Be open to receiving corrections from your peers on steps and spacing. Use each other’s eyes as assets.
Imagine the floor as graph paper, and take note of your distances frontwards, backwards, diagonally and across the
stage at all times. Don’t just focus on your own choreography—learn all patterns of the stage movement as a whole.
This will help you swing from one role to the next if the need arises.
Put the production above your personal performance. For instance, if you are seventh in line and the leader lifts the
wrong arm onstage, follow their lead, right or wrong. There are no points for being the only one who’s “right” if you
ruin the overall stage picture.
Don’t lose focus just because you’re not in the spotlight. Corps work requires not only selflessness, but strong
personal discipline. As dancer Brett Fukuda puts it, “Will you still dance your best although you may be able to
get away with less? Will you still work hard without individual praise?” Push for the good of the company and the
strength of the unit. As former Boston Ballet corps member Brittany Summer says, corps dancers have to be “
big-hearted, strong-willed, formidable creatures.”
Corps Rules to Live By
What makes a great corps member? Sarah Wroth, who’s been in Boston
Ballet’s corps for 14 seasons, polled her fellow dancers for their best tips.
Bettes in Swan Lake
rehearsal with Addie
Tapp and Samuel