. . . but I can’t believe the SAB Summer Course 2013 is halfway over. I guess it is true what they say: “Time flies when you’re having fun!”
Thursday was the 4th of July, so there were no classes. Instead, we boarded the school bus and headed to the Bronx Zoo for the day. The zoo is really big! We walked around and saw lots of animals. My favorites were the monkeys, the turtles, and the petting zoo. We ate lunch at the zoo, walked around for awhile longer, then headed back to the dorm in the afternoon. That evening after dinner, my suite mates and I watched fireworks out our dorm window. It was really cool to see them exploding over the skyline of the city!
Friday morning level 7 girls and advanced men had a meeting at 11:00. The meeting was to announce which students were chosen to participate in the Summer Choreographic workshop and performance. There will be two pieces, each choreographed by a member of New York City Ballet. One of the choreographers is Silas Farley, and the other one is Troy Schumacher. Both Silas and Troy had been observing portions of our classes during the previous week, and they had selected dancers for each of their pieces. Seven girls and two boys were selected to be in Silas’s piece, and seven girls and four boys were selected to be in Troy’s piece. I was so honored and excited to find out that I was selected to be in Troy’s piece, and I will be performing it in the NYCB studios on Thursday, July 25 in front of two different audiences!
After the meeting, we had a regular day of classes. I had ballet for the first time with Suki Schorer, and I really enjoyed it. Ms. Schorer is very energetic and gives lots of corrections, which is a good thing! NYCB principal Ashley Bouder took my class too. It is always exciting to take class with principals! After ballet I had variations with Yvonne Borree. We continued working on the Sugarplum variation from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker that we had started the week before. We also started learning George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15. I enjoyed that very much, since it is very different from anything I have ever done before. After classes I grabbed a quick dinner, then headed back to the studio because we had our first rehearsal for the Summer Choreographic workshop piece from 6:00-8:00 pm. I was supposed to see ABT’s Sleeping Beauty Friday evening, but I wasn’t able to attend because of the rehearsal.
Saturday I had a really amazing ballet class plus pas with Peter Martins! I was completely amazed and a little intimidated to be taking a class from the Chairman of the Faculty and Artistic Director of The School of American Ballet, but it was a really great class. There were a number of NYCB company members taking the class as well. Somehow I managed to stay focused, and I think I had a pretty good class!
After class one of my friends and I went out in the Lincoln Center area to run a couple of errands. SAB allows students (according to the restrictions set by their parents) to go out in the “neighborhood,” as long as they stay within the set boundaries, let the SAB staff members know exactly where they are going, and let the staff members know exactly when they will be back. We like to go places like Whole Foods, Starbucks, Duane Reade, or to get froyo. Saturday night we hung out in our suite and talked and played a couple of games. SAB regularly schedules in-house dorm activities for students every now and then, like craft night or spa night.
Sunday afternoon we went on a walking tour of Central Park. We had a tour guide who took us through and pointed things out to us. I had been through Central Park before, but it was nice to be able to take our time and enjoy it. Sunday afternoon my suite mates and I staged our own photo shoot at Lincoln Center. We all got dressed in leotards, dance skirts, and pointe shoes and took pictures of each other in front of the fountain and in other spots around Lincoln Center. It was really fun, and we plan on doing another photo shoot soon!
Monday I had ballet with Susan Pilarre and pointe with Yvonne Borree. I wore a pair of my new Freed pointe shoes that I bought and sewed last week. I am really happy with the way they feel and how they look. I am going through pointe shoes very quickly here since all my classes are on pointe. With rehearsals every evening starting next week, I will probably go through them even faster. I better start sewing my next pair soon!
My first class on Tuesday was ballet with Kay Mazzo. I really love taking class from Ms. Mazzo. Her classes are challenging, and I feel like I work hard and learn a lot in her classes. The more I have her, the more I am figuring out what she is looking for and how she wants things done! Tuesday afternoon I had variations with Yvonne Borree. We worked on the female variation from the Tchaikovsky pas de deux, which I also enjoyed!
Wednesday was a busy day for me. First I had ballet with Jock Soto. Mr. Soto’s classes are challenging because he likes to do combinations with arms on the opposite counts as the steps. You really have to think during his classes. After class I grabbed lunch, then stopped by the “toe shoe room.” The “toe shoe room” is a room on the fifth floor where they store all the pointe shoes that are ordered but never used by NYCB dancers. One day each week for one hour, they open the “toe shoe room” to SAB summer course students, and they have the opportunity to purchase pointe shoes for $20. Since I am going through my shoes so quickly, I bought another pair. In the afternoon, I had Pilates with Phoebe Higgins and pointe with Susan Pilarre. Pilates is a chance to relax a little, especially since it is my only class that is not on pointe! I really like taking class from Ms. Pilarre. She is funny and gives lots of corrections. Today we did a barre and worked a little bit on a variation. As soon as class was over, I hurried up to my room to change clothes for the evening. Then we boarded the school bus and headed out to see Newsies on Broadway. I had never seen Newsies before, and the show was so amazing! The guys were full of energy, and I loved all the singing, dancing, and tumbling!
I am loving my time in New York City, and I can’t believe the SAB Summer Course 2013 is halfway over. I guess it is true what they say… “Time flies when you’re having fun!”