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Smooth Classics with Margherita Taylor 10pm - 1am
5 October 2017, 09:48
Being a ballet dancer means a life of intense competition, sewing and, occasionally, extreme face-planting. Dancers, here are the worst things about being you.
Oh, you didn't get the role you wanted? Someone else beat you to it? You'd better deal with it. Or, y'know, pick a fight.
And you’re more or less ok with that. Most of the time.
"See you at the barre!" "Mine's a pint!"
"It doesn't matter that we didn't choreograph this, honestly, you take the limelight…"
This is not what it is like, people.
But everyone expects a pirouette.
Endless. ENDLESS ribbons.
Shake it off, shake it off and PAS DE CHAT
"Yes! I always wanted to be understudy for Waiter No. 3 for the whole of March and April!"
When no one's watching.
But when you really need one, there are none to be found.
Actually, on second thoughts. This can be added to the 'great things' column.
Picture: Vadim Muntagirov and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Royal Ballet's The Two Pigeons. ©ROH, 2015. Photographed by Bill Cooper