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My teacher has scheduled a killer weekend of rehearsals. Saturday I dance from 12:30-8:30 with one break for dinner, and Sunday I rehearse from 2:30-8:30 with most likely one short break as well. These are such long hours...any tips of how I can stay energized?

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Wow! That's a really, really tough weekend! I'm not going to give any tips; the moderators should first. I just wanted to say good luck!

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First, enjoy it! How often do you get to dance that much, and what would you rather be doing anyway? :D Second, take some energy bars with you, and be sure to drink enough water throughout the day. Third, ENJOY it!!!

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I'm a huge fan of vanilla diet Coke and tend to drink them often during long rehearsals like the one you described (however, some teachers aren't a fan of anything but water, so be careful where you have it). I also usually keep some dried cranberries or almonds, in addition to bars like Ms Leigh said. Also, I like to bring some facial cleanser and power and perfume for touchups--and maybe and extra leo if you think you'll be sweating a lot. Have fun!

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I'm assuming you'll get a five minute break here or there during that time, but when we have long rehearsals I find that I really want different things to eat throughout. So on one quick break, I really want some fruit, and on another, I'd rather eat an energy bar, or something like that. I always bring a little bit of something from every food group, so that I can choose what I want. I also usually have a bite of something or other at each break. However, our rehearsals aren't really ever that long, and when they are, we're putting together a whole show, so that we have a fair amount of sitting around time.

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Thanks everyone for the nutrition ideas and other tips for my long weekend!! I'll bring lots of healthy snacks to keep the energy going. And of course, I will enjoy every minute of rehearsing! (I always do :shrug: )

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Our show is coming up as well, and now I'm at the ballet studio all weekends... Last Saturday I felt exhausted after the long rehearsal and unfortunately (probably because my body was tired?) woke up very sick the next day, with a 39 degree fever. *sigh* I missed classes for 4 days but I'm better now.

 

 

So, even though your rehearsal won't begin in the morning, I still strongly advise you to go to sleep EARLY on Friday. Believe me, you will feel much better the next day. Also, eat a good breakfast and take some fruit with you - especially bananas!

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