One of Motionwear’s dance models, Abigail, attended the Boston Ballet Summer Intensive this summer. In this blog she recaps her incredible experience in Boston, and gives us all a glimpse into the life of an aspiring ballerina.
“I can’t believe what an amazing time I had this summer. I absolutely loved the Boston Ballet Summer Intensive! The first Sunday placement classes were held, and then regular classes began that Monday. A normal day consisted of a morning technique class. Then I usually had pointe/variation class. This was followed by either a lecture, partnering class, character, modern, or Pilates, depending on the day.
Over the summer in variations, I learned the Summer Fairy variation from Frederick Ashton’s “Cinderella,” the Kitri Variation from Act III of “Don Quixote,” Waltz of the Hours from Balanchine’s “Coppélia,” and Aurora’s variation in Act III of “The Sleeping Beauty.” Throughout the summer I was able to train with great new teachers every week and learn so much from them. Some of my main teachers included Christopher Hird, Sarah Wroth, Corina Gill, and Leigh Lucey. It was really cool to learn from Ms. Gill and Ms. Wroth since they are corps members with Boston Ballet and they were able to give some insight on what it’s like to dance with Boston Ballet. Mr. Hird’s classes were really focused on technique and he always gave me new ways to think about things. Ms. Lucey’s classes were always challenging, because we did almost every combination on flat and then repeated it on relevé. It was a great experience to learn from so many new teachers and have the opportunity to dance in the beautiful studios of Boston Ballet. One of my favorite things was being able to watch the older students as well as the occasional company member take classes. It was so inspiring to be able to watch them apply their artistry and grace into simple movements.
During the weekends I hung out with my new friends and explored the city. The first weekend we saw the Fourth of July fireworks on the Charles River. The second weekend a lot of us went up to Saratoga on Saturday to watch New York City Ballet. It was one of the most beautiful and inspirational performances I have ever seen! They performed “Interplay” by Jerome Robbins. The other three ballets were choreographed by Balanchine: “Tarantella,” Symphony in Three Movements,” and “Western Symphony.” It was so cool to see some of my biggest role models like Tiler Peck, Ashley Bouder, Sterling Hyltin, and Sara Mearns in person! The next day we went up to Hampton Beach, my first time ever at a beach! The water was freezing, but I ended up having a great time! The fourth weekend was the Dinner Dance Cruise on Saturday, where dinner was served to us on a cruise as we sailed around the harbor. As we headed back we stopped for a couple minutes and watched airplanes fly right over us as they landed. On that Sunday, some of us went to a Red Sox game against the Detroit Tigers where we won 11-1!
The last week I was finally reunited with my mom on Thursday!!!! She was able to watch me in my final technique class and watch me dance the Summer Fairy Variation. We flew home on Saturday and it was the first time I had flown since I was three. It was so cool! Overall I had an amazing time in Boston. I absolutely loved the dance program, made some very close friends, and fell in love with the city. I had the best summer ever and I can’t wait for what adventures there will be in the future.”