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This Friday, New Chamber Ballet‘s season opens with five short works by Miro Magloire set to live piano and violin. After a debilitating Lisfranc fracture in 2014 that necessitated two foot surgeries, dancer and New Chamber Ballet veteran Elizabeth Brown is fully recovered and back into her routines both offstage and on. Brown took a moment out of her busy freelance schedule to let us know how she keeps it all together midweek when a premiere is only two days away.

Brown flying high on tour in Dortmund, Germany with NCB. Photo by Itsaso.

Photo by Kristin Lodoen.

Photo by Kristin Lodoen.

{ Dd }: What gets you over the hump?

Elizabeth Brown: Whiskey? No, not really.

I try to pay a lot of attention to that hump day, the Wednesday of our production week. I’m careful not to schedule too much work for the evening so that I can finish earlier than I normally do on a Monday or Tuesday. Then I try to see what needs a bit of catching up for my body. Do I need a last minute acupuncture appointment or a grocery run for something yummy? Should I do a little extra rolling or stretching at the end of the day? Sometimes a little adjustment can set me up for the rest of the week.

But if all else fails though, whiskey!


New Chamber Ballet
9/11-9/12, 8pm
City Center Studios, 130 West 56th St, 5th floor

Click here for tickets.


What gets you over the hump? Tell us in an email to [email protected] or tweet us @diydancer #getoverthehump

Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.