57th Entry, October 28th, 2016

This is a special entry about a very special performance. As I mentioned in the last post, my class was invited to perform at New York City Center’s Fall For Dance Festival. It was a thrill to walk to the theater on the first day of tech rehearsals; City Center sits directly across the street from Carnegie Hall! On the first day at the theater, I was given a special entry card to enter the building. It was all so official! I loved walking through the backstage entrance with my “Artist” Identification card.

We performed on both Thursday and Friday night. My family was able to come watch me on Thursday night (I’m so happy they live close by!) They left after I performed, so at intermission I was able to snag their tickets so I could watch the remainder of the show. I was blown away with the performances of Ballet Jazz de Montréal and Rennie Harris’s Pure Movement Works. I wasn’t able to see Australian Ballet because they performed right after we did, but I’m sure they were stunning as well.

It was incredible to be up on such a legendary stage; I have seen so many performances from way up in the nosebleed seats. I made sure to look all the way up into the high balcony as I bowed at the end of the piece. I always appreciate the dancers who acknowledge all of the audience members. You never know who is watching you out there, and I perform as if I’m introducing dance to someone who has never been exposed to it. I can only hope to inspire someone no matter what their age, gender, shape or size to do what they love and find passion in their everyday life.

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