December trip to New York after a busy semester in school. All I wanted was to relax and have as much fun as I could handle.
My number one priority was try an advanced beginner class with Finis Jhung at The Ailey Extension. I’ve been watching his videos for a while and I wanted to experience it live. This was a really great experience and I will definitely be back for more next time I am in the city.
The next thing on my list was to try Broadway Dance Center. I managed to go to 4 classes ranging from basic to advanced beginner ballet. Loved every second of it. I wish there were more studios like that in LA. Or maybe I just haven’t found one yet.
Since December is a holiday season I couldn’t have missed the Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet. I decided to treat myself and got a seat in the third row of the orchestra. I think I cried a few times during the performance. It was that beautiful. This was the first time in many years when I sat this close to the stage and I have to say it completely changes the way you perceive the performance. The performance becomes so much more personal when you can see the smiles on the faces of the dancers, especially those of children, as opposed to just silhouettes of their bodies from the balcony. The fairy tale comes alive right in front of your eyes and for a moment it seems that anything is possible as long as you can dream and believe in your dreams. I left the theater feeling like a kid, happy and carefree. Thank you NYCB!
I also went to a few Metropolitan Opera performances: the new one act Magic Flute sung in English, Tosca, and Falstaff. I might have overdone it a bit in one short week, but when one loves something, one can’t argue with reason. It’s all about being in the moment and enjoying it. Because these moments of inspiration are the spring boards that help us leap higher and move forward.