As summer draws to a close and summer intensives finish there
are so many things going on. If you have been away for the whole
summer coming back and showing everyone what you learned while
you were gone can prove to be a very intimidating task. There are some
things that you should keep in mind while readjusting to your normal
One of the reasons that we train at California Ballet is for the
incredible and diverse training we are provided. While you were away,
wherever you went, they probably had their own “quirks” or specific
ways of doing things that are more than likely a little different than how
we do things here at Cal Bal. Its important to remember everything that
you learned while you were away while also coming back and dancing
the way the teachers at home prefer.
This might seem a little silly but when I first came back it was one
of the hardest things to adapt to. I have noticed throughout the years
that most summer intensives, weather you dance on college campus or
in school building, have grey marley in their studios. Coming back to
Cal Bal’s black floors can be quite a change. It may throw you off a little
for your first few classes back but you will adjust quickly.
This isn’t something that you need to readjust to but I feel like it’s
important to say. Most summer intensives have long days of dancing
with conditioning, yoga, or Pilates classes which put you in tip top shape
when you come home. Obviously, it’s not possible for most of us to
maintain a summer schedule during the year but if you keep stretching
every day and work really hard in your classes, then you can retain
more of what you accomplished during the summer.
Summer intensives are one of the highlights of the year for most
of us. But what really makes then awesome is coming home and seeing
how much you’ve gained and improved in such a short time.
~ Melanie Z.
CBS student and Junior Company member