Rainy Day Update.

Posted by on 07.23.2010

Tropical Storm Bonnie is currently over Miami Beach. It is raining at a constant pace, but I would hardly even qualify this as even an average summer rain storm. On a relatively daily basis, Miami will experience aggressive storms, that even top this. I am so glad that I did not take my apartment building’s advice and close my hurricane shutters, as they are so old I do not know if I would have been able to open them again. When it comes to trying to decide how to prepare for a storm, I find the best way is to ignore the “Weather Channel” and do as my neighbors do in the buildings nearby. Everyone was business as usual last night, with furniture on...

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Posted by on 07.18.2010

While working with the summer program students on Balanchine’s “Swan Lake,” I have found that the fulfillment teachers feel when they see dancers progress, is what makes them love to teach. Spending time giving corrections, rehearsing, and working through challenges, then seeing them put all that effort to good use is thrilling. I so wish that I had a video of the first time these girls danced the choreography and compared it with Friday afternoon’s rehearsal. They don’t even look like the same dancers! These girls are so smart, sweet, and just yearning to learn new things. I can’t wait to see how they progress these next 2 weeks...

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Standing in the Front of the Studio.

Posted by on 07.09.2010

On Tuesday, one of the teachers at Miami City Ballet, Geta Constantinescu asked me if I would help her set selections of Balanchine’s “Swan Lake” on the summer program’s Advanced Two students. When I was a student in the school, Geta was my teacher, so having her ask me to work with her was not only exciting, but an honor. Maria Calegari set this ballet on the company for our 2008-2009 season. Geta knew that I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Calegari and learn the ballet from her, so she enlisted my help. She asked me if I would come to rehearsals to share with the girls what Maria specifically wanted, and to help teach some of the...

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