Sorry I haven't written a while guys. Life's been crazy. Nutcracker has just finished and I started drivers ed the day after the first show. Gah! Busy busy...
Here are some pictures from the performance:
These photos ©Chris Church
There should be more up soon, but as of right now that's all I could get a hold of. :)
I thought I was gonna be really nervous to perform this role. I mean for my first solo... That's a pretty big task at hand. But as I was waiting in the wings, putting some rosin on my shoes and pacing like I always do before a show, I stopped and realized that I wasn't nervous at all. It was the strangest thing because usually before a performance I can get quite jittery and those butterflies in my stomach are really apparent. But it was awesome to take my partners hand, hear that incredibly climactic music and feel completely ready to run out on that stage.
I think the trick to calming those nerves is to not have to think. After months of running that dance over... and over... and over again, I was quite confident that I knew it. So before going on stage I wasn't constantly running it in my head. In fact, I wasn't thinking about it at all. I was just watching the dancers before me, going about my pre-performance routine completely calm. Maybe at a certain point you have enough experience to not worry as much anymore. Obviously it's not good to not worry AT ALL but you want to feel prepared and confident that you can go out there and perform to the best of your ability.
Thanks for reading/checking in guys! I'll post ASAP!