Above: rehearsing a drop on our knees.
pt. 2. (This one is dedicated to all the new friendships. We may be from all over the world but at night we look up and stare at the same bright stars).
So the current teachers and choreographers I will be working with all week- the schedule is PAaaacked, we pretty much wake up in the morning, eat breakfast, go to our first lesson/lab/lecture whatever at 9:30 with a break for what’s called pausapranzo (lunchbreak..it just sounds better in Italian) :
1. Modern dance with Maestro Ricky Bonavita (from the Accademia Nationale Danza a Roma)
2. Neoclassical with Maestra Grieco (also from the Accademia Nationale Danza a Roma)
3. Maestra Corrazzo for Ballet and Intermediate Ballet Repertoire
4. Hip-hop with Kris (he is one of the teachers for a popular TV show here in Italy)
5. Advanced Lyrical and Choreography Lab with Artistic Director Luigi Grosso
..and then to top it all of Rehearsals with Luigi’s Company in the evening, Danza&Company Project
I absolutely LOVE technique and re-learning steps and combinations I once studied and learning new ones. So it was a no-brainer that I would fall in love with both Maestra Grieco’s and Maestra Corrazzo’s classes. Both very excellent and challenging teachers.
For myself, I feel absolutely at home within Luigi’s company and style- it’s lyrical, technical, passionate and emotive. I also forgot to mention how physically demanding it was. For example: quadruple turns in arabesque, land on the floor, slide, turn, then some sort of acrobatic work on the floor. I love getting physical with dance and I believe it was Billy Elliott that said: “some ballet dancers are as fit as athletes” (in his Liverpoolian accent – I made that word up).
Most importantly, part of the experience itself is not only working on yourself, but also the friendships and camarederie (sp?) we’re making all week. Working in dance, you really become close to everyone you work with. We become vulnerable, we are putting ourselves out there for criticism. We are EXPOSED and at the end of the day, you get a glimpse of your dance-mates’ souls. There’s no hiding who you are and I think at the end of the day, the bonds you form with people are that more..genuine. There’s not a single one of us who doesn’t want IT and we all work hard towards that common goal..what this IT is deserves another blog entry.
Anyways, next time, I’m going to re-cap the show and also post more pictures from our beautiful location in the mountains (we were literally in the Alps, absolutely gorgeous).
’til next time,