25 life lessons I learned from ballet - #6
Beyond the arabesques and grand jetés, ballet is an abundant source of priceless life lessons. With the rigorous training and intense discipline it requires, ballet can teach one how to deal with pressure, disappointments, challenges, and ultimately, success. On her 25th anniversary as a professional dancer in 2009, prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde took the time to list down 25 key lessons she learned from ballet and which she felt both dancers and non-dancers can apply in their own lives. This series shares those enduring nuggets of wisdom – one lesson at a time.
By Lisa Macuja-Elizalde
6. Good preparation is the key to a successful plan. Several hours before a ballet performance, you will find me onstage, warming up, giving enough time for mental and physical preparation for the show. Most often, the success of any endeavor is in the planning and preparation.
Top photo: The value of rehearsals and preparation was instilled in Lisa Macuja-Elizalde since the very early days of her dancing career. In this photo, she is joined by Steve Villaruz, artistic director of Dance Theater Philippines, as she performs exercises on the barre. Photo from the Ballet Manila Archives