ABSTRACT

A large part of a performing dancers life is spent traveling from one city to another, from one performance venue to the next. This provides the dancer with the maximum number of performances over a set period of time. The ability to adapt to this unique demand of the dancer’s profession depends on the individual’s openness to and excitement about new acquaintances, and new situations. For some dancers the actual act of traveling from one place to the next is nothing more than an enervating necessity, but for the rest it is a time which can be used for relaxation and contemplation. For these dancers, it is a respite, when both the mind and the body can find pleasure in pulling back from the intense physical and mental activities of performing.