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July 27th, 2009

choreography showing, ballet austin dancers

Yesterday I went to a free choreography showing of Jennifer Hart (my teacher), and Michelle Thompson (company dancer). And it was interesting. I think watching SYTYCD and listening to the judges talk has been very educational for me, as a dance viewer. I felt like a lot of the trainees who danced had a vapid expression on their face. And you can tell who were full company dancers by their charisma and confidence. Some of the choreography had really interesting phrases, some I felt were rather generic contemporary movements. Anyways, it's hard to be fully critical.. same problem I found in improv, once you become friends with these people, you move from critical feedback mode, to supportive mode.

We went to Belmont drinking. I went to the show with Leslie, a friend I made at ballet class, and she turns out to know a company dancer, so we ended up hanging out with other ballet austin company members, it was pretty interesting. I was watching to see if they ate (male dancers - yes moderately, female dancers - barely). I actually had a really good time hanging out with Leslie's friend. He was a really cool guy, it's nice to see that it's not all "mean girls" out there. I learned a new term "summer weight".

Then we had dinner at Vido, where they give female diners a rose at the end of their meal.

I've a boyfriend in Canada!

conversational dynamic

Also, you know when you go to an event as a "friend of" or as a "date of", a lot of time, you're shunted aside during conversations. And to be honest, I am pretty awed by the ballet austin company members. There are so few professional dance companies, these are people at the peak of their artistic career. I figured as a friend of Leslie, I would just listen and be polite and nod. I've done that role with Andy's improv crowd, and other guys I've dated (I generally date guys that are pretty accomplished in something ;-))... and people are crowding to hear them talk, and you just are kinda there, and at the end of the night making "let's go" eye gestures.

But this company guy was genuinely interested in me. Asking me questions, and probing me, and if I said something and was interrupted, he would ask me again what I was saying. And his boyfriend was also really nice. So I had a really good time, and it made me really happy.

Yay for new friends!

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