If you haven't been down to the park yet, tomorrow's your last chance to see the unpolished inner workings of a dance company's daily routine. Class is first, followed by rehearsals for the new piece choreographed by David Justin on the apprentices and advanced students. In a nod to the fact that this is all happening on a stage of sorts, at the end of the day tomorrow there will also be a short performance of a ballet choreographed by Anne Mueller, one of OBT's longest-serving dancers. She made this particular piece last month for a performance at the Sweet Pea Festival of the arts in Bozeman, Montana, and it's wonderful-- a series of solos, duets, and trios set to the music of Patsy Cline.
I wouldn't want to do it all the time, but dancing out there under the tent in the park is fun. There's nothing like dancing outdoors in this beautiful late-summer weather, looking out at the trees and blue sky instead of staring at my own image in the mirror. And the feeling of camping out that comes naturally when a tent is involved lends everything a more casual air, which is a nice change. One of the very best things is watching the little girls, decked out in their finest ballet wear, dancing about on the rugs laid out in front of our little stage. That would totally have been me, many years ago.
Here's Brennan after class today:
And here's Olga: