Nutcracker’s over for another year. Julian did a great job. He looked quite regal in red and white, and his partnering was commendable. The production, overall, was superb.
Now we are on to Youth American Grand Prix rehearsals. We started rehearsing earlier this fall, but the kids took time off during the last weeks of Nutcracker rehearsals. Well, Julian and his partner actually did do some rehearsing will at the center for performing arts and just about every chance they got.
We really aren’t sure if they will be totally “ready” come time…and we haven’t decided on when they’ll actually compete…but they will compete even if just for the experience. We may have to wait and go to San Diego just to give them more time.
Julian hopes to take the choreography he’s created for three girls – his first stab at choreography- at TDC and revamp it a bit for himself and enter that as a YAGP contemporary solo as well. Maybe he can also enter it for a choreography award. I’m not sure how all of this works; I actually know little to nothing about YAGP at this point. Time to bone up on the competition, I guess.
As for Second Stage, TDC’s winter production in Mountain View, we are well on our way for that. Julian is the first one to finish his piece for the student choreography track. He’s now got to clean it up. The kids are also rehearsing a variety of numbers. Julian is in one piece of student choreography, a contemporary duet, a tap piece, a hip hop number, a modern piece, and a group contemporary piece. So, he’ll be sort of busy. (Second stage is the last weekend of January…another reason not to compete YAGP in San Francisco this year, since the competition falls on the same weekend.)
Let’s see if Julian can also get through midterms (mid-January) and get his grades up (yes…still could be improved). At least the girlfriend has left the scene (Julian’s doing), so maybe he’ll be able to focus on the really important things: dance and school.
In the meantime, Happy Chanukah to all my Jewish readers.