So after all of the stress, long nights and breakdowns from time to time, this is my piece. Last night was opening night and everyone loved it. They were screaming and clapping so much and it truly felt amazing to know that all of the work meant something not just for me but for other people too.
This piece is so special for more than just the fact that it is my first maturely choreographed piece. It is a piece that represents my relationship.Coming to a school almost 4 hours away from home and having my boyfriend back home has not been easy in the slightest. I miss him every single day and I count down the days until I see him again. The piece shows, through a partially abstract way, the hardships that we have both faced in our relationship and how forces constantly pull us together and push us apart. But in the end there is always a way back to each other. All obstacles are demolished because love can break any barrier. And though I know this sounds cheesy, it is true for me. This piece is literally a part of me shown onstage.
I also wanted to have the influence of my boyfriend throughout this piece because he has had such a huge impact on my life. He is the whole reason that I even decided to take choreography. His constant love and support is truly a blessing. I wouldn’t have had the courage to even try to choreograph without his constant reminding that there is so much more to me than I can see sometimes. Dance enables me to show things that I can’t always find the words to say. That is why I have put so much time and work into this piece to make it as perfect as I could because I wanted it to be perfect for him. He has absolutely inspired this piece and the fact that I am using the music that he found makes the dance even more special to me. The music he found just by my explaining of what I wanted fit perfectly. He knew exactly what I was thinking. I wanted his input put into the piece and though I know he will say that he didn’t do anything, love and support lead to beautiful things. There would be no piece without him. My piece, “A Tender Thing” (which refers to a Shakespeare quote about love) is dedicated to the one person that has always supported me and loved me unconditionally, Ryan. I love you and I really hope you enjoy the piece when you come to see it.
It is literally the best feeling in the world when a your piece is finally done and the parts that you have been working on for so long to get just right finally come together. I’M SO HAPPY!!!!! And my dance professor said it was magnificent! AND the two seniors that have been constantly critiquing it even told me it was great. A senior who was my choreographer last year, told me that I did a great job and told me she loved it too. I’m just so happy that I could finally take control of my piece after jumping over so many hurdles. FINALLY!!!! It feels awesome knowing that I have been able to prove myself worthy as a choreographer and a dancer in a more mature piece. I may be a quiet person, but I believe that I am a force to be reckon with when I do something I love.
Today, I had to take my dance midterm in class. Usually I get so nervous when I have to dance for tests because they are filmed, but this time there weren’t any nerves. I feel like I’m getting more confident in my dancing abilities each day. I know I’m getting better and it feels wonderful. When I was dancing for my midterm, my professor told me I was “gorgeous”. She told me that my body lines were perfect and proceeded to bring it up multiple times in class. She even said again in class, while we were watching a tape of a professional ballet company, “That’s you, Lydia” as one of the dancers did a move similar to that in the midterm. I couldn’t help but smile. I just had so much fun dancing the different dances today and my heart was in it. I know I shouldn’t need others’ approval, but it really was an honor to be called “gorgeous” by my professor. I know I’m on the right track now and I am just going to keep giving dance my all. There’s always room for improvement still.
So some friends of mine put together this very clever TAP version of Anna Kendrick’s CUPS! Have a look it’s really cool
I won’t always be on time, sometimes I’ll be late
But I promise you that I will always make our date
I won’t always have the prettiest flowers or the biggest bouquet
But I will always give you the sweetest words I can say
I won’t listen to you sometimes just because I’m afraid
But I need you…