The first day of the ABT Summer Ballet Intensive seemed a bit anticlimactic after last year. Julian walked very fast to get there; our walk is about five minutes longer this year (20 minutes). He was the third one in line…still the early bird arriving at about 7:30 a.m. when the kids are not allowed in until 8:30 a.m.
Julian greeted many old friends from last year. He was happy to socialize and to have his friends from home there with him as well as his former ABT friends as well. He was sorry that some of his old friends did not come back, in particular one boy who has stopped dancing altogether.
He had a good day, though. He said his placement class went well, although he was unhappy that it was held late in the day rather than in the morning when he was fresh. Tomorrow he finds out in what level he will be placed. He’s hoping to skip a full level—something that doesn’t often happen. We’ll see…
I didn’t get much done work wise…and I got a little lost on the way back to ABT. My directions are totally off here in the West Village. I walked one whole long block in the wrong direction. I was very bummed and got there 10 minutes late.
I’m dealing with a very bad flying ant situation in our apartment. Although we are below street level, which makes the apartment rather dark, we do have a little garden/patio area. The landlady is very nice and sent someone over to deal with the ants and to fix the dishwasher, which wouldn’t open. I’ve had to do a little cleaning, but overall the apartment is comfortable and spacious as far as NYC apartments go. The kitchen is well outfitted and easy to use. That’s a huge plus, as well as the free washer and drier downstairs.
I’ve been staying up too late, so I’m going to bed. Another early day tomorrow. Lot’s of excitement and anticipation as the kids wait to find out what level they end up in…Then they are given a schedule and the dancing truly begins.