This is a bit delayed. Since we got back from Michigan, I’ve been busy with family weddings, teaching, and my student’s recitals.
On day two of the Dance in the Mitten Festival, April and I got to take a wonderful Contemporary Class from Joori Jung, director of ArtLabJ. It started with a lovely warmup on the floor (and if you know me, you know I love the floor), which easily flowed into center work that quickly progressed into jumps, movement across the floor, and then some repertory.
After that we had some down time, had a late lunch/early dinner at a fabulous cafe, the name of which I unfortunately cannot remember and then it was time to check in at the theatre.
We were the last dancers to perform. I must admit I am terribly impatient waiting to go on stage, but the time finally arrived. The performance went well. We had lovely feedback from the audience after the show. Often in the dance world, we spend hours and months rehearsing a piece, to only perform it for one show, and then never dance it again. It was wonderful to dance this piece again. I was able to be present in the dance and my character (although I did have a small brain fart moment on stage…which I expertly covered). Now that April has graduated from Ball State, I am very grateful I got to dance with her one more time, and hopefully we’ll get to dance together many more times 🙂
We left the theatre at about 10:00pm, filled up the car with gas, I got my Tim Hortons (April got her low calorie Starbucks iced coffee) and we made the 4 hour trek back to Indiana. We loved being a part of the first Dance in the Mitten Festival and can’t wait for next year!