Right after last season, Davit and I guested at a school in Santa Ana, where we performed Balanchine’s “Rubies” and a modern work by former SF Ballet Dancer Nicolas Blanc. After the season I was tired, but performing these two ballets was great—they were light and easy and the school was very welcoming.
We’ve also had time to enjoying hanging out in the city and going up to Napa and Marin where it’s much warmer than the city. Basically, in the summer we like to do all the things that we don’t have time to do during the season, like take walks and go see movies (Davit likes action movies and I like comedies).
I also taught eleven classes at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), where I trained, for their intensive summer program during the last week of June. I wasn’t sure I’d like teaching but I realize that I do and that I’m very passionate about it. Down the road, when it comes time to figure out a transition, I’ll have had that experience under my belt which I’m very thankful for. Still it was challenging sometimes, to go slower so that the students could learn with me—going back to the basics takes patience. But for the young students especially, it was very gratifying to pass along my own personal stories and anecdotes to share about going on auditions and being in a professional company like SF Ballet. If I can pass anything on and it’s helpful, then it’s worth it.
In addition to going back to my training roots, I stayed at my mom’s house and commuted each day, so I got to spend a lot of time with family, which was great. I’ll be teaching in the SF Ballet School this summer and Saturday is my first class—I’m excited!