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I caught up with choreographer Laura Peterson, in the midst of a busy fall fundraising drive, to ask her, “What gets you over the hump?” I am grateful for this window into her mid-week motivation:

Forever by Laura Peterson. Photo by Steven Schreiber.

I think the “hump” is about being tired before you’re allowed to be tired. I think of my friend Khalda, a wonderful dancer and friend who died several years ago. She worked harder than anyone I know. I think of her and say to myself, “Take a page out of the Khalda Logan playbook.” It works for me.

Or- I didn’t make it up, but I love it…”If Brittany Spears can make it through 2007, you can make it through this day.”

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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.