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 their balconies, and no hurricane shutters. Sometimes it seems that the locals who have been in this area for a long time, know what to expect when it comes to low level storms. However, I hope that I don’t have to revise this post later in the day, apologizing to Mother Nature for insulting her storm capabilities, but as of now, this storm should pass with no problems.

I was relieved of my Swan Lake duties this week, seeing as the two pieces have been set. Now Geta will be using the remaining time of the summer course to continue to prepare the girls for the show. I am so excited to watch them perform next Friday. I know that it is going to look wonderful. Here is to Advanced Two, Miami City Ballet School Summer Class of 2010!

With that responsibility out of my hands, I have taken this week off of ballet, due in part to my mother visiting me for the week from California, but also, I find it so important to take advantage of time off. Once the season starts, we will essentially be working straight through until Christmas eve. Layoffs are important times to rest our bodies before the craziness begins. Next week, I will resume taking classes, but I am so glad that I pretty much stayed in shape over this time off, so coming back to work in a week will not be as painful!

When we return to work, we will immediately begin setting John Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet.” A friend of mine from Pennsylvania Ballet was telling me the company did the same version of R&J last season and it was set on their dancers by the same woman who is coming to work with us. She said that we are all sure to love her, and will have a lot of fun with this full-length ballet. So I am very excited to begin work on this endeavor as soon as we officially start the 2010-2011 season.

Also worthy of mention, I would like to announce that I am officially a Florida resident. On Wednesday, I thought it would be a great idea to visit the DMV without an appointment to obtain my Florida driver’s license. After five long hours, (and no that is not a typo, it took five hours) I now look in my wallet to find a shiny new Florida ID. I guess it is official, I am now a Miami girl.

If you have a moment for another ballet related entry, be sure to check out fellow Miami City Ballet dancer, Jennifer Kronenberg’s blog post referring to my “A Positive Thought” post from earlier in the month.


  1. I am not sure whether she still does. But I would think that looking at the number of companies she had worked with it is likely she worked with U.S. ones as well. But I did not check into that in detail. Just when I read R&J and Cranko I remembered that she has preserved many of Cranko's works.

  2. I believe Jan Bourne is coming to work with us. Does Ms. Tsinguirides work with companies in the U.S.?

  3. Dance choreologist and ballet master Georgette Tsinguirides – she is about 82 – has passed the ballets of John Cranko to several generations of dancers in more than 30 renowned companies worldwide, using dance notation like Benesh. Will she be coming to work with you? She recently received the German dance award 2010.

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