by Assistant Artistic Director, Lorna Hernandez Jarvis
Our Sunday started with some of the dancers attending Catholic Mass. They walked 20 minutes to the Church, attended the service and came back to the hotel. The rest of the group slept in. At noon we checked out of our rooms and took a short walk to a nearby mall. The dancers had fun window shopping while Lorna, Darla, Maria, Nikoloz, and Gabe had coffee. Lorna took the opportunity to buy a new suitcase since our costume suitcase broke and we have been duck taping it for the last 2 days. We went back to the hotel for a 2:00 departure to the bus station. Our bus to Bialystok left at 3:00 PM. We had a comfortable ride (but very bumpy), and arrived at Bilaystok at 5:30 and went straight to the hotel. A very beautiful old hotel with more spacious room and lots of very beautiful fine details. We had a great dinner (salad, chicken and rice), then some of the dancers went on a walk with Darla while NIk, Eduard, and Lorna worked on the schedule and programming for the next two days. The dancers came back from their walk settled in their rooms to do a laundry and sleep. The day of travel/day off was nice for our dancers who have been going full steam for over a week. They were happy to have a quiet day. Tonight is our penultimate performance. We go back to Warsaw tomorrow night, and perform in Lodz on Saturday night. The in between days will be spent in Poland where our dancers will have the opportunity to watch company class of the National Polish Ballet, the Chopin museum, attend an Opera and just be tourists.