed repertory of three short ballets: “Criss Cross” by Helgi Tomasson; “Francesca di Rimini” by Yuri Possokhov; and George Balanchine’s “Symphony in Three Movements”. I performed in all three!
10:30PM: Go home and spend a little time with my husband while icing my feet and eating dinner.
11:30PM: Bedtime!……Knowing that I will only to wake up and do it all over again!
Whoever said that the life of a ballerina was glamorous?
This has been one of the busiest seasons of my career. I have performed in every performance of the season. It can be exhausting at times, but I when I am onstage I am immediately recharged. I live to perform, so this season has been very fulfilling for me. Dancers spend most of their time rehearsing for performances. So the ability to perform is our greatest gift. I feel so fortunate to be able to be living my dream and dancing for an incredible ballet company.