It is not every day that you are welcomed into the world of high art. Today, we have someone very special to introduce. World renowned First Soloist of The Royal Ballet Yuhui Choe (Kish) has kindly written for us using her first hand experiences to curate a list of ballet essentials.
'My performance usually starts at 7:30pm and I start getting ready around 5pm, although I sometimes finish rehearsing at 5:30pm. If I have a main role in a full length ballet, I start even earlier. I get my coffee and a mixed fruit bowl from the theatre coffee bar, put my headphones on and enter hair and makeup. Afterwards, I go up to the studio for a warm up and choose my pointe shoes for the performance.'
We are honoured to present this list to you and hope it shines a light on all that it takes to support a dancer through even the hardest of performances. Without further ado, here are Yuhui's top 10 essentials for ballet.
Thanks to Yuhui's wonderful selection of hand picked items from her own experiences with The Royal Ballet, it is easy to see the amount of time, effort and dedication that is required from dancers to take their performances to the next level.
From getting into the right headspace to making sure each strand of hair keeps its hold, all of these items are no less than essential pieces which all work in unity to support a dancer's performance, mental wellbeing and physical health.
Thank you so much, Yuhui! We hope to have you back to write for us again soon.
Headshot by Mayumi Hirata
Header image from Voices of Spring by Tristram Kenton
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