It has been fun and exciting, challenging and exhausting, and very rewarding in every way!
Well, I am totally used to my schedule by now, and I am really enjoying my classes. On Thursday, July 11 I had ballet with Yvonne Borree and pointe with Kay Mazzo. Thursday evening all the SAB summer course students attended something called “The Cultural Program.” We watched a really amazing video about the history of George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, who togaether founded the School of American Ballet in 1934. There were clips from many of George Balanchine’s famous ballets, including “Serenade,” “Apollo,” “Concerto Barocco,” “Theme and Variations,” “Western Symphony,” and “Stravinsky Violin Concerto.” Not only was it interesting and amazing to hear about their history and see parts of the ballets, but we also got to see some of our current teachers dancing in the video, including Peter Martins, Kay Mazzo, Suki Schorer, Susan Pilarre, and Darci Kistler.
Friday I had ballet with Suki Schorer and variations with Yvonne Borree, where we worked on another variation from Raymonda.Friday evening we watched a video of the 2012-2013 Winter Term students’ Choreographic Workshop. It was fun to see their performance, and I even recognized some familiar faces!
Saturday was a long but awesome day. Classes were cancelled for the day, and we took a coach bus to Saratoga, NY to see the New York City Ballet perform at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. They performed pieces from “Year of the Rabbit,” “The Garland Dance,” “Barber Violin Concerto,” and “Stravinsky Violin Concerto.” It was a beautiful day and our only chance to see NYCB perform, and I am so glad we had this opportunity!
Sunday I had an easy day. I worked on sewing and Jet gluing pointe shoes and doing my laundry. Earlier in the week, some friends and I had made plans to do something. So in the late afternoon/early evening, we went to Times Square and out to dinner. It was nice to relax and enjoy the city with friends!
Monday I had ballet with NYCB principal Ashley Bouder then pointe with Susan Pilarre. After grabbing a quick dinner in the cafeteria, we had rehearsal for the Student Choreographic Workshop. From now on, I will have rehearsal every evening until we perform on Thursday the 25th. After spending 6 hours a day on pointe, my feet were definitely tired!
Tuesday morning before our normal classes started, we had an Injury Prevention seminar with SAB physical therapist. We learned about how to prevent and treat injuries, and we also gave ourselves a hyper mobility test. I scored a 7 out of 9! After the seminar, I had ballet with Kay Mazzo and variations with Darci Kistler, where we worked on yet another variation from Raymonda. I love every day at SAB, but I think Tuesdays are one of my favorite days! After class and a quick dinner, we had rehearsal again.
Wednesday morning I ran to Duane Reade with one of my suite mates in the morning before class. I had to get some more tape for my feet. I am going through things (like tape and pointe shoes) so quickly since we are spending so many hours on pointe! Then I had ballet with Jock Soto and pointe with Darci Kistler. Wednesday evening we had rehearsal again.
Thursday morning before class we has another seminar. This one dealt with mental fitness, and we learned about controlling our thoughts and staying focused in class. The seminars are very informative and a nice addition to the curriculum. After the seminar, I had ballet with Yvonne Borree and pointe with Kay Mazzo, then dinner and rehearsal. We added on to the piece a lot. It was really fun!
I can’t believe my fourth week at SAB is almost over. It has been fun and exciting, challenging and exhausting, and very rewarding in every way!