Life Update March 2019

It is already ten days into March, and somehow 2019 is already almost a quarter of a year over already?!? WHAT?! Life has been sincerely flashing right by me, and I’ve hardly had any time for myself, let alone time to blog (hence why I am writing this post at 12:14am Eastern time).

This is the first weekend I will be home in a while. Two weekends ago I was galavanting around Chicago with my best friend I haven’t seen in a year! We had the best time, and I will hopefully be able to write a post about our weekend because we hit up a bunch of local spots, saw the Joffrey ballet perform their new world premiere, and got matching tattoos! Anyway, it was a whirlwind and super jam-packed to say the least!

I took this photo at the top of the World Trade Center in NYC last month.

Last weekend, I was in NYC all weekend with my mother and grandmother for a girl’s trip! Back in October, we bought tickets to see the New York City Ballet perform Prodigal Son, which is a ballet my grandma has talked about taking me to for years! So we went into NYC for the Saturday matinee, went for a fun dinner, and stayed in a ritzy hotel near Central Park. You can read more about that trip at this link: New York City Ballet & New Beginnings

In other news, I was accepted into another summer intensive, which was the intensive I really wanted to attend! I will be attending the Peridance Capezio BLUEPRINT Summer Intensive in August! And guess what? This intensive starts three days after the Joffrey, Italy intensive ends, so they will not interfere with each other!

Related:Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive

I was awarded financial aid for Joffrey, and if everything works out with my budget, I will be able to afford to attend both intensives! I might even leave a week early to explore Italy a bit before the intensive starts! My summer is looking like it is going to be full of dance and adventure, and I’m here for all of it!

Street art found at One World Trade

As always, I am still having trouble sleeping, so maybe I can use my time at night awake to write for JLoF again. I love blogging and miss it dearly. I have some more auditions planned for this month, and a busy next couple of months! Fingers crossed that I am hired for some more dance jobs, and in the meantime, I hope I talk to you all again soon!

Xoxo

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Hello, Dolly! & Chicago on Broadway, The Meatball Shop NYC

Hello beautiful creatures!

Last week, I visited NYC three times! Twice for different Broadway shows, and once for an audition.

Related post: My First NYC Dance Job Starts this Fall!! (2018)

The shows were amazing, and so was the food we ate before the shows! I wanted to rave to you all about the restaurant we ate at called the Meatball Shop, and tell you how wonderful each of the shows were.

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Dad and I ordering some meatballs before Chicago!

On Sunday April 15, I saw Hello, Dolly! with Bernadette Peters. Melanie Moore, who won Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance, was also starring in this show, so I was super excited to see the production! The day I saw Dolly, I went with some colleagues from one of the dance studios I work at. We were meeting our students in the city at the theater to all see the show! Before we went to the theater. one of my fellow teachers took us to the Meatball Shop which is on 9th ave and 53rd street Manhattan! It is so delicious I can’t even begin to tell you how yummy and FRESH the food is.

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They have a weekend brunch menu, but then they also have a menu where you can pick the kind of meat (or veggie) balls you want, what kind of sauce you want, and how you want them (just in sauce, with pasta, in a hoagie, smashed into a burger… etc.). I got the chicken meatballs “naked” (just in sauce) with fresh pesto and a slice of focaccia. I also ordered the seasonal side salad which was SO YUMMY! It included fresh lemon dressing, watermelon radishes, and feta cheese!

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The food here was so good, I had to take my dad back with me the following weekend when him and I went to see Chicago on April 22! My ticket to see Chicago was free since it was a studio trip, and luckily, additional tickets were cheap. For this reason, I bought my dad an extra ticket and had a nice day in the city with him. When the two of us went in, I ordered the chicken meatballs again and tried them in their parmesan cream sauce. I actually liked the pesto sauce much better, but it was still delicious and mixed well with the salad. It didn’t hurt to wash it all down with some cold Prosecco, either! My dad really enjoyed the food, too!

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Both shows were phenomenal, and I had such a fun time watching them! I never knew what Hello, Dolly! was about, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it. The music, choreography, costuming, and set were incredible. I laughed harder than I ever laughed at any Broadway show, and I also cried and felt super sentimental during the more “emotional” scenes. I can honestly say Hello, Dolly! is my new favorite Broadway show ever! Which is saying a lot, because previously it was Chicago!

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Chicago was different this time compared to when I saw it seven years ago (2011)! Maybe it is because I am older and understand more of the adult humor. Or maybe it is because it is a very different cast who put their own spin on the characters and the show. I don’t know which it is, but seeing Chicago again with this cast was fun because as I mentioned, it was very different from the first time I saw it. Both were great in their own ways. It was my dad’s first time seeing Chicago, and he loved it! Nothing is more captivating than genuine Fosse choreography and amazing dancers who bring it to life on stage.

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This past week was full of adventure and new beginnings. I have not felt this motivated in a while, and I am excited to see what my future holds. Adventuring around New York is becoming commonplace for me, and I can’t get enough. I am thankful to work for a studio that values giving our students immersive experiences in NYC! If you are in NYC at all anytime soon, definitely visit the Meatball Shop and go see a Broadway show if you can! If you need a recommendation, you can’t go wrong with these two 😉

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I love NYC!

Until next time xoxo

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Rockette Holiday Spirit

Hello everyone!

Today marked my official last day of finals, so I am home free for the next five weeks! I am so excited, I can’t believe I don’t have to pick up another textbook for over a month.

I’ve been keeping super busy the last few days – moving into my bedroom at home, cleaning my bedroom out, decorating with my mom for Christmas, wrapping presents, Christmas shopping, and working at my retail job! Yesterday, also in the Christmas spirit, I was able to buy my audition ticket for the Rockette Summer Intensive (RSI). For those of you who don’t know what the Rockette Summer Intensive is, it’s a week-long summer program at Radio City Music Hall where girls can train with the Rockettes for a week and learn Rockette repertoire, and at the end of the week they perform the repertoire for family and friends at a theater in Manhattan. I auditioned in 2012 and did not make it because I was too sick to be dancing (I was suffering from anorexia at the time), so my audition was a bit of a flop. So I decided to give it another go now since I’m in college, a lot healthier, and a way better dancer than I was four years ago. 🙂 I’ve always loved the Rockettes, and for those of you who don’t know much about the Rockettes other than their famous, synchronized kickline, here is a little backstory.

***Disclaimer: All of the information presented below was part of a research project I did on the Rockettes for one of my jazz classes during my freshman year of college***

The Rockettes are an all-women’s dance-troupe that performs annually at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. They started in 1925, when a man by the name of Russell Markert formed a troupe of female dancers in which he titled the “Rockets” down in St. Louis, Missouri. Showman at the time, S. L. (Roxy) Rothafel brought Markert’s group of women to New York City in 1932, where on the opening night of a new theater, a venue titled Radio City Music Hall, the Roxyettes (as they were newly named after Roxy), performed along with 17 other dance and performance acts. From this point forward, the Roxyettes would soon be able to call Radio City Music Hall home permanently. In the midst of the 1933 holiday season, Radio City Music Hall presented The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular for the first time ever on stage. This new show featured the Rockettes (now changed from Roxyettes), a living nativity scene (live animals included), and a journey with Santa Claus himself.

There’s a little back story for you all, and if you click on the highlighted link in the text above, it will bring you to some vintage footage of the Rockettes I also used in my project! If you haven’t seen the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, I suggest you see it one day! My favorite part is obviously the athletic and beautiful dancing done by the Rockettes, however, there are many magical moments throughout the whole show.

Today, after I took my last final (which was an online final), I decided to watch one of my favorite movie-musicals Chicago. I love everything about the Broadway show (which I’ve seen in NYC), and the 2002 movie, and all the movie made me want to do is dance! The only thing I am sad about for my winter break is that in the next five weeks I won’t be dancing much at all. But it inspired me to make this post telling y’all about the Rockettes, me registering for my audition for their summer program, and sharing some holiday gift ideas for the dancer in your life or a lover of the Rockettes! All of these gifts can be found at the Radio City Music Hall online store.

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Fun Rockette-themed gifts for the dancer in your life!

The first of the three items pictured is a Rockette makeup gift set. It comes with a compact with the same design as the beautiful packaging (which is in the 1920s art-deco style just like Radio City Music Hall), and a tube of  lipstick in the classic Rockette-red hue. As a dance and makeup lover, this is actually something I am considering buying for myself. I want to wear a Rockette-red shade of lipstick when I perform, because who doesn’t want to feel as glamorous as a Rockette when you’re up on stage?!

Buy it here: Rockette Makeup Set

The next item pictured is just a basic women’s tee-shirt in my favorite color (purple of course), and the word ROCKETTES down the side in a metallic print. It is such a cute shirt, and I think any Rockette fan or dance lover would love this as a gift. It’s also simple in design, so it’s a neutral option if you aren’t sure about what shirt to buy for someone (and the Radio City Music Hall online store has plenty of cute Rockette apparel).

Buy it here: Rockettes Tee Shirt

Lastly, the final item is a Rockette plush doll. Okay this is a little young for me (a 20 yr old), but I think it is super cute and cuddly looking! For younger or older girls, I think this would be something super fun to have in your room on your bed nestled between all of your pillows!

Buy it here: Rockette Plush Doll

I’ve obviously had dance on my brain, and even better yet the Rockettes and Christmas! I hope if there is a dancer who loves the Rockettes in your life, or a lover of the Rockettes in your life, you go peruse the Radio City Music Hall online store for some fun holiday gift ideas. If you can make it into New York City to see the show, I also recommend doing that!

Are you auditioning for RSI 2016? Are you seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, or have you in the past? Let me know!