|In December, Caló Gitano taught a flamenco class, and performed at the SalsAtlanta Christmas party.|
Today, I took a ballet class - and my first pointe class in a very long time. In fact, it was my second pointe class in my entire life. And I loved every moment of it!
Well... every moment except the last five minutes, where I realized I was fighting my twenty-year old shoes, that were fitted when my feet were half a size larger and far less flexible. So tomorrow, I am going shopping for new pointe shoes.
I really am committing to this. We are working on a number of concepts for future shows at Caló Theatre, and while we are a flamenco dance theatre, there is a character that I will be playing, and I would love to see that character up on pointe. It's an idea that has been buzzing around the back of my mind, and I really want to do it. I am giving myself a year to see just how far I can go with this.
|Puss-in-Boots and the White Cat from the Royal Ballet's "Sleeping Beauty"|
So a few posts ago, I made some high-and-mighty sounds about only having one New Year's Resolution. I have a confession to make: I have another. It is a sort of 'montage' of everything I would like to do, and improve in my life. Basically, it boils down to this one resolution:
Make Myself a Force To Be Reckoned With.
How I dress. How I comport myself. My manners. My work in the fine arts. My attitude. When I walk into a classroom, or at an audition, or onstage, I want to be the best person there. Or at the very least... the best version of myself that I can possibly be.
This resolution exists because I realized that there is a definite dichotomy in how people view me, and the person I actually am. After Olelucia, I had so many people - people that I know, that I thought knew me - come up to me and express blatant shock that I can sing, or act, or dance, or write a script, or direct a damn show - that I realized that I am not really projecting my own, real image to the world. I've been letting people underestimate me.
I try not to get to wrapped up in self-image or what other people think - but I truly believe some of these people thought I couldn't find my way out of a paper bag - and that thought infuriates me. And then, too, there is this: if you are a force to be reckoned with, it gives you leverage when negotiating a salary, or landing a role in a show, or saying 'no' to the drama of others.
So that is my plan for 2013.
|Suzanne Farrell and Jacques D'Amboise in "Meditations"|
|I don't know who this is, or who took the photo, but the effect is stunning!|
This is possibly the most brilliant thing I have ever seen.
|I have two gorgeous cheongsam dresses. I think I am going to pull those out sometime soon and wear them.|