Poland, Day 12 (Bialystok Day 2 and Back to Warsaw)

by Assistant Artistic Director, Lorna Hernandez Jarvis

We started our day with a 30 minutes walk to the dance school where we were holding master class and workshops in 80 degrees weather! When we got to the school our dancers got ready and then took class with Nikoloz while approximately 30-40 students watched.  After the class we took a picture with them. This was followed by two ballet classes one taught by Nikoloz to the older students and one taught by Lorna for the younger dancers. Alissa, Natasha and Corinne helped out in Lorna’s class. The dancers were between 9-15 years of age and had very little experience with ballet but they were all very disciplined and attentive. They seem to enjoy the classes and be appreciative of our work. After the class we had lunch and then took a taxi back to the hotel. We had one hour free before we had to leave for the bus station so several of the dancers went to a mall that was 2 blocks from the hotel. We boarded the bus at 5:30 PM and made it back to Warsaw at 8:00 and 8:45 to the hotel. We were all very tired. Tomorrow we will get to visit the theater where the Polish National Ballet performs (we will get a tour), and then watch a class and rehearsal of the Polish National Ballet. After lunch we will have our own rehearsal as well.  Tomorrow will be a long and hectic day.