George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Tonight, PBS will be showing George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker live from the Lincoln Center. I am so excited!! I cannot wait to watch it. I have never seen the New York City Ballet perform but obviously, they are one of the best. And I can’t want to see them!!

I was really sad because not only did I not get to perform in the Nutcracker this year, I wasn’t even home to watch my studio’s performance. So I’m very happy that I’ll still get to see the Nutcracker. Seeing it on TV is obviously not as good as seeing it in person, but I am happy nonetheless.

After I watch it tonight, I’ll edit this post and let y’all know what I thought!! :D

Alright, I really loved watching the Nutcracker. I wish I had had more experience performing the different parts so that I could’ve compared how they were different to what my studio does.

I think it’s insane how many people are in NYCB’s Nutcracker. We had such a limited amount of people who were advanced enough to perform the technical roles last year, that seeing that many people perform all those parts was mind boggling.

One thing I didn’t like, and this is why seeing it live is always better, is how the cameras would focus in on the dancer’s face while they were dancing. I want to see the foot work!! But I guess that’s what happens when you actually do ballet. The steps become more important than the acting.

I can’t remember exactly everything I thought about it now. I got side tracked skyping with someone. But I was still very impressed with the ballet. And I’m glad I got to see the Nutcracker even though I missed my studio’s performance.

Oh, I did like how Clara was played by a younger person on flat. I wish my studio would do that. The way my studio does the Nutcracker, almost all of the parts are on pointe, including Clara. Which really limits what the younger dancers to do. I think it would be nice to put Clara on flat so that way, dancers like me, who maybe are technically able, just not able on pointe, would have more options to dance.

Oh, I miss ballet. I’m still holding out hope that I’ll be able to take classes this summer. I’ll have a short summer this year, but it will at least give me something to do and give me exercise. Plus, I still really want to improve my pointe work.

But anyways, it was really nice to see the Nutcracker. That’s actually the first time I’ve ever watched it without performing it. Last year was the first time I’d ever seen it period, but I had to catch glimpses of it from backstage.

I love ballet. :D

Working What You Got

Today I received my issue of Pointe Magazine and flipping through it seeing all the wonderfully flexible dancers made me think “man, I need to get back to stretching!” (I’ve kind of been taking a break here in the last week.)

But then I thought, why do I focus on my lack of flexibility so much?? Why don’t I instead, focus on improving my natural abilities?? Since I’m not very flexible, I tend to be stronger. I think I need to face the fact that I’m never going to be one of these super hyper-mobile dancers. I need to do my best with what I already have.

Of course, I’m not totally dismissing flexibility. Even though super flexible people tend to be more prone to injuries, so do super tight people. And there’s always room for improvement. Even if I never get into the splits, I can still improve my flexibility – even if it’s only by a small amount.

And not having to worry about “oh my gosh I need to be more flexible or my dancing will never be good” removes the pressure from me. Since my extensions won’t be as high, I should focus more on improving my turns and jumps. And I definitely need work on improving my stage presence and performing ability.

Yeah super high extensions and bendy body parts are attention grabbers, but they’re not the only thing that make people want to watch someone dance. You’ve got to have the entire package, and if you’re lacking in one area, then make up for it in another. It’s as simple as that.

The Paul Taylor Dance Company

The Paul Taylor Dance Company came to Augusta!! And me and my mom went to see them!!

I was quite excited because this was the first time I’d ever seen a professional company perform. And it makes it all the better because it was Paul Taylor’s dance company. We bought our tickets kind of last minute because I did not realize who they were until after I’d starting getting into modern. But once I realized the significance of their visit, I knew I could not miss it!!

They performed “Speaking in Tongues” and his very famous, “Esplanade.”

Speaking in Tongues” was very strange. I had to google it on my phone during intermission so that we knew what was going on. My mom and I understood that it was about a small Pentecostal church, and that there was some sex scenes in it, but that was about it. The sex scenes were very awkward, not only because I was with my mom but also because it was a little too realistic for comfort.

But once I understood what was going on, I think I quite enjoyed the dance. I only wished I known before I watched them perform it. It would have made it much better. I wish our programs had had more info. All they told us was what speaking in tongues is.

Anyways, next we saw “Esplanade,” which I enjoyed the most out of the 2 dances. I have to say it’s much better in person. I had watched parts of it on YouTube and I thought it was pretty boring, but in person it’s very good!!

My favorite part has to be Part 5. I love all the fast movement and sliding and what not. It’s very energetic feeling.

The whole time I’m watching these dances, I couldn’t help but feel anxious and excited about taking modern classes in college. I’m so ready!! Modern looks like a much better fit for me than ballet ever will be. And no pointe shoes!! Haha.

It’s just looks so fun to move my body they way they do. That’s what I want. I want to dance because of the movement. I want to dance about emotion. Ballet isn’t really like that. Ballet is more about positions and extension…and whether you have the perfect body or not. None of that should matter. You should just move!!

But yes. That was my little adventure for the night. My mom took me out for ice cream afterwards. It was quite nice. I skipped my stretching and exercise tonight, since we got home so late. Hopefully missing one day won’t affect me too much.

Also, my parents told me today I should start up a website or something where people can donate money to my college fund…but I don’t know. Do you think it’s a good idea?? I suggested putting a paypal button thingy on this blog. I wonder if I could get any money?? But it’s just a thought.

But hooray for modern!!