Dressing-room playlist: Bradley Schlagheck

The Boston Ballet soloist prepares for the stage at the David H. Koch Theater

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Bradley Shlagheck

Bradley Shlagheck


“Dressing-room playlists have to be very carefully crafted. They have to be able to entertain the masses while not being obnoxious. They have to be equally sing-along and power-up. My fave songs are all quintessential ‘tromp across the stage, you can do anything’ anthems that prepare me for a show, whether I’m jamming with friends or just stretching it out with my headphones.”—Bradley Schlagheck

Catch Schlagheck in the following:

William Forsythe’s The Second Detail: June 25, 26 and 29
Jose Martinez’s Resonance: June 26
Alexander Ekman’s Cacti: June 25, 26 and 29
George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements: June 27 and 28
Jiri Kylian’s Bella Figura: June 28

1. “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who

“Betty Who is just bursting onto the scene. She only has a couple of songs and they’re completely addicting. Her beats remind me of Robyn in a way, who always inspires the good times.”

2. “How Will I Know (Junior Vasquez Remix)” by Whitney Houston

“By far the best remix of this epic song. Put your hands up. Jump around. And do some tendus.”

3. “Stars 4-Ever” by Robyn

"Robyn has been uh-mazing since day one. She’s super Swedish and super crazy, and her concert was the best thing I’ve ever experienced. This song is another bounce-around favorite. Anything to get everybody jazzed before a show."

4. “One Step at a Time” by Jordin Sparks

"The heels clicking down the street at the beginning of this one really get me going. And the lyrics really speak to me when things get super stressed or I’m exhausted at the theater. 'The only way we get there is one step at a time.' A ballet career is no easy feat, that’s for sure."

5. “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities

“I fell in love with this one immediately after I saw its music video. It features all of these different dancers from different eras of dance, all spliced together on this giant old theatre stage. This one is for Lia Cirio, fellow dancer, best friend and principal with Boston Ballet.”

6. “Love on Top” by Beyoncé

“This is another must. Just for the complete scream-ability and the key changes at the end. I love to spread the energy before a show and this is a sure pump.”

7. “Dirty Talk” by Wynter Gordon

“Always a good time. I have a huge joke with my closest friends because the lyrics, ‘I am no angel’ sound like ‘I am a waitress’…so naturally we put our right arm up like we’re carrying trays and, like every normal waitress does, scream and sissy that walk. Also, the original music video for this made no sense whatsoever. Some sort of fairy women wandering around in the woods smelling each other. Which is another reason why this song is just a gem.”

8. “Beauty Queen” by Foxes

“The beginning of this song is a sound clip from one of my favorite ‘90s movies, Drop Dead Fred. It’s basically a young girl being told the ending of the story of Cinderella and she doesn’t believe a word of it and tells her mother that it’s a ‘pile of shit.’ So classic. The song is a chill, slow jam that’s good for stretching and getting that last Zen moment before a big show. We all love getting a little euphoric while warming up. It’s good for channeling focus and shaking off jitters.”

9. “Dirty Mouth by JbDubs

“My close friend James Whiteside, principal with ABT, has been making his own music for years, and I’ve been doing backup dancing and music videos with him for shows around Boston and New York from the beginning. It’s such an amazing creative outlet for him and his most recent song and video, available on iTunes and YouTube, is completely hilarious and genius. Having a little alter-ego gig has been a dream of his, and this song is one of my favorites.”

10. “Catch My Breath” by Kelly Clarkson

“Kelly knows how to sing. And I mean sing. She has quite a few songs that are such good ‘my life has never been better than this moment right now’ songs. There’s this deep nervous/anxious/excited feeling I get before I go on stage, and this song really gets me super inspired to go out there and do my thing.”

11. “You Make My Dreams” by Hall and Oates

“The ultimate feel-good song. And a wonderful finale before hitting the stage. We all want to be Joseph Gordon-Levitt in that scene from 500 Days of Summer, right?”



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