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A Day in the Life

I am an eighteen year old male ballet dancer, and I am attending the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. My schedule in ballet summer school in July 1998, living in residence, worked on a rotation system like high school with a day 1 and a day 2. It went like this:

Around eight o'clock in the morning I would get up, do my hair, get into my dance clothes and go to the cafeteria for breakfast. Arriving at the cafeteria sometime between 8:30 AM and 8:45 I would select some breakfast that I thought I had time to eat and would let me survive my first class without feeling too hungry. I would also pick up a banana for my morning break. Then I would eat my breakfast and head to class by 8:45 to warm up before class.

My first class, a men's ballet class, began at 9:00 and ran until 10:30. I then had a fifteen minute break when I went to another building and ate my banana before my 10:45 to 12:15 men's ballet class. Then I had an hour for lunch, a one hour modern dance class on day 1 or pas de deux class on day 2 at 1:15 PM. At 2:15 I had a fifteen minute break before either an hour and a half Character, (day 1), or an hour and fifteen minutes Jazz class, (day 2). After Character I had forty-five minutes before a forty-five minute strength training class, (day 1), and then was finished and had supper. On day 2 I took a second Jazz class immediately after the first one and then I was finished in time to go for supper.

On Saturdays I had only a one and a half hour ballet class and Sundays were free, (zzzz…).

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