I just need to enjoy every minute of it and try not to think about the end of SAB Summer Dance Course 2013!
Friday I had ballet with Suki Schorer, and I felt like I had one of my best classes since being at SAB. I really like Ms. Schorer’s teaching style! Ashley Laracey, an NYCB soloist took our class. Ashley is engaged to our workshop choreographer, Troy Schumacher, and she helps us during the evening rehearsals. She has pulled me aside a couple of times and said really nice, encouraging things to me. I respect and like her a lot, and I love when she takes our classes. After ballet, everyone performing in the choreographic workshop got to go to the toe shoe room to pick out a pair of pointe shoes for free. Now I have another pair to sew!
Friday afternoon I had variations with Yvonne Borree, and we worked on the Raymonda variation from last week. Friday evening we had rehearsal. After rehearsal, Troy had pizzas brought in for us, and we all sat around, ate pizza, and talked to Ashley and Troy about what it is like to dance with NYCB. It was really interesting to hear about it from their perspective!
Saturday I had my last pas class with Peter Martins. I really love that class, and I am going to miss it! After class and lunch, some friends and I went to a few stores in the neighborhood and beyond. We also walked to a place called Sugar and Plumm for ice cream. It was a lot of fun!
Sunday was a quiet day because a lot of people went to Six Flags for the day. I opted not to do that activity because I am not much of an amusement park person! Instead I did laundry in the morning and sewed my pointe shoes, then went with some friends to take dance pictures of each other in Central Park. It was a really pretty day, and we had a lot of fun. On Sunday evening after dinner, one of my suite mates and I walked to Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake. I think I have had more than enough desserts for the weekend!
Monday morning I went down to the fifth floor early to watch some other classes before my class started. I like to sit in the hallway and stretch and watch at the same time. I had ballet with NYCB principal Megan Fairchild. I really like her classes a lot. After ballet I had variations with Susan Pilarre. She is really funny, and I love her classes too! We worked on the variation from George Balanchine’s Mozartiana that we started last week. After a quick dinner, it was off to rehearsal again!
Tuesday I had my last ballet class with Kay Mazzo. I am really going to miss her classes. She makes us work really hard, and she challenges me to push my limits as a dancer. I also had variations with Darci Kistler. We did a barre, then continued working on the female variation from the Tchaikovsky pas de deux and the Raymonda variation from last week. I always love Darci’s classes! Tuesday evening we had a long rehearsal. We finished the piece, and made sure we all know what we are wearing for the performance. I can’t wait to perform it on Thursday!
Wednesday I had my last class with Jock Soto. His classes are mentally challenging, and I like the way he makes me think. It is also fun because we always do fouettés at the end of his class! After class the SAB School Store was open for the last time. I stopped by to see what they had left, and I picked up another SAB t-shirt. You can never have too many t-shirts, right?! In the afternoon I had my last pointe class with Darci. We ended up having a really short class because we had to grab a quick dinner and start rehearsal early. Troy made some changes to the piece, so we had a lot to do to make sure it was performance ready. Wednesday was a long day, so as soon as rehearsal ended, I headed upstairs to soak my feet and go to bed!
I can’t believe I only have a couple more days left. I am going to enjoy every minute and try not to think about the end of SAB Summer Course 2013!