Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul. ~ Rebecca West
For most ballet companies around the United States, season contracts don’t run 52 weeks out of the year. Some 25 weeks, some 30, some 34, 35, 36, 38, and the lucky one’s into the 40’s. Either way, this means that dancers’ get time off – usually a huge chunk in the summer months! Time to rest their bodies, heal, recharge their batteries, & fill their time with new adventures – explorations – experiences! To learn, to grow and in the end become more balanced.
- Take trips, go camping, volunteer, garden, donate your time to be a big brother/big sister, visit other art forms, go fishing, take bike rides, pack a picnic, enjoy the sunshine (really), read books, educate yourself, write a short story, find new recipes, visit local farm markets, hike, watch the sun rise, exercise, take a road trip, start a journal, find new areas of town, take cooking classes, guest dance
- Teach someone else dance, take pictures, go to the zoo, visit a farm, get an ice-cream, go to museums, pick flowers, salvage something, spend time with your family, have conversations, hand write a letter to someone, go star gazing, swim (fresh water, salt water, chlorinated water – all of the above), take walks, catch up on films, contemplate, take yoga, visit friends (they give you perspective)
- Get on a boat (canoe/kayak works too), go to a baseball game, play games, sit around a bomb-fire, reminisce, embrace nature, read the New York Times (challenge yourself to a crossword), take a train ride, ask your parents/grandparents about their lives, sketch something, throw a frisbee, take advantage of our national parks, find shapes in the clouds, celebrate accomplishments, set new goals, explore architecture, walk through a college campus and feel the energy
- Play catch in a park, take long showers, throw a football, grill out, create things, build something with your hands, take naps, change your room around, play trivia, go somewhere you have always wanted to go, sew, help someone out, help people out, give advice, sit and listen, go to a music festival, learn to play an instrument, go for something, ask advice, dress up, get out and about, put the computer down
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