|Last week the company was on Good Day Sacramento promoting an upcoming performance. |
Here's a shot of Lean and I dancing around and taking pictures after the camera crews left.
I'm in love with this week because I get to perform tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday.
I love being on stage and I wish I could perform every night.
Sure, things can go wrong during a performance and that's probably why dancers
(and most stage people)
are ridiculously superstitious.
We have our own private rituals warming up, waiting in the wings to go on, and sometimes even in the midst of performing.
An odd thing dancers like to do is wish each other merde.
It's our own form of "break a leg!"
Even though merde is a no-no word in French, we still use it as if it's the kindest thing to say to another.
The origin of merde comes from back in the day when patrons of the ballet would arrive in horse and carriage. More horses meant more people in the audience, and that meant more poop on the streets.
By saying merde, they were hoping that there would be a large crowd to perform for.
Apparently, saying good luck is the worse thing to say a performer.
It's as if good luck is too sacred to say out loud and you won't get any of it if it's vocalized.
But I'm not superstitious.
Well, I do have my own private ritual that I do in the wings;
it's all part of the magic of performing.
What are your pre-performance rituals?
Are you superstitious?