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
Good-luck charm: An angel statuette given to her by former dancer Valerie Tellmann-Henning before her debut in Mozartiana. "Now I keep it in my makeup case and put it out during show runs. It says 'You shine like a thousand stars.' "
Mirror decor: Beaton lines her mirror with homemade cards and handwritten notes. "A dancer made these for everyone and they're all different," she says of the ones in the photo above. Another gift, a vintage-looking tin with ballerinas on it, now holds her hairpins and hairnets.
This article first appeared in the August/September 2017 issue of Pointe.