Today I thought I would share my thoughts after a packed week of performances. The junior company is currently performing “Mother Goose,” which is the balletic interpretation of a well-known collection of nursery rhymes. The performances were done over spring break, meaning that it wasn’t much of a break at all (but that’s okay…because I despise breaks.)
I danced the “Hey Diddle Diddle” nursery rhyme…which for those of you who don’t know it, goes as follows:
Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
It kind of makes no sense, but I guess my teacher/choreographer took that as an opportunity to make a challenging piece for me! It was a 2-3 minute solo en pointe set to a jig. And…you guessed it…I danced with an actual violin (which thankfully I did not break.)
We had about two weeks to learn, clean, and put together this show before performing it six times over the past five days. The shows are for kids, so there was a narrator that said the rhymes between our dances so they had an idea what was going on.
In the last rehearsal before our show I fell while practicing a tricky attitude turn with my violin. It was quite the feat because I couldn’t use my hands to catch myself, and I had to save both the $500 violin and myself. But, I did it! After all, I am very skilled at falling down. The only evidence was a small bruise on my knee.
All of the shows went pretty well, there were a few turns cut a little bit short here and there, and of course lots of nerves were involved while waiting backstage. The last couple of shows were by far the best…I think it improved as I got more comfortable with it (maybe all of the shows could have been that good if I had more time to rehearse.)
I’ll insert some pictures below of me in my costume during dress rehearsals, photos courtesy of Grand Rapids Ballet.