I’m sitting here in Albany, Ny on my way to Montreal, Canada so instead of sitting here admiring the brown tiled floor I thought I’d write another blog post.
For the new year myself and a group of friends went to Brooklyn Bridge to see the fireworks, across the water the manhatten skyline sparkled, my friend was playing “I want to dance with somebody” on a speaker he had brought with him, we danced amongst the surprised crowd, then the crowd started dancing with us. Surrounded by friends, covered in champagne (I might have not mastered the whole “drink from a bottle” technique”) and the glittering lights of New York, we danced into 2017.
January has been full of surprises and I don’t really know where to begin!
First, I started a new program at Broadway Dance Center: the professional semester, which is a 4 month intensive to transfer from being great dancers to professional dancers. I am in my 3rd week and so far I have really enjoyed it! I have met some lovely people who are all very talented and my schedule is now a lot fuller, which makes me happy as I like being busy, those of you that know me well, know that I can’t sit still for long periods of time (hence this 9.5 hour bus ride is going to be challenging). We have to be in at 8am everyday and our mornings are full of seminars, master classes, fitness and voice lessons then after that we still have our 12 classes a week and rehearsals for our agent showcase, but I love the intensity, I’m excited for the next few months!
Alongside starting the professional semester, I had been choreographing and rehearsing my own piece called ” Only human”, a duet inspired by a personal experience which you can read about in my most recent post “You have a great story”. The theme of the piece is that’s it’s ok to be broken sometimes because we are not robots, we are living beings. I performed it on Sunday evening and I received a lot of positive feedback from teachers and peers, I have said it so many times before but I love choreography , as cliche as it sounds it is like therapy for me, it’s actually the reason why I dance, so that I can express myself in a way without words, and if other people enjoy it then that’s the cherry on top!
Lastly, on a slightly more personal note, New York has definitely taught me some life lessons. Let’s just say that I let some people treat me badly just for the sake of being loved, I never thought I would be in a situation where you let someone treat you wrongly but you forgive them again and again them even though they keep doing it. There have been times this past month that I felt like I was 5 years old instead of 22!
I always liked to think that my head was stronger than my heart, but this month I have learnt that even me: “Miss in control” can have my heart rule over my head like there is no tomorrow. New York has definitely made me more “human” and I like that because I feel like I’m living: I’m letting myself experience new things, I’m letting myself be vulnerable, I’m letting myself go, even if there is some heartache involved….
I am only human after all…