It’s 2018! It’s also March and this blog post is about 3 months late, which is about right on time for me! 😉 I really need to work on updating more often…
|| January ||
Getting back in the swing of things was a little rough…two weeks off was really nice after Ahavah but it definitely showed the first few classes back. Gotta rebuild that stamina! 😉
I got to start out the new year celebrating with all my Connecticut friends. There was a big get-together with lots of food and many rounds of ping pong. (It’s a thing here!)
It was a busy month, I started teaching classes for Christian Academy of Dance. I am currently teaching 8 classes a week including ballet, point, jazz and modern. Rehearsals also started for our trip to Duke University (which we just returned from!) and the piece we were performing called “Roar of Nations”. I had the opportunity to step into the lead role for that so learning new choreography kept me occupied.
I was also subbing a contemporary dance class at a place called Epoch Arts and I still teach adult ballet on Fridays in Middletown. I find that it’s rather fun to be “Miss Emilee”! 😉 So despite all this busyness there was still time for some fun on the weekends. There was a couple of game nites and movies. (I saw the Greatest Showman twice!) Also got to experience my first really big east coast snow storm. Hello snow days!
|| February & March ||
If I thought January was a whirlwind it was even busier in February. (March seems to be a bit calmer!) There was still a bit of adjusting happening with teaching and learning new choreography. Roar of Nations was still in the works in February so it was cool to be a part of the creative process and watching it form around us.
One big thing that happened is named Hunter. Guys…I’m officially not single anymore! 😉 We go to the same church and house group, and we’ve gotten to know one another the past few months. He’s the one who set up my birthday evening with the movie and dinner. Our first date was him cooking me dinner, Mu shu chicken. I was very impressed, he made it from scratch and did all his dishes. 😉
One thing we do together a lot is cook, someone commented on how most of our dates revolve around food. And it’s true, what can I say? I’m a dancer and a foodie! We’ve done pizza and burgers… and then for Valentine’s day Hunter made me filet mignon. (He said I could pick what he made and I jokingly said I’d never had it.)
First time having it not be, as I like to call it, Single’s Awareness Day. 😉 I got to get dressed up and we had a really nice dinner (with candles and a fancy table of course!) and then we saw a movie. He also gave me a “bouquet” of chocolate covered strawberries…does he know me or what?
A couple Sundays ago he took me to the Mystic Aquarium (Penguins and belugas!!!) and then had dinner with his family and I got to meet his brother. (The evening also ended with a snowball fight…which I take full credit for. It started snowing unexpectedly during dinner and he was being a nice boyfriend and scraping my car for me…and I just couldn’t resist. He did get back by smearing a handful across my face…but only after he caught up!)
He took me out for a fancy dinner last Friday because we realized with the exception of the aquarium all our dates had been at my place or his. (We like to cook, and that’s more fun and less expensive than eating out. Practical but still romantic. 😉 Plus with our schedules it just works better.) So I got to wear my little black dress and heels (a nice change from dance clothes!) and we went to a really nice restaurant…the food was so good. He’s such an amazing guy and I’m so blessed to call him my boyfriend. ❤
So now moving on from all the mushy gushy stuff… 😉
Earlier on in February I got to spend a Sunday in New York with Aggie. We went shopping (Actually just window shopping for me!!) hitting up both dance stores and “normal” stores.
We also took a class at Broadway Dance Center and then of course got food. (Because what else do dancer’s do?) I missed her and her mom so much and it was so good to see them both! A little piece of Michigan here on the east coast. 🙂
Ekklesia just got back from our trip to Duke University’s divinity school. We left at 5am on Tuesday and drove 11 hours. (We did take three long breaks!) I had taken dramamine (I tend to get really bad migraines in the backseat) so I slept for half of it and by the time we arrived I was wiped out. I almost fell asleep at dinner. 😉 Our wonderful hosts were so great, the three of us girls stayed with Laura Lieber and her family. (She’s a professor of Religious Studies at the school.) We made lots of wonderful new friends during this trip! We went out for hot chocolate and churros with several of the divinity students and had some really good conversations.
We were able to do a demonstration for one of the classes (there was about 130 students I was told) on choreographing dance, particularly to the Psalms. Roar of Nations is set to the music of the Chichester Psalms (by Leonard Bernstein) and we were there to help show how the arts, and more specifically dance in this instance, can go hand in hand with theology.
It was an incredible experience and the hearing the feedback on the piece from the students was thought provoking and inspiring to say the least. We also had the opportunity to perform Roar of Nations as a part of a chapel service held by the school. It was such a privilege to dance this piece in such a beautiful place.
After the performance there was a question-and-answer luncheon where we were asked questions from like how theology comes into our dancing to questions about company life. It was a bit daunting but I did manage to speak up…and there were times when I spoke up voluntarily… 😉 (I will get better at this public speaking thing!)
Funny (and embarassing!) story: the Sunday before we left at service our pastor was talking about Ekklesia going to Duke and he asked Ekklesia members to raise their hands. So I did assuming some of the others were behind me… So he asked us to stand and I did, and then he goes “Are you the only one? Where is everyone?” Cue panicked look around the congregation. Yep…I the only one in service at that point. Then he asked me to come up and tell everyone about the trip. I don’t do public speaking unprepared. I freaked out and just stood up at the front shaking my head. They asked someone to come up and quiz me tv style to help me out which also didn’t work because I didn’t speak loud enough for even the mics to pick up. Fortunately Paiter and his mom (who helped organize the trip and went) came up and she was able to finish answering. What can I say? This is why I dance… but hey, I managed to redeem myself at Duke. 😉
So there you have it! A recap of the past three months! Lots happening here in Connecticut and thank goodness for snow days or who knows when I’d have gotten to this. (We have about 10 inches I think!)
Okay one last thing! If you’re in the area of Killingworth, CT on June 10th is Ekklesia’s end of season performance followed by a gala! We’d love to see you there! You can buy tickets here. 🙂 Now I’m done!