October 2nd was our very first YOUdance performance of the 2013/14 season! For the first performance, I danced the Black Swan pas de deux. The day before we had a dress rehearsal where I got the chance to run it on the stage and in costume. With all the factors, such as lights, new space, and nerves, it was definitely not my best run. But considering the circumstances, I was pleased with my efforts and felt ready for the show. On the day of the show, I felt mostly calm, with just the proper amount of nerves to get my adrenaline pumping. I told myself I would enjoy showing off my hard work and artistic abilities with the hope that the audience would be entertained, and I did just that! I had a great time, despite the immense physical demand the Black Swan pas de deux requires. I can’t wait for my next opportunity to improve my dancing of that role!
For the second show, I danced the Pussycat pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty, which was a last minute change due to one of my colleague’s being injured. I danced with a new partner with no rehearsals prior, but that’s the life of a dancer in live theater! I also danced Allegro non Troppo, a new work created by Joshua Beamish. My part was a pas de trois, where I dance with two boys. To close the show, I danced in the Spanish Dance from Swan Lake.
The first two shows went very well in my opinion! Of course there is always room to improve, but that’s what I love about ballet. There’s never an end point and always something more to gain. The YOUdance shows always end with a Q&A where the kids get an opportunity to ask questions to the dancers. This is perhaps the most rewarding experience of the program: getting to see the kids excitement and pleasure from watching the show. I’m very pleased that I get to introduce the art form I love so much to young people. I hope that my love of dance will reflect in my performance, which will hopefully encourage them to support the arts or join in themselves!