For the second part of the rehearsal day, the dancers and trainees split up into Ballet 5:8's three studios. Slager finishes choreography for a section with King Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in one studio. Since Belteshazzar is not the only ballet slated to go onstage during the Spring Tour, the dancers flip back and forth between a range of ballets on the daily rehearsal schedule. With a wide range of choreographic styles and emotions represented in Ballet 5:8 Spring Tour repertoire, the dancers must be able to flip between styles at a moment's notice - and this is no easy task, requiring enormous amounts of focus and concentration! Today, Ballet Mistress Lauren Ader-Cumpston runs the Fall and Winter sections of Four Seasons of the Soul for cleaning, taking care that each dancer portrays the shapes - including every wrist, finger and head - correctly. A movement of Sigao Ekklesia is also on the schedule for cleaning near the end of the rehearsal day. Ballet 5:8 Studios, 3:00pm Rehearsals are over, and the Company Artists scatter after taking a few moments to stretch and warm down in the studios. The trainees head to rehearsal for their contemporary ballet Abundant Grace, which will be performed on Friday. In the costume room, piles of fabric are slowly being transformed into costumes - bodices, skirts and more are slowly but steadily taking shape.
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