Well, I have come to the end of my journey with Chicago and the Hubbard Street Dance summer intensive. I must say I have learned a lot that I am forever grateful for. For my final post of the intensive I plan on talking about my final week: classes, rehearsals, and showing. Please read ahead because it will be a fun read!!! Also sorry for the side notes/stories! Everything just came to my mind at one time.
Outside of the reviews over the pieces we have learned, we were still able to get some class time in. We still had ballet, everyday, but we took class from some interesting people. We took class with Claire who was one of the original four dancers in Hubbard Street Dance and we also took class from the artistic director, Glenn Edgerton.When I say I was living taking Glenn’s class, I. Was. LIVING! The way he approaches class really lights up the room. His exercises weren’t even complicated but he expected a lot from us. He moves at a fast pace so we had time to do combinations 3 to 4 times, which is a little unheard of in a normal ballet class.
*– insert quick story — We were at the barre working on a rond de jambe combination. At the end, Glenn wanted us to passé balance, which is normal after a rond de jambe combination. Now, I have been working myself so that I am able to passé relive without the barre and I have been getting really good at it. At this moment in class, I had passé relivé’d without the barre, maintained my passé, and slid my leg down into a high sus-sous to then turn around and plié down. I didn’t realize that Glenn watched me the whole time I did it. He said “yessssss. That was great” and then gave me a high five. I know this is so small but it made my day. My hard work was paying off even when I though no one was watching me. Also, It was all on my left. Im out here working y’all!!!!!! *