I finally finished my piece for the First Pieces concert! I don’t know why, but all of my best dance ideas come to me right as I close my eyes and snuggle up under the covers. Usually, I think about it for a few moments and decide if it is worth writing down, which it usually is, because like I said, they always end up being my best thoughts. Some people do their best thinking on the toilet, I guess fate just really doesn’t want me to sleep. Because of this, I started keeping my dance notebook on a desk right under my bed, so I don’t even have to get out of bed to reach it. That brilliant idea came to me after one night when ideas just kept coming and I got out of and back into my bed about four times. One of my childhood dance teachers gave me the idea of having a notebook set aside just for dance ideas, because she always said you never know when you will get inspired.
And this weekend was full of inspiration. On Thursday night I attended the annual production of student works called Dance Emerge. I was able to attend on opening night, when the energy is most vivacious, and the dancers are eager to perform all that they have been working on. It was fascinating to see how choreographers changed just from last semester’s Informal Dance Concert to this one. Some students worked in completely different styles, and others are really beginning to make their mark in a certain genre. Watching Dance Emerge I felt excited to see my own choreographic endeavor hit the stage in only two short weeks!
Because of Dance Emerge, I had to reschedule my rehearsal to Friday afternoon right before a mandatory modern master class. A few of my dancers were also in Dance Emerge, so I knew that we wouldn’t be running the piece full out at all. But, I made the best of the situation and experimented with the ending that I had come up with in bed the night before. Magically, the last chord of music hit just as they were melting into the final movements; I couldn’t have asked for better timing. But I don’t want to jinx myself! Today, my senior choreographic mentor, Annie, arranged a meeting for me to work with one of her friends, Ben, who is a GarageBand genius. I needed his help because my piece uses two different sections of music, and I needed to put them together on one track and add a cross-fade to connect them. I clicked on GarageBand for the first time a few nights ago, and basically just stared at the screen. I did manage to drag both tracks in, but when I tried to merge them, a chunk of one disappeared and then they were both playing at the same time. It was a failure, and so I asked Annie to help. Ben was a wiz; he merged my songs in about 15 minutes, and now I have a (hopefully) finished track! I say hopefully because my next rehearsal is Wednesday, and I don’t want to get too excited until I make sure that it works with my dancers. This weekend was full of dance excitement, as I am sure these next two weeks will be as well.