Things are pretty quiet here other than pushing Julian to study for midterms, taking him to tutoring, handling an ear problem and a weird foot rash problem he had, and getting ready for my mother-in-law and stepson to arrive tonight. of course, we just finished celebrating Chanukah and put the decorations away.
He did go with a friend to see the Ballet San Jose Nutcracker last weekend. He went back stage and saw not only a few of the students he knew from attending class there for three years but also some of the professional company members who he knews and with whom he has performed or taken class. Of course, Lise LaCour, the ballet mistress and school director asked him to come back. They seem to have a large numbe of boys there now. I guess they did some recruiting and supposedly have 20 or 30 young men, but I’d have to see that with my own eyes to believe it. While Julian was there (just last year) they had only three.
On January 2nd, Teen Dance Company will perform a hip hop number as part of the halftime show for the Stanford University basketball game. That should be fun, although Julian says the number isn’t totally finished. I guess we’ll see. He’s got one tap rehearsal this coming Saturday as well. Other than that, we are waiting for things to gear up in January.
The last weekend in January heralds TDC’s Second Stage show, which is helpd at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are available on line. (Go to www.teendancecompany.org for more information.) So, January means lots of rehearsals as they company prepares for the first of it’s two big shows. Also, Mandy Moore will be in town several times, as well a few other choreographers.
We better enjoy the time off while we can, especially since Julian will have to squeeze dance in with his midterm studying schedule those first two weeks.
That mysterious commentor on my Billy Elliot post never did elaborate on how he/she knew which Billy was or wasn’t leaving the show. It would be nice to have some more information on what goes on with those little male dancers…I guess we’ll just have to wait and see like everyone else.
If any of your son’s received holiday money, they might want to think about buying a My Brother Can Dance T-shirt before prices go up. So far, “This is my playing field” seems to be the favorite, although personally I love “Real men lift.” Check them out at www.purespiritcreations.com/My-Brother-Can-Dance-Boys’-and-Mens’-Dance-Related-T-Shirts-and-Dance-Wear.html .
Have a very happy New Year!