It’s over! Four weeks ago, I was waiting outside the studio, imagining my fourteen year old self walking in and meeting new people, discovering a new studio, and being taught by new teachers. After taking a quick walk down memory lane, I walked in, greeted my teachers, hugged my friends, and felt like I was home.
Now, it’s the day after the entire intensive ended, and wow, where did the time go? In that time, however, I really am so proud of how much I’ve improved. I am so excited about going back, but I’m also really happy to have a break and to be finally home.
I did overstretch the top of my right foot during the last partnering class when my foot folded under me and sent me to the floor. I feel a lot better now than I did yesterday as I performed ‘Jumping Girl’ by Balanchine from his ballet ‘Who Cares?’ solo, but it’s still bothering me, so this week I will be nursing my bruises, blisters, and VERY minor injury.
This week felt so amazing, starting off the mornings right with either yoga, pilates, or posture & placement. Classes with the master teachers was so amazing, and I feel like I’ve learned a lot on how to evenly spread out my energy and not waste so much of it. We alternated between pointe and variations and pas de deux, where we worked with former professional dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. After lunch, we had character or contemporary.
This week, I felt really good, and when my Dad came to watch, he filmed some clips from classes. I watched a few of them, and I was really happy with how it looked. Even though that day I felt extra weak and started my period right before the next class (every ballerina’s worst nightmare), I was proud of how I danced despite how I felt.
Thank you to everyone who helped send me here, to the incredible Los Angeles Ballet Academy for an incredible time, to my grandparents for hosting us, and to my parents, who made this entire experience possible. Thank you to all of you who have watched and read and kept up with these episodes, for supporting me, and making me feel so incredibly loved. I love you all, and I’ll see you Wednesday!
Sung Eun Rose