Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive

Hello wonderful readers of the internet!

I have been on a whirlwind. 2019 began and I hit the ground running. I’ve been working *7* jobs, taking dance classes, and auditioning like crazy. I’ve been going to casting calls for jobs, but also for summer training programs. I wanted to share a fun story about my audition for the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive.

Last week, I decided at the very last minute I was going to attend an audition for Joffrey Ballet School. The audition was on Saturday, and I decided Friday evening I was going to go. This was a bit stressful because for the audition I needed a picture of me in first arabesque in pointe shoes, and I needed a headshot with my hair in a “ballet hairstyle”. I didn’t have either on hand. So after a full day of ballet class for me, and teaching tap in the evening, one of my student’s moms’ helped me take a photo in arabesque, I drove an hour home, and my little brother helped me take a headshot with my hair in a ballet bun! Both didn’t turn out too shabby! I ended up running to a CVS at 11:30pm to print them out! When I said last minute, I literally meant the very last minute (the CVS closed at 12am).

This was the headshot my brother took on his iPhone

The audition was in Putnam county NY. I taught barre and TRX Saturday morning, and then I drove myself to the audition site. I felt really good about how I performed. We took a ballet class and then performed combinations en pointe across the floor and in the center. When it was over, I thanked the instructor and the owner of the studio, and was informed I would know my results by the following Friday.

Two days later, I received my acceptance letter! I was accepted into 11 of their programs!! I was actually floored because I almost didn’t go to the audition, and now I have so many options and opportunities available to me!


I’m intrigued by so many of their programs, it’s all a tad overwhelming! I am definitely leaning towards the NYC Ballet Intensive (that is the bread and butter of the Joffrey Ballet School for the summer), and the intensive in Genoa, Italy!! If I attend any of these programs, I don’t think I could make a wrong choice. However, I’ve never been to Italy, and studying ballet and contemporary in Italy sounds like a dream come true!

Even more exciting – my best friend who lives in Chicago told me if I attend the Italy location, she will come at the end of the two week intensive to see our dance showcase, and then her and I could take a week and explore Italy and/or Europe together! Uhm, what!!! Can you say dream summer?!? I am so beyond excited at the thought of the possibility.

I still have a few more summer training programs I am auditioning for this winter, and as you can imagine, none of these programs are cheap. Before I put deposits down for anything, I am going to keep spreading my seeds far and see what grows in time. If this wasn’t already a lot to choose from, hopefully there will be even more to choose from in a few weeks!

It’s encouraging to receive an acceptance letter throughout all of this hustling back and forth between NJ and NYC. And it’s also reassuring that I am good at what I do and all of my effort is not for nothing. I will definitely be updating my blog with news throughout audition season. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Until next time

xoxo

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Memorial Day Weekend For a Military Girlfriend

Hello beautifuls!

It is really late on a Wednesday night, but I just wanted to tell you about my trip to see my boyfriend! As most of you know, my boyfriend is serving in the military, and we are only able to see each other for short trips at a time. This trip we had such a lovely time, and I can’t wait until July 4th weekend (my birthday weekend!), which will be the next time I see him hopefully!

I flew down to see him last Thursday. C was still training, so after I landed I had a few hours to kill. This was good because I had time to write a paper and finish taking notes on some of the reading I had to do for my summer class. He picked me up from the airport around 6:30pm, and together we drove back to post. We grabbed dinner at Mod Pizza on the way, which was absolutely DELICIOUS.

The next day, we woke up early, showered, went and got Dunkin for breakfast, and started on our way to the beach! It’s about two hours from post, but it was a gorgeous day so we didn’t mind the road trip! ❤

We went to a Walmart in town really quick to grab some food for the beach and water bottles for the hotel room. We also bought beach towels because we didn’t have any. Then we drove to the hotel, checked in, put our swimsuits on called an Uber, and went to the beach!

The beach was absolutely gorgeous, and the water was really clean and nice to swim in (not to mention warm!). We were on the beach for about five hours, and later we grabbed an Uber back to the hotel where we showered and dressed up to go out to dinner.

We ate dinner at this place called Elijah’s which was a seafood restaurant right on the river in the downtown part of the city. It was great, and we had a really good time and some awesome crab dip.

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My love and I dressed up for the night

Later, we hit up some of the local bars, one of which was an actual speakeasy!! It was called the “Blind Elephant”, and was so cool. – tucked away in an alleyway with nothing but a sign with a silhouette of an elephant, and one lamp over a door up some metal steps. They had a list of special “Elixirs” on the wall, so we ordered two to try. I drank a Moscow Mule which was made with homemade ginger beer, and C drank a special drink called the Golden Ticket. They were sooo good, and tasted really fresh. I took a picture on Snapchat of the inside of this place and didn’t think to save it unfortunately!

We went to two other bars that night, and finally caught an Uber back to the hotel. The next day said rain, so we were able to go to a beach (a different beach this time) for about 2 hours. This one wasn’t as great as the beach the previous day, but we had fun nonetheless. It began to get cloudy, so we packed our stuff up, bought ice cream, and ate it while we watched the storm roll in. We drove back to the hotel early and relaxed/showered/got ready to go out and meet one of C’s friends from college and his girlfriend for dinner.

We ate at a local brewery (called The Front Street) in the downtown area which was a lot of fun. The beer and food were good, as was the service. After dinner, we went to another local ice cream parlor, and we bought dessert! I didn’t want ice cream again, so I bought a white chocolate covered rice crispy treat which was delicious, but C got an ice cream in a homemade waffle cone! We walked around the Riverwalk to kill time before we met up with his friend and his girlfriend for a ghost tour!

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Picture captured at sunset while on the Riverwalk

Finally around 8:30pm, C’s friend and his gf, and C and I met at a store for a ghost walk of the city! I bought the tickets the night before off of my phone while C and I were hanging out in the speakeasy, and we weren’t sure how good it was going to be because the forecast predicted rain. It didn’t end up raining, and the tour was so much fun! Our tour guide was a great story teller, and we definitely had the goosebumps a couple of times!

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This old cemetery holds the first man in American recorded history who was accidentally buried alive!

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We were given these beads before the tour started

Sunday was my last day in town, and most of the day was spent driving back to the airport. I hated saying goodbye to my boyfriend – it never gets easier – but we were so lucky to have had this trip and all of the fun memories we made. My flight home went smoothly, and I came home with so many memories and a decent tan!

I love C so much, and this trip reminded me of how much I want to be with this man for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to graduate, and to start building my career and moving forward with C and our life together. This was a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, and I will cherish the memories for the rest of my life. It was also great I was able to be in town for such a special time for the U.S. military! ❤ I love my soldier and am so proud of him!

How was your Memorial Day weekend? Any Milsos on here make any trips to see their loved ones?!

Xoxo,

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My Adventure in Puerto Rico!

TGIF WordPress loves! How has your Friday been? Mine has been pretty boring, other than almost dying trying to get to the Post Office to send my boyfriend a little care package!! Haha, but anyway, I’m procrastinating writing a psychology paper, so I am going to tell you all about my trip to Puerto Rico!

My family and I left on Sunday, October 11. Unfortunately, our plane was two and a half hours late, and I later found out through the news on the television our original jetBlue plane we were supposed to leave on had severe technical issues, and they switched our plane, which then caused every jetBlue flight for the whole day to be switched. Nonetheless, it was the first time I ever flew jetBlue, and I have to say, the seats were pretty roomy! The flight took about four hours, and here is a picture out of my window I took 25 minutes before we landed!

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My view when we were preparing to land in San Juan.

We landed in San Juan around 6:30pm, and we rented a car and drove about an hour east to Fajardo. We checked in to El Conquistador (a Waldorf Astoria resort), and let me tell you all – it was absolutely beautiful!! Not only was it huge, it is tucked into the side of a huge cliff, so the views are absolutely breathtaking. If you stay in the main part of the hotel, you have to take a fun trolley down to the docks, and to get to some of the MANY restaurants the resort offers. Here is a photo from the pool area!

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The view from the pool level.

Then, to get to the beach, you board a ferry boat which travels three miles in the ocean to a private island called Palomino Island! The island is about a mile to two miles around, and guess what? Numerous scenes in the first and second Pirates of the Caribbean movies were filmed there!! I love me some Jack Sparrow, so I was so excited to be in the same area as my favorite pirate! Here is a glimpse of the beauty that is Palomino Island!

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Only part of Palomino Island!

Not only was the island naturally beautiful, there was so much wildlife! Huge iguanas and roosters were roaming around the island. The island also offers horseback riding, so there were beautiful horses walking around, and in addition there were many hermit crabs of various sizes and conch! The iguanas sort of freaked me out, haha but they were really cool to look at. My family and I even fed one of them a plum.

My family and I stayed for four days and three nights, and spent the last day in El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan). We explored an old military based that was built in the late 1400s, early 1500s, and was used in a lot of wars, including World War I and World War II! I love history, especially learning about the Second World War, so this was really fun for me and my dad and brother (they love history too). It started raining while we were there, but that didn’t stop my brother and I from running around, jumping through windows and places we weren’t supposed to be, and exploring every secret tunnel and lookout.

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Old San Juan Castillo San Cristobal

I ate so much wonderful food while I was in Puerto Rico, and drank many delicious drinks! As I mentioned in a previous post, the drinking age in Puerto Rico is 18, so I was able to indulge in all the benefits of being considered a full adult, haha! I have to say, there was not one meal I had on vacation where I was not completely satisfied. Each meal was incredible, and I ate a lot of fresh seafood! I also have to say, I have always loved sangria, but I had some of the best sangria in Puerto Rico!

I hope you guys enjoyed my recap of my vacation, and I hope you all if you ever decide to travel to Puerto Rico, take a look into El Conquistador! My sister actually found the deal for this vacation on Travel Zoo, so if you are interested, look at Travel Zoo for some deals! It is worth the money, and if you can find a deal like we did, it is totally worth doing even a mini four day vacation like we did.

Studying Palomino Island

I had to bring my textbooks on vacation because I had homework, but what a place to study!

Vacation Bound!

Hello lovelies!

I’m sorry for not posting much at all this week, I had midterms this past week and they killed me! The good news is, I have a long weekend for Columbus Day, and my school is closed Monday & Tuesday! In addition, I’ll be traveling out of the country for the next four days!! I will definitely have a really fun post about my trip when I get back next week! Unfortunately, I have to bring three textbooks and my laptop with me because I still have homework and studying to do :(! But, hopefully I’ll be studying on the beach with a margarita in my hand (the country I’m traveling to has a drinking age of 18, so me being 20, I’m a full adult in their country, haha!). It should be fun, & hopefully I can relax when we get there and get most of my reading done on the plane ride there.
Oh, and a quick side note: I ordered some really fun makeup online from a brand I’ve never tried before, and I’m SUPER excited to try it out and review it for y’all (which I will also be posting about next week)! 🙂 I’ll try to get a good selfie too of the look I create with the makeup I bought!
Anyway, I have to get up in 6 hours, so have a wonderful night (er, morning because it’s midnight where I am, haha). Much love and enjoy the holiday weekend!
Xoxo