By Assistant Artistic Director, Lorna Hernandez Jarvis
The language of dance is truly universal. Our first performance in Poland took place today. Even though we do not speak Polish many of the dancers from studios near Swidnik (particularly the younger ones) kept coming to our students to practice their English skills, but at the end the best way to communicate was to use dance and sign language!. Our dancers got many “you are good!”, “I love you”, “good dancer!” comments from their fans!. For our first performance we danced, Concerto in Modo Antico, La Vivandiere, Awakening of Flora, Copland trio and Song for Viola. The theater was almost full with approximately 300 people in the audience. The audience seemed to really enjoy the performance. At the end of the performance our dancers each received a bag with souvenirs from the city of Swidnik.
Four of our dancers received a surprise special invitation today! Mr. Eduard Balidze and his wife Anna Kipshidze invited them to dance two of the variations from Don Quixote with them in the next four performances!. Maria and Corinne will perform on May 19 in Wejherowo and Warsaw (May 21), and Julianna and Breanna will perform in Gdansk (May 20) and Bialystok (May 23). This was a special honor for them to dance with renowned ballet stars in Poland!. This was even more special since both Edward and Anna, along with Mr. Makhateli will coach them for the performances. Ana will provide two tutus to make this possible. We are all very excited about this opportunity. Mr. Bablidze and Ms. Kipshidze will dance the pas de deux, variations and coda, and our dancers will do their variation between the pas de deux and their variations and Coda.
At the end of today’s performance we had a wonderful dinner at a local restaurant, walked back to our hotel, and rested so we can get ready for a full day of travelling tomorrow. We are heading to the Baltic sea! Looking forward to the next phase of our tour.