Colorado Ballet : Arriving In Denver And My First Week As A Studio Company Dancer
I’m starting my new job at Colorado Ballet! After a long 12.5 hour drive we made it to Denver!! Okay, it wasn’t too bad because my mom and I switched off driving and we stopped a couple of times to stretch out. We also listened to True Crime Obsessed podcasts for part of the way, and that was actually really interesting. The drive was gorgeous, but we got stuck in two HUGE thunderstorms…we could barley see through the windshield. Luckily my mom was driving at this point. Once we arrived we unloaded some of my stuff into my apartment and then went to bed. We were wiped. We had been traveling non stop for the past week. From LA-San Diego. San Diego- Arizona. Arizona-CO. You could say we were done with driving by then. 😁
I arrived to Denver Thursday night and we started rehearsals on that coming Tuesday. On Friday my mom and I ran some errands and picked up the things I needed for my apartment. We also unpacked and I set up my record player which was giant surprise gift from a long time friend and supporter! For lunch we went to this super cute cafe and got these massive acai bowls. They were amazing, but you could definitely share one. I’ll have to go back and try some of their other food too, it looked really good. It was a vegetarian cafe with vegan options.
On Saturday I went to take company class. (We could take class with the company before the Studio Company officially started.) I was in NY with my sister and then in Malibu with my family so I was not able to arrive in Denver until then. It was a very fun summer with my family and friends, but I was so excited to get to Denver and take class. Studio Company was originally supposed to start on the 27th of August but they pushed it to the 14th so we could start rehearsals sooner. I was happy with that because I could start getting back into dancing and rehearsing and we would be getting paid sooner 😉 ! Anyways, I took class with the company from 9:30-10:45. There were a few other studio company members there, but most were coming on the 14th.
While I was in class my mom walked around the area and found some cool murals. Check out my youtube video to see more murals and some videos from the trip. (https://youtu.be/NGLcOFpNzg8)
After class I met up with my mom again and we went to the movies before she went back to AZ. We saw The Incredibles. (We have been waiting over 10 years for this movie! Crazy!) When the movie finished we grabbed lunch and then we walked around 16th street mall. I had to find a couple of outfits so we stopped in a few stores. I needed one for the Studio Company photo shoot and then one for the season kick-off party. We also walked to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to see where all of our performances will be. Its a beautiful building, I can’t wait to see what the inside looks like!
Later that evening I had to take my mom to the airport… 😢I was sad to say goodbye but I will see her in a couple of months. It is actually really nice to not be that far away from my family.
First day of “work”!!! The first week for Studio Company was pretty light since we are just getting into the swing of things. Everyday we have class from 9:30-10:45. Then we have rehearsals starting at 11. For the first week we started working on Lilac Fairy Attendants for Sleeping Beauty which is in October. We would rehearse this for a couple hours each day. We typically finished by 2pm which is pretty early, but a nice way to ease into rehearsals since I did have some time off.
On Wednesday we had our Studio Company group photo taken and our “head shots” for our company ID cards to get backstage.
On Saturday we started rehearsals for the Attitude on Santa Fe performances which is in September. It is held at the Colorado Ballet studios in the Black Box Theatre. It is a studio that is typically used for classes and rehearsals but it can be turned into a small theatre. We are doing work by Edgar L Page and it is to Aretha Franklin music. There are several different pieces we are learning. There are two pas de deux, an ensemble piece, and a solo. So far we have learned part of the solo and the female trios.
After rehearsals on Saturday I got ready for the season kick-off party which was held at one of the board members homes. I drove over there with some of the other girls from Studio Company. Gil Boggs, the artistic director, announced that we will be doing Serenade at the end of the season! (Time to start practicing a french twist 😉)With Renee and Julia after the kick-off party. (P.S. Renee is also from California and listens to Hunny too😝)
I have been loving it so far! It has been so nice to be working with professional dancers and to be in a company environment I am so excited for the repertoire this season and I can’t wait for all the performances. I can not wait to keep you all updated and to share this experience with you!! Thank you so much for following along and supporting me over the past few years. It really means a lot. I hope you will follow my journey with Colorado Ballet!