Final Bows

The time has come for the last performance of the Ballet Grand Prix Tour. The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater auditorium is beautiful. Chandeliers hanging from the ceiling make me feel very special while I am on stage. I really wanted to enjoy the last performance on the tour so I could end this experience on a good note! The whole time I've been here, I have been so happy, along with my fellow dancers from Southland Ballet Academy. My friends and I realize that we are so lucky to be able to show the world our talent.

I am more than grateful for how my dances went tonight. Plus, the professional dancers—Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, Mikhail Kaniskin, Michele Wiles, Charles Askegard, Oksana Skoryk, Igor Kolb, Drew Jacoby, Rubinald Pronk, Melanie Hamrick and Jose Manuel Carreño—seemed to enjoy this last performance as well. Everyone in the show, both students and professionals, were flawless! The energetic crowd responded to our performance with a standing ovation, just as they did the last two cities. The vibe tonight was so enjoyable that I didn't want the tour to end just yet. After the show, all dancers enjoyed a wonderful meal and a night filled with laughter and relief. The end of this tour is bittersweet because I would love to continue to perform around the country, but I have more growing to do. Thank you for reading my blog!

 

Off to dance,

Tyler Donatelli

 

Read Tyler's first blog post here.