Tag Archives: Dance

Weight – Cleo

T. Jenny and I talked about my progress last Monday, as we do every Monday. One thing she brought up was weight. In my dancing I’m always up on my toes. I like to feel light and pretty when I’m moving. But she made a good point: being light is meaningless if it does not exist in a dichotomy with heaviness. This week I’m trying to bring that heaviness into my movement. More specifically, I have to think about what it means to be heavy, and how that translates into the music and the story. Continue reading

Back to the Studio – Cleo

I started choreography today. It was my first time in the dance studio this year. Nearly immediately, I noticed how challenging it was to get back into the flow of movement. What I ended up doing was sitting in front of my computer with a pen and paper; and writing down every single thing that came into my head for each section of the song. Continue reading

Dance to my Own Beat- Pieces Coming Together

I am finally feeling like everything is going to come together in the end because for a while everything felt a little scattered. However, each component of my project has been set into motion and has a direction in which it is headed. With the selection of the song for my contemporary piece, I have finally been able to nail down all of my song choices. Continue reading

Dance to my Own Beat- I will what I want

This week was my last first week of high school. It scares me to say so and I find myself in hardcore denial of the fact that I am a senior. Senior year comes with not only the heightened pressure to finish your last year of high school with strong grades, but the immense pressure to also prepare and apply for college. For me, the thought of college is petrifying. I Continue reading

Recital on Friday – by Isabel

Wow, it has been a crazy journey leading up to the biggest performance of my life and I feel very accomplished and have learned so much. All of my hard work paid off and overall my recital went very well. Of course there were some problems but in general I was very happy with it. Now that it is over I feel a mix of emotions. I am relieved, sad, content and determined. It was so strange to not spend all of yesterday practicing and planning and instead just spending time with my family who were visiting. Continue reading

Practical Details – by Isabel

Much of my time up to this point has been spent practicing and figuring out what I am actually performing. As the date quickly approaches, I have been forced to face some of the trickier practical details. Many people comment on how scary it must be to fill a whole hour with performing all on my own. While I am nervous for the performance, I find it much scarier to plan every detail out on my own that to actually sing, dance, or play the piano. Continue reading

Dance Performance – by Isabel

This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity of attending a musical theater convention called zak-pac. It was an incredible experience in so many ways and I learned so many quality lessons from truly inspirational people. I also got to perform a dance solo and get critiqued. This experience was very valuable as I have never performed a dance solo before. This was the best possible way to release possible nerves in a friendly and supportive environment and receive helpful suggestions.  Continue reading

Progress so far – by Isabel

I have accomplished a lot so far in my project. I am two pages away from learning all the notes for my piano pieces. I have mastered half of my songs for voice. I have also essentially figured out one dance, and have learned the first minute of my new solo. Already, I have grown so much as a performer in every aspect, but there is still much work to be done. Continue reading

Starting my dance solo — by Isabel

This Friday night, I was so excited to begin learning my dance solo. Together my teacher and I picked and edited a song: Manhattan by Sara Bareilles. This song is about the meaning of a place changing at different points of a relationship and I am beginning to study the lyrics to be able to relate better to the song. It was a great experience to be one on one with my dance teacher. She had an idea of choreography going in but we experimented with some parts and worked together to find what felt and looked best on me.

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College Supplements – by Isabel

I have been working on my college supplements and for one of them wrote a short piece about  my performing at Carnegie Hall last spring as a Silver winner in the Golden Key Musical Festival. I just wrote this recently, and have not finished editing but thought I could share it as part of my blog regardless:

Where I performed

Where I performed Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall

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