Step 13: Concerts, Losing, and Waiting

I lost at the talent show 😦 But its okay, my improv wasn’t that impressive and it was very repetitious, but I tried my best! Here is the link to the video:
https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=561507127213262

This past weekend I had an improvisational performance for the Rod Butler Memorial at my school. The memorial performance is basically a show that the theater, dance, music and art department put on together to raise money for scholarships. It was pretty cool. There was church music, choral music, guitars with an operatic singer, a skit, some music videos, and then there was us. Our dance was structured/choreographed by Doris Ressl, and it was one of the most fun performances I’ve had! It was an improvisational dance, accompanied by the jazz band, who also improvised with their music. Amy, Mel and I danced with clay, forming it through our improv into cool shapes that will be heated up and put somewhere nice. 🙂 I’ll post the video, if I can, when I get it.

This weekend we have our Spring Dance show, featuring the seniors of our department. Its my final show at DH! Equally as exciting is the fact that I only have to wait about…28 days to find out if I was accepted into the Netherlands Dance Theater Summer Intensive!!! I’m hoping for the best!

Donations still accepted 😉

Thanks everyone!

Ruben

Step 10: Artistic Differences, New Experiences

Haven’t posted in a while, life has been happening!

I am no longer with Nickerson-Rossi Dance, there were artistic differences that could not be helped; it is for the best. The effect of this is that I will no longer be accepting donations through the NRD website, however donations could still be made to me through mail (and everyone knows I need these donations now more than ever! I would really appreciate this gesture, if possible!). Any amount of donation, even if it is just petty change is a blessing. I can be reached at RMEDINA49@TOROMAIL.CSUDH.EDU

Something amazing has happened! The very special group of people that make up Domino Affect Dance Co have given me an opportunity to work with them on a project! This is all thanks to someone very special and generous. These people are all really phenomenal and just so positive and kind, I am a lucky guy!

Just focusing on my dance technique and being happy, which I am extremely happy!!! 🙂 I am currently two weeks away from performing my solo, “Solo for Shoes” choreographed by Summer Brown, at the ACDFA-Baja Region festival! I am very excited and honored.

Here is a picture of me having a really amazing time at the Griffith Observatory this weekend:

Dancing under the stars

Dancing under the stars

Once again, donations would be really appreciated so that I can achieve my goal of doing a summer dance study program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Chicago, IL this summer, and possibly the Netherlands Dance Theater Summer Program (if admitted) right after Chicago.

Thank You!
Sincerely,

Ruben

Step 7: Photos!!!

Here are a few of the more-to-come photographs from my shoot two weekends ago! I was freezing in two of them because we were at the edge of a cliff on a really cold day!! Brrrr!

More to come!

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Goal: $5000 (this accumulates to the cost of attending one intensive)
Due: June 2013

NRD has agreed to promote this cause and to offer its non-profit status to my supporters as an incentive for tax deduction. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and you will receive a tax receipt.

All donations are greatly appreciated and can be made by clicking the “donate” tab at Nickerson-Rossi Dance. An email confirmation of the amount donated to this cause should be sent to my personal email listed below.

If 100 people would donate $50 my goal would be successful (but any amount of donation is appreciated)

I can be reached at RMEDINA49@TOROMAIL.CSUDH.EDU
Also at my Facebook

Thank You for your time!

Sincerely,

Ruben

Step 6: Intimate Shows

Yesterday was my school’s, CSUDH, Student Research Day…

I thought I was going to be very sad, since for the past two years I have participated under physics. I actually won my first time in 2011! But this year it was different, I wasn’t dressed up in business-casual attire. I didn’t have a power point full of physics stuff to talk about that most of the audience wouldn’t understand. I wasn’t competing against other science people. And it wasn’t my day, it was theirs.

I thought I was going to be sad… BUT, I was actually relieved!!! I was on the OTHER side this year, the performers side. It felt great! It was exhilarating to perform in such an intimate setting. We had our ballet instructor, Kenneth Walker, who is super amazing, teach us barre, center and partnering phrases. This performance was inspired by SRD and was to show the rigorous training that ballet dancers have to go through, but sped up.

The crowd loved it! I hadn’t been nervous to perform like that ever before! I think it was because it was such an intimate setting.. I mean, the people were all around you, rather than you being on stage and them blacked out!! Either way, it was a great experience. Here are some pictures of us afterwards! I will try to post more and possibly a video, if I can find one, later.

I think I was blessed.. physics AND dance. I love them both, and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Glad I was able to be a part of SRD one last time. 🙂

I'm the student performer on the far right

I’m the student performer on the far right

I love them, they're so awesome!

I love them, they’re so awesome!

Goal: $5000 (this accumulates to the cost of attending one intensive)
Due: June 2013

If 100 people would donate $50 my goal would be successful (but any amount of donation is appreciated)

I can be reached at RMEDINA49@TOROMAIL.CSUDH.EDU
Also at my Facebook

Thank You for your time!

Sincerely,

Ruben

Step 5: Interviews, Rest and Recovery

Recently Mrs. Laura Perdew, an awesome communications specialist from CSUDH, had contacted me to ask me if she could write a story about my journey for the CSUDH timeline. I said “YES!!!!” and I am happy to report that I have just met with her today. She gave a fantastic interview, and I am very pleased to have met her. The story will come out very soon.

On other news, I have been terribly sick for the past weekend! I cannot believe how bad this cold has gotten.. It was so bad that I could not participate in ballet today 😥 I just need to rest and relax for a while, definitely before showing for Student Research Day at DH this Thursday.

I had a photo shoot with my great old pal/photographer from Nashville! I will be posting some of them ASAP when I get them! I thought they were pretty rad.

Still need lots of help with donations, so people out there, please help!!!!!

Celebrate Dance is nearing soon! Here is a rehearsal clip from Nickerson-Rossi Dance (which I am in! just click on the link to open up the video from facebook). Enjoy! 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=427499250664760

Goal: $5000 (this accumulates to the cost of attending one intensive)
Due: June 2013

If 100 people would donate $50 my goal would be successful (but any amount of donation is appreciated)

I can be reached at RMEDINA49@TOROMAIL.CSUDH.EDU
Also at my Facebook

Thank You for your time!

Sincerely,

Ruben

Step 4: Decisions,Rejections,&&Shows

I haven’t posted in a while since I have been terribly busy with school, dance, and life. Unfortunately, I was not chosen for the Ailey Summer Program, however it is not entirely bad since I wouldn’t have given up Hubbard Street for Ailey this summer. (They conflicted with each other- time-wise.) Other than the rejection, we have begun to rehearse for the show Celebrate Dance in Glendale, Ca with NRD. I also started reading “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank, it is very inspiring and touching. I have also been to see two shows!

My best friend has bought me tickets to: the Joffrey Ballet’s show “Rite of Spring”, and to the Hamburg Ballet’s “Little Mermaid”. The Joffrey showed three works, all of which were stunning!!!! “Age of Innocence”, “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated”, and the famous “Rite of Spring”. All very different from each other, but oh so beautiful!

The Hamburg had very amazing dancers, unfortunately it was not one of my favorites ever. In fact, I really did not like it too much. It was a combination of the music, and choreography (almost no ballet) that put me off. But I am very grateful for both shows. They both had a lot to give me. Very amazing dancers and talented choreographers.

I would like to announce that I also had my first $50 donation by my best friend, Marco Carreon! Thank you sooooo much!!!!!!

I believe I might enter the CSUDH Talent Show! It does interfere with classes, so I’ll try to arrange something with them, but I do believe they give out cash prizes. I’m doing it so that if I were to win, the prize could go towards my summer program fund! Let’s cross our fingers.

Anyways, here is the NRD promo for DNA. I show up after Matt’s solo: 1:23. I’m the dude with a lot of hair 😉

Goal: $5000 (this accumulates to the cost of attending one intensive)
Due: May 2013

If 100 people would donate $50 my goal would be successful (but any amount of donation is appreciated)

I can be reached at RMEDINA49@TOROMAIL.CSUDH.EDU
Also at my Facebook

Thank You for your time!

Sincerely,

Ruben

Step 3: Practice, Practice, Practice!

This past weekend, I went to the Alvin Ailey SI audition with my good friend DeDe. I can say that this was the BEST audition that I have had yet! I used all of the auditioning skills I learned from the previous auditions and applied them to this one.

I was nervous at first, since there were a TON of people there (I believe the numbers started around 50’s and ended around the 150’s? aka TONS OF PEOPLE!). Thankfully, I think I did amazingly! Whether I get in or not I am very proud of myself.

This was an awesome experience though, a full audition with ballet center and Horton techniques. The things I noticed: a couple which were very intimidating and good! They ballet ran together to the center for every phrase and held their hands in proper positions before they would begin.. They even dressed alike! How cool?!? There was this cool girl I had seen from the LINES audition, she was accepted to LINES, who blew me away YET AGAIN! I feel I did great in the entire audition except the darn petite allegro section.. its my kryptonite. The worst part was that it was an easy combination, just had to get my head together. Overall, this audition was not as bad as the Hubbard Street and LINES auditions.

Still, more training is needed.

I am glad to say that I am continuing my training at school: Pilates, Ballet III, Floor Barre, and a ballet class outside school. I am very excited to see my progress and cannot wait for whats to come: “Solo for Shoes” at ACDFA, and performing with NRD at Celebrate Dance and at the Marsee Theater in El Camino on my graduation day (B.s Physics).

Lots more to come!

Goal: $5000 (this accumulates to the cost of attending one intensive)
Due: May 2013

If 100 people would donate $50 my goal would be successful (but any amount of donation is appreciated)

I can be reached at RMEDINA49@TOROMAIL.CSUDH.EDU
Also at my Facebook

Thank You for your time!

Sincerely,

Ruben

Step 2a: Unexpected Surprises – Acceptance

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my gosh, I cannot believe I got accepted! I am the happiest guy on Earth right now!

Just thought I’d let any of my readers know! 😉 I need the public’s support now more than ever!

Goal: $5000 (this accumulates to the cost of attending one intensive)
Due: May 2013

If 100 people would donate $50 my goal would be successful (but any amount of donation is appreciated)

I can be reached at RMEDINA49@TOROMAIL.CSUDH.EDU
Also at my Facebook

Thank You for your time!

Sincerely,

Ruben

Step 2: Wake Up Call – Auditions

First day of school!

Not sure if anyone actually reads these, but I thought it was time to update my blog…Since Christmas I have: taken ballet at several different studios, performed with Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs, and attended two major auditions for summer intensives (LINES & Hubbard St.)

I guess you can that these auditions were a wake up call!  Note to self: More audition skills needed! I was so nervous I forgot all of my ballet at both of the auditions (basically, I had two left feet), but there is no need for excuses, I know I will do better next time for sure.  Unfortunately, I was not accepted into the LINES summer program, and I am waiting on the Hubbard Street results.

I have just started school again today, and I am very eager to continue my training.  I believe I will be attending a few more auditions, even if its just for the experience.  I know I have more to offer, if I am given the opportunity.  Positive thinking from now on, and tons more ballet and modern!

Enjoy a sample of my work: Tree of Life by Ruben Medina. My dance begins at 0:25:25!

Also me performing in other works: Schlemeil by Marco Carreon (@ 0:01:30) , and Silences We Bear by Chanada Turner (@ 1:13:38).


Goal: $5000 (this accumulates to the cost of attending one intensive)
Due: May 2013

If 100 people would donate $50 my goal would be successful (but any amount of donation is appreciated)

I can be reached at RMEDINA49@TOROMAIL.CSUDH.EDU
Also at my Facebook

Thank You for your time!

Sincerely,

Ruben

Step 1: the Art of Breathing

Merry Christmas!

The holidays are a time to spend with those we love, and miss those we are not with at the moment. I am very lucky to have the people in my life that I do. I have begun to set myself on a dance and personal growth journey. I want to become a better person.

I bought the book Deep Yoga to help me. my first lesson: the art of breathing. breathe in, breathe out. My affirmation: I will be successful. There are people out there who don’t want to see others succeed, but that is just fine, we will overcome. I know there are more people who believe in me than not, and for a reason.

I will spend the rest of my holiday break breathing, relaxing, and
jumping into as many puddles as I can.
I love life.

Goal: $5000 (this accumulates to the cost of attending one intensive)
Due: May 2013

–>;;;;;;;;;If 100 people would donate $50 my goal would be successful (but any amount of donation is appreciated)

I can be reached at RMEDINA49@TOROMAIL.CSUDH.EDU
Also at my Facebook

Thank You for your time!

Sincerely,

Ruben