A Weekend of Dance

Over the past few days, I have been pretty swamped. I literally feel like I haven’t sat down for one second, and I love that! From training and the shows, to auditions and submissions: everything has been jam-packed. As you can imagine, my body is pretty worn out. Each day I continued to think ‘If I can just keep dancing, I’m sure my body will feel better.” For the most part I was right about that one. It always feels better for me to move through the soreness. Although at this point I just wish my body would go numb for the time being. I can’t even lift my arms over my head. Hah!

Last week I had five show days on Tuesday and Wednesday, while I took class and did cardio on Thursday and Friday. Not to mention I decided to take class on pointe to amp up my game. On Saturday I woke up early to go to the gym (just as a warm up) and headed to a nearby audition at LIV’art Dance Studio. The audition was for a contemporary dance show coming up in Los Angeles on April 5th. Oh boy let me tell you about that experience!

Saturday afternoon I walked into the studio and saw a few friends of mine, along with many very talented dancers. We began learning a combo taught by Artistic director Talia Favia, and her assistant choreographer, Chaz Buzan. Can I just say these are two incredibly beautiful souls! For many years I have admired Chaz as a dancer, and him and Talia together are beyond brilliant. Watching them improvise alone leaves me speechless.  The choreography we learned was very powerful and athletic. There was also a lot of emotion involved as well.

Throughout the day there were a few cuts made, and I was fortunate enough to stay the entire time! By the end we were dancing in smaller groups and improvising more and more. If you know anything about me, you would understand how much I love improvisation! To me it’s the most raw, honest and unique form of movement. By the end it was said that we were ‘the chosen ones,’ and would soon hear if we had been added to the ensemble.

I am very happy to announce that I will be dancing with The Difference Between Co, a Cadge Production, at the Montalban Theater on April 5th! Wow am I excited. Honestly I cannot wait to start rehearsals, and I feel quite honored to be a part of this show. Stay tuned to hear about the rehearsal and creation process over time. Learning and growing with this company will be quite a treat!

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To most, Sundays are a day of rest; although this never seems to be the case for me. A lot of the time I am at Disneyland performing, or in the gym cross training. This week however, I needed to work on some video submissions for different projects I am wishing to be involved in. Luckily I have Ms. Tasha Hamilton always willing to help me out! Man I love that girl. She is a great friend, teacher and mentor, who really pushes me to be a better version of me.

In the morning I took ballet from Tasha at the Edge as a warm up for our session later on. Although my legs were especially sore, they started to loosen up as I went through Barre. Later on we met up and began working on a variation from Act 1 of Don Quixote, which I needed to send off this week. After I really went for it, fell a couple of times (yes bloopers) and got a few good takes, we moved onto a more contemporary feel. Fortunately I was able to use some of Tasha’s choreography from class that we have been playing with. Tasha knows me too well and immediately she made a point to tell me not to think too much. Imagine that (hah). Although I always dance better when I get out of my head, and it’s the only way I really know how. One of the first times we filmed, and probably the best time, it never got saved. My phone had too much memory! Of course this would happen and I was pretty bummed…. Then we discussed how it may have been something I never was supposed to see. In actuality, that kind of dancing is always something I should just feel and get lost in. That was definitely a learning experience.

As time went on, I started to get a little frustrated, although I definitely knew why. It was all in my head! I have this tendency to try too hard, care too much and force things to make them happen. Well that’s just silly. When I just relax, trust and feel through my body, I can accomplish great things! It’s a kind of calmness that overcomes me; an experience like no other. It’s something you only can really experience through dancing (well for me anyway). Where I have no other care in the world. Truly I am lost. Lost in a way that is so satisfying and pure. I suggest you all try it! Whether it’s through moving, meditating or listening to a piece of music – get lost for awhile, and see where it takes you.

To view a snippet of this movement, and moments of this kind of escape, view the next post. Enjoy!

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The Theater for the Performance (Repost – Photo by Talia)

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