One of my favorite pre-show tidbits came around this time last season, while working on Apollo with a Skype-assisted Sandy Jennings. Her suggestion to wear my favorite perfume for the performance reminded me just how transformative feeling like a ballerina can be. Friday in the studio, sweet Elyse added another gem (harhar) to that collection.
“I want you to imagine you have little tiny diamonds on the tip of every eyelash, every fingernail, the end of every strand of hair…and maybe a few on your butt,” Elyse said with a wink.
Signature sass in every syllable, she dusted the aforementioned areas with jittering fingers. Delicate red-tipped nails played invisible keys hovering just over my shoulders and down my arms as she spoke. Emphasizing the importance of exclamation points (and maybe “a couple commas”) throughout the piece, Elyse used her diction to demonstrate. Ah, diamonds and dialogue, does it get any better?
This one is a memory I will lock up in me, to be accessed and applied whenever I lose sight of my brillante. Now, on with the show.