Week 16: Mr. Conte & First Chicago Audition

So this week I have been ATTEMPTING to recover from a pulled groin/abductor. To do so, I have only been able to take one ballet class per day. That’s it. It has been quite difficult to watch everyone dance and be able to do more than myself; especially when I feel less and less fit each day because of this “resting” and “recovering” period. I did take Pilates on Tuesday and Friday, but both attempts were quite difficult and I didn’t manage to do it well.

I tried to make the most of my spare time this week by building Mrs. Claire’s elliptical machine. Its a bit shaky (I think because the materials are so light and it was on SUPER discount off groupon), but she runs smoothly otherwise, if I do say so myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This weekend has proven to be the BUSIEST weekend that I’ve had so far.

  • Friday: I attended DanceChance! Unfortunately, I didn’tย participateย (there was a mix-up), but it was a really FUN event to attend. If anyone is in Chicago – this event takes place on the last Friday of every month at Lou Conte Dance Studio at 7pm. It was a really fun event. Basically, every month, 3 choreographers are chosen – at random – and an alternate. These choreographers must find ways to gather dancers, rehearsal times, space, and create a work no more than 15 minutes; and they only have a month to do so. It is very interesting the works that were brought. They were so good and so fun! I highly suggest this event to those in the area. Best of all – its only $3!! And better yet, you actually get a Q&A with the choreographers afterwards. (In case you didn’t understand it, or you want to know more!)
  • Saturday: I had rehearsals with my friend Becky (a workstudy) for her church’s event: The Stronger Series. I also took basic jazz with Mrs. Shannon (which I highly recommend, it was VERY fun!). I scrambled to get a haircut + print out my headshot for today. Lastly, I got to meet Mr. Lou Conte himself! I worked the 40th anniversary party and got to hear all of his amazing stories and insight. What a wonderful event it was.
  • Sunday: I had my first Chicago audition: Giordano Dance!

The Giordano audition was quite a challenge, especially since I’m no jazz dancer! The audition, for me and a few other scholarship students, started with the class (optional) to get warmed up and into their style, then the real audition began. Ballet center was the first cut, basically some pirouettes and jumps. Made it, cool. Then we learned a phrase from their rep choreographed by Koresh, which was quite cool. Got through, phew! Next we learned a work, Jolt, which was super fast. At this point, it was just Marissa (another scholarship student) and I. I really had to pee, quite badly. But we both did Jolt. We were learning a salsa-ish piece when we were both cut. I was so proud of myself for making it that far in the audition!! It was very fun, but I’m a bit happy that I got cut. I don’t think I quite fit in with their style of movement. Not that I wanted to get cut, because a contract is a contract, but I know there were a lot of people who REALLY set their minds/lives on it and have worked in their style through classes and workshops that probably deserved it more. So in that sense, I’m happy for those who made it! ๐Ÿ™‚

One bitter thing I realized is that auditions are expensive!

ย 3.99 – headshot.ย 

ย  ย 0.50 – resume + references (although, Federica – yet another scholarship student – was nice enough to print mine out!)

ย  ย 15.00 – optional warm up class

+ 10.00 – audition fee

~40.00 for one audition. That kinda stinks. But I guess that’s life. Well, it was fun today but now I’m quite exhausted. I’m so ready for all of the other auditions yet to come! Stay tuned.

Week 14&15: Buddies and Injuries

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Haven’t posted in a couple of weeks because I have been SO BUSY!

Of course, last week I continued the 6:30a yoga at Chicago School of Yoga. It went very well, except for the fact that I did not get much sleep at all last week. That weekend wasn’t much help either since I had another paid photo/video-shoot and work all weekend. Needless to say, this week has gone somewhat better.

I did commit to the 6:30a yoga only on Monday and Tuesday of this week. However, by Wednesday, I was so exhausted that I couldn’t handle waking up so early. I skipped yoga on Wed, Thu and Fri! But, my body and mind have felt so much better with the added rest. Unfortunately, I got injured a bit on Thursday and still decided to take ballet on Friday. Because of this, I couldn’t finish off my Friday classes and now I’m lying in bed (lazily) watching Lord of The Rings and eating chocolate cake + popcorn. I’m sure this isn’t conducive to my pre-audition regimen but I think I deserve it!

This week I have committed to taking at least three dance technique courses per day (meaning two ballet and one modern/contemporary) and a Pilates class when it fits the schedule. I believe the fact that I just abruptly did the second ballet class everyday (even after being exhausted and with little rest AND a morning yoga class each morning on Mon and Tues) is the reason why I am now lying in bed like a cow. But I like cows, so its okay!

Last week was very nice because I got to meet Maxine Patronik! Now you might be wondering why this matters at all. Well, Maxine is an incredible dancer who I met through this very blog! She actually started reading my blog, then contacted me, which eventually led to her adding me on Facebook, and lastly, her getting back home for winter break and taking Claire’s class with me!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Maxine is originally from the Chicago area, and so she has danced here before. She even has her own blog!! Check it out: http://truthofthemovement.wordpress.com/
She’s in the LINES Ballet BFA program. ๐Ÿ™‚

This weeks highlights:

  • First official week of doing the 2nd ballet class everyday!
  • Guest instructor – Monique – on Thursday. I love her class!
  • Taking HSDC Company Class THU morning because our studio was ice cold when we got there. (O.M.G) ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Pulling my groin. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ (working too hard, possibly?)

Not much else to say. Auditions are right around the corner and once this injury/sprain/pull heals I will be so on it! ๐Ÿ™‚

My audition list for this season:

  1. Giordano Dance – Feb 2nd
  2. Oklahoma City Ballet – Feb 16th
  3. Visceral Dance – March 2nd
  4. HS2 – March 8&9th
  5. Thodos Dance – March 15th
  6. Milwaukee Ballet – March 16th
  7. River North Dance – March 23rd
  8. Minnesota Ballet – April 5th

I might add or subtract some. But this is the rough outline. So… Ya’ll have something to look forward to VERY soon. ๐Ÿ˜€

If you have any suggestions on any other auditions, or know of any that I didn’t post on here that I’m attending, please let me know!

Ruben