Guest writer: Shelly Power, associate director of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy
Let the scoring begin!
Today began with the 15 and 16-year-old girls’ class followed by the boys of the same age, then continued with the girls ages 17 and 18 years (Liao’s group) and finished with Aaron and Emanuel’s group. It was a long day of watching classes (8 hours), with meetings and the like. While each group was scored, the others were either going through a variation on stage and/or learning a piece of contemporary choreography for Thursday’s scoring. Therefore, we all had a long day!
Getting through the first day of scoring is both stressful and exciting because both students and jury have pushed through the initial entry, if you will, of competition. The process makes all parties adapt and adjust to the surroundings at hand. The previous time spent on rehearsals and examining how scoring works is now in action. What a relief for everyone.
Let the dancing begin!
Tomorrow brings on a second day of scoring as the contemporary portion begins. Every company requires dancers to be versatile enough to move from classical work into contemporary work. Our students not only learn modern dance, but they are exposed to many different classical- and contemporary-based choreographers from around the world through both the school and company. I look forward to seeing how they handle the next 24 hours and will update everyone tomorrow.
Special hello to my family Marty and Roz–remember me? And to all our Academy students who should be either studying or in class…hello from us all!
P.S. Happy belated birthday to Liao last Sunday! And happy birthday Emanuel on Thursday!!