Wow. That is all I can say after this season. I can most definitely say things didn’t happen exactly the way I thought they would, but in the best way possible. I have been pushed in new ways this season and I feel I have grown so much. Not only do I think I grew in my dancing, but also as a person.
I am also so grateful for the people from this season. To all of the seniors graduating from Senior Company, we will miss you very very much! I truly don’t think I could have experienced my first year of Senior Company with a better group. It has been a family from start to finish. It was all of DBII and my teachers that made this season my absolute favorite. Now time to talk about the show!
I have written much because it has all been preparation for this, our end of season show! Yesterday was a saddening, rewarding, and exhausting day. DBII performed at the Victoria Theater for their show and it was amazing. Incredible lighting and a wonderful stage crew helped make the performance better than ever. For the first time I am leaving all photos in color because of Barry Burtenshaw’s amazing photography. Check out his smugmug account!
Anyways, the day started early at 9:00 a.m. for a warm up class. At 10:30 we began tech rehearsal. It was a great opportunity to get out the jitters, but we had to move quickly to be ready in time for the actual show. At 12:30 we had our lunch break. Everyone was running on adrenaline and excitement. Energy was high and we were all running of each other’s excitement for the show. At 2:30 it was time for another warm up class. After we quickly got ready, touching up make up and hooking up costumes quickly.
The first act- My role was Swanhilda during the wheat pas and I loved performing it. There may have been a few minor flaws, but I was happy with my performance. It really was all about enjoying it and it was a blast.
Second act began with “Journey”. A collaborative piece with the ensemble, three co-choreographers, an original composition, and a live pianist. It was a fun piece despite the unconventional learning process leading up to the performance.
Following “Journey” was our jazz piece to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. This was insanely fun to perform. Every year the jazz piece is so lively and just brings a whole new burst of energy.
Last but not least was “Happy Birthday”, a series of variations on the song “Happy Birthday” in honor of the school’s anniversary. It brought all of DBII together to finish off the show and ended with a showering of balloons.
At around 6:00 we were done. A whole day spent at the theater and I was exhausted. Overall it was an extreme mix of emotions. I am so proud of the show we put together at Dayton Ballet School and loved performing it. At the same time I am going to miss with the seniors going on to the next great adventures in their lives. Farewell 2017-18 season, you are one that will touch my heart for a long time to come.
Thank you once again to Barry Burtenshaw for all of our incredible photos! Come back next week for my first post after the season.