I’ve been enjoying Quick Takes Fridays over at The Conversion Diary for a while and decided to jump on the bandwagon. I admit that I have yet to master even “little jumps” but I think I can manage a semi-graceful bandwagon jump.
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My ballet technique is a little wanting because I didn’t start ballet classes until I was 19-ish and I haven’t been able to take classes consistently since then. Since moving to the epicenter of dance last year, I’ve been taking classes at The Ailey Extension.
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I haven’t made it to class in the past two weeks because of the holiday and traveling home last weekend, but I try to alternate between Beginner Ballet – Level 1 and Beginner Ballet – Level 2, both taught by the incomparable Finis Jhung. I love the way Finis teaches! I have seen a huge difference in my technique since I first started with him. I can’t wait to get back to the barre this week!
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I posted about my trip home last weekend on my other blog. Read about my brother’s diaconate ordination here and our other adventures here and here. Side note – Jen also had a whirlwind trip this week. Gotta love the whirlwind!!
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One of the dancers from the dance company gave a two week workshop on dances from the state of Chihuahua. I missed the last two sessions due to travel, but I really enjoyed high energy dances!
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I’m planning on taking another class at Ailey next month: Intro Horton. I’ve never taken modern dance before and am really excited to branch out from my usual folklorico and ballet.
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For those in the New York area, my next performance will be on Saturday, July 14 at the East Village Arts Party. I danced there last year and was very well received. This is not a company performance but there will be many other artists, musicians, dancers, etc. displaying their craft for your enjoyment and appreciation. Please come out to support the arts!
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Jen also mentioned that she is searching for good Spanish-language music and that she is not the biggest fan of mariachi music (in general). In light of that, I thought I would share a video of one of my favorite Spanish-speaking musicians, Fonseca, as well as a video of one of my favorite mariachi songs, El Cascabel (Jen, this one’s for you!).
(The dance that accompanies this song is so incredibly beautiful! I really, really, really want to learn it!)