Off to the next city: Charleston! We drove for four hours before finally arriving in South Carolina. After a long morning on the bus, we moved into our new hotel, then scurried off to rehearsal at the Galliard Auditorium. The stage was really big, as was the audience. After rehearsing, we all went to a group dinner, which was really enjoyable!
Traveling is a big part of a tour. Today, the Ballet Grand Prix group of students took an eight hour long bus trip! The drive took us to our destination in Alabama, where we would spend the night and rest for another four hour drive the next day. While on the bus, my friends and I played games, caught up on sleep, watched movies and enjoyed each others company. This long trip enabled everyone to get to know one another a little better. In all, the day was pretty relaxing and helped the dancers to revive their energy from the opening performance in Germantown.
While warming up in the wings today at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, I noticed some pre-show rituals that the professional dancers used. Running around the stage seemed to be the most popular. Everyone was very relaxed, joking around and laughing. Praying and vigorous relevés also took place. I also noticed that some of the dancers were hurt, yet when they stepped onto the stage they completely tuned their injuries out.
For the first time ever, Youth America Grand Prix is producing "Ballet Grand Prix," a gala tour presenting YAGP winners and some of today's biggest ballet talent: Jose Manuel Carreño, Irina Dvorovenko, Michele Wiles, Drew Jacoby, Rubinald Pronk, and more. Fourteen-year-old Tyler Donatelli from Southland Ballet Academy shares her experiences performing on the tour with pointemagazine.com.
There was great excitement in our offices here yesterday afternoon, due to NYCB principal Jenifer Ringer's appearance on "Oprah". Aside from Oprah asking the usual, and rather tired, questions about Black Swan (see my earlier post about this topic), there was one thing that Jenifer said that I found very relevant. She has struggled with an eating disorder in the past, and after Oprah asked her about her reaction to Alastair Macaulay's infamous
Step into the creative process of some of New York City's most exciting up-and-coming choreographers. This month, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center is launching Playground, an open workshop series for professional dancers to experience a choreographer's method and movement ideas. Sponsored by Home4Dance, the mission is to build a community of artistic exchange. For just a $5 suggested donation, any professional dancer can spend a couple hours in the studio with one of several promising choreographers. The workshops take place every weekday from 1–3 pm starting on February 28.
I went to see New York City Ballet on Saturday night, and was introduced to Balanchine's absolutely delightful Cortege Hongrois. There are so many reasons why this ballet is great, but the three aspects I enjoyed the most are the deceptive simplicity of the choreography, and the soloists Ana Sophia Scheller and Savannah Lowery, who were in the lead ballerina roles.