REAL TALK With Primaballerina Adyaris Almeida Santana
When someone is being interviewed, they always put their best face forward. "Real Talk" is designed to help young dancers and professionals by providing them with the whole truth about the problems faced by artists...on stage and off.
How do you warm up? Before class? Before a show?
Before class I just stretch and adjust my body. My hips, my back, my neck, my elbows, my ankles, etc... I am my own chiropractor. If I don't do this I can't move. Before a show I take a class on stage if there is one given. But most of the time I like to do my own warm up. I take a good barre then I try my pointe shoes to see wish pair is going on stage with me.
Working in class... each dancer works differently...any particular way you work? Or a thing you work on?
The problem I see in most professional dancers it’s that they take the class just as a warm up. Sure the class is to get you ready for your day of rehearsals, but it's also the only time of the day where you can go back to basics and work on your technique. Class is not just a warm up it's an opportunity to keep learning and to keep improving.
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Photos: Adyaris Almeida Santana in “Giselle” by Belinda Rodriguez, in Victoria Morgan's King Arthur's "Camelot" as Lady Guinevere by Jeff Corcoran and in Natalia Makarova’s “La Bayadere” as Gamzatti by Rosalie O’Connor.