A dancer's dressing room is often her "home away from home." We went backstage with Boston Ballet principal Lia Cirio, San Francisco Ballet principal Frances Chung and Richmond Ballet dancer Cody Beaton to see how they personalize their space and get performance-ready.
Lia Cirio, Boston Ballet
Pre-show routine: "I don't like to be rushed," says Boston Ballet principal Lia Cirio. She usually does her hair and makeup an hour and a half before curtain so that she has time to warm up. Before she goes onstage, she says a little prayer, then checks her ribbons "incessantly" to make sure they're secure.
Frances Chung, San Francisco Ballet
Furry friend: Chung brings her Chihuahua, Iggy, along whenever she can. "He's our little guard dog," she says. He's usually camped out in the closet, underneath the costumes—unless, of course, he sees a tutu. "Anytime there's one on the ground, he'll just go and chill there."
Cody Beaton, Richmond Ballet
Pre-performance routine: Beaton gets to the theater an hour before class. Afterwards, she does her hair and makeup and then a 15-minute Pilates/barre warm-up. "It's the exact same barre every time. It's timed really well, so it gets me sweating and warm and ready to go do anything."
This article first appeared in the August/September 2017 issue of Pointe.