by Assistant Artistic Director, Lorna Hernandez Jarvis
Another busy day in Poland. We left the Gdansk State Ballet School and Ballet School Hotel at 8:45 and we were on the bus by 9:30 AM. Got to Warsaw by 2:30 and went straight to the theater. Nikoloz and Lorna worked on changes to the program because the stage was very small. While we did that Eduard taught a warm up class to the dancers. Then they had a one hour rehearsal (walk through the pieces), had something to eat, and had a performance. Eduard suggested that Corinne dance the Don Quixote pas de Deux with him tonight and tomorrow night. They did one run through of the pas, and they performed it! Way to go Corinne. Eduard was impressed by Corinne's courage and knowledge of the pas de Deux.
The audience received the program well. Breanna performed Carmen, and one of the Don Quixote variations while Julianna did the second variation. Everyone has been performing really well particularly under unpredictable circumstances. Corinne did an excellent job dancing a difficult pas de Deux. It was an amazing opportunity to dance with someone of the caliber of Mr. Bablidze and in a European city. We are spending the night in Warsaw but are off to Siedlce tomorrow for another performance. After that we get a day off where the dancers can rest and be tourists.