How to survive on nothing: No money? No problem! Find food, furniture, fun on a dancer's salary. (Young Dancer).
So you're a dancer with meager mea·ger also mea·gre
1. Deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty.
2. Deficient in richness, fertility, or vigor; feeble: the meager soil of an eroded plain.
3. funds; does that mean you have to live like a hermit hermit [Gr.,=desert], one who lives in solitude, especially from ascetic motives. Hermits are known in many cultures. Permanent solitude was common in ancient Christian asceticism; St. Anthony of Egypt and St. Simeon Stylites were noted hermits. ? Hardly. Whether you are a student in summer school, a fledgling dancer auditioning for a first job, or an emerging Broadway star, these practical tips to living a bohemian life can help you enjoy the big city on a dancer's budget.
Jason Shipley-Holmes, a dancer at La La La Human Steps La La La Human Steps is a leading Québécois contemporary dance group known for its energetic, acrobatic style that often involves fast-paced and athletic physical contact. Its signature move is the barrel jump, which is like a horizontal pirouette in the air. in Montreal, for instance, says it's entirely possible to furnish a spacious two-bedroom apartment with objects that are found for free on garbage day. He did just that when he was a student in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's professional division. "It wasn't easy to find that last piece for my living room," Shipley-Holmes recalls. "A leg was bent when I found it, and it smelled like the subway, but it was nothing that a hammer and a bottle of Clorox couldn't fix." Suddenly, he had a totally retro, rolling, stainless steel stainless steel: see steel.
Any of a family of alloy steels usually containing 10–30% chromium. The presence of chromium, together with low carbon content, gives remarkable resistance to corrosion and heat. TV unit that was the envy of the whole ballet school.
Garage sales, estate sales, and going-out-of-business sales are great places to look for furniture and fixtures. Check newspaper classified ads on Friday night or local internet bulletin boards, and show up early Saturday morning before the good stuff is gone. Don't be afraid to mention that you're a fiscally challenged dancer before asking the seller for the price--and remember to haggle. In many places around the country, you'll find a monthly antique flea market See computer flea market.
yard sale of used items at low prices. [Pop. Culture: Misc.]
See : Inexpensiveness ; sometimes, at the end of the day, sellers actually leave things behind because they don't want to schlepp them home.
After you have made your space habitable habitable adj. referring to a residence that is safe and can be occupied in reasonable comfort. Although standards vary by region, the premises should be closed in against the weather, provide running water, access to decent toilets and bathing facilities, heating, , you'll want to fill your belly. You can do this even when your wallet is almost empty. Gianni Di Marco Gianni di Marco was a fictional character in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He was played by Marc Bannerman.
Gianni arrived in Walford along with the rest of the di Marco family in 1998. from Boston Ballet History
The Boston Ballet is a professional ballet company based in Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1963 by E. Virginia Williams and was the first professional repertory ballet company in New England. showed me a delicious dinner of black beans and rice that can satisfy a big party of hungry dancers, and it costs about as much as an appetizer at Ocean Bar and Grill on 81st Street in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. . All you need are some vegetables, black beans, rice, and a pot. The recipe is written on the bag of beans. If you want wine, Trader Joe's and membership wholesalers like Costco (find a friend who belongs and shop with them) have bottles for under $5.
Because dancers perform better when they eat nutritiously, go to inexpensive farmers' markets with your friends, because vendors will give good deals when you buy fresh food in bulk. Ikolo Griffin, a soloist at Dance Theatre of Harlem Dance Theatre of Harlem, the first black classical ballet company. The group was founded in Harlem, New York City, by Arthur Mitchell, then of the New York City Ballet, the first black principal dancer of a classical company of international standing. , has become an expert on how to eat fresh, organic food on a low budget. He says that health food stores tend to be too expensive for him, so he shops at a co-op grocery instead. Most cities have them. Griffin belongs to the Park Slope food co-op in Brooklyn, where membership brings numerous benefits. To belong, he works a two-and-a-half-hour shift every four weeks. "Not only is it easy, it's fun," he says. "In return for working I get organic produce, meats, and cheeses for about half the price I would pay elsewhere."
But being on a budget doesn't mean that you can't go to restaurants. You simply have to pick the right spots. Search for crowded places full of locals and low prices, where the owner of the restaurant cooks the food and serves it.
Following dinner, you can find plenty of activities to do for free. Most museums have special evenings when they are open late and don't charge admission. Check your local newspaper for art openings (sometimes with free wine and cheese). Look at university and college bulletin boards for no- or low-cost lectures and events. Dana Genshaft, a San Francisco Ballet San Francisco Ballet, or SFB, is a San Francisco, USA based ballet company, founded in 1933 as part of San Francisco Opera Ballet. The company is currently based in the War Memorial Opera House, where it is directed by Helgi Tomasson. corp's member (pictured browsing, above and at left), likes to see inexpensive films at San Francisco's German cultural center, the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes.
If you have a student ID, use it to get discounts on performances, museums, and lectures. If you don't have one, consider enrolling in an inexpensive college. I took a class at City College in San Francisco in video editing for $45, and the ample discounts I received with my student ID card exceeded the cost of enrolling in the class. Plus, I learned an excellent new computer skill.
For dancers who want to work part-time, it is important to find a desk job. The dancing waiter is a myth--after hours of class and rehearsal, most dancers can't be on their feet all evening. That's why computer skills, if only data entry or typing, are extremely helpful for dancers who want to make a decent wage while their bodies recover from training. An entry-level temp job is a good place to start giving computers a try.
Cross-training on a shoestring? Ask people with gym memberships to let you take advantage of their free guest passes. The big boom in yoga means that many studios now offer free introductory classes. Gypsy around town from studio to studio for free. Then ask your favorite one to do a work exchange. At the San Francisco Bay San Francisco Bay, 50 mi (80 km) long and from 3 to 13 mi (4.8–21 km) wide, W Calif.; entered through the Golden Gate, a strait between two peninsulas. Area's Funky Door Yoga, students get unlimited yoga classes in exchange for a four-hour shift every week. Also, look for workout zones in city parks.
Sharing an apartment is a popular way to save money. Serious dancers should look for serious roommates. Still, if your roommates decide to have a loud Super Bowl party on your only day off, the library can be your quiet sanctuary. Even crowded city parks or cafes can be good places for private time, especially when you bring a book or slip on your headphones Head-mounted speakers. Headphones have a strap that rests on top of the head, positioning a pair of speakers over both ears. For listening to music or monitoring live performances and audio tracks, both left and right channels are required. . After all, the world is what you make of it.
Eric Wolfram wolfram: see tungsten. was a financially challenged dancer for years. Today he is still relatively free of material possessions in San Francisco, where he is a writer and documentary filmmaker.