I’ve started collaborating with an illustrator on a series of animated shorts describing real life as a professional ballet dancer.
This one I wrote as a tiny memoir of my professional debut, my first performance with the Louisville Ballet Company after graduating with my BA from Butler University.
I don’t think, as a hard-working college dance major, that I was prepared for just how little new dancers are often used in bigger ballet companies. In my experience, there is a lot of understudying and not a lot of stage time. I kind of wish I had known to expect that going in.
These videos, co-created with Nico Vidal, are intended to spark laughs, insight, conversation, and even change in the dance world.
Please enjoy and leave a like if you’ve ever been underused at work!
If you had a great or bad first performing experience, share it in a comment below.
Watch the 1-minute video on my Instagram @jessicaruhlin
Or if you aren’t on the gram, watch it here on Youtube