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When I've understudied, I stood near the back while learning it and did it full out in the back or marked in the corner if there wasn't enough room. I learned all the variations just in case someone from that variation was absent. It just so happened the piece I was understudying happened to have a lot of people who missed rehearsals a lot, so I wound up performing the piece at every rehearsal till a week before the show, including a pas de deux :wub:

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In class, you are still a student. You act no differently than you act for any other class. In a class environment, even the most senior dancers have no particular hierarchy. They are students.


In rehearsal, an understudy for a corps part, if not filling in for a missing dancer, waits in an upstage corner of the rehearsal hall, or wherever one is desired to stand by the teacher, ballet master, regisseur or repetiteur who is conducting the rehearsal. There, one stands quietly marking the part being understudied, and tries to do so as unobtrusively as possible, without hitting other dancers.


If a class is being used as a rehearsal, that's not right; it's just not right.

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