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
Pre-performance routine: Chung likes to get to the theater two and a half hours early, and does much of her makeup before class for matinees. "I don't necessarily need all that time, but it helps get me in the mood. That's more important to me now, to focus on what I'm going to perform."
Cody Beaton, Richmond Ballet
Health kit: Beaton takes vitamin B-12 supplements on performance days. "I feel like it helps with energy and stamina," she says. She has Biofreeze handy in case her body starts aching, and Airborne tablets for keeping her immune system up. And she's never, ever without a toothbrush and toothpaste. "I'm a little fanatical about brushing before I go onstage."
Post-performance routine: Beaton's hair and headpiece is undone by the time she reaches the dressing room. She uses wipes to quickly remove makeup, moisturizes her lips with rose-tinted Vaseline and heads out the door. "In this company, the girls are always quicker than the boys," she says. "We carpool, because the theater only has a few parking passes, and we're always waiting for them!"
This article first appeared in the August/September 2017 issue of Pointe.