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Curtain falls on Sleeping Beauty

It seems so surreal.

It seems theater week flies by faster and faster each performance.

Three shows. Two days. So much fun.

The glitches, the problems we had during the tech rehearsals and dress rehearsal? They disappeared once the curtain went up for real.

My spur of the moment Act III role? I eared praise from the boss, our artistic director. I pretty much had my Act I part down.

All three shows were amazing, from the dancing, to the costumes, to the dancing.

I’ve mentioned before that this has been an odd year at the ballet school. A lot of our best dancers moved up the ladder to more well known companies and schools, or graduated and went to college,

We have a much younger group of company dancers than we’ve had in years,

But you would not have known it this weekend. Despite having to rush to the finish because of wedding delays, this was one of the coolest productions I’ve ever been in.

It was three acts, the longest performance I believe we’ve done. But it was really nicely done.

My mind is tired from the week. So are my legs,

Withdrawals have already set in.

Don’t know if I’ll be in the fall production again, but it’s still months off.

Going to use the next few months to see if I can’t polish what I can as a dancer before I get to old.

I love performing. I hope I have a few left in me.sbfinale

Getting lost in the fog

The one thing that bothers me this theater week: Not all elements have been in play during tech rehearsals, especially when I’ve had to learn a part from scratch.

Enter the fog on dress rehearsal night.

I was told there would be fog.

I was told it would be at my feet.

My vision is already obscured.

So there is nothing like the terror of seeing the fog rise above your head. All I could see was a sea of white, and the Lilac Fairy’s incredibly bright costume.

In my confusion, I drifted a little too far upstage,

Once again, the backdrop came down and I caught it. I was able to finish the scene, but seriously, that can’t happen tonight. Tonight is our first show.

“We’ll get to rehearse this again before the show, right?” said the guest artist playing the prince.

Evidently, not.

I’ve been told the fog won’t be as high when we perform the scene for real.

I’m hoping so, but came up with a plan B in case it’s not.

Well, you know what they say: Bad dress, great show?

Actually, dress rehearsal wasn’t bad other than the not being able to see part and the backdrop coming down.

I thought I did well in my Act I part. My suspenders kept sliding down, which is not a good thing when your nickers are a little loose (not a good thing when you’re wearing women’s white tights that are not nearly opaque). I think I did OK not making it too noticeable adjusting when either slipped.

Fortunately, my tunic comes down long enough to cover the parts that would not need to be seen (not to mention the small coverage of a thong dance belt).

I’d rather not test the theory, Safety pins are going to keep them in their place tonight.

I may not be able to do anything about tech malfunctions, but wardrobe malfunctions I can prevent.

On the positive side, I watched Act II from the audience. It’s the only Act of the three that I’m not in. I’ll have to watch it from the wings the rest of the way,

The dancing, costumes, the lighting, the tech work were outstanding. It really is going to be an amazing show … especially since it was thrown together almost at the last minute because of the wacky winter weather that postponed many of the in-studio rehearsals.

And I found out in the last couple of days that I’m not the only dancer having to learn a part on the fly. There are a couple of others, including our school director (one of my teachers) who were drafted to fill in for others.

I’m confident tonight will go off without a hitch.

Act II

Sissones … you want me to demonstrate that?

Nothing like demonstrating a step you’re not very good at.

That’s especially true in a class with two-thirds company kids and the rest recreating adults.

Mr. O asked me to demonstrate a two sissones, Fi-e (don’t ask me how to spell it, but I can show you), assemble’s combination. Have I mentioned my sissones (probably misspelled) have not been very good lately.

Ask me to demonstrate something I can do, please!

But seriously folks, actually they were better today than they have been.in a while. So maybe it was OK to be the one demonstrating.

And petite allegro also went well, It was nothing fancy. Glissade, jete (right), glissade, jete (left), coupe, pas de bouree, changement, changement, repeat in opposite direction,

I actually made it through going in the right direction and with music.

My pirouettes were a bit messy today, and I was a bit wobbly today during adagio at centre. Finding my balance proved to be a challenge after barre.

But all and all, it was a good class.

And I’m still looking forward to what I’ve got in store for Sleeping Beauty. My part hasn’t been rehearsed yet.

Watching Dance Moms: 30 minutes of my life I can’t get back

My daughter and I are big Marvel Comics fans. We go to every movie (my son along with us, but he now lives in another part of the state), and on Tuesday nights, we become avid watchers of Agents of Shield and Agent Carter.

We found ourselves looking for a program to watch a half hour before Agent Carter came on. Among the choices? Dance Moms.

I’ve flipped through channels and watched it in bits and pieces. But Tuesday night was the first time I actually sat down and watched for an extended period of time.

I’m a recreational dancer, so any dance show would draw my attention. My daughter used to dance, and still watches dance shows and knows good dancing when she sees it, partly from going to see the company her dear old dad performs with from time to time.

I couldn’t believe what I saw.

I wasn’t shocked by dance moms acting like hicks from the sticks. Or by a dance teacher/”agent” who looks and somewhat acts like one of my old offensive line coaches from my brief high school football days.

The dancing. That is what shocked me the most.

It was downright horrible. Seriously, I could dance circles around those kids and I stumble around as a bottom dweller in the company-level classes I take.

Basically, the choreography and dancing amounted to this: Walking around and striking a pose, and occasionally doing some acrobatic stunt. I felt sorry for the girls to be honest. Showing how high you can get your leg and doing a back flip isn’t dance when you do very little steps in between.

It saddens me that a show like this is the only picture many people get of dance schools in America.

Pushy moms, yeah I guess that’s funny. Maybe the mean dance teacher, too, makes for compelling television for some.

But the dancing sucks.

It really does.

I’m not a huge fan of competition studios. But I’ve got to believe there are some really good dance schools among them out there.

If you’re going to give a dance school a nationally-televised show, you would at least think they would give it to a studio where you’d be wowed by the dancing.

But evidently moms and a teacher acting like jerks makes for compelling television, rather than quality dancing.