• Dress Rehearsal

    This afternoon is dress rehearsal for the Madison Studio recital.  Daniel and I are dancing 3 times: once on our own, once with our class, and once in the production finale.  I am dancing 2 additional times: in my contemporary ballet class’s number (to Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose”) and then in that class’s part of the finale.  You wouldn’t believe the amount of stuff I have to lug along with me today.  It’s making a competition look like Casual Friday.

    • Costume for “Kiss”, including hair decoration that I swore I’d lost until I discovered it was pinned to the inside of the costume.
    • Costume for our class number, i.e. sequin camisole top and ballroom practice skirt.
    • Costume for Daniel’s and my solo, which is the rumba we did as a solo exhibition at Garden City Challenge.
    • Costume for the finale, i.e., black leotard and black ballet skirt.
    • 2 pairs of tights (1x ballet pink, 1x fishnet).
    • Body liner, which is like underwear in leotard form.
    • 3 pairs of shoes.  Well, 2 pairs of shoes and one pair of “FootUndeez” (speaking of underwear).
    • Makeup, hair spray, bobby pins.

    And I have it easy compared to some of the girls who are in the Performance Ensemble as well as 2-3 regular classes.  They might need to employ pack animals!  But as far as I’m concerned, it’s all worthwhile.  Given my introverted tendencies in general, the fact that I love to perform doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but there it is.  I am especially excited for our ballroom dancers who are having their first taste of performance.  They have lots of family members coming to watch and cheer them on.  Hooray!

    The recital is tomorrow (Saturday, June 4) at 2 p.m. at Zuver Auditorium on the campus of Mount De Sales here in Macon.  Tickets are available at the door for $10.

    Wish us merde!*

    *Being superstitious like all theatre people, dancers do not say “good luck.”  For obvious reasons, they also do not say “Break a leg.”  Instead, they–we–say “merde.” Which is a bad word in French, which is why it’s so much fun to hear 8-year-olds say it.

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