Step 9: Celebrating Dance

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of working with such amazing and talented artists, the Nickerson-Rossi Dance Co., in performing in such a beautiful venue: the Alex theater for Celebrate Dance 2013. I was in such awe of how talented each individual dancer was, as well as the companies and choreographers. This is my experience/review of the night.

The First Half:

The first company, Lux Aterna, presented a duet which was beautiful. The twist to it, it was a break dance duet!! It was nice to see something so articulate, sharp and beautiful done to instrumental music!

The next company, JazzAntiqua, had a stunning piece. It was one of the evenings favorite by the public, and so it should have been. The dancers were stunning and the dance was so fun to watch.

The next dance was done by Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company. This was one of my favorites. The dancers faces were covered, being yelled commands at. I thought it was striking and ever so powerful. It brought serious tears out. Much applause to this work, dancers and company.

The first half of the show was closed by SoleVita. They had a westward piece that was mesmerizing. I really enjoyed the story of the journey to the west and love story. This was the most uplifting piece of the concert.

The Second Half:

We, at NRD, opened the second half. What can I say? I really loved being on stage with these dancers. They are very inspirational.

After us was Invertigo, and they presented a dance with more elements than the others, such as a stage prop, humor, and conversation. It was about post-hurricane piece. Interesting!

Second to last was Lydia Zimmer + Dancers. Another very inspirational piece, with amazing artists! I was WOWed backstage while I watched this trio do amazing things with their bodies that I could only dream of. The choreography was very dark and interesting. Very captivating!

The final performance was Colabo Youth, and they are fierce! I don’t like the use of that word, but that is what they were. For such young ladies, 15-17 years old, they danced better most people I’ve seen! The dance was done very nicely.

The show was a captivating experience, in such a beautiful theater! I hope to perform in a place that nice again soon! 🙂

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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 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