As a new blogger for Dance Spirit, I just wanted to introduce myself and say hello to all of you dancers. I am currently attending the five week summer intensive at San Francisco Ballet for the second year in a row. As a veteran of the program and a student of the school for one year, I can now look upon it with experience and knowledge. With this perspective I can truthfully say that it is meeting all of my expectations and exceeding them.
This year the schedule is more intensive than last year with more classes and pointe work. By either starting at 9 or 11 we have three classes varying from pointe to a Forsythe workshop. This schedule definitely meets the "summer intensive" requirement. Although it may seem strenuous at times it is extremely beneficial. The "burn" feeling that everyone has been experiencing will present itself in a positive light by the end of the summer. (Hopefully, haha).
Another first for the summer program is the addition of a guest teacher, Lynne Charles from Hamburg Ballet. I have currently had her for several classes and I have found her instruction so inspirational and wise. She not only stressed technique, as some teachers do, but she also put an emphasis on being musical and dancing from the heart. This was definitely not an easy or laid back class, people were dripping at bar. Interestingly enough she was also a very interactive teacher. This is something that probably most of us are not used to. If needed she would stop a combination and ask us what its point was, what it was used for, and how to do it correctly. She wanted us to contribute and truly understand the steps' importance. I hope I am able to take from her again because I am sure she has so much more to offer us.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.