Happy New Year! Can you believe it? With the blue moon shining over us–a unique event–we entered into a new decade. I hope this will be a fantastic and unique year for all our dancin’ boys and young men.
I also hope you everyone is enjoying their “vacation from dance.” We actually didn’t have one.
First off, Julian’s school has midterms a week and a half after the Christmas break, so he’s been studying. In between, he’s been having Youth American Grand Prix rehearsals. He had one with his ballet teacher Marci Reiken at Los Gatos Ballet and several with the mother of his partner. They’ve actually progressed quite nicely, since their rehearsals without their “coach” are much longer. He’s also rehearsing “Bluebird” as a classical ballet solo. (Remember, he did this a his in-house solo recently). And he’s rehearsing his contemporary solo, which he is choreographing. It’s half done. On top of that, he’s thinking of creating a contemporary piece on point for his partner. Luckily, the school never called rehearsals for A Chorus Line.
I wanted to call you attention to a nice website for boys who want to do ballet. It’s a combination between blog and podcast called Ballet for Men -For Men Who Want to Dance. It has some good information written by a man and some videos. He discusses dance classes and clothing and offers resources. I’ll let you and your sons decide how valuable you find it. It’s out there, though, and anything that supports guys dancing is great! He’s got a fan page on Facebook, so your kids might enjoy that. Check it out.
Anyway, out New Year is off and running…two and half hours clocked in at the studio on Day 1 already and another rehearsal scheduled for Day 2.